Distribution Simulation Testing

Distribution Simulation Testing


There are numerous variables that medical packages and products will encounter when traveling from the point of manufacture to the sterilization facility, distribution center, health care facility, etc. A medical package falling from a fork lift, swaying around a truck during transit, or being stacked on top of other packages / containers in a storage warehouse are all examples of distribution occurrences.

Distribution Simulation is a systematic and repetitious way of testing shipping containers, using testing equipment which exposes these packaging systems to genuine, real-life hazards that may ensue within the forthcoming distribution environment. Distribution Simulation is a large and quintessential component that complies with the ISO 11607 standard.

It may also be necessary to expose the medical packages and products to atmospheric conditioning in order to simulate particular field conditions that a packaged product or component may encounter during its expected life cycle or testing cycle. The ASTM D4332 standard covers this.


Distribution Simulation Testing Types

Drop
Used to determine the rugged nature of medical packages and the effectiveness of its interior cushioning ability when the products/packages systems are exposed to impact during material handling operations.

Vibration
Used to determine the ability of medical packages and products to withstand shock and vibration encountered during the entire transit course.

Compression
Used to determine the maximum compression resistance and long-term stacking strength of both individual medical packages and their master shipping containers.


More information

International Safe Transit Association Standards

ASTM-D4169 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

This information was provided by Medical Package Testing, a Division of Life Science Outsourcing, Inc. For more information visit www.lso-inc.com/mpt