Superior Electrodynamic Shakers for Transportation Testing

To minimise the damage caused to products in the supply chain from factory to consumers, manufacturers and packaging companies have a vital interest in understanding the effects of shock and vibration on their products.

This encompasses food and beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

In the early days, such testing involved simply sending goods through the supply chain and examining them after they reached the consumer. This method had the disadvantage of variations in the amount of shock and vibration the goods were subjected to. Initially this inconsistently was overcome by laboratory testing with drop testers and electro mechanical shakers. While this method gave consistent results it did not necessarily represent the real world scenario, meaning goods were either under or over tested.

This problem was overcome by the use of electrohydraulic shakers that could accurately reproduce the effects of transportation. These shakers had the disadvantage of being costly to purchase, run and maintain.

Recent advances in modern electrodynamics have enabled modern shakers to:

  • have strokes to 100mm and forces up to 40 Tons meaning such shakers can test everything from pallets of beer to tubes of toothpaste
  • accurately reproduce the shocks and vibration experienced in the field
  • be supplied for vertical testing OR in both vertical and horizontal directions
  • provide consistent testing and enable the effect of changes to product or packing to be rapidly evaluated
  • be much more affordable
  • be more energy efficient
  • be more reliable


It is now possible for packaging companies to achieve the same testing accuracy and repeatability as achieved by large laboratories using Hylec’s transportation simulator testing machine. To enquire, simply email

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