ASTM F2555 - 06(2011)

    Standard Practice for Determining Page Yield of Ink Jet Printer Cartridges—Continuous Printing Method

    Active Standard ASTM F2555 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    Significance and Use

    This practice can be used to determine the number of pages an ink jet printer cartridge can print until it reaches its end-of-life by continuously printing predetermined page area coverage.

    This practice can be used for the evaluation of an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridge compared to a refilled, remanufactured, or compatible ink jet printer cartridge when this practice is performed on the same printer.

    This practice is applicable to all ink jet cartridges, whether single or multi-color.

    This practice may be used for comparison between different ink jet printers that use the same cartridge(s) providing that print quality and media/paper settings are comparable. Comparable settings could typically be described as the printers default settings.

    This practice can be used to assess design goals of manufacturers of ink jet printer cartridges for ink capability, ink filling effectiveness, and the manufacturing process.

    This practice may be used for research and development, and for quality acceptance evaluation.

    The results produced by this practice can be used for competitive comparisons or the determination of cost per page analysis.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes a continuous printing procedure to determine the page yield of an ink jet printer cartridge containing either a monochrome or a multi-color reservoir. Printing done continuously may result in a different page yield than that of intermittent printing.

    1.2 This practice can be used to evaluate the page yield of an ink jet printer cartridge or a comparison between several ink jet printer cartridges when evaluated on the same ink jet printer model. This practice can also be used for a comparison between different printer models using the same cartridge number.

    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.


    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

    F909 Terminology Relating to Printers

    F1174 Practice for Using a Personal Computer Printer as a Test Instrument

    F1856 Practice for Determining Toner Usage for Printer Cartridges

    F1857 Terminology Relating to Ink Jet Printers and Images Made Therefrom

    F1942 Practice for Creating Test Targets for Determining the Ink Yield of the Imaging Supplies Used in Ink Jet Printers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.100.20 (Materials for graphic technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F2555-06R11

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