ASTM F2734 - 08

    Standard Practice for Testing the Shelf Life of Ink Jet Printer Cartridges

    Active Standard ASTM F2734 | 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 stability and performance of ink jet ink when exposed to elevated temperatures in an ink jet cartridge.

    This practice can be used for the evaluation of an OEM or other reference ink jet cartridge compared to a corresponding remanufactured, or refilled, or other sample ink jet printer cartridge.

    This practice is applicable to all ink jet cartridges, whether single or multicolor.

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

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

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes a practical procedure to help determine the shelf life confidence of a sample ink jet cartridge in a short period of time. This practice uses an accelerated aging test based on the Arrhenius principle which states that for every 10°C increase in temperature there is, approximately, a two times rate increase of a chemical reaction.

    1.2 This practice consists of comparing the ability of an ink jet cartridge to print after exposure to elevated temperature as compared to a reference ink jet cartridge, such as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) ink jet cartridge.

    1.3 This practice can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the overall production of remanufactured or refilled ink jet cartridges.

    1.4 To confirm the results of accelerated aging, real-time aging should also be conducted.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 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.

    ASTM Standards

    F909 Terminology Relating to Printers

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

    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

    F2555 Practice for Determining Page Yield of Ink Jet Printer Cartridges--Continuous Printing Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.100.20 (Materials for graphic technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 44101700(Printer and photocopier and facsimile accessories)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F2734-08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F2734-08, Standard Practice for Testing the Shelf Life of Ink Jet Printer Cartridges, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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