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Paper Quality: How It Affects Digital Copier Performance

Posted by Tim Stanley on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Paper Quality-How it Affects Copier Perfomance

While everyone can appreciate a good bargain, most often, you really do get what you pay for. When it comes to purchasing office supplies, it can be tempting to purchase the least expensive option in an effort to save money - after all, paper is paper, right? Wrong. Even with something as fundamental as this, quality matters, but don't stop there: follow these tips to ensure you make the most of your purchase by storing and loading your paper correctly

Invest Your Money Wisely

Sometimes you have to spend more, to make more. Good quality paper reduces downtime, lowers end user frustration, and keeps your machine cleaner, longer. It can also help prevent jams and service calls, more commonly associated with a lower quality product, as it:

  • Gives off less dust.
  • Has a more uniform cut and size, moving through your machine with ease.
  • Keeps its shape better, since it has a lower moisture content. 

Keep Your Cool

Where and how you store your reams is paramount to their health, and your level of satisfaction. Here are some tips:

  • Aim for a cool, dry room: consider a closed cabinet near the printer, or an indoor closet. 
  • Avoid heaters, air conditioners and humidifiers.
  • Don't remove the product from its packaging until you're ready to use it. 
  • Place the reams on a level surface, to avoid bending or creasing the material, which can cause jams. 

Loading Tips

Make the most of your purchase by following the proper procedures for loading:

  • After removing the paper from the package, fan it out in small batches, to prevent sticking. 
  • Check the packaging to see if the manufacturer has included any recommendations or instructions for loading.

Several factors contribute to the quality of your copies and prints and the performance of your printing equipment, many of which are out of your control. When it comes to the quality of your paper however, you're in the driver’s seat. Learn how you can save up to 30 % in 30 days, with the help of Managed Print Services, including a no obligation print assessment of your current practices and purchasing habits. 

To find out how much your business spends on print, click here for your free print assessment: 

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Tags: efficient printing, paper storage, paper quality