International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Packaging Test

Overview

UL offers ISTA packaging tests to assess the security of goods during transport, so retailers and manufacturers can feel confident that packaging is up to the job, thus reducing product loss and customer complaints.

UL’s laboratory in Cabiate, Italy, is an ISTA Certified Testing Laboratory, enabling UL to provide the documentation and test reports necessary for the ISTA Transit Tested certification mark on packaging.

We can test a variety of packaging for products, such as glassware, household and premium items, medical devices, ready-to-assemble furniture, apparel and other furnishings.

Definition

ISTA packaging tests assess the security of goods during transport by using vibration, impact, drop and temperature testing. This testing mimics transportation conditions to gauge the likelihood of goods being damaged during transit.

Benefits

The advantages of ISTA packaging testing include potential reductions in product loss due to breakage and damage during shipping. Testing during the product development phase can help avoid potential losses that may be more costly to remediate later in the development cycle.

ISTA packaging testing may also produce cost savings due to a reduction in product losses during transit. Secure packaging may also decrease complaints and replacement claims from retailers and customers who receive damaged products.


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PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Glassware, dishware, lamps and lighting, toys, premium items, furniture and medical devices

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

Protocol category: 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

 

Protocol category: 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)

 

Protocol category: ISTA 6 SERIES: MEMBER PERFORMANCE TESTS:

Project 6-SAMSCLUB, Packaged-Products for Sam’s Club® Distribution System Shipment

 

Protocol category: ISTA 7 SERIES: DEVELOPMENT TESTS

Procedure 7D: Thermal Controlled Transport Packaging for Parcel Delivery System Shipment

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