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Test Types    > Top-load / Crush resistance

top load crush testing iconTop-load & Crush Resistance Testers

Top-load and crush resistance testing reduces the risk of containers deforming or failing when subject to forces during filling, closure, storage and transport. Mecmesin top-load testers provide a reliable and accurate solution for meeting design standards in the laboratory and on the production floor.

Our PC-controlled and touch screen test stands range from single-column machines (ideal for testing plastic bottles, aluminium and steel cans) to twin-column machines designed for testing large cardboard boxes and plastic or metal drums.

Related test types: Compression, Compressive Burst

Types of test

  • top-load (column) crush
  • box crush (BCT)
  • edge crush (ECT)
  • ring crush (RCT)
  • top load, glass containers


Find out more about top-load and crush resistance testing methods and standards.


Aside from the benefits of minimised packaging failure, Mecmesin top-load testers offer: 

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • A range of tough motorised models
  • A choice of manual, touch screen or PC-based control
  • A wide range of accessories
  • Versatility for multiple applications
  • Simple operation suitable for unskilled staff
  • Intuitive software means minimal training required
  • Free height of container can be calculated saving time
  • High accuracy and repeatability
  • Increased throughput from single or batch mode
  • Automatic platen repositioning for quick sample insertion
  • Ability to output results to multiple formats for use with SPC and data analysis software
  • Expert after sales service

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Compliance with Standards

Mecmesin top-load testers ensure that your products comply with international and industry standards including: 

  • ASTM D2659-11 : column crush properties of blown thermoplastic containers
  • ASTM D642-00 : determining compressive resistance of shipping containers, components, and unit loads
  • ASTM D4577-05 : compression resistance of a container under constant load
  • ASTM D4169-09 : standard practice for performance testing of shipping containers and systems
  • ISBT : plastic bottle test methods 2004
  • ISO 8113 : glass containers - resistance to vertical load - test method
  • DIN 55440-1 : packaging test; compression test; test with a constant conveyance speed