ISTA Package Testing

Megalab's evaluation method aids in safeguarding products throughout their journey, minimizing instances of loss and lowering the frequency of customer grievances linked to the transportation of packaged items.

Megalab is proficient in executing a range of ISTA testing protocols:

•ISTA 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1G, 1H, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 3E, 3F, 3H
•GM1738 (ISTA 3E)

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What is ISTA testing?

ISTA testing, or International Safe Transit Association testing, is a vital process aimed at evaluating the ability of packaging to safeguard products during transportation. It involves subjecting packaging to various simulated conditions encountered during shipping to ensure its durability and effectiveness in protecting the enclosed items.

Benefits of ISTA testing for manufacturers and their customers:

Cost Reduction: ISTA packaging tests help minimize expenses associated with product loss due to breakage and damage during shipping. By conducting early product testing, potential issues can be identified and addressed, preventing costly losses later in the development cycle.

Decreased Customer Complaints: Enhanced packaging protections throughout the transportation journey of your products can lead to a reduction in customer complaints. This, in turn, lowers the likelihood of retailers receiving damaged goods and decreases the need for replacement claims.

Certification Assurance: ISTA packaging tests provide the necessary documentation and test reports for your packaging to attain the “ISTA® Transit Tested Certification Mark.” This certification instills confidence in both manufacturers and retailers, ensuring that products will arrive at their destination intact and undamaged.

Do I need ISTA testing?

If you are involved in industries such as medical devices or consumer goods where product safety and quality are paramount, ISTA testing is highly recommended. It ensures that your packaging meets established standards and can withstand the rigors of transportation, safeguarding your products and maintaining their integrity until they reach the end consumer.

What is ISTA certification?

ISTA certification signifies that a laboratory is accredited and equipped to conduct reliable package testing according to ISTA standards. This certification ensures that the testing facility follows industry best practices and can provide trustworthy results regarding packaging integrity. Adhering to ISTA standards and choosing a certified lab like Megalab ensures that your products are adequately protected throughout the supply chain, bolstering customer satisfaction and trust.

How can Megalab Lab Help?

Choosing an accredited and certified lab for package integrity testing is crucial. Labs certified by organizations like ISTA are equipped to conduct reliable package testing. Adhering to recognized standards and selecting a reputable lab ensures products are well protected and maintain their quality from the warehouse to the customer.

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ISTA Package Testing Standards Available at Megalab Group

  • ISTA 1 Series Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests
    • Procedure 1A Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less
    • Procedure 1B Packaged-Products weighing over 150 lb (68 kg)
    • Procedure 1C Extended Testing for Individual Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less
    • Procedure 1D Extended Testing for Individual Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg)
    • Procedure 1E Unitized Loads
    • Procedure 1G Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less (Random Vibration)
    • Procedure 1H Packaged-Products weighing Over 150 lb (68 kg) (Random Vibration)
  • ISTA 2 Series Partial Simulation Performance Tests
    • Procedure 2A Packaged-Products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or Less
    • Procedure 2B Packaged-Products weighing over 150 lb (68 kg)
    • Procedure 2C Furniture Packages
  • ISTA 3 Series General Simulation Performance Tests
    • Procedure 3A Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment weighing 70kg (150 lb) or Less
    • Procedure 3B Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment
    • Procedure 3E Similar Packaged-Products in Unitized Loads for Truckload Shipment
    • Procedure 3F Packaged-Products in Mixed Pallet Loads for Regional Shipment, 100 lb (45 kg) or Less
    • Procedure 3K Fast-Moving Consumer Goods in the European Retail Supply Chain
  • ISTA 4 Series Enhanced Simulation Performance Tests
    • Procedure 4AB Project: Packaged-Products for Shipment in Known Distribution Channels
  • ISTA 6 Series Member Performance Tests
    • Project 6-SAMSCLUB, Packaged-Products for Sam’s Club® Distribution System Shipment
    • Project Boxing Project: e-Commerce Fulfillment for Parcel Delivery Shipment
    • Project Project: Ships in Own Container (SIOC) for Distribution System Shipment
    • Project 6-FedEx-A FedEx-Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Up to 150 lb (domestic and international)
    • Project 6-FedEx-B FedEx-Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing More Than 150 lb (domestic and international)
  • ISTA 7 Series Development Tests 
    • Procedure 7D Thermal Controlled Transport Packaging for Parcel Delivery System Shipment
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