ISTA 1C Package Testing
ISTA 1C transit test procedure is extended testing for packaged-products weighing less than 150 pounds. This test procedure assists companies in determining the ability of a product’s package to protect its product from shipping hazards. It is important to note that this standard is not for packages on a skid or pallet that weigh more than 100 pounds. The size and weight of the package are important to ensure that the procedure is performed accurately.
The test sequence for ISTA 1C includes atmospheric conditioning. The objective is to have the unit to be tested at ambient room temperature. The next test step is compression testing. The amount of compression is based on the size and weight of the package being tested. Vibration testing is included. The vibration can either be fixed displacement or random. Shock testing is the final test. It involves drop testing, incline impact testing or horizontal impact testing. The customer can select the method and only one method is tested. The test protocol is used to simulate the distribution channel so it is important to consider the specific distribution system that your company utilizes.
ISTA 1C shipping tests provide insight in a packages ability to withstand the harsh environment of shipping. By completing this testing, companies will have insight into potential future problems. By identifying problems early, alternatives can be determined. These alternatives can be redesigns of sizes and shapes or packaging materials.
Below is a chart with specific information on the test sequences of this package testing procedure:
|Sequence #||Test Category||Test Type||For ISTA Certification|
|1||Compression Conditioning||Machine or Static||Required|
Upon completion of testing Keystone Package Testing provides a test report showing all of the necessary data. That test report should be submitted to ISTA. If the product and package met the requirements, the company will be able print the ISTA mark on its packaging along with a license number. This signifies that the package has passed the requirements of the ISTA pre-shipment testing. This package certification will be recognized globally.
To maintain this certified status, the product must be retested if there are changes to the product, process or package.
Keystone Package Testing is a certified ISTA test lab. We have a dedicated team of package testing engineers and technicians. Our experience allows us the unique opportunity to not just test, but to provide engineering guidance when problems might arise. This service can prove extremely beneficial for companies in the development phase of a product or package. We are internationally accredited to ISTA standards which means that the reports you receive will be accepted globally. We pride ourselves on providing great service, quality testing, and thorough reports. Contact us to receive a quote and learn why so many companies rely on us for their package testing needs.