Paper Calculator

Paper Calculators

Understanding U.S. paper specs and pricing can be a little bit like learning a foreign language. For instance a roll of 80# basis weight heavyweight industrial crepe is very different from an 80# cover in fine paper. Since we don’t see the language changing anytime soon, we thought we’d provide these nifty calculators to help translate. They will give you estimates to get you in the ballpark, but be sure to contact us or the supplier you’re working with to get the most accurate information.

Sheet Weight

Based on the sheet size (i.e. paper type), calculate the M Weight, ream weight and weight for a specified amount of sheets.

Roll Weight

Know your paper type, roll diameter, roll width & core diameter? Use this to estimate the weight of that roll of paper.

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Linear Footage

Need to know how many linear feet you’ll get out of a roll? You’ll need basis weight, roll width, roll weight…and this calculator.

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MSI/MSF

Calculate the total area of paper in a roll in MSF (thousand square feet) and MSI (thousand square inches).

Basis Weight ⬌ Metric

Calculate the metric (in gsm a.k.a. g/m2) equivalent from a known basis weight (in pounds) or the other way around.

Paper Type Equivalents

Have the basis weight for cover and need to see its equivalent in Ivex Heavyweight Crepe? Bond? You name it, you’ll find it here.

Background Info

Let’s start out with some basic definitions so we’re on the same “page” (see what we did there?):
Paper Type Basis Size Ream Basis Area (ft²) Sheet Basis Area (in²) Typical End Use Applications
Ivex Paper 24″ x 36″ 3,000 ft² 864 in² Heavyweight industrial crepe and kraft paper
Bond 17″ x 22″ 1,299 ft² 374 in² Writing paper, copy paper, forms
Book / Offset 25″ x 38″ 3,299 ft² 950 in² Textbooks, magazines, mail, brochures
Bristol 22.5″ x 28.5″ 2,227 ft² 641.25 in² Displays, i.e. Point of Purchase (POP)
Cover 20″ x 26″ 1,806 ft² 520 in² Books, catalogs, magazines
Index 25.5″ x 30.5″ 2,701 ft² 777.75 in² Index cards, file folders
Tag / Newsprint 24″ x 36″ 3,000 ft² 864 in² Newspapers, coupons, flyers

Adam Brancato – Technical Manager

 •  B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

•  Ph.D. in Paper Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Adam began working at Ivex Specialty Paper in September of 2022. His previous experience includes various production and technical roles at ND Paper, including Senior Production Engineer. In his current role at Ivex, he focuses on new product development to maintain and improve quality for existing customers. In addition, he will work on advancing new grades for future customers. Adam says he’s excited to work with Ivex’s interesting paper machine because it’s capable of such a diverse range of potential products.   

Contact Adam via phone at (309)-686-3830 x7140

Michelle Witt – Director of Marketing

Michelle spent the early part of her career in the engineering and start-up worlds at B2B technology companies ranging from energy to educational software. As our Director of Marketing, she brings this entrepreneurial, growth mindset to help us connect with our current and soon-to-be customers. She enjoys discovering creative ways to share our stories with the world and says she is constantly learning new things about paper from our long-time team members.

Thad Edmonds – CFO

Thad has spent approximately 3 decades in the financial and accounting industries with over 15 years at a senior manager level of responsibility. As the Controller, he handles all of the accounting responsibilities. He says his favorite things about working at Ivex are working with such a dedicated group of people and learning the process of making specialty papers. He is proud that even though the team part of a larger organization, we are able to remain flexible enough to be able to meet our clients’ ever changing needs. And he believes the amount of experience amongst our staff is truly remarkable. Contact Thad via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7115

Dan Rogers – Engineering / Maintenance Manager

Dan has over 25 years of experience in Maintenance and Engineering, with over 20 years of that in senior management roles. His background includes automotive, steel manufacturing, and fermentation. As the Maintenance and Engineering Manager, it is Dan’s responsibility to schedule maintenance and equipment PM’s, procure parts, oversee project work from concept to completion, manage building maintenance and schedule and oversee contractor work. He says he has found the staff here to be very knowledgable and professional and looks forward to spending a long career learning from, as well as working with, the team at Ivex. Contact Dan via phone at (309)-686-3830 x7129

Chris Kranz – Shift Supervisor

Chris has been in the paper industry for the past 22 years, the last 12 years being with Ivex, and the last 8 of those years as a shift supervisor. His main responsibilities are scheduling of the mill employees, ensuring all personnel are working safely and responsibly, maximizing machine output while upholding quality, overseeing the mill’s effluent costs and maintaining all data. Chris has completed a color school class through XRITE to expand his knowledge of our color control system at the mill as well. He says he enjoys working with the entire team at Ivex on all the daily challenges and opportunities that come our way. Contact Chris via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7124

Paul Gilbert – Assistant Plant Superintendent/Lean Coordinator

Paul has been working at the Peoria Mill for 24 years. He started as an extra man and worked his way up to Shift Supervisor and Assistant Plant Superintendent. As a crew leader, he’s responsible for employee safety, performance, and the quality of the product. He says every day can bring a new challenge and his favorite part of working here is learning from each challenge as a team. Additionally, the friendships and loyalties he’s found here make this a great place to work. Contact Paul via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7124

Angie Spann – Human Resource Manager

Angie is the Human Resource Manager and Safety Coordinator at Ivex Specialty Paper. She’s responsible for payroll, benefits, workers compensation, and other human resource tasks. She is also responsible for safety training and the safety programs at the Peoria Mill. Angie has been employed with the company for over 30 years and says she really enjoys the diversity of her job, along with her interactions with all of the employees. Contact Angie via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7110

Eric Thomas – Supervisor

Eric has been with the mill for 14 years. He started as an extra hand working his way up on the paper machine and into a Supervisor’s position. He’s held roles such as Chief Steward with the Union and member of the safety committee. As Supervisor, his responsibilities include the safety of employees, performance, and the quality of the product. Eric says the parts of his role that excite him most are the group of people he gets to work with on a daily basis and the quality product they get to produce for customers.

 

Contact Eric via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7124

Amy Thompson – Process Optimization and Product Development Engineer

Amy began working at Ivex Speciality Paper in 2021, as our Process Optimization and Product Development Engineer. In addition to working on key new upgrades to our paper machine, she works directly with Ivex’s operators to run customer trials and continuously improve our processes. Before joining Ivex, Amy was a manufacturing engineer for Caterpillar and worked in R&D and manufacturing at Hu-Friedy. Amy’s excited to learn more about the process and equipment involved in paper making. She looks forward to helping evolve and improve the processes at the mill over the years to come. Contact Amy via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7135

David Wentzel – COO

44 years in the paper industry

Dave began working at Ivex Specialty Paper in April of 2016, as Technical Manager. In his role as COO, he is involved many aspects of keeping the mill running smoothly. Dave says he has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a group of people who truly care about the product they are producing, and the customers that they are serving.

Contact Dave via phone at (570)-295-2323

Robert Pitts – Customer Service Manager

46 years in the paper industry
Bob has worked in the Peoria mill for over 46 years. His first 22 years were in the union shop and his remaining years have been spent in management. Bob says he considers the mill his home away from home and thoroughly enjoys his job and the challenges it creates day to day. He also enjoys his fellow workers and considers them a team. Contact Robert via phone at (309)-686-3830 x 7114

James Braswell

49 years in the paper industry
James has been working in the sales for the Peoria Mill for 37 years, being able to watch the Peoria plant grow and undergo many changes. He says his career has been, and still is, a very challenging and rewarding experience all at the same time. He says we have employees that take ownership, great pride, and determination in making the Peoria Mill the best it can be and that truly makes the experience working here all the better.
Contact James at
office phone: (256)-362-5159
cell phone: (256)-493-4734

Cathy Bennett – Customer Success Manager

33 years in the paper industry

Cathy has had the benefit of working in the paper industry in many functional roles. Her deep technical knowledge comes from operational experience across mills and her leadership of process and product improvement initiatives. Her time in product development gave Cathy exposure to the marketing and sales side of the business and, combined with her operational experience, gives her a well-rounded approach to her current role at Ivex. She says she loves to help customers solve problems quickly by recognizing opportunities in our technical capabilities and delivering them in a way that makes sense for their businesses and ours!


Contact Cathy via phone at (920)-216-8606

William Platt – President & CEO

43 years in the paper industry

Bill’s first job in the paper industry was in Alabama in 1977. This remarkable industry has taken him to Wisconsin, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and finally to Ivex Specialty Paper in Peoria, Illinois. Bill has had the opportunity to work in wood yards, pulp mills, utility operations with boilers, turbines and evaporators as well as paper machines, coaters, and converting equipment of all shapes and sizes. He says the work is exciting for certain, but the people are really what makes it all worthwhile.


Contact Bill via phone at (920)-284-1665