Monthly Archives: December 2018

  • Blueprint Storage Guide: An All-Encompassing Guide For Engineers and Architects

    The 2016 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported that there are 109,748 architects in the United States, and most of today's architectural and engineering offices average 3,500 square feet per month of printing output. With these numbers in mind, it's important to be responsible when it comes to storing and saving blueprints paper properly. This type of paper, as well as other types of engineering bond paper rolls, can be easily damaged if not stored with care. Here's what all engineers and architects should know when it comes to proper blueprints paper storage.




    First, it's important to make some considerations before determining the best ways to store your blueprints. Think about how often you plan on taking your blueprints in and out of storage, or whether it may be permanent. You should also think about the importance of the documents as well as the cost to replace them were something to go wrong. Finally, think about the number of documents you have to store and whether the documents are currently flat or rolled up. Knowing the answers to these basic questions can help you find the storage option that will best preserve your blueprints' quality.


    Storage Methods


    When it comes to exploring your blueprint storage options, there are three main storing methods. Rolled storage tends to be the most affordable, and it's certainly convenient. The potential downside includes being unable to find the documents you need in an efficient amount of time.


    There's also several types of racks and hanging clamps that can help you safely store your blueprints while keeping them organized. While these tend to be the quickest and most convenient, they may cost more due to the specialized application.


    Finally, there are file cabinets, which are convenient and efficient when organized properly. This method may be best for larger collections of blueprints that need to be preserved flat as opposed to being rolled up. In any case, your printing professional can help you determine the best storing procedure based on your office's needs.


    The U.S. paper recovery rate reached an all-time high of 67.2% in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase. Still, it's in your office's best interest to keep these paper storage tips in mind. For more information about blueprints paper, contact Get Paper.

  • Defining Common Terms Associated With Bond Paper

    Most of today's architectural and engineering offices average 3,500 square feet per month of printing output. Fortunately, more than one-third of today's new paper is made with recycled fiber. Still, it's in your office's best interest to familiarize yourself with the proper bond paper buying procedures, which is often enhanced by knowing the basic definitions associated with the purchasing process in general. With that in mind, here are just a few definitions to some common terminology associated with engineering bond paper rolls and other paper for blueprints.


    Paper Brightness


    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. Talk to your paper provider to determine the best brightness level based on your office's paper needs.


    Plotter Paper Rolls


    Plotter paper rolls are simply the rolls of paper used in a wide format printer. Keep in mind that 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. If you're uncertain of the width you need, check the manufacturer's manual of your office's wide format printer for measurement recommendations.


    Paper Grade


    Paper grade is the term that's generally used to define the type of paper based on its end use or application. For example, bond paper is typically used for documents and letters, book paper is used for books, and offset paper is used for offset printing. Digital presses have their own separate paper grades, which include a variety of thicknesses.


    Basis Weight


    Finally, the basis weight is the term used to refer to the weight of a ream, 500 sheets, of any given type of paper at its basic size, which is the size of the uncut sheet that's supplied to the printer. Some types of paper are labeled with a point size, which refers to the paper's thickness. One point is 1/1000 of one inch.

    California has more architects than any other state with 17,241 architects as of 2016. The state with the second-most, New York, has 10,734. But regardless of where your engineering or architect's office is located, knowing these essential paper-buying terms is the key to improving day-to-day efficiency and operations. For more information about buying paper for blueprints, contact Get Paper.

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