Packaging development

DUO LAB

Your advantage – maximum safety with package testing

To fulfil your wishes and demands – and the legal requirements for securing packages too – in our DUO LAB Technology Centre we provide comprehensive laboratory testing to develop package testing concepts for securing materials.

Our technology centre includes a state-of-the-art laboratory for this purpose, enabling us to undertake testing on entire unit loads. This unique packaging testing laboratory helps us come up with securement concepts for complete loads and transported products, and to perform testing on them. A systems analysis of the predominating transport conditions and environmental influences provides the basis for developing individually-adapted securement measures – from the primary packaging through to the entire unit load.

We’ll work with you to validate all the challenges of transport, and develop scientifically-based packaging testing, analyses and optimizations. Our testing focuses on your individual requirements for the packaged product, securing your unit load and the associated packaging process. By optimizing your transport process, we’ll help you make your transport cost-effective, safe and worry-free for everyone involved.

  • Protect your products from external loads and influences
  • Maximum unit load securement, thanks to development of individual package testing concepts
  • Optimization of your consumption of materials
  • Optimization of your packaging process and packaging design
  • Internationally-recognized test reports and certificate

Packaging: safe, efficient, cost-effective

We optimize your packaging process

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Stretch films

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Packaging machines

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Technology Center

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Manual envelope

Handling tests are used to assess whether products and loading units can withstand the stresses of handling operations without damage. Both individual packages and complete load units can be tested. Particular attention is paid to internal transport with forklifts or pallet trucks. In addition, loading and unloading situations can be simulated. In addition to the stability of the loading units, these test procedures focus on occupational safety. Reduce or prevent the risks of accidents caused by manual handling in your company.

Horizontal Impact

The horizontal impact equipment consists of a computer-controlled sled which applies specific accelerations to the relevant unit load. The aim of the package testing is to simulate the most important shock and acceleration loads as realistically as possible. This enables us to investigate the horizontal transport influences on the unit load which could significantly affect the safety and stability of your load.

  • By specifying the necessary parameters – such as impact duration, pulse intensity and shear force – the test method allows you to subject your unit load to horizontal forces, theoretically up to 15 g.
  • In real life, horizontal loading often occurs when the cargo impacts exterior walls or other packages due to acceleration or braking, coupling of rail vehicles or material handling in warehouses, distribution centres, airports and ports.
  • We analyse the behaviour of your loads with a targeted evaluation of the testing, using a high-speed camera system.
  • The results from the simulation and analysis enable us to come up with a concept for securing your unit loads which will help you to avoid transport damage due to horizontal forces.
  • This method of securing goods for transport is of course applicable to every type of transport.

Vertical Vibration Tables

Your product is at constant risk of being damaged due to the permanent loading resulting from transport. Therefore, the secondary packaging has more to do than just forming the unit load. It also has an important contribution to make regarding the protection of your products and ensuring their safe transport. Here, permanent vertical loads on the products being transported are exactly those which demand particularly high stability from the package.

  • Our vertical vibration tables enable us to perform testing with vertical impacts and random vibrations, so you can be absolutely sure about the robustness of your packaging.
  • The facility allows you to investigate in great detail how your package behaves when subjected to loading, for example, the effect of lorry shock absorbers, turbulence during air transport and loads arising from processing the shipment in warehouses.
  • It is also capable of determining the significance of unbalanced masses in engines, and structural vibrations of vehicles and containers.
  • This equipment also enables us to offer test methods to determine scrap rates for products with electronic components.
  • This special way of simulating transport conditions ensures you can verify that your packaging works, and that it is harmonized with a perfectly-adapted load securement concept.

Pitch & Roll Module

The pitch and roll module was specially-developed for testing the loads resulting from tipping or tilting movements and rotations. This test method enables us to simulate every curve realistically. These influences arising from transport can significantly impact the stability and safety of your transported materials and unit loads.

  • Combined with the vertical vibration table, these two subsystems form a testing facility enabling us to carry out detailed experiments on the performance of your primary and secondary packaging.
  • This is a focused way of uncovering any weaknesses in the packages.
  • It is precisely the functional interaction of the two test systems which enables us to cover highly-relevant requirements for applications, since the simultaneous combination of many different loads permits very realistic test conditions (field-to-laboratory simulation).
  • Our test equipment also allows you to investigate those challenges where a unit load must withstand transport whilst situated among other load carriers.

Climate Chamber

Flexible packaging materials offer numerous advantages for your distribution process, for example, simple and fast packaging of the products you need to transport. Strength and retention forces are enormously affected by the environmental conditions they experience, so that your packaging’s load capacity may vary significantly. This must be taken sufficiently into account during selection and processing of the film. To investigate the significance of these factors for the safety and stability of your unit loads, we have created a test environment which allows us to subject the unit load being tested to our vertical tests – directly within a climate-controlled environment.

  • Our adiabatic climatic test equipment enables you to test your loaded products at ambient temperatures ranging from – 25 °C to + 80 °C and humidities of RH 15 % to 98 %.
  • Thanks to the special layout of the test equipment – especially the installation of the vertical vibration and pitch and roll test units inside the climate chamber – we can offer you a unique test environment for investigating complex loading in association with environmental influences (field-to-laboratory simulation).
  • After evaluating the test results we can determine our customers’ individual requirements for the packaged product and unit load.
  • The climate chamber enables us to simulate particular packaging scenarios under extreme temperature conditions, such as, for example, in deep freeze areas.

GPS-Data-Recorder

The demands upon transported products and the quality of their packaging are growing all the time. Increasing awareness of the necessity for individually-adapted load securement means that transport conditions have unavoidably become a central consideration. To give you certainty in this area too – that your packaged goods have been perfectly packaged and loaded – you have the option of using detailed transport route analyses, using special trip data recording systems.

  • The data collection gives an accurate insight into the predominating transport loads and forms the basis for developing your individual load securement concept.
  • Your entire distribution cycle (up to 30 days) is recorded using special tachograph systems.
  • Along with direct influences on the shipment, such as forces and accelerations, indirect factors are also documented, such as temperature and humidity.
  • This results in a firm basis for simulating your individual transport requirements.
  • Risk evaluations are generated by analysing the data recorded from transport and loading procedures. This enables targeted packaging optimization which also includes consideration of over-packaging and under-packaging.

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