ASTM D642 is a testing standard designed to measure the compressive strength or resistance of shipping containers and parts. During distribution and warehousing, items are placed under various compressive loads while being stacked and moved. Packaging components such as boxes, crates, and cases are designed to protect products while they are transported and stored. Testing packing components for compressive strength is needed to help guarantee the protection of the products inside them. ASTM D642 can be used to test packaging diagonally (along opposite edges) or top to bottom. This is a general guide designed to help you understand the basic test procedure and equipment needed to test your products and materials to this standard. When you are ready to perform this test, please refer to and follow the exact specifications in the official ASTM D642 document.
Select a sample size and condition each specimen as indicated
Carefully center the specimen on the bottom compression platen
Slowly bring the top platen into contact with the specimen
Apply the desired pre-load
Make sure your system is set to specimen deformation
Begin to apply load at the constant rate indicated in the specification
Continue test until failure or specified load
Repeat this procedure with each specimen
Make sure to accurately measure specimen dimensions, weight, condition, contents, and any other relevant information before testing.
A load-position curve for the entire test (ADMET testing controllers will automatically chart a load vs position curve in real time.
Mean and standard deviations for all specimens
Load vs Postion curve for several specimens created in MTESTQuattro
A compression testing machine capable of applying the needed load at the specified speed. ADMET offers a full line of table-top and floor-standing compression testing systems.
A pair of compression platens larger than the specimens being tested. Browse our online grip catalog, custom platens can be designed.
A testing controller capable of displaying and recording a load vs position curve. Both MTESTQuattro, an advanced PC-based controller, and the eP2, a stand-alone touch panel unit, offer this capability.
eP2 Digital Controller (top) MTESTQuattro PC-based controller (bottom)