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 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.

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 CategoryTest TypeFor ISTA Certification
1Compression ConditioningMachine or StaticRequired
2VibrationFixed DisplacementRequired
Alternative Drop
3ShockDropRequired
Alternative Incline
Alternative Horizontal

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.

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. Contact us to receive a quote and learn why so many companies rely on us for their package testing needs.

 

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