ISTA 6 Amazon.com-SIOC Type F

Amazon Type F is for less than truckload (LTL) of individually packaged-products that require pallet handling. Under the pallet handling method, individually packaged-products are received at Amazon.com Fulfillment Center on their own individual pallet and are intended to ship to the end consumer on a pallet. Type F products qualify for Amazon SIOC status and are tested based on the ISTA 6 SIOC Type F test sequence outlined in the chart below.

The purpose of Type F testing is to evaluate the protective performance of packaging for goods. The package will undergo testing related to vibrations, shocks, and other stresses that packages normally encounter throughout transportation to the customer. During testing, the product will be inside the package and they are considered together. Not all shipping conditions can be tested with Type F alone. For example, this does not test for any irregular handling.

Type F testing is specific to Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) delivery for pallet packaged-products. Both elongated and flat packaged-products are included in this category. All packages that qualify for this test type are palletized or skidded.

This test type required the use of a top load apparatus during vibration testing. The apparatus is also required for testing Types D, E, and H. The top load is added to simulate the effects of 6 lb/ft3 on top of a package. There are specific requirements for this top load apparatus. The apparatus itself must be certain size and distributed according to the size package that is being tested. It must be positioned with overhang on smaller packages and then positioned evenly over larger packages (18in or more) to distribute the weight over the surface of the package. Keystone technicians have extensive experience working with these apparatuses. They are qualified and prepared to work with any package and implement creative solutions to ensure that testing is done in accordance with Amazon’s regulations.

The Basics of Amazon Type F Testing:

Testing Timeline

Request a quote from Keystone’s package testing engineers. Keystone will review your request and the current standards to provide an accurate quote. Once the quote is approved, Keystone technicians will be in contact to ensure that samples remain compliant throughout the process. See How to Submit a Sample for specific instructions. The product will undergo testing in accordance with the Testing Type requirements. After testing is completed, the vendor will receive an Amazon standard lab report that is to be submitted to Amazon for certification.

Pass/Fail Guidelines

This is a pass/fail test. Pass/fail standards will be determined prior to testing by the shipper, manufacturer, Amazon.com, and other stakeholders. They must determine the following:

    1. What constitutes damage to the product
    2. What damage tolerance level, if any, is allowable
    3. The correct methodology to determine product condition at the end of testing
    4. The acceptable package condition at the end of testing

Recertification is Required When:

    • There are any changes to packaging
    • There are changes to product design
    • Amazon observes damage during shipment to the customer

Keystone Package Testing provides vendors with the testing to certify their products to receive the benefits of Amazon’s SIOC status. With significant package testing knowledge, globally-recognized accreditation, short lead times and affordable prices, Keystone Package Testing is the best Amazon transit testing lab partner.

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Type F – LTL Delivery of Individual Palletized Packaged-Products

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3Shock
TEST BLOCK 3
Tip/Tip OverUse a 22 degree tip angleRequired for packages ≥48 in. (1.2 m)  tall and any one base dimension < ½ the height; or for packages ≥ 30 in. (760 mm) tall and with a center of gravity vertical location > ½ the package height
4Shock
TEST BLOCK 5
Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
5Shock TEST BLOCK 6Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6Shock
TEST BLOCK 7
Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
7Shock
TEST BLOCK 8
Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
8Compression, Vertical
TEST BLOCK 9
Top-to-Bottom Pallet on topCalculated from formulaRequired, Machine or weights and load spreader
9Shock
TEST BLOCK 11
Fork Lift SimulationFlat Push and Rotate tests, Elevated Push and Pull testsRequired
10Vertical Vibration
TEST BLOCK 14
Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
11Shock
TEST BLOCK 17
Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
12Shock
TEST BLOCK 18
Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
13Shock
TEST BLOCK 19
Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
14Shock
TEST BLOCK 20
Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) dropsRequired
15Shock
TEST BLOCK 24
Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard box dropped 16 in (410 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only

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