Every now and then we dive deeper into the details of paper making by highlighting a certain part of the process. This time we are focusing on calendering, which is one of the crucial steps in achieving Multicopy’s excellent print results.
Calendering is the process by which the paper’s surface is altered to achieve a smooth finish – improving its printability properties. If not calendered, many printing papers simply wouldn’t measure up to the required printing quality. Our uncoated grades, like the office papers in the Multicopy family, manufactured at Nymölla Mill, are treated through a soft nip calendering process.
The soft calendering machine uses heat, pressure and friction to produce the required result as the paper web is pressed through two “rolling” nips. These soft rolls have an elastic cover that form a nip, replicating the surface of the tempered roll with a hard surface – that is where the smoothness is created.
The machine used for calendering Multicopy at Nymölla Mill is a Valmet Optisoft calander. Link to Valmet
Data from a recent Multicopy study shows that people are printing more while working from an office than from home. At the same time, a printer seems to make people more productive – which might encourage us to find new ways to integrate the printer more at home as well. We have looked at some ways to get creative with your at-home printer.
It’s no surprise that the pandemic has led to insights on how we want to live our lives. This also goes for working behavior and preferences. The trend is clear: working fulltime 5 days a week in an office belongs to the past.
Paper has played an important role for humans for centuries. Even though our world becomes more and more digitalized, paper still has plenty of functions in our everyday lives. Holding on to the analogue world also makes it easier to slow things down a step and get some screen rest. In a way, paper helps us link to the physical world – and connect with the ones we hold close. Let’s look at how!