ISTA 6 Type H

Amazon Packaging Test Type H is for individually packaged TV’s and monitors. Sizing requirements for Type H packages are: the packages are more than 150 pounds (68 kg) with a girth more than 165 inches (4.19 m). The shipping method for these products is less than truckload (LTL) of individually-packaged products. Type H products use the standard handling method.

The standard handling method, also referenced as floor loaded, is for individual packaged-products that are received at an Fulfillment Center with no pallet or with multiple packaged products on a single pallet and are intended to ship to the end consumer without a pallet. Type H products qualify for Amazon SIOC status and are tested based on the ISTA 6 SIOC Type H test sequence outlined in the chart below.

It is important to keep in mind that TVs and monitors are considered non-fragile products thus only one sample is used for testing. A TV/Monitor product is defined as any package which contains as a primary product a TV of Monitor. This product category was created because of the unique attributes and inherent areas of fragility combined with the distinct handling practices that are necessary.

The purpose of Type H program testing is to evaluate the protective performance of packaging for TV/Monitors. 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 H alone. For example, this does not test for irregular handling.

Amazon Packaging Type H testing is specific to Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) delivery of individually packaged-products. Both elongated and flat packaged-products are included in this category. All packages that qualify for this test type are not palletized or skidded. Understanding terms is an important part of choosing the right transit testing. The following explains what is meant by LTL, elongated, and flat packages.

Less-Than-Truckload delivery is used for the transportation of small freight. The shipper will pay for a portion of a standard truck trailer that their product occupies and other shippers will fill the extra space. This shipping method is used for its benefits of reducing costs, increasing security, tracking capabilities, and other service options.

Elongated packaged-product is defined by dimensions. The box for these packages has its longest dimension greater than or equal to 36 inches (910 mm) and both of the other dimensions are each 20 percent or less of the longest dimension.

Flat packaged-product is defined by dimension and volume. The shortest dimension on these packages is 8 inches (200 mm) or less and the longest dimension is four or more times larger than the shortest dimension. In addition, the volume must be equal to or greater than 800 cubic inches (13,000 cubic centimeters).

The Basics of Amazon Type H 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 Amazon Package Testing certification.

Pass/Fail Guidelines

This is a pass/fail test. Pass/fail standards will be determined prior to testing by the shipper, manufacturer,, 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

As an Amazon Packaging Certification Lab, 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 package testing lab partner.

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Type H – LTL Delivery of Individual Packaged TV/Monitor Greater Than 150 pounds (68 kg) OR Girth Greater Than 165 inches (4.19 m)

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from tableOptional
3Shock TEST BLOCK 3Tip/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 4Free-Fall Drop6 drops – 18 in (460 mm) maxRequired for packages =< 100 pounds (45 kg) – Do not catch packaged items
5Shock TEST BLOCK 5Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6Shock TEST BLOCK 6Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
7Shock TEST BLOCK 8Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg)
8Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 9Clamping SimulationCalculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directedRequired for any of the 2 axes with a width dimension >24 inches (610mm) and <75 inches (1905mm)
9Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 10Test in the intended shipping orientationCalculated from formula maintain force for 1 hourRequired, Machine, or weights and load spreader
10Vertical Vibration TEST BLOCK 13Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
11Shock TEST BLOCK 16Free-Fall Drop6 drops – 32 in (810 mm) maxRequired for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg) – Do not catch packaged items
10Shock TEST BLOCK 20Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg)
12Shock TEST BLOCK 22Full Rotational Flat DropVaries with packaged-product dimensionsRequired
13Shock TEST BLOCK 24Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard Box dropped 16 inches (400 mm)Required- Hazard Box to be dropped to the screen side


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