ISTA / ASTM Package Testing

Validating Package Strength and Integrity

Are you searching for package testing that would…

  • Authenticate suitability for end-use
  • Help solve problems with current packaging
  • Identify potential cost savings in packaging
  • Provide a technical means of comparing package options
  • Determine or verify that requirements of a specification, regulation, or contract are met
  • Provide standard data for quality assurance
  • Provide evidence for product liability, patents, or product claims
  • Predict the performance of a package during distribution and use by your customers

At Advanced Packaging Technology Laboratories, we’ve developed a 3- phase package testing process that is seamless and will address all your package testing needs.

Phase 1: Setting Expectations

During this phase of the package testing process, one of our seasoned- engineers will evaluate your specific project requirements and then develop a testing program to meet your requirements.

Phase 2: Measuring Characteristics

During this phase of the package testing process, we will simulate the environment your packages will face in route, in storage, or by the end user. Our project engineers and technicians will measure your pre-determined set of characteristics that could affect the outcome of the test. These characteristics include, materials, components, shipping containers, and unit loads. Our testing measures the effects and interactions of the levels of packaging, the package contents, external forces, and end-use.

Phase 3: Documenting Results

During this phase of the process our technicians will document the formal test method(s) and prepare a test report that includes the appropriate data including, certification level, charts/graphs, spreadsheets, photographs, video, etc.

If needed, the testing process can involve certifying the package to standards set by:

  • ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) ISTA Lab Certification
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
  • ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials)
  • CEN (European Committee for Standardization)
  • TAPPI (Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry)
  • NMFTA (National Motor Traffic Association) CCSB Lab Certification
  • Custom shipping and handling protocols
  • Corporate specifications

As independent entity from packaging suppliers, Advanced Packaging Technology Laboratories conducts an unbiased review, testing, and certification of your packaging project.

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ISTA/ASTM Package Testing

Random Vibration Machines — Truck, Railroad, Air Shipment Simulation

Drop Test Equipment — Standard Capacity

Vacuum Chamber — Standard Capacity

Rotary Vibration Machine

Random Vibration Machines — Truck, Railroad, Air Shipment Simulation

Horizontal Impact Testing System (HITS) — up to 8 MPG Impacts

Compression Machine — Simulate Warehouse and Truck Stacking Environment

Random Vibration Test

Drop Jolt Test Plastic Bag Handle

Drop Test of a Wooden Crate

Impact Test with Crate

Random Vibration Test in Walk-In Tem Chamber

Vacuum Test with Potato Chip Bag

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Horizontal Impact Test of Flexible Bulk Bag

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Random Vibration Test on a Wood Crate

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Random Vibration Test Evinrude Motor

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Random Vibration Test of a Pallet / Snow Blower Assembly

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Edge Drop Test Evinrude Motor Pallet System

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Random Vibration Test of Corrugated Packages

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Random Vibration Test of a Pallet of Grocery Products

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Random Vibration Test of a Boat Motor

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Horizontal Impact Test (HITS) of an Evinrude Motor Pallet

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G&W Vibe Test

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Horizontal Impactor 8mph

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Vacuum Leakage Test of Packaged Cheese

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Package Drop Test

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Rotary Vibration Test

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Water Bottle Rack Random Vibration Test

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Meet the ISTA / ASTM Packaging Team

Leo Bityou

Packaging Engineer/Lab Manager

Matthew Schnirer

ISTA Certified Packaging Technologist

Luisa Herrera, an office administrator.

Luisa Herrera

ISTA Project Leader

Steve Kelly, an ISTA Lab Technician.

Steve Kelly

ISTA Lab Technician