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In House Testing Lab

We have an in-house ISTA certified testing lab with dedicated team members trained to follow ISTA procedures and to operate the testing equipment.

Bay Cities has 2 test centers: One in Bentonville, AR and one in Pico Rivera, CA.

Our test centers are equipped with:

  • Vibration platen to simulate the vibration on a truck (Bentonville)
  • Random vibration table (Pico Rivera)
  • Free fall drop tester, which simulates the drops packages may endure during transit or falls
  • Incline and horizontal impact tester, which simulates the impact of a package sliding back and forth and being slammed against a surface
  • Compression machine (Pico Rivera)


ISTA Tests

We can perform the following tests in-house:

1A / 1G*– for shippers < 150 lbs.

1B / 1H* – for shippers > 150 lbs.

3E* – similarly packaged products in unitized loads for truckload shipments

Amazon 6 SIOC (Ship In Own Container) Tier 1*

Amazon 6 SIOC (Ship In Own Container) Tier 2*

Amazon 6 Overbox Tier 3*

We perform standard 1A / 1B or 1G/H testing for all displays we design.  The ISTA testing to be performed for your packaging depends on the market and channels you sell into, the type of product and size of packaging. We are here to consult you, for you to make an informed decision.

*Only performed in Pico Rivera, CA

Having us perform an ISTA test for you, will give you an inexpensive insurance policy to make sure the product and contents get to where they are supposed to go with minimal damage.

A positive test report will provide you tangible benefits like:

  • Protection of product and profit, with reduced damage and product loss
  • Customer satisfaction and continued business
  • Reduction of returns in the emerging Ecommerce supply chains
  • Shortened product development time and confidence in product launch, shipments and placements.


Bay Cities is a proud supporter of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Advocate Council that helps direct research and development for the most pressing issues in the transportation supply chain area. We pioneer projects together like Ecommerce packaging, Small Parcel testing and Unit Load Stability testing to note a few projects in development.

ISTA helps members control costs, damage, and resources during the distribution of packaged-products by creating and publishing packaged-product test procedures, certifying packaging laboratories, packaged-products and professionals and providing education, training, and support.