PROJECT 6-SAMSCLUB

Project 6-SAMSCLUB covers the testing of packaged-products prepared for shipment via the Sam’s distribution system to the U.S. destinations. In this system, packaged-products are typically shipped from the manufacturer or producer through one or more Distribution Centers (DC’s), and then to the clubs (stores). Various types of handling may occur in the DCs, including manual, fork lift, clamp truck, etc. ISTA 6-SAMSCLUB states that the original shipment configuration may be altered at a DC to fit the needs of the system and the requirements of the clubs (stores). Final shipment to the club (store) is typically on a pallet.

Packaged-Product Types:

  • Type A: Non-Perishable, initially shipped palletized (on standard or custom pallet).
    • Club (store) quantity is the unchanged palletized load.
    • Club (store) quantity is other than the unchanged palletized load, including elongated and flat package-products.
  • Types B and C: Non-Perishable, initially shipped floor-loaded, including elongated and flat packaged-products.
    • Type B: Large floor-loaded packaged-products.
    • Type C: Small floor-loaded packaged-products.
  • Type D: Perishable, initially shipped palletized.

The chart below is from the ISTA 6-SAMSCLUB, also known as Project-6-SAMSCLUB, 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

 

Test Sequence Type A Non-Perishable, Initially Shipped on Standard or Custom Pallet

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 42 in/sec (3.5 ft./sec) (1.1m/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 Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCK 8 Random Overall G levels of 0.46 3 hours Required Test entire pallet load
7 Shock TEST BLOCK 9 Rotational EDGE Drop 4 in (100 mm) (domestic) 6 in (150 mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
8 Flat Push TEST BLOCK 11 Push Pallet Load with Fork Blade Tip Push 40 in (1m) in 2-3 sec Required only for loads on custom pallets
9 Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as direct Required only for certain distribution situations
10 Shock TEST BLOCK 5 Free-Fall Drop Bottom Orientations 15 in (380 mm) (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) (int’l) Required 3 drops each specimen
11 Vibration, Vertical Stacked TEST BLOCK 12 Random All 3 Specimens Stacked Vertically Overall G level of 0.55 1 hour Required only for certain product types and distribution situations
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 13 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard ox dropped 12 in (300mm (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l) Required only for flat packages
13 Shock TEST BLOCK 14 Bridged Impact Hazard ox dropped 12 in (300mm (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l) Required only for elongated packages

 

Test Sequence Type B Non-Perishable, Initially Shipped Floor-Loaded, Club Quantity is Case or Unit, Packaged-Product

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  4 or 6 faces as directed 42 in/sec (3.5 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required
4 Shock TEST BLOCK 3 Rotational FLAT Drop Test in multiple orientations as directed 7 in (180 mm) (domestic) 9 in (230 mm) (int’l) Required
5 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Test in multiple orientations as directed Standard pallet on top depending upon upper surface area Calculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hour Required Machine, or weights and load spreader
6 Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCK 8 Random with Top Load of 0.0035 lbs./in3 (96 kg/m3) Overall G level of 0.6 3 hours Required test in multiple orientations as directed
7 Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed Required only for certain distribution situations
8 Shock TEST BLOCK 9 Rotational EDGE Drop Test in multiple orientations as directed 5 in (130 mm) (domestic)  in (180mm) (int’l) Required
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 13 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard box dropped 12 in (300mm) (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l) Required Only for elongated packages

 

Test Sequence Type C Non-Perishable, Initially Shipped Floor-Loaded, Club Quantity is Case or Unit, Packaged-Product

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 6 Free-Fall Drop Multiple Orientations 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 multiple orientations as directed Calculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hour Required Machine, or weights and load spreader
5 Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCK Random with Top Load of 0.0035 lbs./in3 (96 kg/m3( Overall G level of 0.46 3 hours Required Test in multiple orientations as directed
6 Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as direct Required only for certain distribution situations
7 Shock TEST BLOCK 7 Free-fall Drop Multiple Orientations Second Sequence 6 drops-26 in (660 mm) max (domestic) 32 in (810 mm) max (int’l) Required only for flat packages
8 Shock TEST BLOCK 13 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard box dropped 12 in (300mm) (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l) Required only for flat packages
9 Shock TEST BLOCK 14 Bridged Impact Hazard box dropped 12 in (300mm) (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l) Required only for elongated packages

 

Test Sequence Type D Perishable, Initially Shipped Palletized

Sequence # Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1 Controlled Temperature and Humidity Cool, cold, or frozen as appropriate, chosen from chart Required
2 Shock TEST BLOCK 9 Rotational EDGE Drop 4 in (100mm) (domestic) 6 in (150mm) (int’l) Required Test entire pallet load
3 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4 Top-to-Bottom Standard pallet on top Calculated from formula Hold force for 30 seconds, release Required Test entire pallet load Machine, or weights and load spreader
4 Shock TEST BLOCK 5 Free-Fall Drop Bottom Orientations 15 in (380 mm) (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) (int’l) Required 3 drops each specimen

 

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