ISTA 1D Extended Integrity Testing for Individual Packaged-Products Weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg); ie ISTA Procedure 1D Packaged Products
Extended Testing for Packaged-Products Over 150 lb (68 kg)
Overview for ISTA Procedure 1D Packaged Products:
ISTA 1D is an extended procedure of non-simulation integrity performance testing. This procedure could be used as a starting point for comparing various package design types. Purple Diamond Testing offers ISTA 1D Testing as part of our packaging distribution testing services. There are three main sections to the ISTA series testing – the overview, the testing, and the report. The overview provides the information required before going into the laboratory, the testing presents specific instructions, and the report indicates what data shall be recorded to submit a test report to ISTA. In any of the ISTA Procedure Series, there are two systems of weights and measures that are presented. They are the inch/pound and the metric system. Either system can be used and chosen from preference, however once chosen, the same standard unit will have to be used throughout the entire testing procedure and process.
Test procedure 1D is an integrity test for an individual packaged product. Just like the other ones, the test can be used to evaluate the performance of a packaged product, as well as to compare performance packaged designs. Does one way or package design work or fare better than another in the case of maintaining protocols? This can be determined through an ISTA Procedure series test, so long as the package and the product are tested together.
Rationale for ISTA Procedure 1D Packaged Products:
ISTA 1D – Extended Testing for Packaged-Products Over 150 lb (68 kg). Can be used to compare relative performance of package and product design variations utilizing compressive force, vibration (random or fixed displacement), and shock tests (drop or incline impact). The procedure is used to create harsh worst-case hazards in a laboratory environment while comparing multiple design variation packaging systems.
Specific suggestions for the procedure 1D is that for unitized loads of the same product, use ISTA Procedure 1E or ISTA General Simulation Performance Test Procedure 3E. And for a single packaged-product that is unitized consider using ISTA Procedure 1E as well. For reference, a unitized load can be defined by ISTA as one or more products usually located on a skid or pallet. However, the unitized load is always secured together or restrained during distribution as a single load.
Just like the rest of the ISTA Series Procedures, the test categories are the same. This includes atmospheric preconditioning, compression conditioning, vibration, and shock. The type of compression tests used are the apply and release test and the apply and hold test. The equipment used for these tests involve the compression test system as well as the weight and load spreader. These tests are in compliance with the apparatus section of ASTM D642 and the fixed of floating platen is acceptable, according to the ISTA booklet.
Just as the other ISTA Series Procedures, it is important for the packaging engineers know the weight and dimensions of the packaged product. The Preconditioning is a requirement. The means that the packaged product shall be preconditioning to laboratory ambient temperature and humidity for no less than twelve hours prior to testing.
After testing is completed, a report will be built from the specific data measured before, during, and after testing. ISTA Test Report Forms may be downloaded by members through the online ISTA Member Center. The packaged product is seen to have passed if, upon examination, the packaged product meets the product damage tolerance and package degradation allowance determined before the testing actually began. If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to any one on the Purple Diamond team!
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