ISTA Procedure 3E Similar Packaged Products in Unitized Loads

Testing Standard:

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

Standard Number
ISTA 3E

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

Overview:

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 utilizes 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.

Rationale:

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 encountered 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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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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