ASTM D5010 - 08ae1

    Standard Guide for Testing Printing Inks and Related Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D5010 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers a list of test methods, practices, and specifications that can be used for the testing and evaluation of printing inks, printed ink films, and substrates used in their production (see Table 1).

    1.2 This guide includes methods that were developed to test paints, paint films, and substrates, but may be adapted for use in testing printing inks and printed matter. Tests on raw materials and analytical methods in general have not been included. Tests for printing ink vehicles are covered in Guide D 6687.

    Note 1—For the purpose of this guide, clear coatings such as overprint varnishes are classed as printing inks.

    1.3 Other ASTM standards not specified here may also be applicable.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D16 Terminology for Paint, Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications

    D6687 Guide for Testing Printing Ink Vehicles and Components Thereof


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.080 (Inks. Printing inks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 60121800(Printing and drawing inks)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5010-08AE01

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