Tray Pack Improved Durability Packaging Rough Handling Test Results
Final rept. 1 Jan-30 Jun 1983
CUMMINGS SOLAR CORP WILMINGTON MA
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The causes of damage to Tray Pack containers during rough handling were determined. Several concepts for increasing the stiffness of the Tray Pack container were developed. Prototypes were fabricated and tested. Shipping containers were tested for their ability to withstand the crushing load resulting from stacking unit loads. Test results indicated that increasing the base weight of the Tray Pack material, adding reinforcing beads to both top and bottom surfaces, and making sure that each Tray Pack was thoroughly filled to avoid vacuum stresses resulted in a much more damage-resistant Tray Pack container. Test results also indicated that increases in shipping container rigidity are required so that unit loads can be stacked. Specifically, the shipping containers are to be smaller so that Tray Packs will fit more snugly inside and bear a portion of the load.
- Containers and Packaging
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods