Food Package Testers | Burst Tester For Pouches | Pouch Seal Integrity Testing | TM Electronics

Food: Package Testers

Introduction to Package Testers

We at TME know that it is just as important to test your packaging as it is to test your product. If you are new to package testing or would like your vocabulary refreshed, we encourage you to review our Leak, Flow and Package Testing 101 course.

Food Package Testing

TME is aware of the many variations on the need to test food packaging, such as the degree of permeability of the package and the strength of the seal to withstand transport and storage stresses. Package testing can be regarded as a two part process. Your package testing system should include both package integrity (leak) testing and seal strength testing, two complementary but very different procedures. To ensure that no contamination will occur during transport and storage of your product, both testing modes are important in the final analysis of your primary food container. The TM Electronics BT-1000 Automated Package Tester provides seal strength and package integrity testing capability in one instrument, and also provides the documentation necessary for your packaging process validation, for in-process inspection or post-process audit testing.

Inflation Seal Strength Testers

Inflation seal strength testing includes burst, creep and creep-to-failure testing. Inflation tests are applicable to most materials (porous and non-porous) and most package forms such as pouches, lidded trays, and laminated or rolled tubes. TME has the burst tester for pouches that provides integrity information you need about your packaging! The TM Electronics BT-1000 provides graphs of individual tests of your products. The pressure at which the package bursts is a variable statistic that can be utilized to document process development and process control through the use of tools such as upper and lower control limits, all part of the statistics package that is standard on the TME BT-1000. Seal integrity testing device is a quality control seal tester, ideally suited for testing seal integrity via leak detection.

Inflation Package Integrity (Leak) Testers

Package integrity testing is purely a measure of the primary food container's barrier - a "leak test" of the whole package. Pressure decay testing is very effective in determining leaks in flexible packages that have non-porous material surfaces and seals. The TM Electronics BT-1000, which is capable of performing both seal strength and package leak tests, has a resolution of 0.02psi. The TME SOLUTION™ leak test instrument can be configured to do a leak test of a package with a resolution as high as 0.0001 psi, and provides an extra layer of security to protect your data.

Closed Chamber Package Testers

The Closed Chamber Test Method provides fast, non-destructive testing of sealed flexible food packages or induction welded bottle seals. The TME SOLUTION-C Test System is comprised of the TME Solution™ leak test instrument and a chamber fixture custom designed for your package. The chamber fixture enclosing your package is pressurized (or evacuated for a vacuum test), stabilized and tested for pressure (or vacuum) decay that would indicate leakage from the test item.

Restraining Plate Package Testing

Seal strength values are related to the package size, geometry, and materials. For example, pouches with a long side seal will generally fail on the long seal unless a heater failure has occurred on the shorter seal or chevron. Unsupported tray lid seals may fail at points only relative to their geometry. Very flexible package materials may deform with pressurization to an extent that makes seal testing difficult. For the most accurate measure of the seal strength of your package it may be advisable to use restraining plates for your inflation testing. Restraining plate fixtures are available from TM Electronics designed to accommodate different sizes of package.

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TM Electronics provides smart, fast, reliable package testers for inflation seal strength testing, package integrity testing, closed chamber package testing & restraining plate package testing for the food packaging industries. Call @ 1-800-370-0501 or Email:sales@tmelectronics.com.