ISTA Procedure 3B LTL Shipments

Testing Standard:

ISTA 3B Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment (Standard, Cylindrical, and Palletized or Skidded)

Standard Number
ISTA 3B

Standard Title
Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment

Overview:

ISTA 3B 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 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:

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 encountered 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 requires a passing ISTA 3B report for all items shipped palletized.

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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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