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 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 table 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 4 Free-Fall Drop 6 drops – 18 in (460 mm) max Required for packages =< 100 pounds (45 kg) – Do not catch packaged items
5 Shock TEST BLOCK 5 Rotational FLAT Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
6 Shock TEST BLOCK 6 Rotational EDGE 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 for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg)
8 Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 9 Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed Required for any of the 2 axes with a width dimension >24 inches (610mm) and <75 inches (1905mm)
9 Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 10 Test in the intended shipping orientation Calculated from formula maintain force for 1 hour Required, Machine, or weights and load spreader
10 Vertical Vibration TEST BLOCK 13 Random With Top Load Overall Grms level of 0.54 Required
11 Shock TEST BLOCK 16 Free-Fall Drop 6 drops – 32 in (810 mm) max Required for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg) – Do not catch packaged items
10 Shock TEST BLOCK 20 Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg)
12 Shock TEST BLOCK 22 Full Rotational Flat Drop Varies with packaged-product dimensions Required
13 Shock TEST BLOCK 24 Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 inches (400 mm) Required- Hazard Box to be dropped to the screen side


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