ASTM F1405 - 08(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Dynamic Thermal Response of Direct Thermal Imaging Products—Atlantek Method

    Active Standard ASTM F1405 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The Atlantek test system allows simulation of direct thermal printers in the marketplace. Thus, this system is useful in matching direct thermal product performance to various printer configurations.

    5.2 This test system is useful for new product development. Direct thermal printer manufacturers can design print control algorithms to match particular thermal imaging products. Thermal imaging product manufacturers can formulate and design products (media) to provide a match with certain printer designs.

    5.3 Manufacturing process control can make thermal response comparisons relative to process changes.

    5.4 Customers for thermal products can use this test method to compare supplies from various manufacturers.

    5.5 The test system can be used to evaluate thermal response of facsimile, label, medical recorder, plotter, and other direct thermal products (media).

    5.6 Performance differences between printheads and media combinations can be measured and presented graphically.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of thermal response of various direct thermal imaging papers or other thermal-coated substrates used for facsimile, labels, medical recorders, plotters, and printers.

    1.2 The Atlantek Thermal Response Tester Model 200 described in this test method may be used for specification acceptance, product development, and research applications.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard; values specific to the Atlantek Thermal Response Tester Model 200 are in SI units.

    1.4 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 specific precautionary statements, see Section 8.


    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

    D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    F1623 Terminology Relating to Thermal Imaging Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.100.10 (Reproduction equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41115325(Thermal imager)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1405-08R13

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