Package Testing Services
Package Testing Services

Package Testing Lab

Package testing is performed on a variety of parcels to assure the package integrity and provide product protection during transit and its end-use environment. The term “package test” is a generic term which relates to a large variety of testing methods. Each method, however, simulates conditions that a package may experience. Due to the large variety of shipping methods available, the required test methods are broken down into several categories. These categories can be based on size, weight, type of container and different types of environmental conditions.

Our package testing lab is equipped to perform a large variety of ISTA testing and ASTM testing standards. Some the common testing standards include ASTM D4169 and D7386 and ISTA 3A, 3B, 7D and 7E. There is a major distinction between different types of package testing based on whether the simulated conditions consist of static or active environments.

A static environment typically consists of environments where the products do not physically move during the test. The package is tested with and without product under different temperature and humidity conditions.

An active environment, by contrast to static, would consist of tests such as vibration, shock, drop and compression testing where the package is physically stressed to simulate real-world conditions the package could be exposed to during transit in order to test package integrity.


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ASTM D4169

Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
This practice provides a guide for the evaluation of shipping units in accordance with a uniform system, using established test methods at levels representative of those occurring in actual distribution. The recommended test levels are based on available information on the shipping and handling environment, and current industry/government practice and experience. The tests should be performed sequentially on the same containers in the order given.

(Source: ASTM D4169 - 09)
Document available on ASTM web site:


Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 150 lb or Less
ISTA Test Procedure 3A is a general simulation for individual packaged-products shipped through a parcel delivery system. The test is appropriate for four different types of packages commonly distributed as individual packages, either by air or by ground. The types include standard, small, flat and elongated packages. This test procedure is for packaged-products that weighs 150 lbs (70kg) or less.

(Source: ISTA 3A - 2008)
Document available on ISTA web site:


Thermal Controlled Transport Packaging for Parcel Delivery System Shipment
ISTA Test Procedure 7D covers the thermal performance testing of packaged-products to evaluate the effects of external temperature exposure. The test method is suitable for testing analysis of packaged-products with and without temperature stabilizers (e.g. refrigerants, eutectic solutions), and with or without external temperature controlled packaging (e.g. insulated containers).

(Source: ISTA 7D - 2007) Document available on ISTA web site:


Package Testing Capabilities

We are proud to offer package testing for a wide variety of specifications. For more information on individual test standards, view full specifications list.



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