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Drop Test Standards: Shell-Case Goes Beyond the Basics to Ensure Ultimate Protection

Drop Test Standards: Shell-Case Goes Beyond the Basics to Ensure Ultimate Protection

In a world where technology and precision instruments play a pivotal role across industries, the integrity of carrying solutions cannot be underestimated. Shell-Case stands at the forefront of this arena, offering unparalleled protection through meticulously engineered cases.

However, our commitment to safeguarding our customer’s sensitive equipment extends beyond the conventional norms. We understand that not only must our cases meet industry standards for durability, but the instruments inside of them, some of the most delicate engineering on the planet, need more than just “standard testing”.

And so, we’ve moved on the conventional to embrace rigorous testing standards to ensure each case provides maximum durability and resilience. This article is about our approach to drop test standards. 

What is Drop Testing and What are Drop Test Standards?

A drop test standard is a test and standard designed to evaluate the structural integrity of a given product across industries. For a broad definition of this term, click here. Drop tests are procedures used to assess an object’s ability to withstand impact from a specific height. They are crucial in various industries, ensuring the durability of products during transportation and usage.

At Shell-Case we uphold industry-wide drop test standards, not because they’re an industry requirement, but because it’s our opportunity to test how well our cases protect the products they store.

Drop testing is an extreme way to test your device while stored inside the case. We evaluate its resistance to fracture, cracking, and failures. This vital assessment helps us to learn our own weaknesses, and how to develop the best case possible. Performing drop tests helps us optimize the design to eliminate product damage during shipping. 

We don’t look simply at the case you hold in your hands, we understand that it has to protect the delicate device within and that the device within must also withstand a drop test and meet the drop test standards.

There are different types of “standards” for drop tests. These standards outline which testing procedures and scoring criteria should be used when you perform a test.

Here are the most common drop test standards:

ISO 2248: is an international standard that specifies a method for testing the impact resistance of filled packages. This test simulates the type of shock a package would experience if it were dropped directly onto its top, bottom, or sides during handling or transportation, ensuring products are protected. This standard helps manufacturers optimize packaging designs.

ASTM D5276: A drop test of loaded containers in free fall. It focuses on the protective capabilities of shipping containers and the distribution environment they’ll likely encounter and Involves repetitive drops from a predetermined height to assess how well a package withstands potential impacts throughout its journey. This test is for containers weighing less than 110 lbs (50kg).

ASTM D4169: This test simulates distribution environments in order to evaluate the performance of a shipping container in distribution. Each test is tailored to the specific usage environment parameters of the container being tested.

MIL STD 810G 516.6: A rigorous military standard concentrating on equipment and materials used in military operations. Drop tests within this standard gauge the ability of equipment to function after enduring shocks and impacts in harsh combat conditions. It prioritizes the durability and resilience necessary for reliable performance in extreme environments. This testing standard defines the process by which a device is dropped 26 times on all of its faces, corners and edges. All units are dropped at test method-defined temperatures.

Raising the Bar

No matter the case you buy, even a plastic hard case, your case must meet certain standards in order to receive certain certifications. However, standard testing focuses on case integrity, but does not evaluate the safety and integrity of the device inside.

This is especially true if you buy an off-the-shelf case that has only been tested as an empty case, and not one that contains your device.

At Shell-Case we look at things differently. We understand that it’s not enough for the case not to break, but the device inside must also remain whole. And so we test our custom cases with your device – evaluating the functionality of the entire system. A valuable testing difference that can make or break your device. 

Key Criteria for Superior Drop Testing (It’s Not All About Height)

Superior drop testing is defined by a meticulous approach that encompasses:

  • Varied Heights: We test cases from multiple drop heights to simulate different drop scenarios.
  • Different Surfaces: Testing on various surfaces reflects real-world conditions more accurately.
  • Multiple Angles: We perform drops from different angles to assess all possible impact points on the case.

But, at Shell-Case, we’re not only testing conventional heights and angles. We like to imagine the full range of possibilities that our products might encounter. 

For Example:

  • Strap Testing: How do straps hold up in different conditions? If an end-user is running with our case, are the straps staying strong? Are they tearing under extreme force? 
  • Pouches: We don’t look at just “the big picture” but rather, every detail. For example, an AED case that contains a side pouch for accessories requires that the side pouch be just as resilient and durable as the main case. 
  • Locks and Hinges: Your case might resist a great fall, but your latch or hinge might get damaged. At Shell-Case we see the device as needing to do more than protect, but rather to retain full function and integrity, even under major duress 

Adhering to and Exceeding Standards

Shell-Case’s commitment to excellence begins with strict adherence to industry-standard drop-test regulations, ensuring each case meets fundamental safety and durability benchmarks. Beyond these basics, Shell-Case integrates additional layers of testing, addressing practical usage, impact resistance, and performance specific demands. This way we ensure that we not only comply with but also surpass standard regulations, offering users confidence in their equipment’s protection under any circumstances.

Rigorous drop testing is not just a procedure but a cornerstone in the development of high-quality, durable cases. Shell-Case sets the gold standard, ensuring each product withstands even the most demanding situations.

Discover Unparalleled Protection

Curious what kind of custom carrying cases and off-the-shelf or hybrid solutions that Shell-Case can offer you? Reach out to us by clicking here. We invite you to delve deeper into the world of Shell-Case and explore our extensive range of products. Experience the unmatched protection that our cases offer, designed to meet the rigorous demands of your most valued devices.

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