ASTM-F2498 Standard Practice for Determining the Drying Time of Inkjet Media and Inks Using a Smudge Method

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Standard Practice for Determining the Drying Time of Inkjet Media and Inks Using a Smudge Method



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1.1 This practice describes a procedure for assessing the drying time of black and white or color images produced by inkjet printers by smudging yellow, magenta cyan, red, green, blue, and black printed color bars.

1.2 This practice can be used to test different media with a given set of inks or it can be used to evaluate different inks with a given media.

1.3 This method is applicable to printed images, where the image may be contacted after printing.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Significance and Use

In addition to providing acceptable image quality, ink jet media have to dry in a reasonable time period so that the image is not perturbed by handling after imaging.

Good drying time is a prime consideration for inkjet inks and media. An inkjet print which does not dry in a reasonable time period has limited usefulness. This practice is used to obtain comparative data of drying times for inkjet inks and media.


drying time; ink jet; media; printing; smudge; Drying time; Imaging equipment; Inkjet printing media; Media; Smudge; ICS Number Code 37.100.20 (Materials for graphic technology)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

15.09 (Paper; Business Imaging Products)

15.11 (Consumer Products; Light Sport Aircraft; Unmanned Aircraft Systems; Normal and Utility Category Airplane Electrical Wiring Systems; Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Systems (UMVS))

To find similar documents by classification:

37.100.20 (Materials for graphic technology Inks, see 87.080)

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2005 R11 EDITION



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March 31, 2012

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3 pages

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