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ISTA releases new standard: ISTA

Micom offers ISTA testing as part of its Package testing services. ISTA – Packaged Products for Distribution System Shipment – is a test used for simulating’s shipping environment. This test was released as an ISTA project in October 2014.

ISTA is for packages weighing more than 70 lbs shipped initially palletized or floor loaded by suppliers to and then delivered to final customers via Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) or parcel delivery systems.

ISTA covers packaged-products shipped palletized or not and covers different handling types:

Initially Shipped Palletized:

  • Type A: Individual Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Delivery
  • Type B: Individual Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery 70 kg (150 lb) or Less

Initially Shipped Floor-Loaded:

  • Type C: Individual Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Delivery
  • Type D: Individual Packaged-Products for Parcel Delivery 70 kg (150 lb) or Less

Each packaging type test protocol is a combination of static and dynamic tests with stress levels that were established based on field measurements done throughout Amazon’s distribution pipelines. SO you will find the typical drop, vibration, stability and bridge impact tests but also for category D a horizontal clamping test that very few test labs but Micom are equipped to do properly.

We understand Amazon still accepts testing done to ISTA 3A  but will start requiring testing to their new standard within 8-24 months.

For more information about these new services and our ISTA testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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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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