Carbonless Paper Saves Space – Not to Mention Earth!
Carbonless copy paper is growing increasingly more popular with both large and small business since it is relatively affordable, extremely simple to use, and produces high quality duplicates. Further, the carbonless paper is considered more”environmentally friendly” since a carbon sheet is not lost after each copy.
Think about a medium sized company producing 1000’s of invoices, purchase ordersand work orders (you get the idea) a month, each time using carbon forms where the’carbon’ sheet is either discarded or just abandoned connected, not to be used again. Together with Carbonless paper, there is not any’carbon’ sheet – thereby decreasing waste by an unprecedented 50 percent – not to mention space if these papers and forms are archived. The paper can be biodegradable.
The technology behind this paper is somewhat straightforward. However, due to the increasing popularity and following demand for carbonless paper products, many firms are currently maintaining their own tweaks and methods as trade secrets. Originally employed for manual copy, carbonless forms have moved into advanced printing in which the newspaper can be used with common inkjet and laserjet printers.
The back of the top page is coated with micro-encapsulated dye. The front of the base page is coated in reactive clay. When pressure is put on the top page the micro-capsules of dye split, releasing the dye which then reacts with the clay, making a permanent mark. The capsules of dye are so small (hence the name micro-encapsulation) that the mark published is quite exact. Therefore the switch from carbon based forms into carbonless types doesn’t impact the quality of the copy.
In most cases, carbonless paper is truly favored because of its precision (providing you buy it from an excellent carbonless dealer). To get a 3-part form, the micro-encapsulated dye is coated on the back of the top sheet. Front of the middle or’sandwich’ sheet is coated on either side: front with reactive clay and the rear using micro-encapsulated dye. The base sheet is front- coated using reactive clay. Printing on the top sheet provides duplicates on the subsequent two sheets. Together with 2-part, 3-part and 4-part forms (and so on), there is no coating on the front of the highest page or the back of the underside page.
Carbonless copy paper has advanced significantly since its true invention by chemists at the NCR Corporation. Early posts on this sort of paper referred to it as No Carbon Required newspaper, or NCR paper, using the Corporation’s acronym. The name NCR Paper hasn’t faded and can be used frequently today.
Although need for carbonless paper is rising, do not expect prices to climb – on the contrary. The supply of carbonless products is growing daily as paper makers and retailers get on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Like the change from the typewriter to a keyboard, the move to carbonless is an inevitable change that will revolutionize how businesses use paper