ISTA 1H Package Testing

The ISTA test standard for packaged-products over 150 pounds is ISTA Procedure 1H. This test procedure requires the shipper to determine a number or items prior to testing. This includes what constitutes damage to the product. Defining what damage tolerance is allowable, if any. How to determine product condition once testing is complete. What an acceptable condition of the packaging will be at the conclusion of transit testing.

Only one sample is required for this testing. However, ISTA recommends testing five or more samples to ensure accurate results are received. The sample should be the actual untested product and package. If both are not available, substitutes should be as identical as possible.

The test procedure includes conditioning to ambient temperature and humidity. There is also mandatory random vibration and rotational edge drop testing. The shipper also must complete sock testing. Any one of three methods can be used. These methods are drop, incline impact and horizontal impact.

Why is package testing so important? Package testing provide valuable insight earlier in the product sales process. By having sufficient packaging, companies will save money through reduced returns. They will also benefit from not having their reputation tarnished by damaged products. More and more retailers and distributors are requiring package certification.

By completing package testing, sellers can identify better methods of packing. This could include smaller dimensions and less dunnage. This could also include using different materials including recycled materials. The product placement in the package can also be modified to find the best combination.

Included below is the test sequence for the ISTA 1H shipping tests:

Sequence #Test CategoryTest TypeFor ISTA Certification
1VibrationRandomRequired
2ShockDrop/Alternative Incline (conbur)/ Alternative horizontal impactRequired
3ShockRotational Edge DropRequired when not testing face 1

Keystone Package Testing understands the importance of efficient packaging. Sellers do not want to spend unneeded money on extra packaging or more expensive materials. They want to find the correct mix of adequate protection and affordable cost. We assist in that endeavor. Contact us to learn why so many companies partner with Keystone to meet their package testing needs.

 

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