ISTA 3E Similar Packaged Products in Unitized Loads

ISTA 3E Test Procedure covers the testing of unitized loads, made up of either single or multiple products or packages of similar products prepared for shipment via a Full Truckload (FTL) delivery system carrier. FTL is defined as motor carrier shipment, where an entire trailer-load is filled with unitized packaged-products, often similar retail packaged products, intended for one destination.

Testing Standard:

ISTA 3E Similar Packaged Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment or ISTA 3E Similar Packaged Products

Standard Number
ISTA 3E

Standard Title
Similar Packaged-Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment

Overview for ISTA 3E Similar Packaged Products:

ISTA 3E is a general simulation test for unitized loads shipped from a manufacturing location to a distribution center through a motor carrier delivery system. This procedure uses general simulation of actual transport hazards by full truckloads that include unitized loads made up of either single or multiple packaged products. Purple Diamond Testing offers ISTA 3E Testing as part of our packaging distribution testing services. Related ISTA 3E Test Procedure: ISTA 3E, shipping testing, packaging testing, distribution testing, package validation, package performance, package integrity, package design, transit testing, vibration testing, compression testing, drop testing, temperature testing, humidity testing, shock testing, ISTA certification, package testing laboratory

ISTA 3E

Overview for ISTA 3E Procedure:

Test CategoryTest TypeTest LevelFor ISTA Certification
Atmospheric PreconditioningTemperature and HumidityAmbientRequired
Atmospheric PreconditioningControlled Temperature and HumidityChosen From ChartOptional
ShockIncline Impact
-
Horizontal Impact
48 in per second (1.2m per second)
-
48 in per second (1.2m per second)
Required
ShockRotational Edge DropHeight varies with packaged-product weightRequired
CompressionMachine Apply and Release
-
Machine Apply and Hold
-
Weight and Load Spreader
Calculated Test Force x 1.4
-
Calculated Test Force
-
Calculated Test Load
Required
VibrationRandomOverall Grms level of .54Required
ShockRotational Edge DropHeight varies with packaged-product weightRequired

Rationale for ISTA 3E Similar Packaged Products:

ISTA 3E – Similar Packaged-Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment. Can be used to evaluate the protective performance of a unitized load related to thermal conditions, shocks, compression, random vibration, and other stressors normally met in a Full-Truckload (FTL) delivery system. The procedure is used to create general simulation hazards in a laboratory environment that is 100% repeatable. Club Stores, such as Costco Wholesale and BJ’s Wholesale Club, require a passing ISTA 3E test report and need to be compliant to packaging requirements to become a vendor.

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