PRL Package Testing Services

Package Research Laboratory has benefited major companies and government agencies for over 75 years, predetermining product protection for consumer, industrial and military products. If you have experienced excessive damage claims, high packaging costs or are contemplating the introduction of a new product package, our Laboratory's services can be a real benefit to you.

At Package Research Laboratory you will find one of the best equipped package testing and design facilities in the country, testing corrugated, paper, wood, metal and plastic for serviceability as container components as well as manufacturers' compliance to customers' specifications.

We are an independent certified ISTA and UN/DOT-HASMAT testing laboratory, staffed by highly skilled, certified technicians, performing tests in accordance with ASTM, TAPPI, NMFC, UFC, Federal, Military and customized application methods developed in our laboratory for or by our clients.

With the use of PRL's various environmental test chambers, we can also perform chemical compatibility testing, stress crack analysis and shelf life aging studies to verify the safety of your containers and the stability of your products.

PRL is equipped with a completely programmable environmental test chamber and temperature monitoring equipment used to measure and record temperatures of products and packaging while being subjected to simulated shipping environments. If your product is temperature sensitive and you need to verify the performance of your insulated container, PRL can effectively service your needs.

Testing Equipment

equipment description
Drop Testers

100 lb. swing arm: 60" Drop
130 lb. swing arm: 132" Drop
5000 lb. hoist: 120" Drop

Compression Tester

The Tinius Olsen Compression Machine, with a load capacity of 30,000 lbs., a platen area of 30 square feet and a maximum clearance between platens of 9 feet, is ideal for evaluating an individual and entire pallet load of containers. This Compression machine is equipped with an electronic load holder, making it possible to maintain a fixed compression load on a container for as long as desired.

Environmental Test Chambers

Versa-range:-100 F to 400 F; 27 Cubic Foot

Standard Atmosphere Test Chamber: 73 F and 50% Relative Humidity; 17' X 7' Floor Area

Walk in Freezer: -22 F to 25 F; 120" X 96" Floor

Drive in Tropical Chamber: up to 150 F, 50% to 95% Relative Humidity; 13'-9" X 11'-6" floor, 9' 8" height

Walk in Programmable Cycling Chamber: -22 F to 140 F, 50% to 95% RH; 14' x 12' x 9'

Temperature Monitoring Device Kaye Validator 2000

Vibration Tables

1200 lb. Capacity: 60" X 60" Table, 1" Circular or 1" Vertical Motion, 150 cpm to 300 cpm

10,000 lb. Capacity: 150" X 120", 1" circular motion, 100 cpm to 300 cpm

Incline Impact Tester

10 Degree incline
120" X 120" dolly platform
10,000 lb. Capacity

Additional Equipment

Tinius Olsen Universal Tester: used for tensile strength and/or elongation determination, compression testing, seal strength determination and edge crush testing.

Mullen Burst Tester: used to determine the burst strength of paper, corrugated and solid fiberboard materials.

General Electric Puncture Tester: used to determine the ability of a material (wood, corrugated, paper, metal or plastic) to resist puncture.


  • I.S.T.A.: perform package testing according to Procedures 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1G, 1H, 2A, 2B, 2D, 2E, 2F, 3A, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3H, 5B, 6-Fedex-A and B, 7A, 7B, 7D.
  • U.N./D.O.T.: third party testing laboratory to test containers for hazardous materials. Can test non-bulk combination packaging, single packaging, bulk Fiberboard and wooden I.B.C.'s.
  • N.M.F.C.:registered Item 180, third party testing laboratory.


Bayer Healthcare





Philips Lighting


International Paper

Reckitt Benckiser

B Braun Medical

Ashland Chemical

American Standard

Glaxo Smith Kline

Automatic Switch Company

Shell Packaging Corporation


Smurfit-Stone Container

Kilgor Flares Co.