Author Archives: Drew Tremblay

About Drew Tremblay

Drew Tremblay is a Market Development Manager for Domtar Paper in Canada. Domtar (www.domtar.com) is a leader in the manufacture of environmentally and socially responsible papers. In this role, Drew has a unique position as he engages and consults with corporations on reducing their environmental footprint through responsible paper choices. Domtar is a leader in Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. As part of his responsibilities Drew is the liaison person with FSC Canada, WWF and The Boreal Leadership Council.

It’s more than Print that’s changing

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Paper making has changed over the past decades. The industry uses renewable energy more that ever, it has reduced water usage and has increased the use of recovered fiber; forest certification and chain of custody now insure the end user that the right things are being done, really!

But it also has been keeping up with the advancing technologies in printing and imaging today. With today’s digital presses paper makers need to work hand in hand and enhance the sheet to work and be qualified on the many machines out there in the market place. Paper like any product has many different variables that go into the making of a sheet.

Because toner and inkjet behave differently than ink, they usually require special papers. Some paper manufacturers offer grades for both digital and offset litho, so that jobs can include sheets printed by both processes. Take Inkjet for example. Inkjet printing is was originally designed mainly for home, home office, and small business use, but is becoming increasingly common for commercial applications. For best results on inkjet printers, use papers specifically designed for digital inkjet technology—with optimized smoothness, sizing, sheet formation, special coating, or enhanced brightness. Inks for drop-on-demand inkjet printing are pigment-based rather than dye-based. This means they are water-soluble and therefore less permanent than inks used in offset printing or toners used in laser printing (electrophotography). Non-water-soluble, lightfast inks are now available for industrial use. Combined with fade-resistant papers, they enhance photo longevity and color fastness. Some printers feature a custom color match (Pantone Matching System – PMS) for high-resolution jobs. Printers can also provide a color chart to designers. 

For Digital laser methods; Static electricity is how toner-based printers work, so humidity control is important. Some digital presses have built-in temperature and humidity control systems, but except for a few models, you will need a humidity-controlled environment. Higher temperatures increase the likelihood of humidity-related problems, including curling, blistering, cracking, etc. The higher the speed, the more heat generated. Proper paper conditioning prior to and during printing are important. Ideal conditions are 45% humidity and 75ºF (24ºC).

Specifically designed digital laser printing papers provide the best performance. Better “runnability” and end results are obtained with ultra-smooth surfaces and high brightness. Because the color range is limited compared to offset printing, laser digital printing is not recommended for color-crucial jobs (i.e. paint or fabric swatches).

Choosing the right media and then the right printing technology pared with the right paper can be tricky but a good printer and paper supplier can help. Trust them to help you get your message across!

Paper Still Works!

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In 2011, more than ever we live in a technology driven society. Communication has become instant and it can be said it can be better. It is much different than say 10 years ago but is it still better than print on paper?  Does paper based communication still have a place in the world? Well let’s look at some facts.

Paper communication can’t be deleted, lost because of a power outage. Paper documents can be read no matter whether or not your monitor can display it. Because print and paper is a physical form it can be copied then stored in different locations! It doesn’t have to be charged.  You don’t need to reboot it and when done with it you can shread it or recycle it fairly easy and it is used again in some other product.

Paper can be fun, personal and important. Paper if you think about has a value in our lives. Paper based communication can’t be hacked. Your paper based bank and credit card statement won’t be compromised. Think about it how many of your important documents are on paper. Paper’s serious side can be the important letter from a college letting you know that you have been accepted. Paper can be that refund check from the tax man. Paper can be that birthday card from a friend or a love letter from someone important. It is still a very personal way to communicate.

Try sending your resume out on paper today. It will get noticed! Paper and print have a feel to it. It can be portable, taken with you and looked at whenever. On a plane they don’t ask you to turn off your book do they ! E Readers are all the rage but do you really curl up next to a fire with it  like that favorite book you have? When we look around us pape ris every where. Paper companies have made great efforts to lower their “footprint” in sourcing, production and transporting paper. Forest certification has helped insure things are being done right in the forest where raw material is sourced. Recycled material is at it’s all time high being used in many different paper based products. Renewable energy usage is on the rise and less water also is being used.

Paper also is sustainable.

So look at that piece of paper with informantion differently next tme. Print and paper is the original “wireless” communication. Paper Still Works!