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Test methods for product protection during distribution within europe

Upgrading of the following test methods a/c to eu directive
94/62/ec: drop height in relation to mechanical and manual
handling - drop height in relation to weight/size/type of
goods - pressure forces during mechanical handling.

The manufacturing industry is facing several challenges. The long delivery distances with several re-loading points and border crossings cause very high costs and a major competitiveness disadvantage. Much damage occurs during distribution, in terminals with loading and unloading of the goods, but also during transport itself. Increased international competition, customers' zero-defect demands together with varying demands from different markets makes this project especially urgent as an independent source of knowledge to ensure growth or guarantee survival for the industry. * The project will considerably strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish and Polish industry and industry with export potential, such as SMEs and sub-contractors of the electronics industry. This is achieved through new, improved product protection methods reducing damage caused by loading and unloading of goods during terminals handling. * By measuring drop heights, forces and compression loads, the dimensioning data is found. New test and dimensioning methods for mechanical and manual handling are developed. Data from the whole transportation chain is collected. * The industry contributes with measuring objects and feedback of measuring results from distribution to customer. * Transporters participate during the studies of their terminals and transport the measuring tools (shock and vibration recorders) that the industry and research institutes supply. * Upgrading of the following test methods: - drop height in relation to mechanical and manual handling - drop height in relation to weight/size/type of goods - pressure forces during mechanical handling - compression in transport and storage Feedback from the distribution chain will result in the relevant laboratory tests. Seminars and educational packages will be developed for distribution personnel and interested parties outside the project. By using the results from our transport studies, terminals and warehouses, we expect an initial 50% damage reduction for participating companies as a result of the proposed changes as regards handling in studied transport, terminals and warehouses. Keywords: handling/transport, package test methods, damage reduction.
Acronym: 
EUROTEST
Project ID: 
2 606
Start date: 
26-03-2001
Project Duration: 
58months
Project costs: 
800 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Technical Standards
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.