Carbonless Copy Paper

Carbonless copy paper is growing more and more popular with both large and small business because it is relatively cheap, extremely simple to use, and generates high quality copies.

Consider a medium sized firm producing 1000’s of invoices, purchase orders, work orders (you get the idea) a month, every time using carbon forms in which the’carbon’ sheet is either discarded or simply abandoned connected, not to be used again. With Carbonless paper, there is no’carbon’ sheet – thereby decreasing waste by an unparalleled 50% – not to mention space if these papers and forms are archived. The paper can be biodegradable.

The technology behind this paper is fairly straightforward. However, due to the increasing popularity and following demand for carbonless paper products, many firms are currently keeping their own tweaks and methods as trade secrets. Originally used for manual copy, carbonless forms have now moved to advanced printing in which the paper may be used with conventional inkjet and laserjet printers.

The back of the top webpage is coated with micro-encapsulated dye. The front of the bottom page is coated in clay that is reactive. When pressure is applied to the top page the micro-capsules of dye split, releasing the dye that then reacts with the clay, making a permanent mark. The capsules of dye are so small (hence the title micro-encapsulation) the mark printed is quite exact. Thus the switch from carbon based forms to carbonless types does not affect the standard of the copy.

In most cases, carbonless paper is actually preferred for its precision (providing you buy it from a quality carbonless dealer). To get a 3-part type, the micro-encapsulated dye is coated on the rear of the top sheet. Front of the center or’sandwich’ sheet is coated on both sides: the front with reactive clay along with the rear with micro-encapsulated dye. The base sheet is front- coated using reactive clay. Printing on the top sheet will provide duplicates on the subsequent two sheets. Together with 2-part, 3-part and 4-part forms (etc ), there is no coating on the front of the top page or the rear of the bottom page.

Carbonless paper has advanced significantly since its true invention by chemists at the NCR Corporation. Early posts on this sort of paper referred to it No Carbon Required newspaper, or NCR paper, using the Corporation’s acronym. The name NCR Paper hasn’t faded and is used frequently today.

Although need for carbonless paper is rising, do not expect prices to scale – on the contrary. The supply of carbonless goods is growing daily as paper manufacturers and retailers get on the eco friendly bandwagon. Like the change from the typewriter to a computer keyboard, the move to carbonless is an inevitable shift which will revolutionize the way companies use paper