Understanding that most wide printer rolls are referring to wide wide format paper rolls is a good thing – then understanding that they are formulated to keep your wide plotter machine in tune and rolling out good product is another good thing.
Two WidePlotter paper roll categories are best defined by the core size of the paper roll. You have two choices (hence 2 categories) = 2 inch core (for Inkjet wide format paper rolls) and 3 inch core (for engineering wide format paper rolls).
“Inkjet wide plotter paper rolls” (which have a 2 inch core – the core is the hollowed out center which the roll is healed by the machine) . The wide format paper rolls Roll standard sizes for the “inkjet wide format paper rolls” are the 11″, 17″, 18″ the 20″, 22″, 24″, 30″, 34″, 36″, 42″ and for largest jobs you can find wide format paper rolls sizes 44″, 50″ 54″ and the 60″.
wide format paper rolls for 2 inch core Inkjet machines come in standard sizes of 150 fee rolls – 300 foot rolls (average sizes). Imagine the weight of those rolls when packed together. You can hear our warehouse agents saying. “Roll that skid of rolls over here“. That in itself is nearly not easy to gather a mental picture. Yet we grow up in society, programmed. If we were to see a stack of rolls tied together on a palette, “Paper Rolls” may be a good way to communicate what you see.
Now we think about the 3 inch core wide format paper rolls. Most commonly called “Engineering Bond” or “Engineering paper rolls” the first glance difference is the larger 3 inch core on both ends of the roll which is where the wide format paper rolls roll is healed by the machine.
Three (3) inches were first used in Xerox plotter/printers. Rolls for a Xerox machine mainly used by Engineers for creating large amounts of Engineering Copies (hence the name of the machines used with this paper have become called by today’s popular name “Engineering Copiers”.
The 3 inch roll was a Xerox first – yet today many companies make 3 inch core size Wide-Format copiers, printers and plotters and they have each picked up the American paper idea of large 3 inch core paper to go in those machines. Most of the wide format paper rolls we use today is all made in America by Americans and often the name brand of the company that made the machine which your office uses has purchased this standard size, quality, American paper and then they resell it to you often as the prime character that keeps your machine producing great prints time after printing time and roll after roll.