Transport Package Testing Lab

Our Tests

Prove Your Packaging Design

We utilize a wide variety of packaging tests to ensure your packaging withstands standard shipping procedures. Concept validation comes in the form of testing and the more rigorous the testing, the more confidence that can be placed in the outcome of the creative process.

Our testing lab is ISTA certified and used by some of the country’s best known companies to validate their packaging designs and products.

Why Test Your Packaging?

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Packaging testing ensures that your pre-launch or production packaging is able to withstand typical events associated with shipping, handling and storage. Your engineering team can duplicate production shipping failures in our laboratory to develop solutions or develop cost savings proposals.

Prevent packaging failures today. Packaging testing can identify potential packaging failures or areas where improvement is needed to current packaging designs.

Compadre Labs is certified and experienced in the following packaging testing procedures:

ISTA – International Safe Transit Association:

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is a global alliance of shippers, carriers, suppliers, testing laboratories, and educational and research institutions focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging. ISTA creates and publishes laboratory preshipment testing procedures.

ISTA 1 Series: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests:

  • 1A – Packaged-products 150 lbs (68 kg) or less
  • 1B – Packaged-products over 150 lbs (68 kg)
  • 1C – Extended testing for individual packaged-products weighing 150 lbs (68 kg) or less
  • 1D – Extended testing for individual packaged-products over 150 lbs (68 kg)
  • 1E – Unitized loads
  • 1G – Packaged-products 150 lbs (68 kg) or less
  • 1H – Packaged-products over 150 lbs (68 kg)

ISTA 2 Series: Simulation Performance Test Procedures:

  • 2A – Packaged-products weighing 150 lbs (68 kg) or less
  • 2B – Packaged-products over 150 lbs (68 kg)

ISTA 3 Series: General Simulation Performance Test Procedures:

  • 3A – Packaged-products for parcel delivery system shipment weighing 70 kg (150 lbs) or less
  • 3B – Packaged-products for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment
  • 3E – Unitized loads of same product
  • 3F – Packaged products for distribution center to retail outlet shipment, 100 (45 kg) or less

ISTA 6-Series: Member Performance Tests

  • ISTA 6-SAMSCLUB: Packaged-Products for Sam’s Club Distribution System Shipment
  • ISTA 6-FEDEX-A: FedEx Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Up to 150 lb.
  • ISTA 6-FEDEX-B: FedEx Procedures for Testing Packaged Products Weighing Over 150 lb.
  • ISTA 6-AMAZON.COM-SIOC: Ships in Own Container (SIOC) for Amazon.com Distribution System Shipment
  • ISTA 6-AMAZON.COM – Over Boxing: e-Commerce Fulfillment for Parcel Delivery Shipment

ASTM D4169:

  • ASTM test series that requires knowledge of your packaged product distribution cycle.

NMFC Item 180:

  • National Motor Freight Classification test protocol for shipments that will travel in an LTL (less than truckload) environment.

NMFC Item 181:

  • National Motor Freight Classification test protocol for furniture.

Material Testing:

  • Mullen Burst Test
  • Edge Crush Test (ECT)
  • Print Abrasion Test
  • Basis Weight Test

Contact us today to learn more about our tests.

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