Package testing is a comprehensive process that simulates the real world of the supply chain by emulating various activities in a lab environment. The goals of package testing are to reduce damage and warranty claims, achieve certification standards of some vendors and reduce shipping costs through lighter and smaller packaging. The predominant governing body in the writing of package testing standards is the International Safe Transit Association or ISTA. As an ISTA-certified package testing lab, Keystone Compliance thoroughly understands the requirements and provides its customers with the benefit of their test reports being recognized around the world. Keystone is also accredited to ISO-17025, including many ASTM standards. The company was also named to the Amazon APASS network as one of the few Amazon-approved labs in the country.
The bulk of package testing involves simulating real-world conditions that a package might experience during its journey through the supply chain. Depending on the product and industry, the touch points can often reach double digits and also involve some extreme conditions. Packages must successfully navigate conditions such as extreme temperatures, temperature variations, compression, vibration, impact, shock, drop, reduced pressure and altitude. The packaging must not only standup to these events, it must do so while maintaining the integrity and performance of the product it houses.
Most package testing standards simulate a chain of events with strict requirements. In addition to providing testing to specific standards, Keystone can also provide custom simulated shipping environments as well as tests to failure to determine the useful life of materials and package designs. These test cycles can assist with determining warranty periods, warning stickers and user instructions.
E-Commerce has dramatically added complexity to package testing. While most retailers require compliance to existing ISTA or ASTM standards, some retailers such as Amazon and Sams Club have created their own requirements. Amazon has multiple levels of product certification that are based on the amount of prep Amazon must provide, the material composition of the packaging and the amount of time necessary to remove a product from its packaging. As an approved testing lab for Amazon, Keystone can assist companies work through the Amazon process. We have an entire website dedicated to our Amazon package testing.
What makes Keystone Compliance different in the package testing world? We have extensive experience and understand the requirements. We do not over-test. We have redundant equipment and dedicated report writers, which expedite the testing and report turnaround time. We communicate throughout the entire test program. Our pricing is competitive and we offer volume discounts.
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Our scope of capabilities include but are not limited to the following standards:
- ISTA Amazon
- ISTA Sam’s Club
- 49 CFR Part 178
- 49 CFR 173.465 Type A Packaging Tests
- Wal-Mart Black Friday Package Testing
- ASTM B-117 Salt Spray / Salt Fog
- ASTM D3580 Product Vibration
- ASTM D4169 Performance Testing
- ASTM D4728 Vibration
- ASTM D 999-68 Vibration
- ASTM D 999-08 Vibration
- ASTM D6344 Concentrated Impact
- ASTM D6653 Altitude
- ASTM F150 Electrical Resistance
- ASTM D4332
- ASTM D6653
- ASTM F2825
- ASTM D3103
- ASTM D5487
- ASTM D6537
- ASTM D4168
As an ISTA-certified package testing lab and shipping test lab, Keystone Compliance can meet your package test needs. By providing quick turnarounds, competitive pricing and engineering assistance, Keystone Compliance has become a leader in the shipping test industry. Receiving a quote to complete packaging testing is as easy as completing our online quote form or calling us at (724) 657-9940.