Paper is needed for everything from money to advertising to books and so much more, paper is incredibly important.  The type of paper you use in your printer or multifunction device is important to everything from the quality of your image to the potential for paper jams.  The right type of media and the care of the media can make all the difference in the performance of your printer.  Paper is a media that is affected by many factors including humidity and temperature.  Conditioning is important to Xerox paper.  Conditioning can make the difference between okay and outstanding results.  So what is conditioning?  Conditioning is the way the paper is stored and prepared for use in your office.  Think about wood floors, before installing they must be acclimated to the environment where they will be installed.  The flooring is unpacked and “rested” in the conditions to get used to the temperature and humidity.  Paper is basically the same; I guess that makes sense since paper is a product of wood.  To condition paper properly:

  1. Leave paper in its wrapper until you are ready to load it in the machine.
  2. Do not store paper directly on the floor. Keep it on pallets or shelves or in cabinets.
  3. Store paper at a temperature of 68°F/20°C to 76°F/24.4°C and a relative humidity of 35 to 55 percent.

We have a wonderful resource for you to learn about paper and make the best decisions on the type of paper to use in your printers.  The Paper Resource Center provides information about all types of media.  The Paper Resource Center has wonderful information about paper, care of the paper and best practices for choosing the right paper for your jobs.  Choosing the correct media and handling it correctly can make your printer virtually jam free.  For more information on reducing jams please see our previous blog article, PJs, Jammies, Jams…Not Sleepwear.  Xerox has also developed a new way to box and ship one of our most popular paper types.  Watch the video to see the innovation for the Business 4200 Xpress paper.

I bet you never knew there was so much to know about a simple sheet of paper!!  It is a complicated product that we often take for granted.  If you are interested in seeing how paper is made, check out this video from the Discovery Network.

Remember to Recycle paper whenever possible!!