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 DE, and H. The top load is added to simulate the effects of 6 lb/fton 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. Request a quote here or contact us at (724) 698-2994.

Type F – LTL Delivery of Individual Palletized Packaged-Products

Sequence Number Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning
TEST BLOCK 1
Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from chart Optional
3 Shock
TEST BLOCK 3
Tip/Tip Over Use a 22 degree tip angle Required 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
4 Shock
TEST BLOCK 5
Rotational FLAT Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
5 Shock TEST BLOCK 6 Rotational EDGE Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
6 Shock
TEST BLOCK 7
Rotational CORNER Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
7 Shock
TEST BLOCK 8
Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required
8 Compression, Vertical
TEST BLOCK 9
Top-to-Bottom Pallet on top Calculated from formula Required, Machine or weights and load spreader
9 Shock
TEST BLOCK 11
Fork Lift Simulation Flat Push and Rotate tests, Elevated Push and Pull tests Required
10 Vertical Vibration
TEST BLOCK 14
Random With Top Load Overall Grms level of 0.54 Required
11 Shock
TEST BLOCK 17
Rotational FLAT Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
12 Shock
TEST BLOCK 18
Rotational EDGE Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
13 Shock
TEST BLOCK 19
Rotational CORNER Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
14 Shock
TEST BLOCK 20
Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) drops Required
15 Shock
TEST BLOCK 24
Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard box dropped 16 in (410 mm) Required for Flat Packages Only

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