TempAid ISTA Certified Thermal Testing Laboratory Services
Successful handling of temperature-sensitive products requires specialized services and expertise. Look to TempAid and our on-site ISTA Certified Thermal Lab to test and validate your products across the entire cold chain
What is the value of ISTA Lab Certification?
At TempAid, we take pride in being one of the few ISTA 7E Laboratory Certified Labs in North America with full conformance to ISTA 7E Standard 20. Our certification ensures that we have the proper equipment, design, and testing processes, as well as a well-trained staff to conduct thermal package performance testing at a high level.
As a result, our customers can significantly reduce the time, resources, and cost required to design, qualify, and validate insulated shipping container performance. Our ISTA-certified facility also provides an independent and reliable testing platform for customizing packaging and optimizing transportation processes. By using the ISTA standard for testing, we have access to ISTA lane data, which provides real-world simulations of thermal packaging performance. Our goal is to ensure that your packaging passes pre-shipment laboratory testing and is delivered to its intended destination within specified damage limits and safety parameters.
Choose TempAid for all your packaging engineering needs and let us help you optimize your shipping processes.
Why should companies have an ISTA 7E, Standard 20 certification mark?
The most significant advantage to companies using TempAid for qualification is the use of the ISTA® Transit Tested Certification Mark on their packaging. This mark proves the certified package meets ISTA standards and assures it is adequately protected against temperature, drop, vibration, compression, and/or atmospheric hazards that have proven to exist in the transit environment. The result is greater confidence and trust, along with improved customer satisfaction. The mark also strengthens a company’s position in claims negotiations and disputes with a distribution channel representative.
Types of thermal testing available
Ambient Temperature Profile Analysis
Make informed decisions for product integrity and regulatory compliance by characterizing potential temperature extremes to reduce the possibility of temperature excursions and maintaining product quality. TempAid can guide your team through temperature profile selection, analysis, comparison, and development to help.
- Prevent product loss resulting in customer dissatisfaction or disruption in patient therapy
- Provide evidence that the temperature profile is representative of your distribution channels
- Reduce packaging errors and decrease the cost of packaging materials and distribution
- Decrease unnecessary fulfillment costs
Cold Chain Best Practice GAP Analysis
As experts in cold chain best practices, our team will assess your packaging processes, materials, and configurations and evaluate packaging practices against established industry standards and regulatory requirements to identify gaps or areas for improvement. Benefits include improved packaging performance, enhanced product protection, reduced risk of temperature excursions, compliance with packaging regulations, increased shelf life, and enhanced customer satisfaction. Our team will ensure packaging systems maintain the desired temperature range and protect product quality and stability throughout the distribution process.
Shipping Lane Mapping
Identify optimal routes, modes of transportation, and handling procedures to ensure products are transported within the desired temperature range. Benefits include improved visibility into shipping logistics, identification of potential temperature excursions, proactive risk mitigation, reduced product spoilage, enhanced product quality and safety, and regulatory compliance. The TempAid lab team can help ensure the integrity and stability of your temperature-sensitive products throughout the entire supply chain, minimizing the risk of product degradation and loss.
The team at TempAid Labs can utilize the latest in computer simulations to optimize the thermal performance of packaging systems for temperature-sensitive products. The goal would be to predict the performance of a package design without the need for physical samples and laboratory study. This allows for rapid evaluation of the effect of different design parameters on the package such as temperature profiles, material types, and component locations. Benefits include enhanced design optimization and cost/time savings compared to physical testing.
Package Validation Testing
Validate your ISTA certified packaging systems through temperature mapping, thermal performance, drop, vibration, and other relevant tests, to ensure that the packaging system effectively maintains the desired temperature range and protects product quality during transportation and storage. Benefits include verifying packaging system reliability, compliance with regulatory requirements, and product quality standards. It helps identify potential weaknesses or risks, ensuring product integrity, stability, and customer satisfaction while minimizing the risk of product spoilage or loss in the cold chain distribution process.
R Value Testing
Assess the packaging system’s ability to resist heat transfer during transportation and storage by subjecting it to controlled temperature gradients, measuring temperature differences, and calculating its thermal resistance (R-Value). The goal is to assess the effectiveness of insulated container in maintaining the desired temperature range for products and is crucial in designing appropriate packaging materials and configurations to ensure product integrity throughout distribution.
Documentation Support for Validation and SOPs
Streamline and enhance your cold chain packaging and distribution systems. Our team of experts is equipped to create comprehensive validation reports and standard operating procedures (SOPs) tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Our validation reports ensure all aspects of the cold chain, from transportation to storage, comply with regulatory requirements, while our SOPs provide clear instructions for every step of the process. With our meticulous attention to detail and industry expertise, our clients can trust that their cold chain documentation is accurate, compliant, and optimized for efficient distribution, safeguarding the integrity of their products throughout the supply chain.
ISTA Lab Services Testing Deliverables
Upon completing the analysis, you will receive a detailed report of the testing performed, an analysis of the data, recommendations for adjustments, opportunities for cost savings, or streamlining your pack-out process.
As an ISTA Certified Thermal Testing Lab, we can create the best packaging solution for your needs using the data sets.