Guidelines for selecting and storing print media

5.3   
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Guidelines for selecting and storing print media
When selecting or loading paper, envelopes, or other print materials, 
keep these guidelines in mind:
•  Always use print media that conform with the specifications listed on 
page 5.3.
•  Attempting to print on damp, curled, wrinkled, or torn paper can cause 
paper jams and poor print quality.
•  For the best print quality, use only high quality copier grade paper 
specifically recommended for use in laser printers.
•  Avoid using the following media types:
-  Paper with embossed lettering, perforations, or a texture that is too 
smooth or too rough
-  Erasable bond paper
-  Multi-paged paper
-  Synthetic paper and thermally reactive paper
-  Carbonless paper and Tracing paper. 
•  Use of these types of paper could result in paper jams, chemical 
smells, and damage to your printer.
•  Store print media in its ream wrapper until you are ready to use it. 
Place cartons on pallets or shelves, not on the floor. Do not place 
heavy objects on top of the paper, whether it is packaged or 
unpackaged. Keep it away from moisture or other conditions that can 
cause it to wrinkle or curl.
•  Store unused print media at temperatures between 15
C and 30
C (59
F to 
86
F). The relative humidity should be between 10% and 70%.
•  Store unused print media in a moisture-proof wrap, such as a plastic 
container or bag, to prevent dust and moisture from contaminating 
your paper.
•  Load special media types one sheet at a time through the multi-
purpose tray to avoid paper jams.
•  To prevent print media, such as transparencies and label sheets, from 
sticking together, remove them as they print out.
Guidelines for special print media
Media type
Guidelines
Envelopes
• Successful printing on envelopes depends upon 
the quality of the envelopes. When selecting 
envelopes, consider the following factors:
-  Weight: The weight of the envelope paper 
should not exceed 90 g/m
2
 (24 lb) or jamming 
may occur.
-  Construction: Prior to printing, envelopes 
should lie flat with less than 6 mm 
(0.25 inches) curl, and should not contain air.
-  Condition: Envelopes should not be wrinkled, 
nicked, or otherwise damaged.
-  Temperature: You should use envelopes that 
are compatible with the heat and pressure of 
the printer during operation.
• Use only well-constructed envelopes with sharp 
and well creased folds.
• Do not use stamped envelopes.
• Do not use envelopes with clasps, snaps, 
windows, coated lining, self-adhesive seals, or 
other synthetic materials.
• Do not use damaged or poorly made envelopes.
• Be sure the seam at both ends of the envelope 
extends all the way to the corner of the 
envelope.
• Envelopes with a peel-off adhesive strip or with 
more than one flap that folds over to seal must 
use adhesives compatible with the printer’s 
fusing temperature of 200° C (392° F) for 
0.1 second. The extra flaps and strips might 
cause wrinkling, creasing, or jams, and may 
even damage the fuser.
• For the best print quality, position margins no 
closer than 15 mm (0.6 inches) from the edges 
of the envelope.
• Avoid printing over the area where the 
envelope’s seams meet.
Acceptable
Unacceptable