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Significance and Use
This test method will permit the user to make comparisons of image quality and machine performance for thermal paper. This test method is not intended for manufacturing control testing.
This test method is designed to test only thermal papers designed for use with facsimile machines. The test method is not appropriate for the evaluation of thermal papers designed for use with calculators, chart recorders, and other thermal printers.
1.1 This test method covers a standardized procedure utilizing the facsimile thermal printer as an imaging device for measuring the performance properties of direct thermal paper.
1.2 This test method may also be used to evaluate some imaging properties of facsimile printers.
1.3 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. For a specific warning statement, see 9.1.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F335 Terminology Relating to Electrostatic Imaging
F360 Practice for Image Evaluation of Electrostatic Business Copies
F556 Test Method for Curl of Carbonless Copy Papers
F909 Terminology Relating to Printers
ANSI StandardsPH2.18 Density Measurements--Spectral Conditions
IEEE Standard167A Facsimile Test Chart Available from IEEE Service Center, 445 Hoes Lane, P.O. Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331.
ICS Number Code 85.080 (Paper products); 85.080.10 (Office paper)
UNSPSC Code 43212108(Thermal tape printers)
ASTM F1320-01(2011), Standard Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Paper Employing a Facsimile Thermal Printer as a Test Instrument, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top