Standard Product Test Methods

Test methods form the basis of the laboratory evaluation, allowing repeatable, controllable and meaningful assessment of the physical performance of a product or component.

Smithers Pira's knowledge covers the range of internationally recognized shock testing, vibration testing and climatic testing methods and standards, and defence standards including Def-Stan 00-35 and MIL-STD 810F.

Smithers Pira's laboratories are ISTA certified and Smithers Pira's UK laboratory is certified to ISO 17025.

Standards Commonly Used by Smithers Pira for Product Testing

ASTM D642                 Standard Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads

ASTM D880                 Standard Test Method for Impact Testing for Shipping Containers and Systems
ASTM D3332               Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machine
ASTM D3580               Standard Test Methods for Vibration (Vertical Linear Motion) Test of Products
ASTM D4168               Standard Test Methods for Transmitted Shock Characteristics of Foam-in-Place Cushioning Materials
ASTM D4577               Standard Test Method for Compression Resistance of a Container Under Constant Load
ASTM D4728               Standard Test Method for Random Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
ASTM D5112               Standard Test Method for Vibration (Horizontal Linear Sinusoidal Motion) Test of Products
ASTM D5276               Standard Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall
ASTM D6198               Standard Guide for Transport Packaging Design
ASTM D6537               Standard Practice for Instrumented Package Shock Testing For Determination of Package Performance
Def-Stan 00-35             Environmental Handbook for Defence Material

  • Part 1 Control and Management
  • Part 2 Environmental Trials Programme Derivation and Assessment Methodologies
  • Part 3 Environmental Test Methods
  • Part 4 Natural Environments
  • Part 5 Induced Mechanical Environments
  • Part 6 Induced Climatic, Chemical and Biological Environments

MIL-STD 810F             Department of Defence Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests
EN \ IEC 60068-2-1   Cold
EN \ IEC 60068-2-2   Dry heat
EN \ IEC 60068-2-6   Vibration (sinusoidal)
EN \ IEC 60068-2-13 Low air pressure
EN \ IEC 60068-2-14 Change of temperature
EN \ IEC 60068-2-27 Shock
EN \ IEC 60068-2-29 Bump
EN \ IEC 60068-2-30 Damp heat, cyclic
EN \ IEC 60068-2-78 Damp heat, steady state
EN \ IEC 60068-2-31 Rough handling shocks, primarily for equipment-type specimens
EN \ IEC 60068-2-38 Composite temperature/humidity cyclic test
EN \ IEC 60068-2-55 Bounce
EN \ IEC 60068-2-57 Vibration - Time-history method
EN \ IEC 60068-2-59 Vibration - Sine-beat method
EN \ IEC 60068-2-61 Climatic sequence
EN \ IEC 60068-2-64 Vibration, broadband random
EN \ IEC 60068-2-67 Damp heat, steady state, accelerated test
EN \ IEC 60068-2-80 Vibration - Mixed mode
EN \ IEC 60068-2-81 Shock - Shock response spectrum


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