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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.