ISTA 1E is an integrity test for unitized loads of the same institutional or retail packaged-products. The standard defines a unitized load as one or more products or packaged-products usually on a skid or pallet, but always secured together or restrained for distribution as a single load. Examples would be a stretch-wrapped pallet load of individual containers, a single non-packaged machine banded to a pallet and a pallet with corrugated tray, tube and a cap.
For ISTA 1E, the shipper must determine the following prior to testing:
- What constitutes damage to the product and
- What damage tolerance level is allowable, if any, and
- The correct methodology to determine product condition at the conclusion of the tests and
- The acceptable package condition at the conclusion of the test.
The test sequences for ISTA Procedure 1E include the following tests:
- Vibration Test Block.
- Shock Test Block-Impact.
- Shock Test Block-Rotational Edge Drop.
The chart below is from the standard and provides more guidance on the testing procedure and requirements:
|Sequence #||Test Category||Test Type||For ISTA Certification|
|1||Vibration||Vertical Linear Fixed Displacement/ Alternative Random||Required|
|2||Shock||Incline (Conbur)/ Alternative Horizontal Impact||Required|
|3||Shock||Rotational Edge Drop||Required|
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