This study compared horizontal impact tables to incline impact tables . The hypothesis is that both tables could achieve the same resultant impact. This study proved that this is possible. However, the initial speed at which the table is set, and the type of programmers used on each table effected the resultant impact. A number of trial runs with setting adjustments were necessary before a three mile-per-hour resultant impact was achieved. Once this setting was achieved to create the proper impact, both tables were within a 5% error when thirty consecutive impacts were produced on each table. Reproducibility was achieved with minimum variation. A future study would be useful in breaking down the effects on impact based on varied duration and g force. This study only used the change in velocity which is a combination of the duration and g level. On any given product, the individual component or the duration or g force or any different combination of the two may have an impact on the product being tested.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Packing for shipment--Testing; Packaging--Testing
Department, Program, or Center
Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)
Hoffnung, Amanda, "Comparison of an incline impact table to horizontal impact table as used in representing pallet marshaling" (1997). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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