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Article updated: 12/14/2012 8:13 AM

UPS design lab puts boxes to the smash test

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UPS packaging engineer Preeti Agrawal tests a packed box using a drop impact tester that simulates a box traveling through the small parcel system at the UPS Package Design and Testing Lab in Addison.

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It looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap. At a lab in Addison, in Chicago's suburbs, UPS Inc. tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment. The point is to see what type of packaging can withstand the trip from supplier to customer, protecting the delicate products inside.
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