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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 CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity

 

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

Sequence #Test CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3Shock TEST BLOCK 2Inclined or Horizontal Impact42 in/sec (3.5 ft./sec) (1.1m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired Impact all 4 vertical faces of pallet load
4Shock TEST BLOCK 3Rotational FLAT Drop6 in (150 mm) (domestic) 8 in (200 mm) (int’l)Required Test entire pallet load
5Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4Top-to-Bottom Pallet on topCalculated from formula maintain force for 1 hourRequired test entire pallet load Machine, or weights and load spreader
6Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCK 8RandomOverall G levels of 0.46 3 hoursRequired Test entire pallet load
7Shock TEST BLOCK 9Rotational EDGE Drop4 in (100 mm) (domestic) 6 in (150 mm) (int’l)Required Test entire pallet load
8Flat Push TEST BLOCK 11Push Pallet Load with Fork Blade TipPush 40 in (1m) in 2-3 secRequired only for loads on custom pallets
9Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10Clamping SimulationCalculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directRequired only for certain distribution situations
10Shock TEST BLOCK 5Free-Fall Drop Bottom Orientations15 in (380 mm) (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) (int’l)Required 3 drops each specimen
11Vibration, Vertical Stacked TEST BLOCK 12Random All 3 Specimens Stacked VerticallyOverall G level of 0.55 1 hourRequired only for certain product types and distribution situations
12Shock TEST BLOCK 13Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard ox dropped 12 in (300mm (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l)Required only for flat packages
13Shock TEST BLOCK 14Bridged ImpactHazard 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 CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1Temperature and humidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3Shock TEST BLOCK 2Inclined or horizontal impact  4 or 6 faces as directed42 in/sec (3.5 ft./sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
4Shock TEST BLOCK 3Rotational FLAT Drop Test in multiple orientations as directed7 in (180 mm) (domestic) 9 in (230 mm) (int’l)Required
5Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4Test in multiple orientations as directed Standard pallet on top depending upon upper surface areaCalculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hourRequired Machine, or weights and load spreader
6Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCK 8Random with Top Load of 0.0035 lbs./in3 (96 kg/m3)Overall G level of 0.6 3 hoursRequired test in multiple orientations as directed
7Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10Clamping SimulationCalculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directedRequired only for certain distribution situations
8Shock TEST BLOCK 9Rotational EDGE Drop Test in multiple orientations as directed5 in (130 mm) (domestic)  in (180mm) (int’l)Required
9Shock TEST BLOCK 13Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard 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 CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from tableOptional
3Shock TEST BLOCK 6Free-Fall Drop Multiple Orientations First Sequence6 drops-14 in (360 mm) max  (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) max (int’l)Required
4Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4Test in multiple orientations as directedCalculated from formula Maintain force for 1 hourRequired Machine, or weights and load spreader
5Vibration, Vertical TEST BLOCKRandom with Top Load of 0.0035 lbs./in3 (96 kg/m3(Overall G level of 0.46 3 hoursRequired Test in multiple orientations as directed
6Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 10Clamping SimulationCalculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directRequired only for certain distribution situations
7Shock TEST BLOCK 7Free-fall Drop Multiple Orientations Second Sequence6 drops-26 in (660 mm) max (domestic) 32 in (810 mm) max (int’l)Required only for flat packages
8Shock TEST BLOCK 13Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard box dropped 12 in (300mm) (domestic) 15 in (380 mm) (int’l)Required only for flat packages
9Shock TEST BLOCK 14Bridged ImpactHazard 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 CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityCool, cold, or frozen as appropriate, chosen from chartRequired
2Shock TEST BLOCK 9Rotational EDGE Drop4 in (100mm) (domestic) 6 in (150mm) (int’l)Required Test entire pallet load
3Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 4Top-to-Bottom Standard pallet on topCalculated from formula Hold force for 30 seconds, releaseRequired Test entire pallet load Machine, or weights and load spreader
4Shock TEST BLOCK 5Free-Fall Drop Bottom Orientations15 in (380 mm) (domestic) 18 in (460 mm) (int’l)Required 3 drops each specimen

 

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