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Industry Standards

Below is a summary of the main standards, the latest revision year, and comments discussing what changed since the previous revision.

ISTA 3A: General Simulation Performance Test Procedure for Parcel Delivery System Shipment 70 kg (150 lb) or Less

Latest Revision: 2018
Previous Revision: 2008
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
Two product definitions were added (Fragile Products and Liquids). A sample size of two (2) or more packaged-product samples is recommended for Fragile and Liquid product types. A leak test was added, to be conducted on products containing liquids.

ASTM F2825:  Standard Practice for Climatic Stressing of Packaging Systems for Single Parcel Delivery

Latest Revision: 2018
Previous Revision: 2010
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
The changes include updating the scope which does not affect testing.

ISTA 3B: General Simulation Performance Test Procedure for Packaged-Products for Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipment

Latest Revision: 2017
Previous Revision: 2013
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
Added identification of items related to Orientation of packaged-product. Max top-load weight of 600 lbs eliminated.

ASTM D4728: Standard Test Method for Random Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers

Latest Revision: 2017
Previous Revision: 2006
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
The changes include updating of references and appendices which do not affect testing.

ASTM D4169: Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

Latest Revision: 2016
Previous Revision: 2014
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision updates the Truck vibration profile to better match real-world data. Affected are Distribution Cycles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, & 13.

ASTM F88: Standard Test Method for Seal Strength of Flexible Barrier Materials

Latest Revision: 2015
Previous Revision: 2009
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing - only editorial.

ASTM F1929: Dye Penetration Test Methods

Latest Revision: 2015
Previous Revision: 2012
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing - only editorial.

ASTM F3039: Standard Test Method for Detecting Leaks in Nonporous Packaging or Flexible Barrier Materials by Dye Penetration

Latest Revision: 2015
Previous Revision: 2013
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision introduces a new method to test for holes or leaks in a flat surface.

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

Latest Revision: 2014
Previous Revision: 2013
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing - only editorial.

ASTM F1140/F1140M: Standard Test Method for Internal Pressurization Failure Resistance of Unrestrained Packages

Latest Revision: 2013
Previous Revision: 2007
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing - only editorial to add "M" to the title of the standard.

ASTM F2054/F2054M: Standard Test Method for Burst Testing of Flexible Package Seals Using Internal Air Pressurization Within Restraining Plates

Latest Revision: 2013
Previous Revision: 2007
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing - only editorial to add "M" to the title of the standard.

ASTM D6653/D6653M: Standard Test Methods for Determining the Effects of High Altitude on Packaging Systems by Vacuum Method

Latest Revision: 2013
Previous Revision: 2001
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
This new revision has no procedural changes that would affect testing – only editorial.

ASTM D7386: Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery Systems

Latest Revision: 2012
Previous Revision: 2008
Westpak's Standard Committee's Comments:
There are no changes that would affect testing.  The changes are editorial in nature with several reference updates.