IKEA CERTIFICATIONS

Our laboratory have been researching the characteristics of corrugated boards for more than 10 years. In 2018, we became and IKEA certified laboratory and currently we are the only IKEA certified laboratory in the North American region. We have the ability to evaluate and compare the material characteristics of corrugated fiberboard, pallet feet, and load bearers according to IKEA test methods which are based on the Specifications IOS-P-0010.

In order to request testing, please fill out the Test Request Application Form.
Submit the filled application form to Eduardo Molina at molina@vt.edu.

The current pricing structure to conduct testing can be accessed below. These costs apply exclusively for IKEA and IKEA suppliers who need to validate / certify their compliance with IKEA Specifications.

For testing not related to IKEA certifications, please visit our area of general Corrugated Packaging Testing page. If you are not an IKEA supplier please email Eduardo Molina at molina@vt.edu for a custom quote.

Testing Samples

All samples to be tested must be packaged to ensure each specimen will be flat and free from wrinkles and folds when delivered in the testing laboratory. Extreme care must be taken to avoid damage to the samples when shipping via couriers. All specimens must be obtained before the converting process to boxes or pallets.

Testing samples must be shipped pre-paid to the following address:

Eduardo Molina
1650 Research Center Dr.
Virginia Tech MC 0503
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

For questions regarding testing procedures please contact Eduardo Molina via email or (540) 231-8215.

For any information required, issues concerning immediate deliveries, or invoicing, please contact Angie Riegel via email or phone (540) 231-7107.

 

We are certified to conduct all of the following tests for IKEA suppliers:

ISO 287: Determination of Moisture Content
ISO 535: Determination of Water Absorptiveness
ISO 536: Determination of Grammage Weight
ISO 2759: Determination of Bursting Strength
ISO 3034: Determination of Single Sheet Thickness
ISO 3035: Determination of Flat Crush Resistance
ISO 3037: Determination of Edgewise Crush Resistance
ISO 5628: Determination of Bending Stiffness
IOS-TM-0037: Load Bearer Compression Test
IOS-TM-0038: Load Bearer Sheet Deflection Test
IOS-TM-0039: Pallet Foot Compression Test
IOS-TM-0040: Pallet Foot Insert Side Compression Test

ISO 287 – Paper and Board — Determination of Moisture Content – Oven-Drying Method

This International Standard specifies an oven-drying method for the determination of the moisture content of a lot of paper and board. The procedure, describing how the test pieces are drawn from the lot, is performed at the time of sampling. This is applicable to every type of lot of paper and board, including corrugated board and solid board, provided that the paper or board does not contain any substances, other than water, that are volatile at the temperature specified.

ISO 535 – Paper and Board – Determination of Water Absorptiveness – Cobb 60 Testing Method

This International Standard specifies a method of determining the water absorptiveness of sized paper and board, including corrugated fibreboard, under standard conditions. It is not suitable for porous papers such as newsprint or unsized papers such as blotting paper or other papers having a relatively high water absorptiveness. This method is not intended to be used for precise evaluation of the writing properties of paper although it does give a general indication of suitability for use with aqueous inks.

ISO 536 – Paper and Board – Determination of Grammage Weight Test

This International Standard specifies how to determine the grammage of paper and board; including testing methods and quality specifications.

ISO 2759 – Board – Determination of Bursting Strength

This International Standard specifies a method for measuring the bursting strength of board submitted to increasing hydraulic pressure. It is applicable to all types of board having bursting strengths within the range 350 kPa to 5 500 kPa. It is also applicable to papers or boards having bursting strengths as low as 250 kPa if the paper or board is to be used to prepare a material of higher bursting strength, such as corrugated board.

ISO 3034 – Corrugated Fibreboard – Determination of Single Sheet Thickness

This International Standard specifies a method for determining the single sheet thickness of corrugated fibreboard intended for use in the manufacture of packing cases and is applicable to all types of corrugated fibreboard.

ISO 3035 – Corrugated Fibreboard – Determination of Flat Crush Resistance

Fibreboard shipping containers can be subjected to compressive forces in the thickness direction as part of the manufacturing process, as well as during shipment or storage. These forces can compress the flute structure and reduce the structural integrity of the corrugated material. Resistance to this type of crushing is an important measure of the performance characteristics of the container. This International Standard specifies a method for the determination of the flat crush resistance of corrugated fibreboard used in the manufacture of shipping containers and is applicable to single-faced and single-wall (double-faced) corrugated fibreboard.

ISO 3037 – Corrugated Fibreboard – Determination of Edgewise Crush Resistance – Unwaxed Edge Method

This International Standard specifies an unwaxed edge method for the determination of the edgewise crush resistance of corrugated fibreboard. It is applicable to all corrugated fibreboard grades. This is intended as a method for quality measurement and quality specification purposes and is selected because it correlates with the top-to-bottom compression strength of the final transport package and because it is the simplest and most operationally convenient method.

ISO 5628 – Paper and Board – Determination of Bending Stiffness – General Principles for Two-Point, Three-Point and Four-Point Methods

This International Standard specifies three test methods for determining the bending stiffness of paper and paperboard. The test methods differ in the type of loading mode. For paper and paperboard in a low thickness range, the two-point bending method and the three-point bending method are suitable. For corrugated fibreboard and board with a higher thickness, the four-point bending method is recommended. The measurement conditions are defined in such a way that the test piece is not subjected to any significant permanent deformation during the test, nor is the range of validity of the equations for calculating the bending stiffness exceeded.

IOS-TM-0037: Inside Fillers / Load Bearer Compression Tests

Preparation
All test samples shall be pre-conditioned for 24 hours before testing in the following conditions:
• Relative humidity: 50% ± 5%
• Temperature: 23 °C ± 2 °C
These conditions shall also prevail during the test.

Procedure
1. Place test sample on a flat, hard, rigid, horizontal surface.
2. Place a rigid load applicator on the middle of the test sample, see Figure 40.
3. Apply a uniformly distributed load on the load applicator with a constant speed of
10 mm/min, and measure the maximum force that is reached before the deformation
reaches 5 mm. For material below 10 mm measure the maximum force that is reached
before the deformation reaches 4 mm. The compression force shall include the weight of
applicator.
4. Document the reached compression force for each sample.

 

IOS-TM-0038: Load Bearer Sheet Deflection Test

 

Preparation
All test samples shall be pre-conditioned for 24 hours before testing in the following conditions:
• Relative humidity: 50% ± 5%
• Temperature: 23 °C ± 2 °C
These conditions shall also prevail during the test.

Procedure
1. Use the fixture support as support for the sample to be tested. The distance between the
supporting blocks shall be 300 mm, see Figure 42.
2. Measure the distance between the load bearer and the table.
3. Place the static load in the middle of the test sample. Use a load applicator in order to
distribute the load.
4. Wait 10 minutes.
5. Measure the deflection (Δ H), see Figure 42.
6. Perform the deflection test for five samples in the machine direction (MD) and five
samples in the cross machine direction (CD).
7. Note the deflections of each sample.
8. Calculate the average value in each direction.

IOS-TM-0039: Pallet Feet Compression Testing

Preparation
All test samples shall be pre-conditioned for 24 hours before testing in the following conditions:
• Relative humidity: 50% ± 5%
• Temperature: 23 °C ± 2 °C
These conditions shall also prevail during the test.

Procedure
1. Place test sample on a flat, hard, rigid and horizontal surface according to Figure 43.
2. Run the compression testing machine with a constant speed of 10 mm/min, and measure
the maximum force that is reached before the deformation reaches 5 mm.
3. Repeat the test for all ten samples.
4. Note the reached compression force for each sample.
5. Calculate the average for all ten samples.

IOS-TM-0040: Pallet Foot Insert Side Compression

Preparation
All test samples shall be pre-conditioned for 24 hours before testing in the following conditions:
• Relative humidity: 50% ± 5%
• Temperature: 23 °C ± 2 °C
These conditions shall also prevail during the test.

Procedure
1. Place the test on a flat, hard, rigid and horizontal surface according to Figure 44.
2. Run the compression testing machine with a constant speed of 10 mm/min, and measure
the maximum force that is reached before the deformation reaches 5 mm.
3. Repeat the test for all ten samples.
4. Note the reached compression force for each sample.
5. Calculate the average for all ten samples.