How to test lithium-ion battery packaging to meet UN packaging requirements

Published on Oct 12, 2017 9:30:51 AM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

If you’re looking to get your lithium-ion battery packaging approved by your national competent authority , you want to maximize your odds of getting certified. The best way to do this is to perform internal testing on your packaging before you go through the official certification process. In this blog, we describe the mandatory tests within the certification process, what the goals of the tests are, and what the testing criteria entail.

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Combine outer and inner packaging material to safely ship lithium-ion batteries

Published on Sep 7, 2017 8:28:47 AM Guilherme Ueda   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

In a previous blog, we answered the question ‘what packaging should I use to ship lithium-ion batteries?’ To summarize: this cannot be described in a general manner since there are three main factors that determine your lithium-ion battery packaging. There is, however, one requirement that is common and ubiquitous — regardless of the mode of transport, weight, and state of your LiB. In this blog, we describe this requirement. And how to meet it, of course. Hint: it has something to do with combining inner and outer packaging.  

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How to design safe lithium-ion battery packaging with a fire load test

Published on Aug 25, 2017 10:36:24 AM Michael Wiedmaier   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

In a previous blog, we described how you can combine packaging material to prevent short circuits in lithium-ion batteries and therefore comply with UN packaging requirements. But even though you have to prevent short circuit in LiBs at all times, it could still occur. Proper inner packaging is crucial to combat fires coming from short circuits. But to develop the right inner packaging, it’s essential to understand what happens to a battery if short circuit occurs. You’ll have to have an idea of the size of the fire and how (quickly) it develops. To get that understanding, a fire load test is key. Read on to learn more!

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What packaging should I use to ship lithium-ion batteries?

Published on Aug 17, 2017 8:37:37 AM Niklas Zenk   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

I’m going to get straight to the point: what packaging you should use to ship lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) cannot be answered in a general manner. Unfortunately. A packaging choice for LiB shipping will always depend on a number of factors. In this blog, I'll walk you through the three main factors. I’ll also provide an example of a developed packaging solution based on these factors. Let’s get to it!

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How to get your dangerous goods packaging certified quickly and properly

Published on Aug 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM Uwe Rottenberg   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

The landscape of dangerous goods packaging and shipping is complex to navigate. One area that drives this complexity is the multitude of UN packaging requirements involved. In our previous blog, we explained why dangerous goods packaging must be certified according to these requirements, and how the certification process of dangerous goods packaging works. If you would like to know how you can acquire certified packaging quickly and properly despite the mass of regulations — so that you can ship your dangerous goods in time — then this article should be helpful.

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Certification process of dangerous goods packaging explained

Published on Aug 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

The most feasible way to select dangerous goods packaging is to choose packaging that has already been certified, which means it is approved for the product you’re shipping. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option due to various factors like the product’s weight, dimensions or handling requirements. If this is your case, then you’ll have to ask your packaging supplier to develop new packaging for your dangerous goods. Included in the development phase is the certification process of dangerous goods packaging. In this article, I will explain why certification is crucial, and how the process works.  

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