ASTM D6488 - 08(2013)

    Standard Terminology Relating to Print Problems

    Active Standard ASTM D6488 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    3.1 A common set of definitions is essential to improve communication and avoid misunderstanding among ink makers, substrate makers, and printers.

    3.2 The term “paper” in this standard also encompasses the term “paperboard.”

    3.3 Definitions that are verbatim from one of the referenced sources are indicated by giving the acronym of the organization or the author of the book at the end of the definition.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This terminology standard gives definitions for problems that develop with printed matter as a result of deficiencies in the ink, substrate, press, or combinations thereof.

    1.2 These definitions cover the three major printing processes and are given in the following sequence: lithography, flexography, and gravure. For further information see Refs (1-4) at the end of this standard.


    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

    D4361 Test Method for Apparent Tack of Printing Inks and Vehicles by a Three-Roller Tackmeter

    F425 Terminology Relating to Lithographic Copy Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.040.87 (Paint and colour industries (Vocabularies)); 87.080 (Inks. Printing inks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 73151900(Industrial printing services); 82121500(Printing)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6488

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6488-08(2013), Standard Terminology Relating to Print Problems, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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