What Are the Advantages and Characteristics of Special Paper?
The properties of Specialty Paper can be important for some applications. For instance, some customers may be looking for reduced basis weights or better runability. They may also be looking for a lower cost material. Specialty paper manufacturers can provide these benefits and more, while keeping the costs down.
Specialty papers are available in a variety of types, each with its own unique characteristics. End-use applications determine the type and coating. Many specialty papers are designed to improve the functionality, processing, or decoration of a product. A good example is the release liner found on medical bandages. This type of paper can be applied and removed several times without causing discomfort to the user.
Special papers have various properties, such as being acid-resistant, smudge-resistant, and waterproof. The first papermakers used a shallow wooden frame that they dipped in pulp. In China, they used a wove mould, a coarse cloth held within a bamboo frame. A Chinese wove mould is believed to be the oldest papermaking tool. The cellulose fibres in the paper are hydrolyzed by the acid. If the acid is allowed to build up over time, the paper will degrade and disintegrate.
Another important characteristic is its ability to absorb moisture. A paper that is resistant to moisture will have better dimensional stability. However, it does not have as much strength as other materials, and it can also generate dust. In addition, it cannot be transparent.