IC Transportation Testing

Proper transportation testing of devices entails designing containers that withstand the complex stresses when subjected to being transported in vehicles. During device transportation testing, exposure to these stresses can affect the container, its interior packaging, means of closure, and its contents.


In order to transport devices properly, one must understand the most common packaging or product failures that result during supply chain activities, and then attempt to replicate those failures in the laboratory.  Once they are replicated, the tests can also serve to become the minimum necessary for the modification of future products to pass.

IC transportation testing practices have been established to provide a uniform basis upon which to evaluate the ability of shipping containers to withstand the rigors of the distribution supply-chain.  These practices also describe procedures for conditioning of containers, packages, or packaging components to see how they hold up to particular field conditions that they encounter during their life or testing cycle.  When designing transportation testing, items such as vehicle stacking, vehicle vibration testing, random vibration testing, loose load testing, and conditioning of containers or packaging components is taken into consideration.

Silicon Cert Laboratories offers the following tests developed by ASTM, International (American Society for Testing and Materials). http://www.astm.org/

  • Free fall drop test of loaded containers to ASTM-D5276
  • Vehicle Stacking to ASTM-D4169
  • Vehicle vibration testing of shipping containers to ASTM-D999
  • Random vibration testing of shipping containers to ASTM-4728
  • Loose load testing to ASTM-D4169
  • Conditioning of containers or packaging components to ASTM-D4332
  • Conditioning of containers or packaging components to ASTM-D4169

Test Specifications / Standards

  • ATSM D999 Method A1 Repetitive Shock (Vertical Motion)
  • ATSM D4169 Schedule D Stacked Vibration
  • ATSM D4169 Schedule E Vehicle  Vibration
  • ATSM D4169 Schedule F Loose Load Vibration