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International Standards

ASTM F 2497

Introducing ASTM F2497 - Industrial Physics  

ASTM F2497 is a global ASTM international standard method to measure the abrasion and scuff resistance of unprinted inkjet media using a scrub resistance tester.

This ASTM test approach gives you the means to control the quality and clarity of the labels you use on your products. Which is an important step as your labels provide all of the necessary information for your customers to interact with - and be attracted to - purchasing your goods.   

If you send your products out with scuffed labels due to wear and tear through the supply chain, or in storage, then your customers will choose a competitor.  

ASTM F2497 testing that won’t scuff your reputation!

Scrub resistance testing and scuff testing is particularly important if you work in, or supply labels to, the pharmaceutical or food and beverage sectors. In these industries, scuffed labels can cause serious problems for your customers!  

Proper label inspection using a scrub resistance tester - such as a Sutherland rub tester, will give you the confidence you need that your printed labels are suitably rub-proof and do the job they’re intended to do.  

This ASTM standard approach also allows you to use any rub tester or scuff tester as long as it offers the abrasion resistance testing credentials necessary and is equipped with the correct full-width rubber pads and standardized receptors. 

Effective scuff testing will show you how to efficiently inspect the abrasion resistance of your printed labels…and Industrial Physics can help you every scuff of the way! 

ASTM F2497 testing equipment  

So, how can Industrial Physics improve your ASTM F2497 testing?  

Digital ink rub tester 10-20 

Our digital ink rub tester is designed for scuff testing and ink rub resistance inspection to ASTM F2497 standards.  

Use it to perform several testing, including:  

  • Dry rub (the amount of transfer ink from one dry surface to another) 
  • Wet rub (the amount of transfer of ink from wetted surface to another) 
  • Wet bleed or transfer (ink transfer to a water-saturated blotter) 
  • Wet smear (similar to wet bleed with the addition or rub cycles),  
  • Functional rub/wet rub (smear or transfer tests using a liquid other than water and hot abrasion). 

Your global test and inspection partner for ASTM F2497