Standard Practice for Preparing Prints of Paste Printing Inks Using a Hand Operated Laboratory Flat-Bed Press
|Publication Date:||15 July 2010|
|ICS Code (Inks. Printing inks):||87.080|
This practice covers the procedure for preparing prints of paste inks using a hand operated flat-bed laboratory proof press. The initial method was developed by the National Printing Ink Research Institute.2
This practice is applicable to the preparation of singlecolor solid-area prints by the dry offset process (also known as Letterset) on a flat substrate such as paper or metal. It can readily be adapted to print by direct letterpress.3
NOTE 1-The proofing press described in this practice can also be used with printing gages in accordance with Practice D6846.
This practice is applicable primarily to lithographic and letterpress inks that dry by oxidation or penetration. With the addition of appropriate drying or curing equipment, it is also applicable to other systems such as heat-set or energy-curable.
The instructions in this practice are intended to minimize the within-print and among-operator variability inherent in hand operations.
This practice does not measure the actual film thickness on the print, but evaluates film thickness equivalence by visual or instrumental comparisons of reflection density.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the users of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautions are given in Section 7.
This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2 "The NPIRI Standard Procedure for Preparing Little Joe Prints," American Ink Maker, March 1994, pp. 42-50.
3 The apparatus used to develop this method was the Little Joe Offset Color Proofing Press.