Smithers Pira operates a fully equipped package testing laboratory in Lansing, Michigan. This transit testing laboratory provides pre-shipment testing and distribution validation testing services in the Midwest. The laboratory is ISTA Certified and accredited to ISO 17025.
Distribution testing is the simulation of real life supply chain physical and climatic hazards, under controlled laboratory conditions. This involves:
- Vibration testing simulating road, rail and air transit
- Impact and drop testing representing manual and automated handling
- Compression testing representing warehousing storage and compressive forces arising during shipment
- Climatic conditioning covering regional or global conditions, from elevated temperature and humidity to sub-zero conditions
Smithers Pira's Lansing package testing laboratory was established in the early 1990's to support Michigan's Automotive Industry. Now the laboratory serves a broad range of client sectors including:
Distribution testing services include both standard testing (using methods such as ISTA 3A and 3E or ASTM D4169), and tailored test programmes based on our extensive supply chain knowledge and field data gathering. Tailored projects regularly revolve around packaging improvement, validating more innovative products or packaging components, and reducing costs and damage.
The laboratory team includes consultant and test engineer staff members, providing a mix of real life supply chain knowledge with laboratory experience across the range of packaging materials and sectors. The team has a combined experience of more than 50 years in packaging and testing.
Smithers Pira's Lansing transit testing lab is situated close to Michigan State University - our links to MSU have enabled Smithers Pira to keep a tight relationship with the academic world. Many of the Lansing transit testing team are MSU school of packaging graduates.