paper is in fact one of the most common problems
that a photocopier (or any device that moves paper) encounters,
and can cause a multitude of problems from paper jams to image
you are experiencing paper jams or image quality problems
then your paper is the first thing to check. Paper is manufactured
in a controlled environment and is packaged in a moisture
resistant packaging, when you open your packet (or
ream as it's known) it will absorb any moisture in
the air (humidity) like a sponge. The same thing
applies to any other types of paper e.g. pre printed
material like letterhead paper, envelopes, labels and slips
paper can be identified by some of the following
Copy is curled (it does not lie flat).
Paper is creased as it exits the machine.
Poor copy image.
Constant paper jams.
Paper feels limp and soft; it may also appear wavy if laid
on a flat surface.
may think that your paper is not damp, but you will
be surprised how little the moisture content has to alter
for it to become a problem. To check if you paper is at fault
follow these simple steps.
Open a fresh packet of reasonable quality (cheap paper
can often be as bad, even straight from the packet, as the
packaging is poor and the paper is usually made of inferior
Remove the old paper and replace with the fresh.
Make some copies using a blank piece of paper as your original.
If you machine passes the paper through without a problem
then make some more copies using a printed document.
Now return to your original job and continue copying.
duplex jobs (double sided) are even more susceptible to damp
paper as the paper is passed through the copier twice.
You should re-evaluate where you store your paper,
as this will also have a big effect on your copiers performance.
If it is stored in a damp cupboard, back room or near
an external entrance then your paper maybe spoiled
before it even gets to your copier. Store your paper in a
dry, warm and controlled environment.
If you are a low volume user (paper stays
in you machine for more than a day) then only put a small
amount of paper in you copier, enough for the day.
Try to reseal the papers outer packaging
as this is a moisture barrier and will help keep your paper
If you can't reseal the packet then put the remaining paper
in a plastic airtight re-sealable bag.
may find this difficult to achieve, but if you can you will
save yourself a lot of work and frustration.