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Gadomski School ofEngineering

Packaging Lab

The packaging activities at CBU are supported by various labs in the recently extensively-renovated Saint Benilde Hall as well as the Nolan Engineering Center. CBU Packaging Lab is certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). We encourage you to take a look at our very competitive package test price list. We also prepare each packaging student to become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician.

Some of the packaging related equipment is described below:

  • 3D Printer
  • Altitude Chamber
  • Burst Tester
  • 175-lb Drop Tester
  • 500-lb Drop Tester
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Injection Molding
  • Material Test System
  • Materials Tester
  • Sample Table
  • Shock Tester
  • Temperature/Humidity Chamber
  • 75-lb Random Vibration Table
  • 800-lb Random Vibration Table
  • 500-lb Incline Impact Tester
  • 5000-lb Compression Table

Sample Table

The Kongsberg XL22 Sample Table is a prototyping tool used to rapidly create physical samples of package designs using corrugated or plastic lined boards. It can also cut samples of complicated designs like a model ant, rocking chair, or anything that can be modeled using the ArtioCAD software. Besides prototyping, the table can be used for small-scale production of cartons for computer and electronics use.

Shock Tester

The Lansmont Shock Tester Model 65/81 is used to evaluate if a package and its contents are capable of withstanding shocks during the distribution process and to determine the shock fragility of a product. The system can handle large items up to 500 lb, with a footprint up to 25.6” x 32” and maximum acceleration of 600 g. A device at the steel base can generate both half sine and trapezoidal shock pulses. Also, the hydro-pneumatic brakes prevent secondary impacts as the shock table rebounds.

Temperature and Humidity Chamber

The Temperature & Humidity Chamber Model ZP-32 from CSZ Industrial is used to create and simulate various temperature environments encountered in distribution. It can be used to test and evaluate the thermal performance of insulated shipping containers under these environments, which is critical for perishable items, medicines, medical devices, biological/life science samples, and other chemicals. The glue joints of cardboard and corrugated box containers can be tested in the chamber. The chamber can also be used to test the brittleness of some plastics under extremely low temperatures, and for aging tests of materials and devices in other engineering fields.

3D Printer

The Dimension 3D Printer from Stratasys, Inc., is a rapid prototyping machine. It can be used to print an ABS plastic model of an object created in a 3D modeling software package such as Pro/Engineer, greatly speeding up the design process of small containers from conceptual design to prototype. For example, we can design and produce a real salt-shaker within an hour. The maximum container dimensions are 8” x 8” x 10”.

Injection Molding Machine

The Toshiba EC45N Injection Molding Machine can be used to mold plastic into various shapes for different applications, including packaging. It provides a high level of dimensional accuracy and part repeatability. Key features include high speed, high cycle molding; total machine system integration; five point clamping mechanism; less stress on the injection mechanism; automatic lubrication; wear resistant barrel; INJECTVISOR V21 numerical control system; absolute position sensing; and Six Sigma capabilities.

Materials Tester

The Materials Tester Model H5KS from Hounsfield is capable of testing various packaging materials such as plastic and paper in tension, compression, shear, tear, flexural, and peel. It works with contacting and noncontacting Hounsfield extensometers. When connected to a PC with the QMAT software, statistical data analysis can also be performed. Load capacity is 5kN with a speed range from 0.001 to 1000 mm/min. Force measurement conforms to ASTM E4. Dimensions are 1140 mm (H) x 490 mm (W) x 450 mm (D).

Material Test System

The MTS 810 Material Test System is a completely integrated solution for obtaining information about the mechanical properties of materials or components. With a load capacity of 22 kips and the FlexTest SE Plus controller, the system can be used to perform tests such as fatigue life studies; crack propagation and fracture mechanics studies; tensile, compression, and bending tests; and other specific procedures like asphalt, soil, and geomechanics tests. Using the pictured compression fixture, the machine can perform compression tests on small packages.

Drop Tester

The Lansmont PDT-56ED Drop Tester features an electric hoist capable of dropping packages up to 175 lbs (79 kg) from a height of 11 to 72 inches. The machine utilizes a high-velocity pneumatic cylinder and unique brake system for accurate flat drop testing. The hand-held controller is microprocessor based, giving the user the ability to set drop heights, to move the hoist up and down, and to return to the set drop height.

Vibration Test System

The Lansmont’s Model 1000 Vibration Test System is a servo-hydraulic machine that performs random vibration, field-to-lab simulations, resonance search and dwell, sine sweep, and repetitive tests. With a capacity of 75 lbs, it consists of a 25.8” x 25.8” cast aluminum table and an actuator with 2.5” of piston stroke. The machine comes with a computer-based TouchTest control, data acquisition, and data analysis system.