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Package Testing Lab

The term “package test” is a generic term which relates to a large variety of testing methods. Each method, however, simulates conditions that a package may experience during transit. Due to the large variety of shipping methods available, the required test methods are broken down into several categories. These categories can be based on size, weight, type of container, and type of environmental variable.

Our package testing lab is equipped to perform a large variety of ISTA testing and ASTM testing. There is a major distinction between different types of package testing based on whether the simulated conditions consist of static or active environments. A static environment typically consists of environments where the products do not physically move during the test. An active environment, by contrast to static, would consist of tests such as shock, drop and compression testing where the package is physically stressed, often to test package integrity.

Package Testing Capabilities

We are proud to offer package testing to a wide variety of specifications. For more information on individual test standards, view full specifications list.

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ASTM D4169

Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
This practice provides a guide for the evaluation of shipping units in accordance with a uniform system, using established test methods at levels representative of those occurring in actual distribution. The recommended test levels are based on available information on the shipping and handling environment, and current industry/government practice and experience. The tests should be performed sequentially on the same containers in the order given. 

(Source: ASTM D4169 - 09)
Document available on ASTM web site: http://www.astm.org

ISTA 3A

Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb or Less
ISTA Test Procedure 3A is a general simulation for individual packaged-products shipped through a parcel delivery system. The test is appropriate for four different types of packages commonly distributed as individual packages, either by air or by ground. The types include standard, small, flat and elongated packages. This test procedure is for packaged-products that weighs 150 lbs (70kg) or less.

(Source: ISTA 3A - 2008)
Document available on ISTA web site: http://www.ista.org

ISTA 7D

Thermal Controlled Transport Packaging for Parcel Delivery System Shipment
ISTA Test Procedure 7D covers the thermal performance testing of packaged-products to evaluate the effects of external temperature exposure. The test method is suitable for testing analysis of packaged-products with and without temperature stabilizers (e.g. refrigerants, eutectic solutions), and with or without external temperature controlled packaging (e.g. insulated containers).

(Source: ISTA 7D - 2007) Document available on ISTA web site: http://www.ista.org

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