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CONTINUOUS STATIONERY

If you are interested in ordering Continuous Stationery and have a question please
call us on 01580 752943 or email or fax us we offer a fast turn around quotation service.
Forms are priced per 1000. forms can be printed from 1 part to 6 parts. We are unable
to publish prices for continous stationery because  of the volatility of paper prices.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

- Multipart Forms are printed on quality carbonless papers, single part forms on paper from 60g/m2  up to 150g/m2 board.

- Crash numbering options are available.

- Margin perforations included or excluded to your specification.

- Side, head or foot file hole punching can be specified.


FORM DIMENSIONS

Run sizes are most competitive from 3,000 to 200,000 we are pleased to quote for larger quantities, of course.

Four spot colours. Sizes depths are

2" 3" 4"

5" 6" 5" 7"

8" 8" 10" 11"

11"(A4) 12" 22" 24"


PACKING AND DISTRIBUTION

Single part forms are boxed 2,000s

Two part forms are boxed 1,000s

Three part forms are boxed 750s

Four part forms are boxed 500s

Five part forms are boxed 400s

Six part forms are boxed 350s

Forms for Popular Accounting Software.
We print a broad range of forms that are compatible with popular accounting software. Please contact us for more details.

FULL IN-HOUSE ORIGINATION

Our Studio team of Mac AND PC trained staff plus investment in new equipment allow us to create your forms promptly and accurately. We also welcome customer's artwork.

SENDING ARTWORK

We always aim to use the software packages with which our customers are most familiar.

Quark Xpress

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Acrobat

We can accept artwork produced in other programs if saved as:

EPS (spot colour) - accompanied by all fonts and images used
PDF (press quality and fonts embedded)

Word documents can be used for terms and conditions (text only). We are happy to accept artwork, accompanied by images and fonts, sent using any of the following methods:

Floppy Disc
Zip Disc (100 or 250)
CD / DVD

ABOUT CONTINUOUS STATIONERY

Continuous stationery (UK) or Continuous form paper (USA) is paper which is designed for use with dot-matrix printers and line printers.

Other names for continuous stationery include fan-fold paper, sprocket feed paper, burst paper, tractor-feed paper, and pin feed paper.
It can be woodfree uncoated paper (single ply) or carbonless copy paper (multi ply).

Shape and form

Preprinted continuous form paper
Continuous paper is perforated transversely at regular intervals with a line of small slits which form a tear edge that defines the top
and bottom of each page. When unfolded into a flat continuous sheet, this slit perforation closes up to allow the printer to print across
the perforated edge without stopping or jamming.

The paper is fed vertically through the printer, with the edges of the continuous paper forming the left and right edges of the page.

The paper is also punched longitudinally along both side edges with 5/32-inch (4 mm) diameter engagement holes at a regular 1/2-inch spacing.
These holes engage with sprocket wheels or toothed belts, which push or pull the paper through the printer. The holes can either be of a
serrated edge pattern (older production machinery) or with smooth plain edges (New Generation production method).

Better quality continuous paper also includes additional longitudinal slit perforations alongside the engagement holes, allowing the large
holes to be torn off the printed page, allowing a general approximation to cut-sheet paper typically used in a press, typewriter, or other
sheet-fed printer. File or ring binder holes can also be added to the main body of the form to allow for storage once the form has been
divided in to individual sheets.

COMMON TYPES

The highest grade of continuous paper uses a heavy bond weight similar to typing paper. It uses a very fine perforation of tiny pinholes,
and is pre-scored along the perforations. After printing, it is folded along the scored edge to weaken the paper, and then torn off.
The fine row of perforations tear off as a very smooth edge that simulates the edge quality of normal cut-sheet typing paper, without
the jagged appearance of cheaper long-slit perforations.

The cheapest grade of continuous paper is commonly referred to as green bar or music paper. It is a very lightweight bond, and the engagement
holes cannot be removed. On one side are regularly spaced horizontal stripes of light green ink, used to help guide the eye of a person reading
across many columns of printed data.

Common sizes:

241mm x 279mm (9.5in x 11in)

381mm x 279mm (15in x 11in)


SEPERATION AND BINDING

Continuous perforated paper
A decollator separated multi-part continuous paper into separate stacks of one-part continuous paper and removed the carbon paper.

A burster is a machine that separates one-part continuous paper into separate, individual sheets along the perforations. A burster was typically
used with printed continuous-fed paper used in mass-mail advertising. Bursting is done by firmly gripping the second-to-last sheet, and feed
rollers grip the last sheet firmly and pulls it away to burst the perforation. The continuous forms then advance into the feed rollers to burst
the next sheet. Bursting is often a high-speed process that allows the continuous sheets to feed in at a steady rate, with burst pages either
stacked or fed into a single-sheet conveyance to the next paper processing stage. Burster equipment and paper manufactures had to generate
perforation specifications so that the paper perforations reliably separated under the force of pulling the sheets apart and not tear down into
the printed part of the sheet.

When used to print large continuous documents, they might not be split into separate sheets. By continuously folding two single sided printed sheets back-to-back and binding together a stack of continuous-feed paper along one of the folded edges, it is possible to flip through the stack like a book of double-sided printed pages. With this technique, the stack of papers is normally flipped top to bottom or bottom to top rather than side to side.

HISTORY

This paper type was used with tabulating machines beginning in the 1920s, and its use grew with the introduction of commercial computers in the 1950s. IBM cards, preprinted, optionally numbered and pre-punched, were available as continuous form cards and were used for checks and other documents. Continuous form paper became widely used and well-known to the general public in the 1980s due to the development of microcomputers and inexpensive dot-matrix consumer printers.

Continuous form paper began to disappear from the consumer market in the 1990s as desktop publishing, and WYSIWYG document generation became more popular and widespread. Consumers were willing to pay more to get a laser printer or inkjet printer that could produce near-typeset-quality documents. These printers accept standard size cut sheets (letter, legal or A4) of paper and don't require continuous form paper. Continuous form paper continues to be used in specialty commercial and industrial markets and, as of 2011, is still available from some printed stationery suppliers such as Angel Design and Print - BUSINESS PRINTING - CONTINUOUS STATIONERY - BUSINESS FORM PRINTERS UK.