What are Rule 41 and Item 222 in comparison to ISTA procedures?
These are different requirements, serving different purposes.
Uniform Freight Classification (UFC) Rule 41 sets requirements for corrugated boxes used in rail shipment. The similar (but not identical) National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) Item 222 sets box requirements for common carrier motor freight shipment.
These requirements, shown on the boxmakers' certificate printed on the bottom of boxes, only specify board construction and/or material properties in relation to box size and gross weight limits. They represent minimums for handling and movement in the respective modes, but don't necessarily address the issues of product damage and protection, nor do they apply to other means and modes of transport.
ISTA pre-shipment performance tests apply to packaged-products in general (not just to corrugated boxes), and evaluate or compare their ability to withstand various distribution environments. They are performance tests, with pass/fail criteria set by the product manufacturer/shipper.
There is no way to compare or correlate Rule 41 and Item 222 to ISTA pre-shipment performance tests.
How can I understand the differences between two ISTA test procedures such as ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC and ISTA 6-Sam's Club for my specific packaged-product?
Unfortunately, ISTA doesn't currently have a test comparison tool so the task will be a manual one. There are a couple ways to tackle this task, Overviews - Compare test overviews from the ista.org webpage. All ISTA Overviews Test Procedures - ...
Are ISTA test procedures available in different languages?
ISTA Procedures are currently only available in English. If you are looking to work with ISTA procedures in a different language we suggest using our new platform, PackSight. PackSight is a secure, cloud-based, global, mobile, and web access ...
What are the test parameter tolerances/variances in ISTA procedures?
ISTA test procedures generally do not include tolerances on test parameters such as drop height, compression force, vibration time and intensity, etc. In such cases the requirements given in ISTA test procedures and projects are considered minimums; ...
How can I access the most current ISTA Test Procedures and Projects?
ISTA Members are granted exclusive access to the most updated versions of ISTA Procedures and Projects through the online ISTA Member Center. Non-member may purchase ISTA Procedures and Projects through the ISTA Store.
What is ISTA’s role in ISTA 6-Amazon.com testing?
ISTA is a not-for-profit trade association with a mission to empower organizations and their people to minimize product damage throughout distribution and optimize resource usage through effective package design. In efforts to achieve this mission ...