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Significance and Use
5.1 Abrasion and smudge resistance during handling, transport, and storage is essential to prevent the marring or smudging of images produced from business imaging products. Recognizing that the actual amount of abrasion/smudge occurring depends on relative humidity, temperature, and a host of other variables, this practice provides a means for comparing the abrasion and smudge resistance of images produced from business imaging products under laboratory conditions.
1.3 Other test methods using the Crockmeter, Sutherland rub tester, and Taber Abrader can be employed to evaluate smudge and abrasion characteristics. The results obtained by these units are not necessarily equivalent to those obtained with the GA-CAT.
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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing
ICS Number Code 35.180 (IT terminal and other peripheral equipment)
UNSPSC Code 41114601(Abrasion testers)
ASTM F1486-96(2013), Standard Practice for Determination of Abrasion and Smudge Resistance of Images Produced from Office Products (GA-CAT Method), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top