PROJECT 6-AMAZON.COM-B

ISTA 6-AMAZON.com-B covers the testing of packaged-products prepared for shipment via Amazon.com’s distribution system to U.S. destinations. In this system, packaged-products are typically shipped from the manufacturer or producer to an Amazon.com fulfillment center, and then to the consumer. Various types of handling may occur in the fulfillment centers, including manual, fork lift, clamp truck, etc.

The chart below is from the ISTA 6-AMAZON.com-B, also known as Project-6-AMAZON.com-B, the standard and provides more guidance on the testing procedure and requirements:

Sequence # Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from chart Optional
3 Shock TEST BLOCK 2 Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4ft/sec) Required Impact all 4 vertical faces of pallet load
4 Shock TEST BLOCK 3 Rotational FLAT Drop 6 in (150 mm) (domestic) 8 in (200 mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
5 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Top-to-Bottom Pallet on top Calculated from formula Required Test entire pallet load Machine, or weights and load spreader
6  Shock TEST BLOCK 7 Rotational EDGE Drop 4 in (100mm) (domestic) 6 in (150 mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
7 Shock TEST BLOCK 9 Tip/Tip Over Use a 22 degree tip angle Required
8 Shock TEST BLOCK 10 Rotational Drop Rotational edge and corner drops.  Height varies with packaged-product weight Required
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 12 inclined or Horizontal Impact, Optional Free Fall Drop 48 in/sec (4ft/sec) (1.2m/sec) impacts or 3 in. (76 mm) drops Required
10 Vertical Vibration TEST BLOCK 13 Random with Top Load Overall G level of 0.54 Required only LTL standard packages
11 Vertical Vibration TEST BLOCK 14 Random with Top Load Overall G level of 0.54 Required only for palletized packages
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 18 Concentrated Impact Impact mass free-fall drop guided drop, or pendulum, 15 in (380 mm) Required only for Non-Rigid containers
13 Shock TEST BLOCK 19 Fork lift Handling Flat Push and Rotate tests Required only palletized packages
14 Shock TEST BLOCK 19 Fork lift Handling Elevated  Push and Pull tests Required only for palletized packages
15 Shock TEST BLOCK 19 Fork lift Handling Elevated Rotate tests Required only for palletized packages
16 Shock TEST BLOCK 22 Rotational Drop Rotational edge and corner drops.  Height varies with packaged-product weight Required
17 Shock TEST BLOCK 23 Incline or Horizontal Impact, optional Free-Fall Drop 48 in/sec (4ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts or 3 in. (76 mm drops Required
18 Shock TEST BLOCK 24 Full Rotational Drop Drops vary with packaged-product type Required only for elongated and flat packages
19 Shock TEST BLOCK 25 Bridged Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (410 mm) Required only for elongated packages
20 Shock TEST BLOCK 26 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (410 mm) Required only for flat packages

 

Test Sequence Type B Initially Shipped Palletized (Individual Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery 70 kg (150 lb.) or less)

Sequence # Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from chart Optional
3 Shock TEST BLOCK 2 Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required Impact all 4 vertical faces of pallet load
4 Shock TEST BLOCK 3 Rotational FLAT Drop 6 in (150 mm) (domestic) 8 in (200 mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
5 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Top-to-Bottom Pallet on top Calculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hour Required Test entire pallet load Machine, or weights and load spreader
6 Shock TEST BLOCK 7 Rotational EDGE Drop 4 in (100mm) (domestic) 6 in (150mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
7 Shock TEST BLOCK 11 Free-Fall Drop Parcel Carrier First Sequence 9 Drops-height varies with packaged-product weight Required
8 Vibration TEST BLOCKS 15, 16 & 16 Random with and without Top Load Overall G levels of 0.53 and 0.46 Required Use Test Blocks 16 & 17 for pails Use Test Blocks 15 & 17 for all other package types
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 20 Free-Fall Drop Parcel Carrier Second Sequence 8 Drops-height varies with packaged-product weight Includes drop on hazard Required
10 Shock TEST BLOCK 21 Rotational EDGE Drop 200 mm (8 in) Required for flat and elongated packages
11 Shock TEST BLOCK 24 Full Rotational Flat Drop Varies with packaged-product dimensions Required for flat and elongated packages
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 25 Bridge Impact Hazard Box dropped 400 mm (16 in) Required only for Flat packages

 

Test Sequence Type C Initially Shipped Floor-Loaded (Individual Packaged-Products for LTL Delivery)

Sequence # Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from chart Optional
3 Shock TEST BLOCK 2 Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required Impact 4 or 6 faces as directed
4 Shock TEST BLOCK 3 Rotational FLAT Drop 7 in (180 mm) (domestic) 9 in (230 mm) (int’l) Required Test in multiple orientations as directed
5 Compression Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Test in most stable orientation Calculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hour Required Machine, or weights and load spreader
6 Shock TEST BLOCK 7 Rotational EDGE Drop 5 in (130 mm) (domestic) 7 in (180 mm) (int’l) Required Test in multiple orientations as directed
7 Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 8 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed Optional
8 Shock TEST BLOCK 9 Tip/Tip Over Use a 22 degree tip angle Required
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 10 Rotational Drop Rotational edge and corner drops.  Height varies with packaged-product weight Required
10 Shock TEST BLOCK 12 inclined or Horizontal Impact, OPTIONAL Free-Fall Drop 48 in/sec (4 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact or 3 in (76 mm) drops Required
11 Vertical Vibration TEST BLOCK 13 Random with Top Load Overall G level 0.54 Required
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 18 Concentrated Impact Impact mass free-fall drop, guided drop, or pendulum, 15 in (380mm) Required only for Non-Rigid containers
13 Shock TEST BLOCK 22 Rotational Drop Rotational edge and corner drops.  Height varies with packaged-product weight Required
14 Shock TEST BLOCK 23 Incline or Horizontal Impact, optional Free-Fall Drop 48 in/sec (4 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts or 3 in. (76 mm) drops Required
15 Shock TEST BLOCK 24 Full Rotational Drop Drops vary with packaged-products type Required only for elongated and flat packages
16 Shock TEST BLOCK 25 Bridged Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (410 mm) Required only for Elongated packages
17 Shock TEST BLOCK 26 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (410 mm) Required only for Flat packages

 

Test Sequence Type D, initially Shipped Floor-Loaded (Individual Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery 70 kg (150 lb.) or less)

Sequence # Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from table Optional
3 Shock TEST BLOCK 5 Free-Fall Drop Vendor/Amazon.com First Sequence 6 drops-14 in (360 mm) max (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) max (int’l) Required
4 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Test  in most stable orientation Calculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hour Required Machine, or weights and load spreader
5 Shock TEST BLOCK 6 Free-Fall Drop Vendor/Amazon.com First Sequence 6 drops- 26 in (660 mm) max (domestic) 32 in (810 mm) max (int’l) Required
6 Shock TEST BLOCK 25 Bridge Impact Hazard Box dropped 400 mm (16 in) Required only for elongated packages
7 Shock TEST BLOCK 26 Concentrated Impact Hazard Box dropped 400 mm (16 in) Required only for flat packages
8 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 8 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed Optional
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 11 Free-Fall Drop Parcel Carrier First Sequence 9 Drops-height varies with packaged-product weight Required
10 Vibration TEST BLOCKS 15, 16 & 17 Random with and without Top Load Overall G levels of 0.53 and 0.46 Required use test blocks 16 & 17 for pails Use test blocks 15 & 17 for all other package types
11 Shock TEST BLOCK 20 Free-Fall Drop Parcel Carrier Second Sequence 8 Drops-height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazard Required
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 21 Rotational Edge Drop 200mm (8 in) Required for flat and elongated packages
13 Shock TEST BLOCK 24 Full Rotational Flat Drop Varies with packaged-product dimensions Required for flat and elongated packages
14 Shock TEST BLOCK 25 Bridge Impact Hazard Box dropped 400 mm (16 in) Required only for elongated packages
15 Shock TEST BLOCK 26 Concentrated Impact Hazard Box dropped 400 mm (16 in) Required only for flat packages

 

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