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Simulating the Process of Distribution

Package testing is the simulated process of distribution and storage of products that need to travel from the manufacturer to the end user. Packages can be described as an exterior container, cushioning or protection material and/or the product itself.

Package testing is relevant for clients who want to consistently deliver their products to market on-time and in compliance with industry regulations. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to evaluate each package's ability to protect the product inside throughout the handling, distribution and storage process.

Package fragility is a concern for most of our clients. Tektronix can simulate virtually every condition packages will undergo during warehouse or distribution processes. We have equipment to test shipping cartons, point-of-purchase (POP) displays and pallets.

The two most popular situations tested are shipping and storage:

  • Shipping - Tektronix can simulate various vibrations, temperatures and unpressurized altitudes that products will encounter.
  • Storage - Tektronix can simulate various conditions that happen during storage such as stacking, impact/shock and dropping.


Tektronix also tests to unique requirements or special environmental circumstances such as fungus, salt fog or UV/sunlight exposure.

These tests enable our customers to make effective interpretations about the integrity of their packaging. Our goal is for your packages to reach your customers in an acceptable condition. We provide package testing services to the following industry sectors:

  • Consumer Products
  • FDA-Regulated
  • Medical Device Manufacturers


Which Tests Do I Need?

To determine which tests are appropriate for your package system, you will need to consider a combination of factors including regulatory requirements, applicable standard(s) or test procedures, mode of transport, type and category of product in the container, size and shape of the container, and the container material make up.

Testing your packaging before it goes to your customers can save you money, reduce your liability, and increase your credibility and professionalism with your clients. Tektronix serves leading companies and government agencies with a wide array of package testing services, including:

  • Bounce
  • Compression, Machine
  • Compression, Dead Weight
  • Drop Test
  • Vehicle Simulation
  • Fragility
  • Storage Test
  • Thermal Shipper Validation
  • Shipping
  • Label Rub & Peel
  • Stacking
  • Vibration (sinusoidal/random)


ISTA Certified

Tektronix is certified by the International Safe Transport Association (ISTA), the body that has designed a rigorous program of package and transportation tests to provide a laboratory simulation of the damage-producing forces and conditions of transport environments. Tektronix is also compliant with a variety of industry-specific standards, including:

  • ISTA
  • ASTM
  • IEC 68-2
  • GR-63
  • RTCA/DO-160


Learn more: Package Evaluation PDF


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