Continuous-Feed Inkjet Grades: The Paper Chase for Inkjet
"We also offer non-treated, super-smooth paper designed for presses that can apply a bonding agent in-line," explains Jan Martin, events, fulfillment and communications manager for Domtar. "But, as the press technology advances further, we hope to provide multi-functional products that are interchangeable between both offset and digital technology. The printing market will demand products that allow for optimal press utilization (regardless of imaging technology), without concern for paper differences."
AbitibiBowater's uncoated grade, Ecopaque Jet paper with ColorPRO Technology, is specifically designed for high-speed continuous inkjet presses, and does not require any additional surface treatment. According to the company, Ecopaque Jet is suitable for any brand of press, and has been tested and approved for HP devices. The paper reportedly has also been tested successfully on Océ JetStream, Kodak Prosper and Screen Truepress Jet presses.
Weyerhaeuser's Newsprint Div., North Pacific Paper (NORPAC), has partnered with Kodak in developing a surface enhancement which, when applied to its uncoated groundwood base stock, will reportedly provide optimal print density, minimal show-through and character fidelity when used on Kodak's Prosper 1000 and 5000 presses. Norbrite Book DIJ, which has been designed for use on the Kodak Prosper, employs a surface treatment.
“We have many customers that want to partner with us and run their own trials on new equipment," notes Beth Cobb, manager of printing and publishing sales for Weyerhaeuser's Newsprint Div. "Customer feedback from these trials is always taken into consideration when determining if we qualify a product to be sold for specific equipment.” PI