ISTA 6 Amazon.com-SIOC Type G
Amazon Type G is for individually packaged TV’s and monitors that are less than 150 pounds (68 kg) with a girth less than 165 inches (4.19 m). The shipping method for these products is parcel delivery and uses the standard handling method. The standard handling method, also referenced as floor loaded, is for individual packaged-products that are received at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center with no pallet or with multiple packaged products on a single pallet and are intended to ship to the end consumer without a pallet. Type G products qualify for SIOC status and are tested based on the ISTA 6 SIOC Type G test sequence outlined in the chart below.
It is important to keep in mind that TVs and monitors are considered non-fragile products thus only one sample is used for testing. A TV/Monitor product is defined as any package which contains as a primary product a TV of Monitor. This product category was created because of the unique attributes and inherent areas of fragility combined with the distinct handling practices that are necessary.
Amazon has created a separate category of testing for TV’s and Monitors because they have different qualities that distinguish them from other packages. However, their category is considered non-fragile so that testing can be performed with less samples. Fragile packages require at least 5 samples. TV’s and Monitors only require one sample for testing. Under the test procedure ISTA requires the test to be performed one time on one sample. It is recommended that the test is performed five or more times using new samples for each test to show the best representative performance of the package.
The products submitted as samples should be as close as possible to the actual production items. CAD generated samples, prototypes, hand made samples, etc. are usually not sufficient samples. They do not provide accurate test results since they are not always representative of the actual product throughout the distribution system. Preliminary tests may be conducted on these types of products for development purposes but final official testing should be performed with actual production items.
The purpose of Type G testing is to evaluate the protective performance of packaging for TV/Monitors. The package will undergo testing related to vibrations, shocks, and other stresses that packages normally encounter throughout transportation to the customer. During testing, the product will be in its packaging and they are considered one unit together. Not all shipping conditions can be tested with Type G alone. For example, this does not test for irregular handling.
The Basics of Amazon Type G Testing:
Request a quote from Keystone’s package testing engineers. Keystone will review your request and the current standards to provide an accurate quote. Once the quote is approved, Keystone technicians will be in contact to ensure that samples remain compliant throughout the process. See How to Submit a Sample for specific instructions. The product will undergo testing in accordance with the Testing Type requirements. After testing is completed, the vendor will receive an Amazon standard lab report that is to be submitted to Amazon for certification.
This is a pass/fail test. Pass/fail standards will be determined prior to testing by the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon.com, and other stakeholders. They must determine the following:
- What constitutes damage to the product
- What damage tolerance level, if any, is allowable
- The correct methodology to determine product condition at the end of testing
- The acceptable package condition at the end of testing
Recertification is Required When:
- There are any changes to packaging
- There are changes to product design
- Amazon observes damage during shipment to the customer
Keystone Package Testing provides vendors with the testing to certify their products to receive the benefits of Amazon’s SIOC status. With significant package testing knowledge, globally-recognized accreditation, short lead times and affordable prices, Keystone Package Testing is the best Amazon transit testing lab partner.
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Type G – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged TV/Monitor Less Than 150 pounds (68 kg) AND Girth Less Than 165 inches (4.19 m)
|Sequence Number||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 2||Free-Fall Drop||9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight||Required- Do not catch packaged items|
|4||Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 9||Clamping Simulation||Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed||Required for any of the 2 axes with a width dimension >24 inches (610mm) and <75 inches (1905mm)|
|5||Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 10||Test in the intended shipping orientation||Calculated from formula maintain force for 1 hour||Required, Machine, or weights and load spreader|
|6||Vibration TEST BLOCK 12||Random with or without top load||Overall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46||Required|
|7||Shock TEST BLOCK 20||Inclined or Horizontal Impact||48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change||Required for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg)|
|8||Shock Test block 15||Free-Fall Drop||8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazard.||Required- Do not catch packaged item.|
|9||Shock TEST BLOCK 24||Concentrated Edge Impact||Hazard Box dropped 16 inches (400 mm)||Required- Hazard box to be dropped on the screen side|
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