There is no question that the future of print is digital, and Spicers is ready to serve you in this rapidly growing market. We have made every effort to ensure we have the right mix of products for any job you encounter, from coated and uncoated paper to magnetic and synthetic substrates. Digital printing is an on demand business and having a reliable and knowledgeable partner is crucial for your success. That’s why we are supported in the field by the top digital substrate manufacturers to answer any question you might have about product or compatibility. Spicers is fully stocked and ready to partner with you in the new digital frontier.

Our approved substrates are engineered for a wide variety of equipment including:

  • HP Indigo
  • Dry Toner (Canon, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Xerox)
  • GSM Calculator
  • Digital Glossary

  • M-weight: Also known as hundredweight or CWT, is equal to 100lbs.
  • Basis weight: The weight of one ream of paper (500 sheets) cut into a standard, basic size. For bond for example, the basic size is 17×22. The size of paper changes based on the grade of paper being measure. Text is based on a different size, along with Cover and so on.
  • GSM: Stands for Grams per square meter or g/m². This rating is used in most countries of the world when measuring substrate mass and is used in setting up digital equipment to run.
  • Brightness: How well a paper reflects light. The higher number, the brighter the sheet.
  • OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is a general term used when talking about manufacturers of digital printing equipment.
  • Cracking: Refers to paper which cracks when folded. This can happen when thick paper is folded across the grain. Paper over 150gsm should be creased or scored before folding.
  • Creasing: Creasing in paper-terms is when a line is made by pressing, folding, or wrinkling it. It is an unintentional action.
  • Scoring: Scoring is the action of making a crease on a paper sheet to make it easier to fold. It is an intentional action.
  • Paper Perf (Perforation): Paper which has had small holes punched through it in order for sections of paper to be easily separated by hand without the use of cutting tools.
  • Coating: Coated paper is that which has been coated by a compound to give paper certain qualities to aid in gloss, smoothness, or ink absorbance.
  • Finishing: The final stage of paper manufacturing where paper has a coating applied or is sent though a calendaring section for example.
  • Calendaring: A stage in the paper finishing process where the paper is squeezed between two rollers to make it smoother.
  • Grain Direction: Fibers in paper are aligned in a certain direction in the manufacturing process. This is called the grain direction, or the machine direction.
  • Moisture: This refers to the moisture content of the paper sheet. Moisture can cause a variety of conditions including curling of the paper or shrinkage. This can cause issues when running a sheet through a digital device.
  • Banding: Banding generally occurs when a color printer needs to pass the print head over a page multiple times to print each color. If the page isn’t exactly lined up for each pass, lines may appear.
  • Image Belt/Transfer Belt: Is a belt that receives the ink layer from the print head before it is laid down on the paper.
  • Fuser: The fuser is a device where heat of up to 200 °C (392 °F) and pressure bond the plastic powder (toner) to the paper.
  • RIP: This stands for Raster Image Processor (RIP). This is used in a printing system to make a raster image or bitmap. This is then sent to a printing device for output.
  • Variable Data: Variable-data printing (VDP) is a type of digital printing where elements like names and addresses, graphics and images are changed from one printed piece to another without interruption to the printing process.
  • Dry Toner: Dry toner, unlike traditional wet ink which is jetted (inkjet) or transferred to the page (flexographic) is a powder which once deposited on the substrate to be printed is then run through a heating element to melt and bond it to the printed piece.
  • Liquid Toner: Liquid toner printing processes use a pigment suspended in a special oil. The particle size of the toner is much smaller than in a dry toner systems. The Liquid toner is then fused to the substrate with heat. Since liquid toner mimics traditional offset printing it provides higher quality printed pieces than other digital printing methods.
  • Clear Toner: Clear toner is essentially a coating which can be applied through a digital device to enhance a printed piece by allowing spot coating to create intricate designs and creating watermarks.
  • UV/Spot UV: UV coating refers to a surface treatment of paper which is fixed in place by exposing the coating to an ultraviolet light. This light instantly cures the paper, and the coating provides a matte to shiny surface which can enhance the ink below it. Spot UV refers to a specific area of a substrate being treated, and not the entire page.
  • Substrates: This term refers to that items that can be run through a digital press. This can range from paper and polypropylene to magnets.
  • Laser: Laser printing is an electrostatic digital printing process that creates high quality text and graphics by passing a laser beam over a charged drum to define a differentially charged image.
  • PCW: Stands for Post-Consumer Waste. This is waste that is typically thrown out by the end user.
  • SFI: Stands for Forest Stewardship Council. This organization is an independent, non-profit responsible for maintaining, overseeing, and ensuring all aspects of a supply chain abide by responsible fiber sourcing and land management.
  • FSC: Stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This organization is an independent, non-profit responsible for maintaining, overseeing, and ensuring all aspects of a supply chain abide by responsible fiber sourcing and land management.
  • Nexpress: This is a digital color press manufactured by Kodak and used in the commercial print market. The Nextpress uses Dry Toner.
  • Igen: This is a digital color press manufactured by Xerox and used in the commercial print market. The Igen uses Dry Toner.
  • Indigo: This is a digital color press manufactured by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and used in the commercial print market. The Indigo press uses liquid toner.
  • Uncoated: Paper that has had no coating applied to it after finishing.
  • Scuff: Scuff is when ink applied to a substrate is able to be rubbed off.
  • Toner adhesion: The extent to which toner is “melted” and bonded to a substrate.