Improve your packaging
methods to increase
your profitability

Signode Application Development and Research provides customers with improved packaging methods that increase profitability. Our experienced team of Engineers utilizes field and laboratory equipment to measure and duplicate the actual conditions your products experience during the shipping and handling process. They evaluate your current packaging method and design a solution to reduce your costs and improve the arrival condition of your products.


Field-to-lab solutions

Signode engineers can simulate your product’s transportation scenario based on the information gathered from actual conditions. Data is documented through the use of portable shock and vibration recorders. Equipped with a time date stamp, shock recorders help determine the precise location of the product during excessive impacts. A separate GPS system tracks the truck or railcar and documents the location of recorded impacts. Transportation-specific data gathered from the shock recorders are carefully analyzed to reproduce a packaged product’s exact transportation profile on the random vibration machine.

Testing in the Laboratory

Laboratory testing is conducted at Signode’s packaging research facility on state-of-the-art equipment certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).

Random vibration simulation
Reproduces vertical vibration that packaged products experience during shipping and handling.

Rotary motion vibration
Reproduces rotary motion experienced during ship or railcar transportation.

Incline impact testing
Simulates railcar coupling and truck shocks for packaged products.

Rough handling course
Recreates conditions that may occur during material handling, warehousing and storage yard handling.

Drop testing
Drop hooks and a drop tester determine the effectiveness of product packaging when exposed to rough handling or drop conditions.

Compression testing
Simulates compression during the strapping process as well as the compressive forces that can occur from stacking packaged products during storage or shipment.

Environmental conditioning chamber
Duplicates temperature conditions from minus 30 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for packaged products that are sensitive to varying temperature levels.

Working with the ADR team

Signode’s packaging assessments range from on-site field testing of your current packaging and shipping methods to laboratory evaluations. All testing and evaluations are performed by Signode Packaging Research Engineers with the hands-on knowledge and expertise to identify and solve packaging challenges for any industry.

Customer application reviews
An evaluation of your current packaging methods followed by a comprehensive report of analyses and recommendations.

Field engineering assignments
Thorough evaluation, development and testing of alternative packaging methods, followed by a complete report of testing results and recommendations. Signode packaging research engineers supervise and inspect trial shipments to customer sites to ensure packaging method effectiveness.

Laboratory assignments
Laboratory testing of current packaging methods coupled with the design and testing of alternative recommendations. All testing is conducted at Signode’s packaging research, in Glenview, Illinois, on state-of-the-art equipment certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).

Application videos
General Applications

Development and testing video highlighting various packaging applications.
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Aluminum Applications

Development and testing video highlighting aluminum applications.
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Beverage Containers Applications

Development and testing video highlighting beverage containers applications.
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Brick Applications

Development and testing video highlighting brick applications.
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Corrugated / Paper Applications

Development and testing video highlighting corrugated and paper applications.
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Glass Applications

Development and testing video highlighting glass applications.
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Lumber Applications

Development and testing video highlighting lumber applications.
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Pavers Applications

Development and testing video highlighting concrete pavers applications.
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Signature Bundles Applications

Development and testing video highlighting signature bundles applications.
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