What is the Difference Between 2 Ply Rolls and 3 Ply Rolls?

Friday October 14, 2022

When it comes to purchasing paper rolls, it can be quite difficult to find the perfect roll for you and your business. As the years have gone on, and technologies and industry sectors have developed, paper rolls have improved too. From POS terminals and cash registers to kitchen printers, the demand for a variety of paper rolls has changed, and there is no longer just a single paper roll type to fit a range of applications and print machines.

Each print machine now has its own paper roll criteria, whether that be the size of the roll or the number of plies. Particularly, when choosing the right number of ply, it can be difficult to distinguish which is which and what they are useful for. In this blog post, we have explained the difference between 2 ply rolls and 3 ply rolls, to help you with your endeavours.

Although most modern printers only require a single ply roll, multi-ply paper rolls are incredibly useful. Here at BPC UK, we stock 2 ply and 3 ply paper rolls, that are compatible with kitchen printers, cash registers, and tills, but what makes them different?

Multi-ply rolls are used to print duplicate copies of receipts or order tickets, to make business operations easier and smoother. Our single ply, Grade A paper rolls are generally used in circumstances where one receipt is required, usually for the customer. However, 2 ply and 3 ply paper rolls are used to obtain receipt copies, which comes in handy for accounting purposes and proof of purchases. Retailers can use 2 ply rolls to keep copies of receipts and 3 ply rolls are useful for businesses to keep two copies for bookkeeping.

How do multi-ply papers work?

Multi-ply rolls are made out of carbonless paper, created out of 2-3 sheets that transfer information onto one another. Carbonless paper is a type of coated paper that is manufactured to transfer written copy on the first layer of paper onto the layers beneath. The transfer is formed by a chemical reaction, that occurs because of two sheet coatings, which are applied to the front or back of the paper. This enables the information to be copied onto the sheets of paper beneath, without the need for carbon pigment.

The top sheet of the receipt is called the Coated Back, which contains microcapsules of colourless chemical. When the roll is processed through a printing machine, these small capsules burst and release a chemical which transfers onto the second layer of paper, known as the Coated Front. This layer contains another reactive chemical, that combines with the chemical in the top layer to create a copy. For a 3 ply roll, another sheet is added in between these layers, called the Coated Front and Back. This allows you to obtain a 3rd copy of the receipt or order ticket.

Carbonless paper is available in a variation of colours but is commonly available in white/pink/yellow. We offer our 2 ply and 3 ply rolls in a combination of these three colours, to meet all of your preferences.

We have been one of the UK’s leading and trusted paper roll manufacturers since 1977, with years of expertise in the industry, you can rely on us for high-quality products. Our extensive range of printing products is sure to include exactly what you need, whether you’re interested in 2 ply or 3 ply rolls, or another paper roll product. If you would like to make a bulk purchase, we will apply a discount to your basket contents, to offer you competitive prices that you cannot beat. If you require more information about our stock, please feel free to contact us on 01772 622804 or email sales@bpcuk.com, and we will be more than happy to help!

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