IGT Amsterdam 2 Printability Tester

A fully automated, multi-purpose printability tester with a selectable time interval between successive prints from the two individual print stations. Uniquely simulating on-press conditions. Capable of performing all the tests of the AIC2-5, GST-P & GST-3.

The Amsterdam 2 is part of the Amsterdam range of multi-purpose printability testers. The Amsterdam 2 model has a maximum of 2 printing stations. This enables the user to make a test print with a very short time interval between successive impressions – uniquely simulating on press conditions.

Through the use of the latest technology in motor control, it is possible to reach a very small time interval between successive prints, dampening and print, print and counter print or set-off prints. This makes possible a large range of new test methods, not previously possible.

The Amsterdam 2 is a fully automated tester with constant, increasing and combined speed modes. With these speed options, it is capable of performing all the tests of the IGT AIC2-5, GST-P plus the tests of a GST-3. Additionally it is capable of doing on-line analysis of Mottling,
, IGT Roughness and IGT Print Penetration when an optional camera based analysis system is added.

Only requires single phase 220V or 110V supply – no 3-phase or compressed air supply, making installation easier and less expensive.

Prepare prints in accordance with different international and national standards for colour measurement, density measurement, gloss, mileage, coverage, wear resistance, abrasion resistance, flexibility, adhesion, ink transfer (in g/m²), light fastness, resistance to chemicals etc.

Testing printing quality, mottle (print, ink trap, water interference, halftone), picking, linting, set-off, striking through, loose and weakly bound paper particles, Heliotest, print penetration, IGT roughness, etc. Can perform all tests described in the IGT W-Leaflets.


  • Can test small quantities of ink and substrate in conditions simulating actual practice
  • All parameters can individually be altered, independently from each other
  • Makes colour strips with various inks, letterpress, offset, gravure, flexo, conventional and UV
  • Makes prints on various substrates like paper, board, plastics, films, laminates
  • Prints can be used for numerous purposes, including measurement by camera of Heliotest missing dots, mottle, print, penetration, IGT roughness
  • Save on costs because fewer tests need to be made on a printing press
  • Simple to operate due to flexible software, on-screen instructions, pre-programmed test methods
  • Simple operation and fast learning curve trough integrated PC with touch-screen
  • Very reliable and sturdy construction for intensive use over a long period
  • Easy and quickly to clean
  • Camera for on-line scanning of test results (mottling, Heliotest, print penetration, IGT roughness)
  • Immediately assessment of test results after printing and scanning, no more sample handling
  • Transfer of test results to computer for future reference or further investigation
  • Printing form and impression cylinder can simple and quick be changed
  • High Repeatability and reproducibility
  • Printing force adjustable from 100 to 1000 N, steps of 1 N, preset values in conformance with the test methods can be fixed
  • Constant speed from 0,2-4 m/s step of 0,1 m/s
  • Accelerating speed from 0,5-4 /s end speed, step of 0,1 m/s, preset values in conformance with the test methods can be fixed
  • Combination of speeds can be programmed: constant-accelerated, constant with intervals
  • Suitable for one or two printing forms
  • Maximum printing width 50mm
  • All test methods are pre-programmed and used can easily add own test methods

User Advantages

  • The tilt-able touchscreen makes it easier to operate the system for smaller people
  • Easy to operate, short training / learning period
  • User-independent test results
  • Shorter intervals possible through shorter start & stop
  • On-site installation of new software, custom designed test or other analysis software
  • All printing discs of C-type can be used but not synchronized
  • No more handling of the sample between print and analysis
Technical data Accessories
Electrical connection: 220 Vac / 50 -60 Hz
Net weight: ±75kg
Dimensions (HxWxD): 640 x 500 x 600 mm
Mottle (print, ink trap, halftone)
Print penetration
IGT roughness





Related Standards and Test Methods
ISO 2846-5
Colour & transparency of flexo inks
ISO 2834-1
Laboratory prints with paste inks
ISO 2834-2
Laboratory prints with liquid inks
ISO 2846-3
Colour & transparency of gravure inks
ISO 2846-1
Colour & transparency of paste inks
ISO 2846-2
Colour & transparency of news inks
ISO 3783 Pick testing NEN 1836-1, -2 print penetration ISO 2836 Resistances and fastness
ASTM Colour drawdown EN 12283 Toner adhesion SCAN P63.90
NEN 1839 roughness UNI Tappi 514
Pick test with aluminium printing disc (ISO 3783, TAPPI T514 and SCAN P 63.90) Pick test with a rubber printing disc
Toner adhesion (EN 12283) Linting Print penetration
Roughness & Roughness on rubber blanket Felt- and wire side Mottle
Colour / density (ISO 2846-1, -2, -3, -5) Chemical resistance (ISO 2836) Printing smoothness
Scumming Print through Fluff
Wet-in-wet printing Wet pick / wet repellence Set-off
Heliotest Screened printing Gloss (ISO 15995)
Imaging and wipe-ability of carbon and carbonless paper Ink transfer Absorption of rubber blanket















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