Savvy resellers and vendors realize that thermal paper roll is a small but lucrative business. So, instead of importing small finished rolls, they buy jumbo rolls in bulk and cut them in their factories. In this case, they will require thermal paper jumbo rolls.

Thermal paper jumbo rolls are also called big rolls, master rolls, slitter rolls, or mother rolls. Because of their big sizes, manufacturers and converters can slit them into any small finished rolls they need to gain profit. However, with so many different brands and types of jumbo rolls on the market, how can you be sure you’re buying the right product for your business needs? This comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know about thermal paper jumbo rolls.

By the time you’re done reading, you will be more equipped on thermal paper and can choose the perfect jumbo roll for your business. So let’s get started.

1. Consider The Size

Thermal paper jumbo rolls

Thermal paper jumbo rolls  Source: Panda Paper Roll

Thermal paper jumbo roll size is described in this way: Width x Length x Core Size.

Take an example:

  • The typical jumbo roll size is 401mm x 6000mm x 76mm, the jumbo roll width is 401mm, the roll length is 6000m, and the core (inside the paper roll) is 76mm (3”).
  • For another jumbo roll size 790mm x 12000m x 76mm, the width is 790mm, the length is 12000m, and the core size is 76mm.

We have explained why the jumbo roll width is crucial in this article. To produce an 80mm width thermal paper roll, you must use a jumbo roll with a width divisible by 79mm (we make the width 1mm less to ensure that the paper roll fits smoothly within the printer without the risk of jamming or causing mechanical issues), like 558mm or 636mm. To produce a 57mm width thermal paper roll, you must use a jumbo roll with a width divisible by 56mm (same as 79mm), like 565mm or 844mm.

  • The common jumbo roll widths for producing 80mm thermal paper rolls: 401mm, 558mm, 636mm, 716mm, and 795mm, etc.
  • The common jumbo roll widths for producing 57mm thermal paper rolls: 565mm, 844mm, etc.
  • The jumbo roll lengths vary from 5000m to 12000m depending on paper gsm and thickness.

Here below is a list of standard thermal jumbo roll sizes:

401mm x 6000m x 76mm636mm x 9000m x 76mm795mm x 8000m x 76mm
558mm x 5800m x 76mm650mm x 12000m x 76mm800mm x 10000m x 76mm
565mm x 8000m x 76mm790mm x 12000m x 76mm844mm x 10000m x 76mm

2. Inspect the GSM

GSM, or grams per square meter (sometimes called basis weight), is a unit of measurement that indicates the weight of paper. It is used to describe the density of the paper. For example, 55 GSM means that one square meter of paper weighs 55 grams. It is the most important parameter that determines the weight and thickness of thermal paper.

Thermal paper commonly ranges from 48 GSM to 80 GSM. The common GSM of thermal paper in the market are:

  • 48gsm (equivalent to around 50 microns thickness)
  • 55gsm (around 60 microns)
  • 60gsm (around 78 microns)
  • 65gsm (around 85 microns)
  • 70gsm (around 90 microns)

A higher GSM value indicates a heavier and thicker thermal paper. The GSM directly impacts the paper’s durability, print quality, and cost.

  • Low GSM (48-55): Typically used in lightweight receipt paper where cost and speed are more important than durability, such as portable printers and credit card terminals.
  • Medium GSM (55-70): Commonly used for general-purpose receipts and tickets that require a balance between durability and cost, such as most POS thermal printers.
  • High GSM (70-80): Used for applications needing more robust paper, such as labels, longer-lasting receipts, and documents requiring better print quality.

Selecting the appropriate GSM of thermal paper ensures that it meets the specific needs of the intended use.

3. Choose a Premium Brand

Thermal paper coating

Thermal paper coating process Source: Panda Paper Roll

A premium brand of thermal paper will provide a print-out image with better performance. The premium brand uses a higher quality coating that is resistant to fading. In addition, it will often provide sharper images. This is because the coating on a premium brand of paper is applied evenly, resulting in less bleed and greater clarity.

We have listed the world’s top 10 best thermal paper millsin this article. We recommend you compare the products of Koehler Paper, Hansol paper, Mitsubishi Paper, and Oji Paper, to name a few. Remember that a premium brand of paper will often be more durable than a lower quality paper. It means that it will stand up better to repeated handling and exposure to elements such as heat and humidity.

4. Consider the Quality of the Paper

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Thermal paper jumbo rolls loading Source: Panda Paper Roll

Quality thermal paper is crucial for ensuring your customers have a positive experience with your product. It directly impacts how smoothly the roll feeds through a printer, how well images print on the receipt, and how long it lasts before it fades. Our previous blog post covered the six attributes of a quality thermal paper, which you should consider.

Paper sensibility refers to a thermal paper’s ability to print sharp images without smudging. Smoothness is also crucial because it affects how well the paper feeds through the printer. Meanwhile, the paper’s whiteness impacts the contrast of the printed image, while coating helps to protect against ink smearing. Archivability refers to a paper’s ability to withstand fading over time.

5. Check the Price

Panda Paper Roll thermal jumbo rolls

Panda thermal jumbo rolls Source: Panda Paper Roll

Price is always an important consideration, especially when buying in bulk. The product price can vary significantly from one supplier to the next. In addition, the price of thermal paper can fluctuate depending on market conditions.

It’s important to work with a supplier who offers competitive prices and is willing to provide the best possible prices. The jumbo rolls are sold per ton or per square meter to give you an overview of how to compute and compare prices. There’s a formula for doing the conversion.

For example, for 55gsm thermal paper, the price is $1,500 per ton, which can also be $0.0825 per square meter (0.055 × 1,500 ÷ 1,000). The other example, for 65gsm thermal paper, the price is $1400 per ton, it can also be explained as $0.091 per square meter (0.065 × 1,400 ÷ 1,000).

The formula is: price per square meter = GSM × 0.001 × price per ton ÷ 1,000.

FAQs on Thermal Paper Jumbo Rolls

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Here are some of the common questions that people ask about thermal paper jumbo rolls:

1. How long does thermal paper last?

The lifespan of thermal paper can vary depending on storage conditions and environmental factors. Thermal paper is coated with a special heat-sensitive layer that reacts to heat to produce images. Over time, exposure to light, heat, and humidity can degrade the chemical coating on the paper, leading to a loss of image quality.

In general, thermal paper can last at least 3 years from the manufactured date if stored properly.

2. How do I store my thermal paper jumbo rolls?

You should store your thermal paper jumbo rolls in a cool, dry warehouse away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Ideally, the humidity of the storage room should be between 45 percent to 60 percent, and the temperature should be about 25 degrees Celsius.

We also recommend storing your jumbo rolls vertically to help prevent them from warping or distortion. You can also follow the thermal paper manufacturer’s storage instructions or guidelines to maximize the lifespan of the paper.

3. What is the difference between thermal paper and normal paper?

Normal paper, like the A4 paper you use in your office, is suitable for various printing methods like inkjet and laser. It offers greater durability and stability over time, making it versatile for documents, reports, and archival purposes.

Thermal paper is coated with a heat-sensitive chemical layer that reacts to heat, enabling direct thermal printing without needing ink or toner. Commonly used for receipts and labels, it is susceptible to fading over time when exposed to heat and light.

Final Thoughts

Thermal paper jumbo rolls are an essential part of many businesses. If you’re in the market for some, you must consider a few factors before making your purchase. The size of the roll must be considered – you want to make sure it will fit in your slitting machine – and you should also inspect the GSM to ensure that the paper is high quality. Choosing a reputable brand is also important, as low-quality thermal paper can cause problems with printing. Finally, price is always a consideration, so compare prices before buying. If you have any questions or need help finding the right product for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re experts in thermal paper jumbo rolls and would be happy to assist you.

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About the Author: Frank Ouyang

Frank Ouyang is the sales manager at Panda Paper Roll Company - a leading factory of thermal paper rolls, label rolls, and other print-related products in China. With extensive experience in the industry, Frank is an expert in thermal paper knowledge and enjoys sharing his insights and expertise with clients, helping them achieve their goals and maximize their success.
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Raju Kothavade
Raju Kothavade
1 year ago

Hi We are intrersted for DT paper Jumbo rolls 20″ width, are Pune India based, Please update how yo can help us

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