Direct Mail is a Perfect Way To Reach Your Customers. Trust Tyvek to Make an Impression.
Sheets and envelopes made of Tyvek are practically indestructible yet amazingly lightweight. Find out why so many industries trust this exceptional material to communicate the strength of their brand.
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1. What is Tyvek?
Maybe you thought Tyvek was only floppy fabric used for clean room coverall suits. Or for house wrap to protect houses during construction. If so, then welcome to the world of Tyvek sheets and envelopes, and the myriad new opportunities for archiving, branding and cost savings for you or your clients.
Manufactured by DuPont and available through Randolph Next Day Paper, Tyvek sheets and envelopes are affordable synthetic substrates made of spun bonded polyethylene. This lightweight material gives sheets and envelopes extraordinary strength, combining the best properties of paper, fabric and plastic. It is resistant to weather, chemicals, mold and mildew, moisture, wear and tear.
Tyvek envelopes can’t be beat for durability. You never need to worry about your documents getting wet or torn.
Tyvek sheets and envelopes are made from a slightly different process from Tyvek fabric to provide the same stiffness and printability as paper. It can be written on with ordinary ballpoint pens and printed on with most conventional offset equipment (except for laser or digital dry toner equipment).
2. Industries that Need Tyvek Paper and Envelopes
Tyvek sheets are the go-to substrate for any business that needs damage-free shipping, weatherproof printed material, reliable branding, and so much more. Industries that trust Tyvek from Randolph Next Day Paper include:
· Legal and Financial – Contracts, tax documents, interoffice mail, forms and financial documents.
· Sporting – Maps, targets, runner’s bibs, boating charts, trail guides, instruction manuals; You don’t have to worry about Tyvek getting splashed, even by salt water.
· Medical – Signage, labels, wristbands, ID cards, medical records.
· Nurseries – Tags, labels, signs, inventory forms, manuals; Tyvek is resistant to rot, mold and mildew, even when buried in soil.
· Research – Forms, labels, record keeping; Tyvek resists chemicals, oils and greases.
· Publishing – Children’s books, textbooks, manuals, catalogs, magazines.
· Marketing – Signs, flyers, catalogs, banners.
· Retail – Packaging, bar codes.
· Food – Food packaging and labels, restaurant menus; Tyvek meets FDA requirements for direct contact with food.
3. Better than Paper
Tyvek is simply the strongest, most versatile and secure material you could ever want for optimal branding, confidence and practicality.
You cannot tear Tyvek! It will hold up to wind, rain, and the roughest treatment that the U.S. Postal Service can dish out. It is super resistant to moisture and even salt water. Best of all, this amazing material is half the weight of paper, which saves on shipping costs, especially when mailing bulky documents, books or magazines.
In terms of carrying your logo and brand message with a clean, crisp look, Tyvek always stands out as the best and brightest. It is the whitest and most opaque paper in the industry for displaying graphics and logos with stunning crispness and color fidelity. The subtle but distinctive swirl pattern quietly communicates quality and strength to clients or anyone handling it.
Randolph Next Day Papers stocks enough sizes to fit any need, from standard letter size up to poster size 25” x 38” sheets. Tyvek sheets are antistatic and corona treated on both sides to improve ink adhesion.
Tyvek paper folds easily. No prescoring needed. Tyvek is also low-linting, chemical and grease resistant, and meets FDA requirements for direct contact with food. And yes, it can also be recycled in any facility that accepts HDPE materials.
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4. Tyvek Envelopes Send Secure Documents
Industries such as banks, legal firms, government agencies or accountants frequently ship sensitive documents. They trust Tyvek envelopes over paper for optimal security and memorable branding. A logo that appears on Tyvek always conveys the look and feel of quality, trust and substance, much more so than flimsy manila envelopes.
Randolph Next Day Papers has the widest assortment of sizes and colors of Tyvek envelopes on the market. From flat commercial envelopes for mailing a one-page business letter, to jumbo expansion envelopes that can fit a five-inch-thick stack of paper, there is a size to fit any need.
In addition to white, Tyvek envelopes are available in red, green, black, silver and yellow.
Flaps are 1 ½ inches wide and self-sealing with a pull off zip stick. Once a Tyvek envelope is sealed, it can only be opened by cutting with scissors or a knife. For an extra degree of security, tamper evident envelopes are also available from Randolph.
Company addresses and logos can be printed with standard envelope printing equipment.
5. What Equipment and Inks?
Most commercial offest printing processes, including some digital on-demand and standard envelope printers can accommodate Tyvek. An important exception is laser or direct thermal, which are too hot. To prevent melting, shrinking or distortion, all processes involving heat should be below 175 F/70 C.
Inkjets are best for light printing, such as addresses or barcodes, and may require additional coatings. Offset equipment dispensing inks compatible with Tyvek are recommended for logos or where heavy ink coverage is needed.
Here are the processes that will accommodate Tyvek sheets and envelopes at the recommended low temperatures:
· Offset lithography
· Envelope imprinting equipment
· Heat set web offset
· Screen process
· Thermal transfer
· Dot matrix
Printing is performed much the same way as on synthetic paper. Tyvek can be printed on both sides, starting with the smooth side first. It is also more elastic than paper and rarely breaks.
Varnishing is not recommended. To achieve a gloss effect, use a laminated or top coated approach. Standard inks can be used for most light printing.
6. Finishing Options
Tyvek can be easily converted with these treatments:
Folded (dead foldable)
Hot foil stamped
Perforated & punched
Welded and heat sealed
7. Save on Shipping Costs
Best of all, they save on shipping and mailing costs!
To conclude, every paper has its own unique characteristics, and Tyvek is no exception. Always run a pilot test before embarking on a full run. Anyone printing on Tyvek needs to be aware that while it accepts a wide range of inks and treatments, anything involving high heat should be avoided. Processes should never exceed 175 F. or 79 C. With a melting point of 275 F and 135 C, Tyvek sheets and envelopes should never be placed in a laser or digital printer of any kind! It will begin distorting at 220 F, 104 C.
Tyvek performs well in most commercial offset equipment with the appropriate inks and treatments. For more specs and technical information about this incredibly versatile paper, check here.
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