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Paper specifications for ECOSYS printers
Posted by Marko Lipovec (Import) on 24 June 2010 09:01 AM

What are the paper specifications for ECOSYS printers?

In order to help you choose the best paper to use in your Page printers we have created this summary of the key points taken from the ''choosing the right paper'' appendix in the users guide.

Paper sizes
The standard cassettes in the personal printer range: FS-600, FS-680, FS-800, FS-1000(+), FS-1010, FS-1020D and FS-1050 are universal and can be adjusted to use A4, A5, B5, letter and legal size paper. The optional bins for these models also support these sizes.

The following A3 models support the above sizes plus A3 and ledger sizes: FS-6700, FS-7000(+), FS-9000, FS-6020, FS-9100DN, FS-9500DN, FS-9120DN, FS-9520DN, FS-8000C and FS-C8008N. The optional bins for these models support the same sizes, however there is also a 3000 sheet A4 bin available for the FS-9100DN, FS-9120DN, FS-9500DN and FS-9520DN.

The FS-1200, FS-1750, FS-3750 can be adjusted from A5 to legal paper sizes and also support custom sizes. The FS-1800(+), FS-1900, FS-1920, FS-3800, FS-3820, FS-3830 and FS-C5016N support A5 through to legal via optional cassettes (standard internal cassettes do not support legal paper size).

Paper size guide:

- Name of Paper Size        Actual Size (mm)
- A4 210 x 297                  210 x 297
- Letter 213 x 276             213 x 276
- Legal 213 x 351             213 x 351
- B5 182 x 257                  182 x 257
- A5 148 x 210                  148 x 210
- A3 297 x 420                  297 x 420
- Ledger 276 x 427          276 x 427 

Weight (measured in grams per square metre)
The table below shows the minimum and maximum weight of paper shown in GSM (measured in Grams per Square Metre) for the currently supported models. Note that duplexed paper specifications can be different.

In all cases the paper should be long grain (all laser and copier grade paper is long grain). If short grain is used then the result is very bad curl and when duplexing the curl will result in jams. The only exception to this rule is A4 paper on the A3 models, this may be short grain as the A3 feeds A4 paper long edge on.
NB: Many people produce A5 paper from long grain A4. This makes the A5 effectively short grain which will cause problems. When sourcing A5 paper it is important to ensure that it too is long grain.

If the paper has a relief pattern (like laid or hammered paper) on the surface, the print will be patchy or in worse case the toner may not adhere to the paper in the depressions. Glossy paper or coated paper will suffer from grey background print.

Paper should be stored flat and at room temperature. Paper should only be removed from the moisture proof wrapping when ready for use. Paper exposed to the air for even a short time will absorb moisture, this results in higher levels of curl than is normal.

Special Paper
In addition to standard paper, other media may be fed provided it is fed from an appropriate tray, this includes the following: Laser OHP film, laser labels, laser safe envelopes, coloured paper and pre-printed stationery.

Laser Labels
Labels must be fed from the multi purpose feeder and via the face up feed if available. Labels must be fed once only and only complete sheets used.

Laser Safe Envelopes
Envelopes must be of a design suitable for laser printing. There should be no exposed adhesive and the envelopes must be fed using a face-up paper path where available. If the media used is not uniform in design there may be some visible creasing in the bottom left corner of the envelope. Power envelope feeds are available for the work group printer range. (Except FS-1200 & FS-C5016N).

Laser OHP Film
OHP film must be specifically designed for laser printer use. Severe damage to the printer will result if the wrong media is used. For colour printing we recommend the following:

3M CG3700 for FS-C5016N, FS-8000C, FS-C8008N
3M CG3710 for the FS-5800C and FS-5900C

Carbonless Paper
Carbonless paper should not be used in Kyocera printers. The pressure applied by rollers during printing may cause the carbon capsules to burst resulting in poor print quality and in some cases damage to the printer.
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