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ISTA reviews the ISTA

Micom is proud to announce that it now offers the new version of the ISTA standard as part of its package testing services. ISTA—Packaged Products for Distribution System Shipment—is used to simulate’s shipping environment.This test version supersedes the one that was initially released as a project in October 2014. The main change that has occurred in the 2018 version of this method is the addition of a category that is solely dedicated to monitors and TVs.

The ISTA test

The goal of the ISTA method is to assess the ability of the package, and of the contains to withstand distribution hazards that are present in the shipping environment of In fact, this standard is consisted of two test protocols and each of them is specially designed to characterize a set of products. Indeed, the ISTA method is used for packaged products that are initially shipped boxed or palletized by the manufacturer to and then delivered to the client through the use of parcel delivery systems or Less-Than-Truckload (LTL). Table 1 details the main characteristics of this method.

Table I: Characteristics of ISTA 6-Amazon-SIOC method


On the other hand, the ISTA Boxing method is employed for individuals or multiple packaged products that are placed in a master shipping container that weighs up to 70 lbs for shipment by and then delivered to the customer through a parcel delivery system. Lastly, each packaging type test uses a combination of static and dynamic tests with stress levels that were established based on field measurements done throughout Amazon’s distribution pipelines in order to assess the ability of the package to resist distribution hazards.

Micom offers packaging testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ISTA method, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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