ISTA Procedure 3A Small Parcel Delivery Systems 150 lb or Less

Testing Standard:

ISTA 3A Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb (70 kg) or Less (Standard, Small, Flat, and Elongated Packages)

Standard Number
ISTA 3A

Standard Title
Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb (70 kg) or Less

Overview:

ISTA 3A is a general simulation test for individual packaged-products shipped through a parcel delivery system. This procedure utilizes general simulation of actual transport hazards by either ground or air with four types of packages that include standard, small, flat, and elongated. Purple Diamond Testing offers ISTA 3A Testing as part of our packaging distribution testing services.

Rationale:

ISTA 3A – Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb (70 kg) or Less. Can be used to evaluate the protective performance of a packaged-product related to thermal conditions, shocks, vibrations, and other stressors normally encountered in a parcel delivery system. The procedure is used to create general simulation hazards in a laboratory environment that is 100% repeatable. ISTA 3A is also required by UPS to process claims if there are damages in the field. Walmart (store) requires a modified ISTA 3A passing report for multipacks of glass or ceramic bottles and jars. They also recommend a passing ISTA 3A report for all other items.

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Accreditations

Achieving ISO 17025 Accreditation is the pinnacle in third-party laboratory testing accreditation. It confirms that the facility has management, quality, and technical systems in place to ensure accurate and reliable analyses.
ISTA is revered as the certification standard for package testing for distribution. ISTA’s Testing Protocol remains a series of testing methodologies and standards well recognized within the packaging community.
A select few companies are authorized by PHMSA as an approved third-party packaging testing laboratory in accordance with Hazardous Materials Regulations, critical to ensuring safe transport of dangerous goods.

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