Tips for Choosing the Right Paper Roll for You!

We know paper rolls are important for your business, but trying to navigate through the variety of rolls can sometimes be overwhelming.  And in the end, are you really choosing the right paper roll for your application?  Below are some tips on what to consider when selecting the right paper roll for you!   


There is no standard size when it comes to paper rolls.  They are available in several lengths and widths.  The width needed will be based on the width of your printer.  As for length, longer rolls will be more economical and more convenient as you don’t have to frequently change the roll, however you will need to make sure the longer length roll will fit into your printer.  


Buying in a larger quantity will likely be more economical, however you will need to consider how much space you have to store them and understand how long it will take you to go through that stock as thermal paper does have a shelf life.  If you store thermal paper in a dark place at a low humidity level and a temperature below 25oC, while also being properly wrapped to avoid toxins from entering, you can store the paper for at least 3 years from the date it was manufactured.   


The thickness and quality of the paper determines how neat and clear the print is.  A higher quality paper will ensure that the print does not get blotchy.


As with most things, you do get what you pay for with thermal paper rolls.  If you are in need of crisp, clear printing that won’t fade over time, a higher quality (and priced) roll is what you need.  However, if your application doesn’t require this, than a more economical roll would suffice. 

We hope these tips have helped you in selecting the right roll for you.  If you need any assistance in choosing a paper roll for your specific application, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Understanding Paper Weight and Brightness

Paper Weight

Paper Weight Chart Description

Paper Brightness

The brighter the paper, the more vivid and crisp your letters, images and colours appear. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically expressed on a scale from 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. However, levels usually range from 84 to 100, which are adequate for most digitally printed applications. Brightness levels of 94 to 98 are most often used. Most companies use the US Scale.

Preparing for a Printer Failure

I’m walking by the printing room where Brigid is finishing off the last of our office summer barbecue invitations when I hear the noise. It’s the kind of sound that makes the muscles in your back tighten up – a loud crunching as the paper grinds up into a crumpled and shredded mess between the rollers.

The machine exhales in three high-pitched beeps and the small screen on the front starts flashing.

Brigid looks at me with wide eyes. “Well, that can’t be good.”

She hurries over and reads the words on the touch panel aloud, “Printer fail.”

I follow along and look over her shoulder just as Andy walks in behind me.

“What’s all the commotion in here?” He asks.

Business lady with a printer

“The printer appears to be kaput.” Brigid responds, after checking the paper tray and opening the rear access door to peer inside. She pulls out the torn invitation, which is now covered in ink splatter and not in any way legible.

Normally, after removing the jam the printer would come back to life. But the machine has now completely shut down and refuses to respond to Brigid’s prompting, as she methodically pushes a combination of buttons.

“Ah, yes. It was only a matter of time.” Andy sighs, as if he had been expecting this for a while.

I eye him curiously.

“The printer has been… uhh…disagreeing with me quite often lately,” he says. I can’t help but notice a hint of guilt in his tone. “I was prepared for this moment, which is why I went ahead and placed an order for the All-in-One Inkjet Printer in this month’s Office Plus flyer.”

“With the instant rebate, we saved 55 dollars,” he says, “I figured we couldn’t go wrong.”

Good recovery. I raise my eyebrows, impressed by his proactive efforts.

“It should be in tomorrow, actually.” He smiles.

Brigid lets out a sigh of relief. “Ah, you’re my hero, Andy,” she says, adding, “I never thought I’d hear myself saying that.”

He gives her a wink and struts back out the doorway. I can’t help but laugh. “Oh Andy,” I mutter as I turn to leave the room.

Brigid chuckles behind me. “I can only imagine what the office barbecue will bring!”