Transport Simulation ISTA 2A, Part 4 - Drop Testing

πŸš€ Transport Simulation β€” ISTA 2A, Part 4 β€” Drop Testing

πŸ‘‰ What is Drop Testing?
The ASTM-D5276 standard test method for drop test of loaded containers evaluates the capability of a container to withstand the sudden shock resulting from a free fall, or the capability of a container and its inner packing to protect its contents during the sudden shock resulting from a free fall.

Drop testing according to ASTM D5276 allows for:
βœ… Optimisation of packaging design
βœ… Optimisation of packaging costs
βœ… Increase Customer Satisfaction
βœ… Increase Brand Image

πŸ‘‰ What is ASTM D5276?
The ISTA 2A’s Drop Testing sequence according to ASTM D5276 is for boxes, cylindrical packaging, bags and sacks and other containers under 110 lb (50 kg).

The ASTM D5276 test method requires that a number of requirements are met, as the text does not provide any guidance on fall height, fall orientation or the need for repeated falls.
In particular, a document specifying the following parameters will be required:

1️⃣ Number of samples used
2️⃣ Description of sample preparation
3️⃣ Height of the Fall
4️⃣ Orientation of the Box when Falling
5️⃣ Number of Falling Testing Sequence
6️⃣ Description of the Environmental conditions of the testing room (humidity and temperature)

πŸ‘‰ What is Packaging Validation?
The validation of packaging stems from the need to ensure the quality of products across the many steps in your distribution cycle: from shipping & storage to final user. It is a common requirement for many product categories, including a strong emphasis on the packaging quality requirements for the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

πŸ‘‰ What are the types of Packaging Validation?
Packaging Validation for medical devices & pharmaceutical goods is segmented into three categories.
βœ… Environmental Conditioning
βœ… Transport Simulation (or also known as Transit Testing)
βœ… Integrity Testing (or also known as Sterile Barrier Integrity Testing)

πŸ‘‰ What is ISTA 2A?
The ISTA 2A Transport Simulation standard is designed to evaluate ready-to-ship packed items weighing up to 68kg.
ISTA 2A standard tests a packaging system’s ability to withstand the physical stress of transportation throughout the product’s supply chain to the final users. The standard is issued by the International Safe Transport Association (ISTA), an organisation devoted to understanding the expectations of secure transport services.

πŸ‘‰ What is ISTA 2A’s test sequence?
ISTA 2A is composed of 4 testing types:
1️⃣ Atmospheric Conditioning
2️⃣ Compression Testing
3️⃣ Vibration Testing
4️⃣ Shock & Drop Testing

πŸ“¦ According to ISO 11607–1
ISO 11607–1 specifies the requirements related to the compliance of the packaging for sterilised medical devices, including materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems.

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β€” The Medistri Team