(Common Papers Used in Paper Rolls)
There are two grades of bond paper. One is commonly referred to as “low bulk” and the other is
Low bulk is the cleanest, whitest, most “lint-free” calenderized paper available. It is noted for its
strength, long life, retention of image and resists fading.
High bulk is a thicker caliper of paper, not quite as white as low bulk and yields less footage on
the same diameter roll.
Carbonless paper, introduced in 1954, is generally known as NCR (no carbon required) paper. It
is a bond paper type and has a coating (small encapsulated chemical capsules) on the back
and/or front of the paper that creates an image without the use of carbon paper.
In a two ply roll, the top ply is coated on the back and the second ply is coated on its face. In a three
ply roll, the first ply is coated on the back, the middle ply is coated on its face and back, and the
bottom ply is coated on its face.
When these plies are compressed, such as from the print keys on a cash register, the coatings
react and create an image on the second and third ply. The ribbon in the cash register creates an
image on the first ply.
Self contained paper is a form of carbonless and works on the same premise as carbonless, but
it does not need a ribbon to create an image on the top ply. The secondary plies create an image
from the pressure of the print unit alone.
Recycled paper is just that. Used paper that has been recovered from the workplace and recycled
through various processes. Typically the paper is separated by grade, brought to a mill, de-inked
and bleached, then returned as a very marketable paper. Most recycled paper contains 50% de-
inked recycled waste paper and 10% post-consumer waste paper.
This conforms to the current EPA standards.
Thermal paper is available in about 30-40 varieties. The reason for this is that thermal paper is
specifically coated so that the heat in the printer equipment’s print head creates an image and is
matched to the exact thermal paper required. As can be expected, the better the image required,
the more expensive the paper. Thermal paper is used in equipment where cleanliness, speed
and low noise are necessary.
Due to the every growing concern over the potential human health effect of exposure to bisphenol
A (BPA), we only use BPA free thermal paper. We can provide you with literature explaining about
The core, or center tube, is used to wind the paper. In some pieces of equipment, a metal flange is
inserted in the core and moves the paper forward when a transaction is created. On these
occasions, the core diameter is very critical. Other types of equipment have a cradle or cavity that is
used to “house” the roll. In these instances, the paper is pulled into the printer by friction and the
core does not serve any mechanical purpose.
Some cores are made of plastic, while others are made of paper fibers and are recyclable.
Two-Ply, Three-Ply and Self Contained
Your customers will appreciate easy-to-use carbonless rolls - modern convenience and long-
term dependability, all rolled up in one! Clean and cost-effective, two-ply, three-ply and self-
contained rolls offer excellent print stability and substantial permanency. An excellent choice for
today’s high productivity office.
Whether the application requires carbonless only or a combination of noncarbonless and
carbonless paper, we’ve got your solution. Our thorough understanding of carbonless paper will
help you increase your customer’s satisfaction - ply to ply, roll to roll. The best of both worlds?
Thermal and Facsimile Printer Rolls
From terminal printers to mini-computers, facsimile transmitters to grocery store coding
systems, more and more businesses are relying on thermal imaging equipment today.
Simply stated, thermal printing requires no ink or ribbon. To create clean, hard-copy images, heat
is transferred from a print head or stylus to heat-sensitive, coated paper. Your customers get
reliable, noiseless printing with virtually no maintenance except to change paper rolls - rolls we
can provide for you!
Superior Paper Products can be your single source for extremely low to extremely high
temperature response applications. We'll help you select the proper mix of thermal paper
characteristics for your machinery like print density, image definition, copy ability or fade-
Exactly what you need to get the job done. To the letter.
We stand ready to help you. And we're happy to provide samples for your evaluation.
Nearly all of the roll products listed can be imprinted with customized screened in personalized
printing. Call fax or e-mail us for details. Single and multi-ply roll products can be printed with one
or two colors on one side of any ply or one color on both sides of any one ply. Please contact your
representative for pricing, minimums and delivery time. We request camera ready artwork or we
can prepare it at an additional charge from samples submitted.
All artwork, plates and proofs (except camera-ready artwork supplied by the customer) remain