Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • Engineer's Guide To Paper Brightness And Whiteness (Part 2)

    bond paperIn the last post, we discussed some of the essential components that make up paper brightness, which measures the amount of reflectance of a specific wavelength of blue light. However, it's important to understand that in addition to paper brightness, there are several other similar measurements that are also used to describe paper appearance and feel, one of which is referred to as paper whiteness. Having a full understanding of what these descriptors actually mean is essential to making the right paper purchasing decisions for your business for years to come. Here's part two of our engineer's guide to paper brightness.

    Paper Whiteness
    Similar to brightness, paper whiteness is a measurement of the reflection of all wavelengths of light within the visible spectrum. Also on a one to 100 scale, paper whiteness is more subtle, as some differences are only noticeable when compared side by side.

    "Individually, white papers may all appear quite white, but when placed side by side, white papers show a range of colors from bright cool white to a softer, warm white. For ordinary usage, the best measure of paper whiteness is your eye and the appearance of your image on the paper," writes Jacci Howard Bear on ThoughtCo.

    Knowing now what these terms mean, it should come as no surprise that both drastically affect the appearances of the images copied or printed onto these engineering bond paper rolls and other types of bond paper. For example, the higher the paper's brightness and whiteness levels, the brighter and whiter the images will be. Similarly, paper with lower brightness and whiteness levels will be significantly darker.

    When making the final decisions for your engineering paper needs, remember that most of the time, photos and images will appear brighter and cleaner on photo papers with higher paper brightness ratings. And as always, it's highly recommended to invest in a sample-sized order of the paper you choose so that you have time to test it with printers and copiers before committing to a larger order at a higher cost.

    The 2016 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported that there are 109,748 architects in the United States, but any business owner who needs high-quality printed and copied photos and images should understand the qualities that make up the paper they use. For more information about bond paper, contact Get Paper.

  • Common Office Problems Only A New Wide Format Printer Can Solve

    36 inch paper rollsIt's no secret that countless industries use wide format printers and the paper that goes with them, from 36 inch paper rolls, bond paper rolls, and more. But if your printer is experiencing issues that are affecting other office functions or productivity, it may be time to take action by investing in a brand new wide format printer. Here are just a few common problems that an office may experience that can be solved by investing in a new wide format printer.

    Inefficient Output/Not Meeting Business NeedsIf your printer is many years old, chances are, it doesn't have all of the features that the latest technology does. This can include anything from printing speed, to compatibility with other types of technology, and even the quality of the prints themselves. Most of today's architectural and engineering offices average 3,500 square feet per month of printing output, and if your printing needs have expanded in any of these ways, your current wide format printer may not be able to keep up with demands. Instead of letting this go on to potentially affect business performance, do the right thing and invest in a wide format printer than can fulfill business needs and will last for years to come.

    Supplies Are Becoming Unavailable
    It should come as no surprise that some wide format printer materials like 36 inch paper rolls and ink can become difficult to find after many years. Technology is constantly evolving, and it can make it difficult and rather frustrating for your business to have to search longer and potentially pay more for a product that may even be subpar than the most up-to-date technology. Don't waste additional time or expenses finding the right products for your printer -- eliminate frustration and invest in a new wide format printer will readily available supplies.

    Slow Start-Up
    Aside from the time it actually takes for a printing job to complete from start to finish, it can often take just as much time, if not more, to even start the printer up. The time it takes for your printer to turn on and get ready for a printing job shouldn't take longer than a few minutes, and even that amount of time can be difficult to wait when there's an influx of printing jobs that need to be done. If your office is frequently experiencing this issue, investing in a new wide format printer should almost completely eliminate it.

    Ultimately, understanding the many problems that a new wide format printer can solve is the key to maximizing office and overall business efficiency. For more information about 36 inch paper rolls, contact Get Paper.

  • Engineer's Guide To Paper Brightness And Whiteness (Part 1)

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    When it comes to choosing the right type of paper for your business, it can be difficult to understand some of the common terminology used in the industry. For example, many people think that the term 'paper brightness' refers to the shade of the paper itself. However, it has a much more technical definition in the paper industry. Paper brightness measures the amount of reflectance of a specific wavelength of blue light. Brightness is measured on a scale of zero to 100. The higher the number, the brighter the paper. Understanding the various elements that make up paper brightness is essential in order to determine the right level for the paper you need. Here's part one of our guide to paper brightness.

    Measuring Brightness

    As mentioned, paper brightness refers to the amount of reflectance of a wavelength of blue light, which is 457 nanometers. To get a feel for how paper brightness works, think about the typical engineering bond paper rolls used in many industrial printers and copiers. Most of this paper has a brightness level of somewhere in the 80s range.

    Photo paper, however, comes in countless types, but they're typically very glossy, giving them an average brightness level ranging from the mid- to high- 90s.

    Don't Be Deceived...

    Always remember that brightness is measured on a numeric scale between one and 100, not using buzzwords or fancy adjectives. It may sound surprising, but there are countless paper manufacturers that use seemingly intentionally misleading descriptive language as part of their marketing scheme. Don't let words like 'ultrabright' or 'bright white' convince you that the paper will fit your business's printing and copying needs. It's always worth it to take the time and look for a supplier that has the consumer in mind and uses the proper scale to describe paper brightness.

    Regardless of the paper brightness you need, remember to recycle it whenever possible. Fortunately, Americans recycle more paper products than they send to landfills. The U.S. paper industry set a goal of a 60% scrap paper recovery rate by 2012, but achieved this goal three years early.

    Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more essential details about paper brightness as well as two other similar indicators of paper appearance, called paper whiteness and shade. For more information about engineering bond paper in bulk, contact Get Paper.

  • 3 Key Considerations When Selecting The Right Paper For Your Print Media Project

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    There are countless industries that rely on wide format printers and white engineering bond paper every single day for blueprints and other print media. In fact, most of today's architectural and engineering offices average 3,500 square feet per month of printing output. However, deciding which type of bond paper rolls your business needs isn't always easy, and without making some key considerations, you could end up investing in the wrong kind of paper. Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting bond paper rolls for your business's print media needs.

    Print Media Type

    Plotter paper roll widths are expressed in inches. Common roll widths for wide-format plotters include 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, 30, 34, 36, and 42 inches. First, it's essential to consider the end goal for your bond paper: what will it end up as? A book? Blueprint? Poster? There are virtually endless forms of print media, and each of these different projects may be best suited with one type of paper in particular. For example, between coated and uncoated bond, coated is usually ideal for photography-based projects, and uncoated may be better for everyday book and magazine printing. Make sure to carefully consider what you're actually making when choosing the type of paper it's best made with.

    Durability

    Durability may also be an important component of paper type when considering print media. If you're making something you expect to be widely distributed or frequently passed around and handled between colleagues, it may be better to invest in higher end bond paper made to last and provide strength. If you're just printing a flyer or ad for a one-day purpose, it's generally acceptable to use lower end or uncoated paper.

    Opacity

    Finally, when you've narrowed down your selections based on the previous two criteria, consider how much, if any, light you wish to pass through the paper. This is known as opacity, and it determines how much of the printing will be visible through the other side of the sheet of paper. A lower percentage lets more light through, and a higher percentage lets less light through, with 100% being completely opaque. This is important to consider to potentially prevent 'show through text' which may appear when printing on both sides of the paper.

    Ultimately, understanding these three considerations can help you choose the right paper for all of your print media needs. For more information about white engineering bond paper, contact Get Paper.

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