The William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet and Container Research Laboratory has benefited major companies and government agencies for over 40 years by predetermining consumer and industrial product protection. If you have experienced excessive damage claims or are contemplating the introduction of new pallets, our laboratory’s pallet testing services will be a real benefit to you. In our pallet testing lab, you will find that we have highly specialized, but still versatile, pallet testing and design equipment focusing on various aspects of the unit load. We test corrugated, wood, metal, and plastic for serviceability as pallets and their components. We are an independent, certified pallet testing laboratory, staffed by highly-skilled, certified technicians who perform pallet tests in accordance with ASTM, TAPPI, ISO, ANSI standards and customized application methods developed in our laboratory for and/or by our clients. Our lab’s are also qualified to conduct Amazon package testing and the Amazon FFP testing. We can help you become a vendor that meets Amazon’s FFP certification program.

As part of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design at Virginia Tech, the Packaging Materials Laboratory has the ability to conduct package material testing – on materials such as corrugated sheets and converted packaging, at various manufacturing stages. This will help to improve package performance in the supply chain while reducing costs and improving sustainability. Our services include standard packaging tests, as well as the ability to develop custom package tests and material tests to match your needs. Our tests are conducted based on American and international package testing standards. Our lab’s are also qualified to conduct Amazon package testing and the Amazon FFP testing. We can help you become a vendor that meets Amazon’s FFP certification program.

Product shelf-life is primarily dependent upon multidimensional interactions between packaging materials, packaging structure, and the products themselves. The Primary Packaging Laboratory provides a diverse selection of primary package testing services as well as research and development projects designed specifically to meet the needs of the primary packaging industry. The lab’s primary package testing services are in high demand because the evaluation of existing and future products and systems is essential to both manufacturers and consumers. The constant development of new packaging materials and/or packaging systems is highly demanded by our global society of fast moving consumer trends and cultural diversity.

Any company who does business with IKEA must ensure that their pallets and packaging materials meet the IKEA standards. We are the only IKEA certified laboratory in North America. So, we can help you meet IKEA’s package testing requirements. IKEA promises that “Affordable products are at the heart of everything we do. That means that we don’t compromise on quality or safety… We strive to follow the strictest safety and quality laws and standards on the markets where we operate, and at times we even go beyond these and set our own, stricter requirements. Whenever we develop a new product, we take great care to make sure that we can keep the promise we give to our customers – that IKEA products are safe to use.”

To ensure that all packages arrive to the customer without any damages, Amazon has partnered with the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to develop a comprehensive pre-shipment testing program. As of August 1st, 2019, all of your company’s packages must pass these tests in order to avoid paying extra fines and fees to Amazon. Virginia Tech is certified to conduct all ISTA Amazon testing including: Project 6- Amazon – SCIO (A-G) and Project 6 – Over-boxing! Due to their extensive experience in distribution and protective packaging, our faculty and staff are also qualified to help improve your packaging so that it will pass the applicable Amazon testing!

Contact us to schedule a tour of our certified testing and research laboratories!