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.