Enviromental Stress Testing

ISTA Package Testing

Elite provides development, performance, and simulation testing for packaged products to ensure they are delivered intact and ready for use. We are certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) as a Commercial testing laboratory.

ISTA Package Testing at Elite

ISTA package testing helps ensure that products are adequately protected during transit. It assesses how packaging performs under various conditions, including vibration, shock, and temperature changes. Properly packaged products are less likely to get damaged during shipping, reducing the risk of customer dissatisfaction and returns. Elite offers a wide range of ISTA testing services to ensure your products arrive to their destination undamaged, and you can avoid expenses related to replacement, refunds, and reshipment. Please see Elite’s Packaging Accreditation page for our specific capabilities.

ISTA Certified Laboratory

Why ISTA test your packaged products?

Consumers increasingly prefer home delivery of their purchases and expect them to arrive damage-free. For manufacturers, shippers, and package designers, that means more time spent in transit – and more opportunities for damage. Performance and simulation testing demonstrates the damage tolerance of your packaging and saves cost throughout distribution. Shippers can also participate in the ISTA “Transit Tested” Program to reduce insurance costs with major carriers.

  • Optimize packaging size and weight to control freight costs.
  • Reduce product replacement and warranty repair costs due to damage in transit.
  • Minimize insurance costs through carries.
  • Faster insurance claim resolution when damage does occur.
  • Eliminate bulk and waste without compromising integrity performance.

Expertise and capability for trusted results

ISTA Test Series cover 4 main distribution hazards: Handling Drop and Impact, Transportation Vibration, Stacking Load, and Atmospheric Conditions. Elite has the personnel and equipment to accurately simulate them all.

  • ISTA Certified Laboratory and ISO 17025 accreditation
  • ISTA 6 Amazon Testing Services for Overboxing and Ships-In-Own-Container (SIOC)
  •  Drop Tester
  • Vertical and Rotary Vibration – packages up to 5 feet wide
  • Temperature/Humidity Chambers – multiple chambers sized for small packages up to large crates and pallets
  • Random Vibration and Dynamic Load

ISTA Package Testing Capabilities

  • STA 1 Series – Non-simulation Integrity Performance Test Procedures – 1A, 1C, and 1G – Packaged-products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or less
  • ISTA 2 Series – Partial Simulation Integrity Performance Test Procedures – 2A and 2C – Packaged-products weighing 150 lb (68 kg) or less
  • ISTA 3 Series – General Simulation Performance Test Procedures – 3A, 3B, 3A, 3B, 3F, 3L-Small, 3L-A, 3L-B, 3L-D, 3L-G, 3L-H –  Packaged-products for parcel delivery system shipment less than 150 lb (70 kg)
  • ISTA 6 Series – Member Performance Tests –  6-AMAZON.com-Over Boxing, 6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Type A, 6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Type B, 6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Type D, 6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Type G, 6-AMAZON.com-SIOC Type H
  • ISTA 6 Series – Member Performance Tests – 6-FedEx-A, 6-SAMSCLUB, – Packaged Products Weighting Up To 150 lb
  • ISTA 7 Series – Development Test Procedure – 7D Temperature Test for Transport Packaging

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Our ISTA Packaging Specialists

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) publishes packaging standards to ensure that products are delivered without damage. Elite’s experts test for compliance using ISTA-certified procedures for vibration, drop, moisture, and related stresses. Elite’s trusted results assure the integrity of your packaged product.

John Gondek

Technical Sales / Senior Environmental Engineer

Brad DeGrave

FAA Program Administrator / Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mark Gabalewicz

Environmental Team Leader / Senior Mechanical Engineer

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