ASTM D5626-94(2006)

    Withdrawn Standard: ASTM D5626-94(2006) Standard Test Methods for U.S. Postal Service Optical Measurements for Small Areas (Withdrawn 2011)

    Developed by Subcommittee: D06.92

    WITHDRAWN, NO REPLACEMENT

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    Withdrawn Rationale:

    These test methods deal with the measurement of optical properties important to automatic equipment used by the United States Postal Service, such as optical character recognition (OCR) readers and barcode readers. These test methods can be used to examine finished mailpieces bearing address information, as well as the unconverted materials intended to be subsequently used in mailpiece construction. These test methods are limited to the use of a single instrument, the U.S. Postal Service Envelope Reflectance Meter Model 2 (ERM-2), designed for use with mailpieces and materials intended for mailpiece construction such as paper and paper-like synthetics and inks.

    Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D06 on Paper and Paper Products, these test methods were withdrawn without replacement in 2011. Based on discussions beginning over two years ago, plus an administrative ballot within D06 regarding the future of D06, it has become clear that member support for maintaining the D06 committee is lacking. It was agreed that many of the existing D06 methods should be withdrawn. This method was originally developed at the request of the Post Office Department. The method contains no precision statement and there are no known users available to update the method, since it has been replaced by other methods and equipment.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods deal with the measurement of optical properties important to automatic equipment used by the United States Postal Service, such as optical character recognition (OCR) readers and barcode readers. These test methods can be used to examine finished mailpieces bearing address information, as well as the unconverted materials intended to be subsequently used in mailpiece construction. These test methods are limited to the use of a single instrument, the U.S. Postal Service Envelope Reflectance Meter Model 2 (ERM-2), designed for use with mailpieces and materials intended for mailpiece construction such as paper and paper-like synthetics and inks.

    1.2 These test methods cover examination of small areas, measuring 0.152 by 0.254 mm (0.006 by 0.010 in.). This enables measurement of the reflectance characteristics of regions as small as the inked portion of a single printed character or a single bar in a barcode pattern.

    1.3 These test methods deal with the measurement of four different optical properties important to automatic mail handling, as follows:

    1.3.1 Background Reflectance (see )These test methods cover the determination of the relative reflectance factor of small areas of a specimen that do not contain printing or apparent show-through of printing, and so are representative of the base material.

    1.3.2 Print Reflectance Difference and Print Contrast Ratio(see )These test methods characterize the difference in reflectance between the envelope material and the characters printed upon the envelope with ink.

    1.3.3 Print Show Through (see )These test methods characterize the difference in reflectance between the envelope material backed with an unprinted insert and the envelope material examined in a region where it covers a printed character on the insert or a character printed on the back side of the envelope material itself.

    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.


    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

    D585 Practice for Sampling and Accepting a Single Lot of Paper, Paperboard, Fiberboard, and Related Product

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    E1347 Test Method for Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus Colorimetry


    DOI: 10.1520/D5626-94R06

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