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ISTA 3A Packaged Products Testing Introduction

ISTA 3A Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 70kg (150lb) or Less

ISTA 3 Series Tests are advanced tests and are designed to :

Challenge the capability of the package and product to withstand transport hazards, but

Utilize general simulation of actual transport hazards ,and

Do not necessarily comply with carrier packaging regulations .

When properly executed, ISTA procedures will provide tangible benefits of :

Product to market time reduction

Confidence in product launch

Reduction in damages and product loss

Balanced distribution costs

Customer satisfaction contribution to increased market share

There are three sections to this procedure: Overview, Testing and Reporting

Overview provide general knowledge required before testing and

Testing presents the specific instructions to do laboratory testing and

Reporting indicates what data shall be recorded to submit a test report to ISTA

3A STANDARD Packaged Product Test

Sequence Number

Test Category

Test Type

Test Level

For ISTA Certification

1

Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1

Temperature and Humidity

Ambient

Required

2

Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1

Controlled Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and Humidity chosen from chart

Optional 

3

Shock TEST BLOCK 3

Drop

9 Drops-height varies with packaged products weight

Required

4

Vibration

Random with and without Top Load

Overall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46

Required

5

Vibration Test BLOCK 2&8

Random Vibration Under Low Pressure

Truck or Truck &Air dependent

Optional

6

Shock TEST BLOCK 9

Drop

8 Drops-height varies with packaged product weight.Includes drop on hazard .

Required

 

 

 


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