Are your products fragile and/or are they as durable as they need to be? Whether your product is crystal, plastic, or an electronic component, the fragility or durability will change based on the different methods of your production process and the ever changing demands of the market.  As your process or product changes, it is important to define how fragile it is in understandable metrics. Smithers can characterize product fragility through our standard methods, performed on our shock and vibration test systems.  

Mechanical shock testing serves as a protection against common risks associated with impacts of all kinds. This type of testing can assess how a product will hold up against impacts and accelerations it may encounter in its service environment, so manufacturers can make crucial decisions to ensure product viability.

High-performance shock test system:

  • Table size Top mounting surface 6.0 x 9.06 in. (15.2 x 23 cm) and the front mounting surface is 9.06 x 9.06 in. (23 x 23 cm)
  • Half sine
  • Up to 2000 Gn pulse
  • Maximum load 40 lb. (18 kg)
  • Pulse duration 0.25 or greater
  • Maximum velocity change: 24 – 32 ft./sec (7.3 – 9.7 m/sec)
  • Magnesium alloy table produces nearly ideal shock pulses
  • Repeatable drops with electric hoist lifting and positioning system
  • Limited shock energy transmission to floor using isolated base

Classic free-fall machine:

  • Table size
  • Half sine
  • Up to 2000 Gn impulse
  • Maximum load 40 lb. (18 kg)
  • Pulse duration 0.25 or greater
  • Maximum velocity change: 24 – 32 ft./sec (7.3 – 9.7 m/sec)
  • Magnesium alloy table produces nearly ideal shock pulses
  • Repeatable drops with electric hoist lifting and positioning system
  • Limited shock energy transmission to floor using isolated base

Common Standards

  • ASTM D3332 - Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines