Our Product Testing Center
Cryopak Testing Center Capabilities
Cryopak offers technical expertise to help you ensure reliable packaging. We provide a wide range of laboratory testing capabilities, ranging from thermal testing, distribution testing and shock and vibe testing, among others.
We can help you to :
- Save time and money
- Ensure that packaging is effective and reliable
- Maintain the integrity of cold chain products
We offer quality services in multiple fields, including the pharmaceutical, home/personal care, food and consumer goods industries. Our engineers are well-versed in ASTM and ISTA standards, and we take great pride in offering great customer service.
- DDL : www.testedandproven.com
- Two testing locations in Fountain Valley, California and Eden Prairie, Minnesota
- ISO / ISE 17025 Accredited
- ISO 9001 Certified
Distribution Simulation Testing Services
Several organizations have published test standards in the area of distribution. The most commonly requested in our lab are from ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). ISTA publishes a resource book that contains their many standards, each tailored to a specific shipping package type and method. The user just needs to pick the test that best matches their shipping package and then follow the procedure laid out. ASTM’s primary distribution test standard is D-4169. In D-4169, ASTM has outlined a series of test sequences and allowed for extensive customization to best simulate the distribution process.
Cryopak offers a wide array of testing procedures designed to ensure the viability of the product during actual shipping conditions. Through laboratory simulations that subject both the package and the product to expected hazards, the probability of safe delivery to the end user can be determined. Cryopak regularly performs both customer derived and industry standard test procedures.
ISTA Series 1
This series challenges the strength and robustness of the product and package combination. It is not designed to stimulate environmental occurrences. Series 1 is useful as screening tests, particularly when used as a consistent benchmark over time.
ISTA Series 2
Series 2 tests with at least one element of a Series 3 type General Simulation Performance test, such as atmospheric conditioning or mode-shaped random vibration, in addition to the basic elements of a Series 1 type Non-Simulation Integrity test.
ISTA Series 3
ISTA Series 3 is designed to provide a laboratory simulation of the damage-producing motions, forces, conditions and sequences of transport environments. Characteristics will include simple shaped random vibration, different drop heights applied to the sample package and/or environmental conditioning.
Refers to a pre-defined series of tests that can include compression, vibration and drop testing that are designed to measure a package’s viability under real world conditions, not including climatic.
More testing capabilities :
- ASTM D642 and other Compression Strength Tests
- Vibration Testing and ASTM D999
- ISO 11607 Validation Testing
Materials Testing Services
- Accelerated Aging, Real Time Aging, and Stability Testing
- ASTM D638 and other Tensile Tests
- ASTM D1002 and other Shear Tests
- ASTM D1922 and other Tear Tests
- ASTM D3330 and other Peel Adhesion Tests
- ASTM F1306 and other Puncture and Impact Tests
Package Strength and Tensile Testing
Package strength is central to ensuring that the quality of a package’s contents remain uncompromised. Testing prior to product release saves manufacturers both time and money. Through controlled simulations, Cryopak Test Center’s certified packaging engineers can provide independent data reports or act as consultants to offer design solutions.
Measures the bond strength between an adhesive and a substrate to determine the force required to break such a bond. Data collected is used to determine an adhesive’s ability to withstand particular forces and conditions.
Determines the force necessary to open seals from packaging.
Measures the force necessary to “burst” a package using differential pressure. Burst testing provides data identifying the weakest point of the package as well as its ability to survive a specified amount of pressure.
Package Integrity Testing
Package integrity testing provides important information used in determining the ability of the package to maintain the sterility and shelf life of the product. Cryopak Test Center (CTC) offers various tests that expose the package to mechanical and environmental hazards to quantify the package’s performance.
Visual inspection can be used for detecting openings or canals in the seal of flexible packaging.
Designed to test the entire package for gross leaks as small as .008 inch, this method uses internal pressurization of a package. The parcel is submerged in water and inflated with air. A quality tech looks for bubbles in the water, indicating a leak. This test is considered destructive to the package.
Used to detect seal leaks as small as 0.002 inch in porous packaging seals, this method applies a colored dye, spread along the seal. A visual inspection following the dye application will not only determine if there is a leak, but will identify its location. Dye leak testing is destructive to the packaging.
Vacuum leak testing is a destructive method of testing for seal leaks by applying pressure to the package. Initial pressure applied within an airtight chamber is measured against the final pressure. Changes in these two measurements reveals minute leaks. A second form of the vacuum test involves fully submerging a flexible package in water to identity seal leaks.