Distribution Simulation Testing

Life Science Outsourcing’s distribution simulation testing services check packaging systems against genuine, real-world hazards, and ensures compliance.

Distribution Simulation Testing Expertise

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, or final destination. 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 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 addresses this.

Distribution Simulation Testing Methods

Distribution Simulation is a systematic and repetitious way of testing shipping containers. It uses testing equipment to expose packaging systems to genuine, real-life hazards that may be encountered during the distribution environment. A medical package falling from a forklift, 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 Testing falls into one of three categories:

  • Drop
    Used to determine the rugged nature of medical packages and the effectiveness of its interior cushioning ability when the products or 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.