Active Standard ASTM F396 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.02
Book of Standards Volume: 15.09
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Significance and Use
This practice can be used to evaluate various properties of one-time noncorrectable ribbons on a comparative basis. These properties include write, flake-off, heat stability, bleed-through, offset master erasability, reproduction, unintentional transfer, and general quality, that is, splices, skips, and holes in coating, offset to back of ribbon, and transfer to fingers.
This practice is suitable for comparative service evaluation and research and development. This practice may not be practical for manufacturing control because of time required to run some of the tests.
1.1 This practice provides information and techniques for evaluating several performance qualities of one-time noncorrectable typewriter ribbons on a comparative basis for general office use, but not for specialized applications such as optical character recognition (OCR), data terminals, etc.
1.2 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.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of whoever uses this standard to consult and 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.
D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles
F550 Test Method for Lithographic Properties of Imaging Materials
F627 Practice for Testing Flake of Single-Strike Film Typewriter Ribbons
ANSI StandardsPH2.18 Density MeasurementsSpectral Conditions
ICS Number Code 35.260 (Office machines)
UNSPSC Code 44103112(Printer ribbon)