ASTM D5909 - 96a(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Drying Time of Oxidative-Drying Printing Inks by Squalene Resistance

    Active Standard ASTM D5909 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    Inadequate setting or drying of sheetfed inks, or both, can cause blocking of stacked prints with subsequent loss of product. Setting of an ink refers to the rapid rise in viscosity of the printed ink film, sometimes accompanied by surface drying, that prevents transference of the undried ink film to adjacent surfaces under light pressure. Setting is a property of the ink-substrate combination. Inadequate drying may be due to several factors, but the primary causes are: (1) omission of metallic driers from the ink, improper ink formulation (2) unusual ink-substrate interactions, and (3) use of a fountain solution that is too acidic. If the test prints are made on a standard laboratory proof press, where there is no application of fountain solution, then only the first three possible causes can be evaluated. If the prints have been made on a commercial production printing press or some other acceptable means of introducing the fountain solution into the ink agreed upon, then the effect of fountain solution can be determined. It will often be necessary to run several tests to isolate the specific cause of a drying problem.

    This test method is suitable for most combinations of oxidative drying inks and substrates. Because this test method relies on a visual assessment of the extent of drying, very light colors and clear varnishes may present difficulties in quantifying the extent of drying. In such cases, the supplier and the customer should agree upon an alternative method of assessing the drying properties of the ink.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the procedure for determining the drying time of oxidative-drying printing inks (also referred to as sheetfed inks) by squalene resistance of printed ink films.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to all paste inks that dry primarily by oxidation regardless of the substrate on which they are printed. With appropriate changes in the test fluid, it may also be used with paste inks that dry by other mechanisms, such as heatset or ultraviolet light.

    1.3 This test method utilizes a modified rub tester and is intended to serve as a referee procedure when laboratories, using less rigorous test procedures (see Appendix X1), cannot agree on their results.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 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

    D4332 Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing

    D5264 Practice for Abrasion Resistance of Printed Materials by the Sutherland Rub Tester


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.080 (Inks. Printing inks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D5909-96AR11

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