As printing technology continues to change, paper companies are producing products to keep up with the times.
In-plants aren't the only ones affected by the onslaught of new digital printing devices. Paper manufacturers have been busy modifying their products to keep up with the evolution.
"We understand the importance of harnessing the potential of new and emerging technologies in order to develop products that offer value-added features," says Mary Jo Francis, marketing manager for Mead Carbonless Sheets. "The evolution of Mead Transcopy is an example of our commitment to achieving this goal."
Mead Transcopy has been developed to run smooth and jam-free through the complex paper paths of high-speed copiers. Other improvements include a whiter coated back, a new coating technology that results in a more stable sheet before and after copying.
Cheryl Shepard, marketing director for Sappi Fine Papers, says her company has also worked to give printers more options. More and more Sappi customers are using coated paper with digital equipment. Sappi is working to keep up with the demanding high-speed copier environment. Printers can now use paper originally designed for offset work in a digital environment.
Sappi has modified the surface of its coated cut-sized papers to run smoothly through digital equipment. Shepard says it was a challenge to eliminate jamming in the digital devices. She adds that advances in paper recycling methods have lowered the amount of clumping in a recycled sheet, which causes jamming.
"Consistent maintenance of precise moisture levels throughout the manufacturing process prevents the form from curling during the heat-intensive xerography process," adds Francis, of Mead Carbonless.
Smoothness of the paper surface is also a necessity to ensure quality printing from your digital devices.
"The premium laser paper products have extremely smooth surfaces that are necessary for the equipment to achieve high-quality print resolution and to compete against process color offset printing," explains Bob Hieronymus, marketing manager for Georgia-Pacific Imaging Papers. "These papers have also trended to higher whiteness and brightness levels to improve the quality of the printed output."