Home Shopping Network (HSN) Package Testing

HSN describes package integrity testing as one of the most important evaluations required in the QA process. ISTA 3A and ASTM D4169 are industry standard testing protocols to validate HSN packages.

As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of HSN testing. Meeting the HSN package testing requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

Keystone Package Testing provides the peace of mind that all of your needs will be met. We provide comprehensive reports shortly after completion of the testing. Keystone takes a consultative approach throughout the entire test program. Our pricing is competitive and we offer volume discounts.

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Summary of HSN Package Testing Protocols

For most products, manufacturers will contract testing prior to submitting products to HSN. This will assist in uncovering any package deficiencies before submitting the sample or spec for package evaluation. This will ultimately ensure that there are no delays in the HSN QA process.

As mentioned above, HSN uses ISTA 3A and ASTM D4169, shock, vibration, and compression testing to validate packaging.

Though this testing is not a substitute for ISTA 3A, drop testing procedures can be used to help guide manufacturers with package development. The packaged product must be dropped on a hard surface on all aspects of orientation. This includes its corners, edges and faces.

Products must be protected from shock, vibration, and compression throughout its distribution cycle. Shock is described as manual handling and during transportation. Vibration damage usually occurs during transportation as well. Lastly, compression damage may occur when other units or items are stacked on top of the package product. This may either be in the warehouse or during transportation.

It is crucial that the correct carton construction and board strength are used to lessen the occurrence of compression damage or any other type of damage that may occur.

ISTA Series 3A Package Testing

ISTA 3 testing can help shorten package development time and increase confidence in product launches. The products will be better protected resulting in less damage during transportation and less returns which leads to higher profits. Less damage will increase customer satisfaction and achieve package validation.

ISTA Procedure 3A package testing is the standard for testing packages less than 150 pounds. This package test standard is designed for packaged-products for parcel delivery shipments. This test is designed for four different types of packages. These packages are commonly distributed as individual packages either by air or ground.

ISTA 3A packaging standards are defined as any packaged-product that does not meet any of the other definitions for a small, flat or elongated packaged product. These can include traditional fiberboard cartons, plastic containers, wooden containers or cylindrical containers.

Click on the provided links for more information on ISTA Series 3 and a general overview of ISTA package testing.

ASTM D4169 Package Testing Protocols

The ASTM D4169 standard package test method outlines a test plan of anticipated transportation hazards. These hazards replicate the shipping container stress as a form of packaging performance testing.

ASTM D 4169 shipping container performance tests require that all test specimens be samples of the complete shipping units. The units should contain the actual contents. Dummy test loads are acceptable if the testing of the actual product might be hazardous.

For more information on ASTM package testing requirements, click on the presented link.

HSN Carton Construction and Requirements

The Home Shopping Network requires that the product is effectively transported without damage. This requires that the product be properly packaged in the appropriate carton(s). These cartons must meet the following requirements:

  • All cartons must be constructed of A-flute, B-flute, or C-flute corrugated materials. E- and F- flute materials are not permitted.
  • Corrugation of the carton must run vertically when the carton is intended to be shipped or stacked.
  • Carton flaps must be on the top or bottom face of the carton while in this orientation.
  • All cartons should be the appropriate size and shape to the items being shipped.
  • All re-shipper cartons must be of consistent dimensions and weight for each Sku.
  • All re-shipper and master cartons must be sealed with tape that is at least 2 inches wide.
  • Cartons should be non-glossy, kraft-colored board with minimal print.

Depending on the distribution cycle, the necessary carton strength is needed to ensure your package meets HSN package integrity requirements.

Keystone Compliance Provides Expert ISTA and ASTM Package Testing

Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. We can accommodate flexible and rigid packages of all sizes, including large pallets.

Contact us to learn first hand why so many companies partner with Keystone to achieve their ISO 17025 certification needs.