Runnability refers to how well a paper or other substrate performs during the printing process, including its ability to pass smoothly through printing equipment without causing jams, tears, or other operational issues. It encompasses factors like paper quality, thickness, moisture content, and surface texture, which all affect the efficiency and quality of the print run.




  1. Offset Printing: High runnability paper minimizes interruptions and produces consistently high-quality prints.
  2. Digital Printing: Using substrates with good runnability reduces the likelihood of misfeeds and print defects, ensuring smoother operations.


  • Choose Quality Paper: Select substrates known for their consistent and reliable performance in your specific printing method.
  • Maintain Equipment: Regular maintenance and calibration of printing equipment enhance runnability by preventing mechanical issues.
  • Test Before Production: Conduct test runs with new substrates to ensure they meet the required runnability standards before full-scale production.

For more insights on optimizing runnability for your print projects, contact American Print and Bindery.