ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging

Testing Standard:

ISTA 2C Furniture Packages or ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging

Standard Number
ISTA 2C

Standard Title
Furniture Packages

Overview for ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging:

ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging uses a combination of basic tests from ISTA 1 Series and advanced tests from ISTA 3 Series to conduct partial simulation performance test procedures. This procedure challenges the packaged products to withstand transport hazards. Can be used to evaluate packaged products intended for international distribution. Purple Diamond Testing offers ISTA 2C Testing as part of our packaging distribution testing services.

ISTA 2c is a packaging testing standard developed by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) for furniture and other large or heavy items. It focuses on simulating the real-world distribution and handling environment through a series of tests that evaluate the package’s ability to protect the contents during transport.

The ISTA 2C test sequence includes:

1. Atmospheric preconditioning – The packaged item is exposed to extreme temperature and humidity conditions to simulate the potential distribution environment.

2. Random vibration – The package is placed on a vibrating platform that simulates the type of vibrations experienced during transportation.

3. Shock – The package is dropped from a certain height to test its ability to absorb impact.

4. Compression – The package is loaded with weight to simulate the stacking conditions during distribution and handling.

To pass ISTA 2C testing, the packaging must protect the contents from damage after completing all four tests. Manufacturers who utilize the ISTA 2c standard can be confident that their furniture products will be protected from damage during shipping, which ultimately benefits both the manufacturer and the end-user.

Rationale for ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging:

ISTA 2C Furniture Packaging. Can be used to compare relative performance of package and product design variations utilizing atmospheric conditioning, random vibration under dynamic load, and shock tests (drop or incline impact). The procedure is used to create harsh repeatable hazards in a laboratory environment while comparing multiple design variation packaging systems.

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