ISTA 3B Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment (Standard, Cylindrical, and Palletized or Skidded); ie. ISTA Procedure 3B LTL Shipments
Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment
Overview for ISTA Procedure 3B LTL Shipments:
ISTA 3B is a general simulation test for individual packaged products shipped through a parcel delivery system. This procedure uses a general simulation of actual transport hazards by either ground or air with three types of packages that include standard, cylindrical, and palletized or skidded. Purple Diamond Testing offers ISTA 3B Testing as part of our packaging distribution testing services.
Rationale for ISTA Procedure 3B LTL Shipments:
ISTA 3B – Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment. Can be used to evaluate the protective performance of a packaged product related to thermal conditions, shocks, random vibrations with and without a top load, and other stressors normally met in a Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) delivery system. The procedure is used to create general simulation hazards in a laboratory environment that is 100% repeatable. Walmart.com needs a passing ISTA 3B report for all items shipped palletized.
Here is some general information about LTL shipping tests:
The Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping test is designed to evaluate the ability of packages or products to withstand the rigors of transportation when shipped by LTL carriers. This test simulates typical LTL shipping conditions such as vibration, shock, and compression.
The LTL shipment test is typically performed in accordance with the test procedures and protocols established by organizations such as the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) or the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). These procedures outline the specific test conditions, equipment, and instrumentation necessary to simulate various LTL shipping scenarios.
During the LTL shipment test, the product or package is subjected to a series of stresses and conditions that simulate different stages of the transportation process, including handling, stacking, and transit. The test may involve subjecting the package to random vibration, drop impacts, compression, or other tests relevant to the LTL shipment environment.
The results of the LTL shipment test can help manufacturers and shippers determine the suitability of their products and packaging for LTL transportation. This information can be used to optimize packaging design, minimize product damage, and reduce overall transportation costs.
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