ISTA Overview

The International Safe Transit Association, also known as ISTA, is the leading industry developer of test standards and design specifications that define how packages should perform. Keystone has been certified by ISTA as having the proper equipment and training to conduct testing that satisfies their standards.

 ISTA testing can be a useful tool during the development phase. As a preventative measure, testing can help identify potential problems with packaging. This allows the opportunity for redesign and re-testing before packaging an entire supply of products. ISTA testing can also save time and money. Product damage during shipping accounts for a large portion of returns. Testing can help ensure that the product will arrive safely and reduce the amount of costly return and replacement fees.

 The charts below indicate the different types of testing for each ISTA Standard. If you are not sure what kind of testing is best for your product, request a quote and our testing engineers will help you through the process.

 

Test DescriptionPackaged Products Weighing ≤ 150 lbs.
1A2A3A1C1G
Fixed Displacement Vibration
Random Vibration
Random Vibration Under Low PressureN/AN/AOptional
Compression
Inclined Impact
Shock Testing
Atmospheric Preconditioning
Atmospheric ConditioningOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional

 

Test DescriptionPackaged Products Weighing > 150 lbs.
1B2B3B1H
Fixed Displacement Vibration
Random Vibration
Compression
Inclined Impact
Shock Testing
Atmospheric Preconditioning
Atmospheric ConditioningOptionalOptionalOptional

 

Test DescriptionUnitized Loads (Palletized)Furniture
1E3B3E2C
Fixed Displacement Vibration ✔
Random Vibration ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Compression ✔
Inclined Impact ✔ ✔ ✔
Shock Testing ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Atmospheric Preconditioning ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Atmospheric ConditioningOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional

 

Test Description3K7D7E
Random Vibration
Compression
Shock
Picking
Atmospheric PreconditioningOptionalOptional
Atmospheric ConditioningOptional

 

ISTA has developed standards related to specific companies such as Sam’s Club and Amazon. The Sam’s Club standard is 6SAMSCLUB. Amazon.com and ISTA have partnered to create standards specific to fulfilling Amazon’s E-Commerce needs. The two primary standards are ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC and ISTA 6-Amazon.com-OB.

Keystone Package Testing is proud to provide customers with reliable testing and reports. With international accreditation, competitive pricing, and quick turnaround time, Keystone is the right package testing partner. Our testing engineers are experienced and have thorough knowledge of industry standards. They are prepared to guide you through the package testing process. Let’s get started! Request a quote or contact us at (724) 657-9940.