paper handling

Paper Handling

To get a crisp and sharp printout, even paper quality play an important role.

Properly storing paper is crucial for maintaining print quality and preventing printing issues like paper jam.

Paper is highly sensitive to moisture and humidity. Excessive moisture can cause the paper fibers to absorb water, leading to warping, curling, or even mold growth. To prevent these problems, store your paper in a dry environment.

Ideally, maintain a relative humidity level between 45% and 55% in the storage area. Avoid areas prone to high humidity, such as basements or areas near water sources. Additionally, prevent exposure to direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can also affect the moisture content of the paper.

Safeguard your paper from humidity by storing it in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags. The wrapping also create a barrier that helps prevent moisture from reaching the paper. Ensure that the containers are clean and dry before placing the paper inside.

To maintain the flatness of the paper and prevent curling or warping, store it in a flat position. Avoid storing paper on its edge or standing upright, as this can lead to uneven pressure distribution and result in distorted sheets.

Use storage shelves, drawers, or filing cabinets to keep the paper flat. If stacking multiple reams, place a flat and sturdy surface, such as a board, between each ream to provide additional support and prevent excessive pressure on the bottom sheets.

The natural oils and moisture on your skin can transfer to the paper and affect its surface, leading to print quality issues. Use clean, keep your hand clean and dry especially when handling important or specialty papers.

Avoid touching the printable surfaces of the paper, especially glossy or coated papers. These surfaces are more susceptible to fingerprints and smudges, which can impact the print quality. Handle the paper by its edges or use appropriate tools like paper trays or lifting devices to minimize contact with the print area.

When loading paper into the tray, you can also fan the paper to remove dust from entering the printer compartments and also prevent paper jams when doing high speed printing.

Following these guidelines will help ensure consistent print quality and smooth printing operations.