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Atlantic’s Microbiological Testing Lab

Atlantic’s Microbiological Testing Lab

We now offer microbiological testing at our facility in the Dominican Republic!

Microorganisms such as bacterias, molds, and yeasts have the potential to contaminate your products. It’s important that your packaging protects against threats that are difficult or even impossible to see with just the human eye.

We’re always searching for additional ways to provide value for our partners, and investing in testing equipment and training for microbiological research to meet strict industry standards is a testament to this. The laboratory is an amazing supplement to our testing capabilities.

Radilenni Beriguete, Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor, brings a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience to the Atlantic team. She oversees operations at the lab and manages a team of scientists that are trusted by the world’s largest brands to carry out virtually any type of microbiological analysis. The facility has the capacity of processing approximately 100 samples per shift on most analyses!

Clients that utilize the facility will be guaranteed efficient, secure testing. The top-of-the-line lab is in accordance with the P&G analytical laboratory design standard, it adheres to ISO 9001: 2015 quality management systems standards, and the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration of laboratories.

We are so excited to add this valuable resource to our business offerings. The lab increases our contract manufacturing capabilities, saves our clients’ time and money, and opens us up to new business opportunities with customers interested in advanced packaging research and testing.

The Solution Center’s New Environmental Test Chamber

The Solution Center’s New Environmental Test Chamber

Atlantic’s Solution Center now offers climate testing! Its new Environmental Test Chamber simulates climate conditions on single parcel packaging. Our partners can now be certain of how varying temperatures and levels of humidity will impact their packaging.

The test chamber reaches temperatures of -73°C to 200°C or -99.4°F to 392°F and replicates any level of humidity. With these settings, we can simulate the conditions of every climate on Earth.

The Environmental Test Chamber is a great complement to our testing capabilities at the Solution Center. If your company is experiencing a packaging challenge, reach out to Atlantic’s Solution Center today!

Atlantic Passes the Test

Atlantic Passes the Test

At Atlantic, we don’t just test packaging. We test, refine, and test again. Testing is a critical component of our packaging methodology and helps us maintain a standard of excellence that is unrivaled. Minimizing load failures and costs for our clients are our top priorities.

Altering packaging material use by as little as a gram can have a drastic impact on the supply chain at scale. Atlantic helps its clients save money and meet sustainability goals by finding the exact amount of material they need for their loads.

Atlantic’s phased approach of auditing, testing, optimizing, and monitoring is a winning strategy for any business’ packaging process.

Jake Wyns, Packaging Development Specialist, discusses Atlantic’s commitment to testing in the video above.

Atlantic’s Film Lab

Atlantic’s Film Lab

Atlantic’s Film Lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides customers with data-driven solutions that reduce product damage and save money. We provide our partners with thorough testing and hands-on training to ensure stretch films, trash bags, shrink films, and meat packaging films are all up to standard and consistent. Consistency of film is crucial in any business’ packaging process.

John Cook, Atlantic’s Stretch Film Technical Director, explains the importance of finding the right film and wrap pattern at the Film Lab in the video above. John Cook is a polymer chemist who has been innovating polyethylene resins and films since 1973. John’s work at Atlantic brings material knowledge and insight that benefits our customers.

In 2017, Atlantic founded its Film Lab to continue its pursuit of being the most innovative packaging company in the world. Investing in research & development is important because it allows Atlantic to provide its customers with the most innovative packaging solutions. Atlantic preforms a detailed investigation into its clients’ needs to select the best & most relevant films for their specific application to ensure optimal performance and cost savings.

Fiber-based Solutions at Atlantic

Fiber-based Solutions at Atlantic

Atlantic is making a push toward more sustainable fiber-based packaging. Our innovative packaging engineers are now operating a hub in the Solution Center focusing exclusively on fiber technology.

Atlantic is on the cutting edge of fiber-based packaging research and can design, test, and implement fiber-based solutions for all our partners’ packaging needs. Consumers are demanding sustainable packaging alternatives, and Atlantic is here to provide them.

Kyle Pischel, Director of Atlantic’s Solution Center, discusses the many exciting advancements surrounding fiber-based packaging at the Solution Center in the video above.

IAPRI Spotlight on Atlantic’s TruMotion Testing System

IAPRI Spotlight on Atlantic’s TruMotion Testing System

Atlantic Packaging’s TruMotion Transportation Simulator was a topic of discussion among researchers in the International Association of Packaging Research Institute’s (IAPRI) December 2017 newsletter. IAPRI is an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting and advancing research and education in packaging.

The article is titled “Multi-axis testing gets a new spring in its step.”  In the U.S., the standard vibration testing system for packaging is a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) system that measures the impact of one-dimensional forces on a package in a simulated route.

Multiple-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) testing systems, or multi-axis systems, are extremely rare, especially in a packaging setting. The TruMotion system at Atlantic Packaging, built by Lansmont, is the first publicly accessible multi-axis vibration testing system for commercial packaging applications.

Engineers from Atlantic and Lansmont Examine the TruMotion Multi-Axis Testing System

Outside the U.S., a few notable multi-axis systems have been in use for several years in the packaging industry, including a smaller, three-degree-of-freedom (3DOF) testing system at ITENE in Spain. Safe Load Testing Technologies has two more multi-axis testing systems installed in Asia and Europe. Safe Load CEO Alberto Tellecha has a high opinion of the system’s value, saying “It is very useful both for design and optimizing packaging; not only to test and validate a design, but also to get a deeper knowledge of the risk occurring in the supply chain.”

One of the most significant benefits of multi-axis systems are the wide table areas. Lansmont engineer, Eric Joneson, explains “While some systems are designed to handle a single pallet, we realized that being able to accommodate two pallet loads and monitor the interactions between them can be just as important.”

Obstacles and Perceived Barriers

Companies who have invested in single-axis testing systems have done so because of costs and other perceived risks related to investing in new multi-axis testing systems.

But most of the cost differential with a multi-axis system is due to the fact that they are still very new, and there are no defined standards and procedures to streamline the testing process. Each test requires individual preparation and development.

However, as more data and test results from the TruMotion system accumulates, Atlantic will be instrumental in developing the standards and procedures needed in this space.

Atlantic’s Research Pioneers

Kyle Dunno, Atlantic’s Director of Transport Packaging, and his team along with leadership at Atlantic are confident that the TruMotion multi-axis testing system will provide data-driven packaging solutions well worth the investment.

Lansmont’s Eric Joneson with Atlantic’s Kyle Dunno

There has been industry support for multi-axis systems for years, but as Dunno states “a lack of available systems meant it was hard for anyone to actually validate…that it does make a difference, and there are benefits.” At Atlantic, we’re excited about the opportunity to bring validation to this level of testing through data, research, and applied solutions.

Dunno isn’t the only one who believes in the benefit of multi-axis system testing in the packaging industry. At the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), VP – Technical Eric Hiser says, “It takes us one step closer to what’s happening in the real world. It’s another tool allowing for pack optimization and for the reduction of both waste and damage.”

Packaging in the Modern Age

With significant changes in packaging design to improve sustainability –  for example thinner, more flexible, and recyclable packaging – adjustments in stretch wrapping applications are critical in order to minimize load failure. Damaged product from load failure is counter-productive to the waste problem that sustainable packaging is designed to reduce.

Pallet loads are packed with less secondary and structural materials, relying more than ever on the stretch wrapping to prevent load failure.

Multi-axis testing systems have the capability to test the effects of vibration on packaging in multiple dimensions, producing data that informs how we customize stretch wrapping application for new, more sustainable packaging designs.

The specific benefits of multi-axis system testing will soon be apparent, and Atlantic is proud to be at the forefront of this research. Dunno and other Atlantic engineers will be presenting updates about the TruMotion system and the Packaging Research Center at the 2018 GMA Leadership Forum, as well as the 2018 ISTA TransPack Forum.

Learn More about the TruMotion Transportation Simulator