Compression Testing

Quest Engineering Solutions is a leading provider of compression testing and many other testing services.

Compression testing is required to ensure that packaged products survive shipment and storage while other packages are stacked on top of them. Quest has recently acquired a compression machine with advanced software that has multiple capabilities:

  • compresses samples up to 48″ x 48″ x 78″ (L x W x H)
  • achieves up to a max of 15,000 lb of force
  • performs apply & release tests, apply & hold tests.
  • has ability to increase the force applied linearly over time.
  • can be programmed to stop after a certain amount of displacement has been achieved
  • has ability to produce stress/strain curves, determining the force at which the sample starts to yield to the load.

This machine will streamline testing to the following standards:

  • ASTM C364 – Standard Test Method for Edgewise Compressive Strength of Sandwich Constructions
  • ASTM D4169-22, Schedule B – Warehouse Stacking and Schedule C – Vehicle Stacking
  • ASTM D642 – Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads
  • FEFCO-4-6,8,11,50,55 – Introduction to the development of FEFCO Testing Methods for corrugated board and boxes
  • ISO 12048 – Compression and stacking tests using a compression tester  of Complete, filled transport packages
  • ISTA 1D, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3E, 3F, ISTA-6 Fedex, and ISTA-6 Amazon series testing
  • ISO-3037 – Corrugated fibreboard – Determination of edgewise crush resistance (unwaxed edge method)
  • TAPPI T 804 – Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers
  • TAPPI-T 811 – Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column test)
  • TAPPI-T 838 – Edge crush test using neckdown

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