Paper Jogging Tips

Properly jogging paper can be a challenge – especially when it comes to larger lifts or specialized paper. These tips will help you avoid unnecessary time and effort the next time you're jogging paper.

Air Separation Leads to Efficient Jogging

For more efficient paper jogging, first separate your sheets with a cushion of air. Here's why:
  • Eliminates static charges that will hold the paper together
  • Reduces friction between sheets
  • Loosens any sheets stuck together from clamping or cutting
  • Breaks any adhesion caused by wet or tacky ink if you're jogging printed material

To create this air cushion, simply fan your paper before jogging. Here's a simple way to fan paper. Make sure your lift of paper lies flat, then grab it from opposite ends. Bend the paper edges in towards each other. Then, tightly hold the bent stack's edges and straighten the stack out. Finally, release the stack's edges and let the sheets straighten out. Repeat this process two or three times and all your sheets should be loose!

Jog Large Lifts Incrementally

When you have a large lift of paper to jog, feed it into the jogger in smaller portions to achieve quicker sheet alignment.

Jog Specialized Paper with Care

Onionskin, tissue, and other light papers require painstaking jogging for accurate trimming and cutting. Here are a few tips for successfully and efficiently jogging papers like these:
  • When ordering specialized paper, specify that the grain runs lengthwise. With this dimension facing towards the bottom of the table, you'll have an easier time jogging.
  • Lay pieces of chipboard above and below the lift when jogging (this also makes it easier to handle the paper and maintain alignment).
  • Before cutting, smooth out air pockets and waves and add a piece of chipboard (if you haven't already).