By using recognized standards in a controlled environment, repeatable testing is employed to:
- Assess the safety of product for double stacking
- Evaluate the suitability of loaded pallets for pyramid stacking
- Confirm the performance of the product when placed on racking
- Evaluate changes made
The testing turnaround at Smithers Pira depends on the scope of the work. However, we work closely with our clients to meet their deadlines.
Internationally recognized and accepted test methods are used to assess a sample's ability to safely carry a load when stacked and/or racked in a warehouse. These provide qualification testing for a range of wood, metal, plastic, paper and corrugated fibreboard products.
ISO 13194: 2009 - Box pallets -- Principal requirements and test methods
ISO 8611-1: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Test methods
ISO 8611-2: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Performance requirements and selection of tests
ISO 8611-3: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Maximum working loads
ASTM D4169-16 (2016) - Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
ISTA 3E (2018) - Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
Our comprehensive testing facilities enable us to offer a wide range of standard tests which we can combine to create custom testing programmes to simulate real life storage.
Our laboratories are ISTA certified and ISO 17025 accredited.