The Right Paper For The Right Job
Why is paper smoothness so important? How do manufacturers test and control paper curl? Is multi-purpose paper really good for everything?
IPG gets to the bottom of it all.
Once upon a time, paper was made of fibers from hemp, rags and mulberry bark, and it wasn't until 1850 that using wood fibers for paper became common practice. Now, at the end of the twentieth century, the paper industry has exploded into a supplier of over 725 pounds of paper and paperboard annually for every man, woman and child in the country.
What does this little history lesson mean for in-plant managers? It means that they have more choices than ever before in paper style, color, weight and application. Those choices are growing even now as paper is refined to match the printing capabilities of the newest hardware.
An example of this is copy, color copy and laser papers, each of which has particular features to optimize the output of the equipment it's used in.
Making the Switch
Let's start with copy paper, the least expensive of the three types of paper. Can an in-plant manager save money by using copy paper for laser or color copies—or produce better black-and-white copies by using the more expensive laser or color copy papers?
"You can exchange them, but it's like the difference between hi-test and regular gas," explains Bob Hieronymus, market manager for Georgia-Pacific Imaging Papers, in Atlanta. "You can run premium gas in a Chevy, and it will work fine—but you don't need it. And you can run regular gas in a Lexus, but you won't get the best performance from the car."
In addition, using copy paper in a color copier can result in the image coming out as a curled-up tube of paper, because thinner paper has a greater tendency to curl towards the toner as it cools.