GERMANY – Paccor Testing Instruments has unveiled Box Compression Tester (BCT) –Digital to help paper and packaging manufacturers evaluate the performance and quality of packaging or corrugated boxes.

Paccor’s testing machine helps evaluate the strength of the cardboard boxes before they are used in the market, determining how much weight they can bear when stacked one above the other.

The equipment easily calculates the amount of vertical compressive force a cardboard box can take before deforming or collapsing.

The machine is designed for international standards like ASTM D642 and ASTM D4169 and comes with advanced features for precise analysis.

ASTM D642 standards explain the detailed process of testing the compressive resistance of shipping containers including drums, corrugated boxes and components.

It defines how a machine can be used to measure the ability of the container to resist external compressive forces that are applied to its faces from opposite edges or corners.

The BCT – Digital has a sturdy base plate with a rugged structure that can hold the test samples in a uniform position, while its microprocessor-based display offers highly precise and accurate test reports.

In addition, the equipment offers precise results by maintaining a uniform compression load and comes with many state-of-the-art features, such as an extra bright LED display, Tare & Peak hold facility and Over Travel Protection.

It is launched with various platform sizes and different load cell capacities to test the strength of varied sizes and types of boxes.

The equipment allows users to assess the type of box they can opt for packaging or delivery after performing a test using the Stack load tester or BCT.

The box compression tester is ideal for performing compression tests on boxes, cans, drums and shipping containers made of corrugated fiberboard, wooden boxes, crates, buckets, pails, bottles, tubs, and pallets.

The box compression test can be conducted on filled or empty boxes, with or without a box closure.

The new technology comes at a time when corrugated or non-corrugated cardboard boxes are commonly used in the packaging and delivery industry.

While they are stored and transported, they are subjected to many vertical loads and frictional forces that may damage the boxes’ integrity or cause a deflection which can further damage the products inside.

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