Carbonless copy paper is becoming more and more popular with both large and small business because it’s relatively affordable, extremely easy to use, and generates high quality duplicates.

Think about a medium sized firm generating 1000’s of invoices, purchase ordersand work orders (you get the idea) per month, every time using carbon types in which the’carbon’ sheet is either discarded or simply left attached, not to be used . Together with Carbonless copy paper, there is no’carbon’ sheet – hence diminishing waste by an unprecedented 50 percent – not to mention space if these newspapers and forms have been archived. The newspaper is also biodegradable.

The tech behind this paper is somewhat simple. But due to the increasing popularity and subsequent demand for carbonless paper goods, many companies are now keeping their own tweaks and approaches as trade secrets. Originally employed for manual copy, carbonless forms have now moved into advanced printing where the newspaper may be used with common inkjet and laserjet printers.

How it works: Take a standard 2-part carbonless form. The rear of the top page is coated with micro-encapsulated dye. The front of the base page is coated in reactive clay. When pressure is put on the top page that the micro-capsules of dye split, releasing the dye that then reacts with the clay, creating a permanent mark. The capsules of dye are so small (thus the name micro-encapsulation) that the mark published is quite exact. Thus the change from carbon based forms into carbonless types does not impact the quality of the duplicate.

In most cases, carbonless paper is actually favored for its precision (providing you buy it from a quality carbonless dealer). To get a 3-part type, the micro-encapsulated dye is coated on the back of the top sheet. Front of the middle or’sandwich’ sheet is coated on either side: the front with reactive clay along with the back using micro-encapsulated dye. The base sheet is front- coated with reactive clay. Printing on the top sheet will provide duplicates on the subsequent two sheets. With 2-part, 3-part and 4-part forms (etc ), there is no coating on the front of the highest page or the back of the underside page.

Carbonless paper has advanced significantly since its true invention by chemists in the NCR Corporation. Early articles on this sort of paper referred to it as No Carbon Required paper, or NCR paper, utilizing the Corporation’s acronym. The title NCR Paper has never faded and is used frequently today.

Though need for carbonless paper is increasing, do not expect prices to scale – to the contrary. The supply of carbonless products is growing daily as paper manufacturers and retailers get on the eco friendly bandwagon. Like the switch from the typewriter into a computer keyboard, the move to carbonless is an inevitable change that will revolutionize how businesses use paper