Calibration Lab Renews ACLASS Accreditation

By Eric Whitfield posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014

000066 Lansmont recently went through the processs to renew the ACLASS accreditation for our Calibration Services to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994.

Calibration establishes confidence that measurement results are accurate and assurance that instruments and equipment operate within specified limits. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for the defined scope of parameters with the operation of the laboratory and field quality management system.

000066 The ISO/IEC 17025 standard was developed in cooperation between International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It merges technical competence requirements with requirements for quality systems.

If you would like to learn more about our calibration services or quality program, please contact me for more information.

IAPRI World Conference

By Bryan Williams posted Friday, June 27, 2014

The International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) held its 19th World Conference in Melbourne, Australia earlier this month, hosted by Victoria University. Well over 100 Packaging scholars and professionals from around the world attended and participated in this event.

Lansmont continued with our premium support of these IAPRI events, acting as the Executive Level Sponsor. David Jin and Eric Joneson represented Lansmont Corporation, participating in the week’s conference activities, while Eric Joneson formally presented Vincent Rouillard of Victoria University with a SAVER 9XGPS as part of our sponsorship and support for this event..

Lansmont also partnered with Victoria University’s Engineered Packaging and Distribution Research Group to deliver a one-day Workshop, titled Measuring and Simulating Hazards in the Distribution Environment: From Field Data to Packaging Optimisation. Lansmont presented on the distribution hazards present in the transport environment, and how you measure those hazards using Lansmont SAVERs.
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Field-to-Lab Webinar - June 11 - FREE

By Bryan Williams posted Friday, May 16, 2014

000084 Patrick Blizinski, Lansmont's Field-to-Lab® (FTL) Product Specialist, will be hosting a free webinar on June 11. The 30-minute webinar will cover various aspects of Lansmont's Field-to-Lab methodology with emphasis on the use of SAVER’s to collect field data..

Patrick and the Field-to-Lab support team focus on implementing FTL technology through field measurement studies, data analysis, and test specification development. Patrick is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Packaging and has been helping to deliver Field-to-Lab Solutions since 2005.


The webinar topics will include:

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  • Field-to-Lab Methodology Overview
  • Field Instruments Overview
  • SaverXware Overview
  • Field-to-Lab Applications
  • Field-to-Lab Case Studies

DATE: June 11
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)


Please register here to participate in this interesting and worthwhile webinar! Confirmation and login details will be forwarded shortly thereafter.

Ultimate Fidelity

By Dale Root posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ever wonder what really goes on in the back of a truck - Let's find out!



We know that vertical vibration is a simplification of real world conditions. For most situations it has served us well over the years and provides the answers we need. But the real world moves in 3 dimensions - and now your tests can too.

HITS FOR SALE!

By Bryan Williams posted Friday, April 25, 2014

A factory refurbished HITS is now FOR SALE. The sled carriage is 106 in. long x 55 in. wide with a front bulkhead measuring 60 in. tall x 55 in. wide. The maximum payload is 6,000 lbs. The overall machine footprint is 39 ft. long x 5 ft. wide. The seismic mass weighs 20,000 lbs (actual test system shown below).
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000111 Horizontal Impact Test Systems (HITS) simulate the horizontal shock effects of rail switching, truck docking, unit load stability, and other types of horizontal impacts. Our standard HITS models are specifically designed to test in accordance with ASTM D4169 and ASTM D4003 as well as other corporate, industry and government specifications such as ISTA and ISO.

For more information on the HITS, please contact Lansmont Sales.

Lansmont HITS web page.

Instrumented Drop Testing (ASTM D6537)

By Bryan Williams posted Friday, April 11, 2014

Engineers are curious people by nature. We like figures and charts and graphs. We like data. But when it comes to performing a drop test or some other sort of impact simulation, often we perform those tests without instrumentation. All we learn from that is either the test item survived or it didn't. To optimize a design, we need more information.

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Instrumenting a packaged product when simulating shipping and handling impacts provides us that data. This is the information we need to quantify a package’s ability to protect the product. ASTM D4169 is commonly referenced for the drop or impact testing we use to simulate a distribution environment. ASTM also provides guidance for collecting data during these types of tests. ASTM D6537 outlines a process for how to perform instrumented package shock testing.

Lansmont's Test Partner is the perfect solution for collecting, analyzing, reporting and managing shock and impact data. Heck, that's what it's designed for! If you would like to learn more about enhancing your testing with instrumentation, please let us know.

Presentation at IoPP Golden Gate Chapter

By Eric Joneson posted Friday, April 04, 2014

000121IoPP’s - Golden Gate Chapter recently invited Lansmont Corporation to host a presentation discussing Field-to-Lab methodologies. The presentation, delivered by Eric Whitfield – VP of Quality & Instruments provided an overview of how SAVER instruments characterize what products experience in the field and using that information as criteria for designing, testing, and protecting products in their respective environments. The event offered Lansmont the opportunity to interact with packaging professionals of industry leading companies to better understand their packaging design challenges and introduce methods to solve those challenges using Lansmont’s Field-to-Lab products and services.

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For more information, or interest in having Lansmont present for your organization, please contact Eric directly.

Trends in Distribution Simulation Testing

By Bryan Williams posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lansmont's Eric Joneson is on the Editorial Board of a new online packaging science publication, International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. The current issue features an article that Eric authored, titled Trends in Distribution Simulation Testing.

Here is the article abstract:
Packaged-product distribution simulation tests are most effective when the damage assessment made from actual supply chain and after laboratory testing achieves high correlation. In order to create effective distribution tests, clear understanding of the distribution environment must be developed and documented. This can be achieved by “walking the system”; making direct observations from within various distribution channels. Challenges associated with thorough and complete supply chain access limits the overall effectiveness of walking the system. One way to address those challenges is to use non-intrusive portable data recorders that can travel within the global supply chain, measuring critical distribution hazards such as shock, vibration, compression, temperature, humidity and other valuable information. This article details trends associated with the growth of advanced simulation testing based upon measured data from within the supply chain.

If you would like to download the full article, please register on the IJAPT website.

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New Material Handling Simulation Technology

By Patrick Blizinski posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Field-to-Lab® methodology has always been a guiding principle for the development of Lansmont Testing systems. When fundamental changes are made to the ways in which products are moved and handled, the new environment should be measured to define the changed dynamics. If you don’t know what is happening in the distribution cycle, how can it be properly replicated in a laboratory setting?

000117 We know that variables in distribution cycles – like transportation modes and lanes - are subject to change. Likewise, conditions in warehouses and distribution centers are often modified for optimization, and efficient use of space is always at a premium. For appliance manufacturers, one way to optimize storage space is to use a folded cap carton instead of a pallet. By outfitting a forklift with an attachable accessory called a basiloid, cartons can be “top lifted”, which makes maneuvering the load easier and allows for the aisles in facilities to be narrower. This innovation also saves space above, below, and around the product, creating a more efficient storage and transport solution. Packaging and logistics professionals have asked “How can the dynamic inputs from this unique mechanical handling system be replicated in the laboratory?

000117To answer this question, Lansmont put the Field-to-Lab® methodology to work. The forklift, outfitted with the basiloid fixture, was measured with a SAVER™ 3X90 during its every-day operations. Product was handled and moved around the warehouse, including crossing over thresholds on the loading docks, all while the SAVER™ was along for the ride to characterize the shock and vibration environment. Tens of thousands of events were acquired and after some careful analysis the data was used to generate requirements for a new, custom testing system, the MH-15 Material Handling Test System.

The MH-15 uses a hydraulic actuator much like a vibration testing system does. The actuator is outfitted with standard forklift mast interface, to which the basiloid fixture is mounted. The unique Lansmont controls allow for replication of time-history measurements, as well as random vibration PSD profiles. Not only does the MH-15 replicate the vibration experienced when the product is being transported in the warehouse, it also replicates the stresses associated with the forklifts up/down and tilting dynamics. These unique motions have replicated unique failure modes in the laboratory setting, empowering the package designers to make the necessary modifications to reduce damage.
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Isolating the OTC Sensor

By Ben Taylor posted Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The most important shock machine design criteria is the ability to repeatedly subject test items to potentially damaging impacts…without breaking the shock machine itself! We continuously design new shock systems to satisfy increasing performance requirements for our customers. In many cases those performance increases translate to higher impact energy and acceleration levels. While most critical components are isolated from the impact severity, one is mounted to the table and must survive those impacts—the Optical Table Controller (OTC) sensor.

The OTC sensor provides position information used to set machine drop height. For the majority of shock testing applications there is no concern mounting the OTC sensor directly to the table—the potential acceleration amplitude it will experience is not enough to break it. For high performance applications though, it was necessary to re-evaluate how we mount the sensor to the shock table.

000116 To develop an OTC sensor isolation mount, Lansmont engineers utilized instrumented shock testing. The first step was to confirm the fragility level of the OTC sensor itself. We mounted accelerometers to the table and the OTC sensor and performed a series of high energy, high acceleration shock tests until the sensor failed. The initial data showed that the OTC sensor can experience up to twice as much acceleration amplitude as the table input.

The same testing was then repeated with the sensor mounted to an isolation block (shown in orange inset, during instrumented shock testing). The mounting block “cushions” the sensor from the high acceleration amplitudes generated by the table impact—reducing the acceleration response by up to 50% when compared to the table. This equates to a 400% reduction relative to acceleration amplitude that the rigidly mounted sensor experiences!

If you would be interested in more information on this design process or would like to discuss utilizing this type of analysis for critical components in your products, please contact me.