ASTM D6252 / D6252M - 98(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Label Stocks at a 90° Angle

    Active Standard ASTM D6252 / D6252M | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is a tool for quality assurance use. Given a pressure-sensitive label stock and a requirement in terms of the minimum or maximum peel adhesion value expected for this label stock, the data from the test can be used in conjunction with acceptance criteria.

    This test method can show the relative bond strength of a given label stock to one or more surfaces of varied material and texture as compared to the standard stainless steel panel. Substitution of panels representative of the proposed substrates for the standard stainless steel panel would be acceptable for this procedure.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of the peel adhesion of pressure-sensitive label stocks. This test method gives a measure of the adherence to a standard steel substrate or to other surfaces of interest for a pressure-sensitive label stock.

    1.2 This test method provides a means of assessing the uniformity of the adhesion of a given type of pressure-sensitive label stock. The assessment may be within a sheet or roll, between sheets or rolls, or between production lots.

    1.3 Variations in the label stock facestock and adhesive can affect the response; therefore, this test method cannot be used to pinpoint the specific cause(s) of nonuniformity.

    1.4 This test method may not be appropriate to test label stocks having either stiff backings or backings showing a high stretch at low forces. These characteristics could result in a high variability of the test response, which is not a true indication of the real nature of the adhesive bond.

    1.5 The values stated in either SI or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as the standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently, without combining values in any way.

    1.6 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

    A666 Specification for Annealed or Cold-Worked Austenitic Stainless Steel Sheet, Strip, Plate, and Flat Bar

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

    D3715/D3715M Practice for Quality Assurance of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes

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

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.180 (Adhesives)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D6252_D6252M-98R11

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