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Significance and Use
This practice enables image quality evaluation on samples generated by various imaging systems. It can be used to conduct investigations, including image reflectance, sharpness, voids, character width, and degradation of materials. The test instruments can be used for research and development projects as well as for manufacturing control.
1.1 This practice covers the use of the reflectance-type optical character testers with a 0.008-in. (0.203-mm) aperture as test instruments for measuring image quality.
1.2 Although other systems may be available, this practice covers two of the most commonly used instruments; the Clearwave 082 Optical Character Tester and the Macbeth Print Contrast Meter.
1.3 These instruments also have the capability of predicting machine readability of documents. This practice does not address this capability.
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
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.
F497 Practice for Use of the Electric and Electronic Typewriter as a Test Instrument
F597 Practice for Evaluation of One-Time Carbon Paper in Carbon-Interleaved Business Forms by Use of an Electric Typewriter
F686 Practice for Evaluation of Image Quality Produced by Carbonless Copy Paper with an Electric or Electronic Typewriter
F1033 Test Method for Comparing Lift-Off Correction Media
F1125 Terminology of Image Quality in Impact Printing Systems
F1174 Practice for Using a Personal Computer Printer as a Test Instrument
F1175 Practice for Using the Computer Impact Print-Out Unit as a Test Instrument for Manifold Comparison
ICS Number Code 37.100.10 (Reproduction equipment)
UNSPSC Code 43212114(Digital image printers)
ASTM F1443-93(2009), Standard Practice for Using 0.008-in. (0.203-mm) Aperture Reflectometers as Test Instruments for Measuring Visual Image Quality of Business Copy Images, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top