|What Paper do I need?
Whilst there are many paper specifications there are 4 main types of paper used for roll products. These are:
- Self Contained
- Single Ply
Below is a brief explanation of each paper type:
This paper type is used in many modern printers for applications as varied as Chip & Pin to Industrial & Gaming rolls.
The first thing you will notice about rolls using this paper type is that they are one ply (see above diagram) & the paper has a smooth ‘shiny’ surface. Whilst thermal paper rolls are available in colours they are generally of a bright white appearance.
Thermal paper is coated with a special heat sensitive coating which reacts to the heated thermal print head in the printer mechanism. To recognize thermal paper simply run your finger nail across the surface & the heat generated by the friction will form a black image.
To ensure longevity of your print head & optimum print image on your thermal paper roll it is very important to ensure you use high quality thermal paper.Allrol Solutions Ltd only use the best quality papers which mean that you can be assured of the highest quality at all times.
Self Contained Paper
Often described as Action or Impact paper this paper type has primarily been supplied for rolls using two or three ply’s of paper but more recently has been widely adapted to be used as a single ply impact roll for Chip & Pin systems.
This paper type is coated with a special formulation of micro capsules that create an image when pressure is applied by the printer mechanism effectively bursting the capsules. With this paper no ribbons are required in the printer to achieve an image on any of the copies.
These rolls can often look ‘dirty’ or ‘marked’ on the outside which is caused by excess pressure on the capsules. Unlike some products, self contained rolls from Allrol have minimal marking & as such provide a much clearer image.
Often confused with self contained paper rolls this paper type is very similar & is primarily used for rolls needing two or three ply’s of paper. It is coated with a special formulation of micro capsules that are applied to either the front or back of the paper or in the case of three ply rolls the second copy is coated on both sides.
To achieve an image on the top copy there must be a ribbon in the printer mechanism.
Single Ply Paper
There are many grades of paper that can be described under this heading but generally speaking ‘A’ grade & economy TMP are the two primary qualities used within paper roll manufacturing.
The primary difference between these two grades is that ‘A’ grade is a much brighter & whiter paper with economy grades being slightly off white