Maximizing Product Safety During Transportation: An Insight into the ASTM D6653 Test Method

ASTM D6653: A Closer Look

The ASTM D6653 is a rigorous test method that assesses potential risks of leaks, damage, or deformation that a product might encounter during transportation due to changing atmospheric pressures.

For example, when products travel from a higher to a lower atmospheric pressure, the changes in pressure can put stress on the packaging. If the packaging cannot withstand this stress, it can lead to product damage or leakage. The ASTM D6653 test method evaluates a product’s packaging ability to withstand these changes.

This standard is particularly crucial for products transported at high altitudes, whether over mountain passes or by air, as the atmospheric pressure varies significantly. Such transitions can lead to leaks and damage if the packaging is not designed to withstand such changes.

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Why Employ ASTM D6653?

Incorporating the ASTM D6653 test method offers numerous benefits for businesses:

  1. Risk Mitigation: Implementing the ASTM D6653 test method can help you identify potential packaging failures before they happen, allowing you to mitigate the risks of leaks, damage, or deformations.
  2. Cost Savings: Discovering issues before products are shipped prevents losses from damaged goods and returns, ultimately leading to cost savings.
  3. Improved Packaging Design: The insights gained from these tests can be used to improve your packaging design, enhancing its durability and reliability during transport.
  4. Customer Satisfaction: Delivering your product in perfect condition, irrespective of transit conditions, increases customer satisfaction and builds brand reputation.

How CDV’s ORION OS Simplifies ASTM D6653

Performing the ASTM D6653 test has been made easy with CDV’s ORION OS. It calculates the necessary pressure for each test based on the production and shipping or delivery altitudes. It also allows you to store up to 99 transportation profiles for performing tests under different scenarios.

Running the Test

Running the ASTM D6653 test with CDV’s ORION OS involves gradually increasing the vacuum to an equivalent rate of altitude increase, maintaining that level for a certain duration, and then reverting to the initial pressure level.

Interpreting the Results

Post-test interpretation depends on the packaging and the type of contents. For liquid-containing packages, leaks are easily detectable. If there are no liquids, irreversible deformations could indicate a problem. In some cases, even a seemingly perfect container might leak, in which case a separate leak test is recommended.

In conclusion, the ASTM D6653 test method is a powerful tool for ensuring the safe and successful transportation of your products. By leveraging CDV’s ORION OS and its capabilities, you can take the guesswork out of your transportation tests, improve your packaging design, and deliver unrivalled quality to your customers.

To learn more about how the CDV Vacuum chambers can facilitate your ASTM D6653 testing, get in touch with us today. Remember, DVACI is your trusted partner for robust package leak testing instruments.

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