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What are top-load testing standards?

International standards organisations such as ASTM, ISO, EN, BSI, DIN, and AFNOR develop a wide range of test methods involving top-load testing.

In addition, industry groups such as ISBT (International Society of Beverage Technologists) and CETIE (International Technical Centre for Bottling) publish guidelines and recommended test methods covering top-load. 

There are also many companies that have evolved their own in-house test methods, for checking the axial top-load strength of their packaging.

Mecmesin has extensive experience in developing test equipment to meet the challenges posed by top-load/compression/crush testing to international and in-house standards.

MultiTest-dv (with AFG) perfoming top load testing on blown thermoplastic container to standard ASTM D2659

Test standards commonly needed

  • ISO 3037 Corrugated fibreboard - determination of edgewise crush resistance (unwaxed edge method)
  • ISO 8113 Glass containers - resistance to vertical load - test method
  • ISO 12048 Packaging - complete filled transport packages - compression and stacking tests using a compression tester
  • ASTM D642 Determining the compressive resistance of shipping containers, components, and unit loads
  • ASTM D2659 Column crush properties of blown thermoplastics containers
  • ASTM D4169 Performance testing for shipping containers and systems
  • ASTM D4577 Compression resistance of a container under constant load
  • DIN 55440-1 Packaging test - compression test - test with a constant conveyance-speed
  • DIN 555261-1 Packaging test; compression test; dynamical test for plastic containers with a capacity up to 10 liters
  • ISBT and CETIE Voluntary Test methods for PET bottles
  • TAPPI T804 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers
  • TAPPI T808 Flat crush test of corrugated board (flexible beam method)
  • TAPPI T811 Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column test)
MultiTest with ILS loadcell performing top-load test on PET bottle (ISBT Rev. 1)
MultiTest with ILS loadcell performing top-load test on PET bottle (ISBT Rev. 1)


Top-load testing standards

Some of the most common Top-load testing standards we're asked about by our customers include...

  • ASTM D2659 Standard Test Method for Column Crush Properties of Blown Thermoplastic Containers
  • ISBT and CETIE Voluntary Test methods for PET bottles
  • QAC-MC-171/F L'Oreal - Axial resistance of bottles
  • ISO 12048 Packaging - complete filled transport packages - compression and stacking tests using a compression tester
  • ISO 8113 Glass containers - Resistance to vertical load - Test method
Mecmesin provide top-load testing solutions including the designing and developing bespoke solutions based on your requirements

How can we help you?

We work with our customers to interpret the requirements of the standard and, for many common tests, we have a range of pre-configured solutions.

Bespoke development

For more specialised requirements, such as products and components that are harder to seat or grip securely, we provide a custom design service to develop bespoke grips and fixtures.

What do our customers say?

The new "-xt system" is simple and tough enough for us to use in a production environment, while simultaneously allowing us to get the information we need [...] allowing us to pre-empt issues before they can affect quality, with much less effort than previously. This means we have less waste, improved efficiencies and can spend more time making our products.

William Thorley, Project Engineer
Reckitt Benckiser PLC

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