Procedure 3E is a general simulation test for unitized loads of similar retail or institutional packaged-products shipped from a manufacturing location to a distribution centre. The unitized loads of packaged products are shipped through a motor carrier (truck) delivery system, where an entire trailer-load is filled with unitized packaged products, often of similar retail packaged products, intended for one destination. This type of shipment is called Full Truckload (FTL).
Requirements may include:
- Atmospheric conditioning
- Random vibration
- Shock testing.
Types of packaging tested under this method
A unitized load is defined as one or more products or packaged products usually on a skid or pallet, but always secured together or restrained for distribution as a single load. Examples include:
- A stretch wrapped pallet load of individual containers
- A single non packaged machine banded to a pallet
- A pallet with a corrugate tray, tube and a cap.
Please Note: The information outlined above is to be used as reference for ISTA 3E. Please refer to ISTA's website for full details.
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