Scuff Tester: Best Way to Test Rub Resistance of Packaging Labels

Reviewed by Anurag Mishra (Sr. Technical Consultant)

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A label contains all of the necessary information for a consumer to interact with and be enticed to purchase the goods. This is because the label is such a crucial part of the packaging & a manufacturer cannot afford to have a label that is misprinted or scuffed. Thus, testing the rub-proof ability of printing labels is a tedious task in order to deliver accurate products to your customers. We at Testronix have come up with one of the amazing lab testing equipment known as a scuff resistance tester

The Testronix scuff tester is utilized to test the abrasion resistance of the surface coating layer of printed material in order to analyze the life of the label by simulating the actual application environment. A scuff-resistance test can be used to mimic the abrasion resistance of printed, painted, or polished services. This method may be used to replicate the effects of continuous contact or dual surface abrasion in a number of industries.

In this blog, we are going to discuss how a scuff resistance tester will help to evaluate the rub resistance property of printing material. So, let us get started!

Say goodbye to poor quality labels by testing with a scuff tester

For particular types of items, such as medicines, food products, etc. the printed information on the materials is extremely important since a reduction in printed instructions or numbers causes substantial problems for end-users. Scuff testing helps to efficiently assess the sturdiness of printed information on packaging items as well as the influence of stiff materials on the products.

Thus, with the help of the Testronix motion rub tester, you will be able to evaluate the rubbing resistance of materials & measure the permanence of printed, polished, and painted materials to resist abrasion.

This ink abrasion tester is useful in assessing a material's rubbing resistance and is commonly used in the paper and packaging sectors. This rubbing resistance test allows the user to rub the surfaces of the two materials with the same velocity and on a natural surface. During this technique, steady pressure is applied while scuffing or rubbing is done at a speed of rpm. A specified number of strokes will be selected from the control panel to run the test under some precise conditions, and then the sample is evaluated to measure any sort of ink transfer.

Below we have listed the features and technical specifications of the ink abrasion tester.

Features of Testronix scuff resistance tester

The Testronix scuff resistance tester is one of the effective testing equipment that has been designed in accordance with industrial standards i.e. ASTM F2497-05& provides you with accurate testing results. Here we have listed the advanced features of this amazing lab testing equipment.

  • Motorized Weight arrangement on sample
  • Highly accurate test results
  • Provision of a Set number of counts through Digital Preset Counter
  • Firm hold of the test specimen
  • Motorized Geared system for scuff movement
  • Digital timer
  • Highly accurate and precise results under uniform load and rubbing clamp movement
  • Accurate rpm of upper rotating discs
  • Designed as per standards ASTM F2497-05, BS 3110:1959

With these features, it will be easy for you to conduct the scuff resistance test of printed labels and assured the best quality products to your customers. Now, let’s focus on the technical specifications of this lab testing equipment.

Technical specifications of scuff resistance tester

  • Test Weight 2 psi ( Optional - Different Load can be provided)
  • Counter 4- digit Digital Preset type
  • Least Count of counter 1
  • Rotational Speed 60 rpm ± 2 rpm
  • Motor High Torque capacity
  • Diameter of Upper Clamp 48 ± 2 mm
  • Diameter of Lower Clamp 120 ± 2 mm
  • Power 220V, 50Hz, single phase


  • Display Digital (LED)
  • Sample Preparation templates 3 samples
  • Material Mild Steel powder coated
  • Dimensions 420x550x680 mm

These are the technical specifications you will get with the Testronix ink abrasion tester. 

Importance of scuff resistance tester in the packaging industry

On pharmaceutical and medical equipment, label legibility is critical and is frequently assessed using a rub resistance test. A similar approach may be used to test the longevity of written information on keypads, for example.

Scuff testing can take many different shapes, but it is nearly usually a straightforward and affordable technique. When it comes to abrasive materials, determining the effect of the abrasive material on intended products or package system components is a frequent practice.

Thus, with the use of this lab testing instrumentit will be easy for you to conduct the print quality test on several products. Scuff and rub resistance of printed or coated surfaces, paper, paperboard, films, and printed materials are evaluated using these tests. So, what are you waiting for? Deliver high-quality printed materials with the help of a Testronix scuff resistance tester. If you want more information regarding this lab testing equipment then give us a call at +91 9313140140 or email us at Our team of technical experts will assist you with all your queries.

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