The Way Carbonless Paper Works

The Way Carbonless Paper Works

But what precisely is carbonless paper?

Carbonless paper was invented by chemists working for the NCR Company from the 1950’s. Carbonless paper, like carbon paper, only creates a copy of a document, usually the handwritten portion, without using a photocopier, printer or any other electrical device. Carbonless paper is also perfect for any business looking to cut back on environmental waste and improve productivity.

The mechanics behind carbonless copy paper is quite simple. When pressure is applied to the upper sheet, the strain (from the point of a pencil for example) causes micro-capsules (on the rear of the sheet) to crack and spill their dye, which reacts with a clay on top of the sheet beneath (to earn a permanent mark), giving off a near perfect copy. This entire process generates a replica of the initial writing on the first sheet on the next sheet providing the individual multiple copies of the same print. Carbonless paper is manufactured in pairs, 3 or 4 parts. Alternately, for all those looking to save a couple of dollars, carbonless sheets can be arranged separate and then easily assembled with the use of special adhesive, most commonly known as GiroForm adhesive.

Carbonless paper is popular because it can easily give people quick accessibility to duplicate copies without the need of a machine or power. When conducting business on the go or on location it can be an efficient method of providing receipts or invoices to clients. Carbon paper, the alternative to carbonless, can take up two the archive (or landfill space) and is generally less eco-friendly. Carbonless paper helps to reduce paper waste and conserves companies valuable energy costs, enabling them to remain competitive in an ever increasing”large business” market.

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