Transport packaging

Over 100 billion packages were shipped around the world in 2020, with that number predicted to increase even further in 2021 and beyond. The structural integrity, durability and quality of the packaging used to transport these items around the world, therefore is becoming a critical part of many companies existing and future success.

Element is a recognized leader in testing and evaluating the performance of packages and packaging materials.  Our International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) certified, full-service packaging testing labs serve customers throughout North America. Our experts routinely work with individual vendors as well as third party shipping companies to ensure compliance with the latest versions of ISTA 6 guidelines.

The test methods we use, simulate typical transit route conditions and include:

  • Temperature and Humidity Testing
  • Drop and Free Fall Simulation
  • Shock and Vibration Testing
  • Compression Testing

These tests make certain that packaging is compliant with all regulatory standards and fit for purpose, saving our customers time and money in production, helping to avoid potential costs caused via “damage in transit”, and ensuring that the goods always reach the end-user in perfect condition.

Container and Package Testing ISTA 640 x 480 April 2018
Container and packaging testing

ISTA Testing

Our services are designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). Element's state-of-the-art ISTA testing labs are equipped with high-frequency vibration and shock equipment, walk-in chambers for large components, and customizable fixtures for unique and challenging projects.

Pharmaceutical packaging

The packaging system used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients is a crucial part of the manufacturer’s product development product. Containers must be capable of retaining the therapeutic efficacy of a drug product from the time of packaging through to administration. Containers that do not meet the specifications of the major compendia can compromise the safety and effectiveness of the drug product.

Element has many years of experience in delivering professional testing services for containers, container closures and pharmaceutical packaging on a broad range of polymers and glass containers to several pharmacopoeia methods, including USP, EP, and JP methods. 

Through our proven test methodologies, we test for

  • USP <660> Containers – Glass Type I, II and III Containers
  • USP <661.1> and <661.2> Containers – Plastics HDPE/LDPE/Polypropylene Containers
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and Polyethylene Terephthalate G (PETG) Containers
  • USP <671> - Performance Testing Moisture Permeation Tests
  • Investigative Failure Analysis, Surface Characteristics
  • EP General Chapters Plastics
  • Container Closures Elastomeric Closures/Rubber Closures

We make certain that the packaging systems used to deliver pharmaceuticals are compliant, safe and fit for purpose.

Pharmaceutical Testing Raw Materials Testing
container and packaging testing

Pharmaceutical Container and Packaging

Element has years of experience in delivering testing containers, container closures and pharmaceutical packaging on a broad range of polymers and glass containers to several pharmacopoeia methods, including USP, EP, and JP methods. Learn how we make certain that the packaging systems used to deliver pharmaceuticals are compliant, safe and fit for purpose.