ISTA Series 2 Package Integrity Testing

ISTA Series 2 Package Testing: Partial Simulation Performance & Integrity Testing of Packaged Products

The ISTA 2 test challenges the capability of the package and product to withstand transport hazards. However, they only simulate some actual transport hazards. The tests will not necessarily comply with carrier packaging regulations.

As an ISTA-certified lab, Keystone Package Testing is a package testing expert. Hundreds of companies partner with us on an annual basis for e-commerce packaging tests. Also, our international accreditation means that the reports you receive after testing will be recognized globally. When challenges surface, we work with our customers to find alternatives

Summary of the ISTA Series 2 General Simulations Performance Tests

ISTA Series 2 tests combine the basic transit test elements from ISTA Series 1 and advanced test elements from ISTA Series 3. Series 2 tests have elements of ISTA 3 such as compression testing or mode-shaped random vibrations. In addition, the test includes elements of a 1 series type such as atmospheric conditioning and shock testing.

ISTA 2 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 fewer returns leading to higher profits. Less damage will increase customer satisfaction and package validation.

Why is ISTA Series 2 Package Testing Important?

Product Safety

The primary goal of ISTA series 2 testing is to ensure that products are adequately protected during transit to prevent damage or breakage. By subjecting the packaging to rigorous testing, manufacturers can identify weaknesses and make necessary improvements to enhance the safety of the product during transportation.

Cost Reduction

Transport damage can result in significant financial losses for manufacturers, retailers, and customers. By conducting ISTA series 2 testing, companies can reduce the likelihood of damage, which can lead to cost savings in terms of product replacements and returns.

Compliance with Industry Standards

Many industries, especially those dealing with delicate or fragile products, require adherence to specific packaging standards. ISTA series 2 testing helps companies meet these industry standards, ensuring their products can be shipped and handled safely throughout the supply chain.

Customer Satisfaction

Products that arrive undamaged to customers enhance their overall experience and satisfaction with the brand. ISTA series 2 testing helps companies maintain a positive reputation and build trust with their customers.

ISTA 2 Series Partial Simulation Performance Tests

The tests included are:

  • ISTA 2A Packaged-Products Weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less
  • ISTA 2B Packaged-Products Weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or More
  • ISTA 2C Furniture Packages

Expert ISTA Series 2 Package Integrity Testing Laboratory

Keystone Package Testing takes pride in having a reputation for helping customers achieve their package certifications. We provide competitive pricing as well as volume discounts. Additionally, our engineers provide constant communication throughout the entire testing process. Lastly, when packages do not meet the requirements, we assist with finding solutions.

Have a question about ISTA Series 2 partial simulation package integrity testing? Contact us and we will determine the best course of action.


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