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  • Paper Weight help! pt. vs. lbs

    OK, so I am totally confused on this paper issue. What is the difference between pt. and lbs? Where we were printing (Printer A) they used 120# paper. The new printer told us that # and pt. were the same, so 120# was equal to 12pt, 140# was equal to 14pt. and 160# was equal to 16pt. We found another printer (Printer B) that said they printed on 14pt. paper. So we asked our Printer A if they could match it. They said they could. However, 14pt. samples we got from the Printer B was thicker than the 14pt. samples from the Printer A. Printer A miked (sp?) the papers and said that Printer B paper miked out at 16pt, while theirs miked out at 14pt. They then told us that 14pt was the equivalent of 100# paper, and 16pt. was equivalent to 140# paper.

    Can anyone explain the difference and why they have different terminologies? Thanks! You are helping a very Confused individual.
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    I've always found this link and the chart on it quite helpful.
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      Nice find Virgo. Bookmarked for later.
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        Thanks! That helps a lot!
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            Goodness! We deal paper in gsm (grams per square metre).
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              Thanks for that link, Virgo...those numbers are a little different from what I thought!
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