Have you already taken these packaging rules and standards into account?

Bart Burmanje
Head of field sales

Laws and regulations impose restrictions on you when it comes to packaging. It is important to take this into account from the very first meeting. If you are dealing with hazardous materials, there is strict legislation associated with this. For example, at the beginning of 2016 the UN certification for the transport of Lithium Ion batteries became considerably stricter. But also ARBO legislation can ensure that you have to maintain a maximum weight, for example. In many cases, an aluminium crate can offer a solution.

UN certified packaging
Each transport sector has its own regulations, road transport the ADR, rail transport the RID, water transport the IMO and air transport IATA. Faes has thorough knowledge of these regulations in order to develop the right packaging. The transport of dangerous goods is a hot topic for which Faes has developed the UN approved and certified packaging for Lithium-Ion batteries and dangerous liquids.

Working Conditions Act
Employees must be able to work safely and healthily until they reach retirement age. To ensure this, the Working Conditions Act (in Dutch: Arbowet) has been established. This of course also includes rules concerning packaging, for example, weight, use of handles, ergonomics, etc.

Military specifications
Faes is packaging partner of several military authorities. Through years of experience Faes is excellent informed of all military regulations concerning packaging. Just think of the Mil-specs (American Military Standards) or the Stanag-norms (Standard Allied Nato Agreements). Also the army standards and the Technical Leitung are no strangers to us!

CE label
When system integration of products in the packaging is required, Faes can supply the packaging including CE declaration. The necessary documentation and user manual will be made in consultation with the end customer.

ISTA Standards
The ISTA inspection services test your products against the ISTA standards in order to prove to carriers that your packaging is of sufficient quality and to offer your products better protection than your competitors who do not have the Transit Tested certification mark. Examples of these tests may include mechanical testing (drop, impact, tilt, tumble tests, transport vibration), climatic testing (humidity and temperature) and safety testing (compression tests and stability (tipping over).

ISPM 15 certification
Since wood is a natural product, it can contain live pests and therefore spread, which is harmful to forests, among other things. This spread is prevented by treating the wood according to ISPM 15.  This applies to all packaging made of solid wood used for the transport of goods. After treatment, the wood is marked so that you can be sure that your shipment will arrive at its destination without any problems.

IP standards
As Faes often supplies electronic components in cases and boxes, these standards are very important, in particular dust and waterproofness. The IP security class is a code for electrical equipment which stands for the degree of protection of the device concerned. The code indicates to what extent the electronic device or housing is protected against its own damage or possible danger to the user.

Do you have a packaging challenge where knowledge of regulations and standards is of high importance?

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