DISTRIBUTION PACKAGING

Environmental Condition Testing

In today’s worldwide markets, packaged-products are likely to be shipped to, or at least through, a diverse array of climates on their way to their final destination.

Environmental Condition testing is important in helping to design packaging that can withstand various temperatures and humidity levels – and more importantly the rapid and constant changing of these variables that a package can experience.

Our various environmental control chambers, refrigerators, and freezers can replicate various temperatures and humidity levels so that a packaged product can be studied for its durability in these changing environmental conditions.

Standards:

ASTM D4332
ISO 2233
ISTA

ASTM D4332 – 14: Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing

Practice for conditioning containers, packages, or packaging components for testing. This practice provides for standard and special conditioning and testing atmospheres that may be used to simulate particular field conditions that a container, package, or packaging component may encounter during its life or testing cycle. It describes procedures for conditioning these containers, packages, or packaging components so that they approach or reach equilibrium with the atmosphere to which they may be exposed. This standard is commonly used for conditioning when conducting transit simulation tests.

ISO 2233:2000 Packaging – Complete, filled transport packages and unit loads – Conditioning for testing.

Complete filled transport packaging – Conditioning for testing. This International Standard specifies a method for the conditioning of complete, filled, transport packages and unit loads.

ISTA Series 1, 2, 3, & 6

ISTA 1 Series: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests. Challenge the strength and robustness of the product and package combination. Not designed to simulate environmental occurrences. Useful as screening tests, particularly when used as a consistent benchmark over time.

ISTA 2 Series: Partial Simulation Performance Tests. Tests with at least one element of a 3 Series type General Simulation performance test, such as atmospheric conditioning or mode-shaped random vibration, in addition to basic elements of a 1 Series type Non-Simulation Integrity test.

ISTA 3 Series: General Simulation Performance Tests. Designed to provide a laboratory simulation of the damage-producing motions, forces, conditions, and sequences of transport environments. Applicable across broad sets of circumstances, such as a variety of vehicle types and routes, or a varying number of handling exposures. Characteristics will include simple shaped random vibration, different drop heights applied to the sample package, and/or atmospheric conditioning such as tropical wet or winter/frozen.

ISTA 6 Series: Member Performance Tests. Test protocols created by ISTA members to meet their particular purposes and applications. The tests may be completely original, or may be modifications or variations of ISTA Procedures or Projects or other published and accepted tests. ISTA reviews and approves these tests, but primary responsibility rests with the originating members.

Equipment:

Fixed Environmental
Chamber 1

Built By: Environmental Specialists
Size: 10′ x 18′ x 7′
Temperature: 20°C (68°F)
Relative humidity: 65%

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Chamber 2

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Environmental
Chamber 3

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Temperature Range: 20°C-38°C (68°F-100°F)
Humidity Range: 45% to 90%

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