If you have been a print designer or printer long enough, you have probably had this happen to you. The dreaded mottle on a solid flood of color when printing on an uncoated sheet. You know… that blotchy, splotchy look instead of a consistent and even coverage of ink. While there are many factors that can be attributed to mottled printing, such as ink color, press conditions and ink sequence, it also could be the paper’s fault. More specifically, the formation of the paper. Continue reading
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the annual Field Paper Show! It’s always so nice to see our customers gathered in one place – talking with our mill reps, getting new ideas, discovering new products and going home with stuffed bags. Those who listened to our speaker, Phil Riebel of Two Sides, also walked away with a new understanding on common misperceptions about paper, print and the environment. So many people requested Phil’s slideshow that we are putting the PDF deck here. Also available for download are the brochure and posters Phil handed out at the show – Myths & Facts brochure, How Paper Is Made poster, Sustainable Forestry poster, Ready to Bust Some Myths poster.
For those of you who missed the presentation, Two Sides is the myth buster for the paper and print industry. They dispel environmental misconceptions with verifiable facts, information and studies to promote responsible production and use of print and paper. The most interesting and incredible impact they have is when they work with large corporations to help them change their “save a tree, go paperless” claims in their marketing. So far, they have influenced 65 leading companies to remove those false claims that have been misleading the public for years. Continue reading
If you are a printer, buyer or designer that has toured a paper mill, then you may already be familiar with the science and technology of papermaking. But for those of you that haven’t walked the steamy rooms of a mill, the process and the scale of the manufacturing may be hard to visualize or comprehend. As with learning anything new, it’s sometimes easier to see it to finally understand it, so here are two short videos that will take you on your personal tour of two of our mill partners, Neenah (an uncoated mill) and Sappi (a coated mill). Once you see the basic process, it is fascinating to discover how each mill will tweak their techniques and “paper recipe” to make their paper unique, special or superior. It’s truly a process of science combined with craftsmanship and the proof is in a well-made sheet of paper. Continue reading
Mohawk’s “Paper Basics” Guidebooks are available in our Sample Department for those of you who may be new to paper or just need a little brush up on your paper terminology. These are useful tools for training new printer and design employees or for your sales people to keep handy in their sales calls to educate and guide their own customers. Continue reading