Paper Recommendations for Your DuraLabel Catalyst

Last Modified: 07/29/2021
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Your printer will handle a variety of print media, including a range of paper weights and sizes, labels, and envelopes. This section provides general advice on choice of media and explains how to use each type.

The best performance is obtained when using certified DuraLabel Catalyst Synthetic Supply or standard 19 – 24 lb paper designed for use in copiers and laser printers.

Use of heavily embossed or very rough textured paper is not recommended.

Pre-printed stationery can be used, but its ink must be very dry so it will not offset when exposed to the Catalyst's high fuser temperatures.


CAUTION: Envelopes should be free from twist, curl or other deformations. They should also be of the rectangular flap type, with glue that remains intact when subjected to hot roll pressure fusing used in this type of printer. Window envelopes are not suitable.


CAUTION: Labels should also be of the type recommended for use in the DuraLabel Catalyst.

Cassette Trays

If both trays contain the same size stock, Catalyst will by default pull from Tray 1 (upper tray), then Tray 2 (lower tray) if Tray 1 is empty. It will only pull from the multipurpose tray when print settings specify this or if all other trays are empty. You can adjust these settings if different behavior is desired (see “Printer Features” setting in the “Advanced Options” section).

Multi-Purpose Tray

The multi-purpose tray can handle the same sizes as the cassette trays but in weights up to 60 lb. For very heavy paper stock use the face up (rear) paper stacker. This ensures that the paper path through the printer is almost straight.

The multi-purpose tray can feed paper widths from 3" to 8.5" and lengths from 5" to 52" (banner printing).

For paper lengths exceeding 14" use paper stock between 24 – 34 lb and the face up (rear) paper stacker.

Use the multi-purpose tray for printing on envelopes. Up to 10 envelopes can be loaded at one time, subject to a maximum stacking depth of 0.4".

Face Down Stacker

The face down stacker on the top of the printer can hold up to 150 sheets of 20 lb standard paper and can handle paper stocks up to 50 lb. Pages printed in reading order (page 1 first) will be sorted in reading order (last page on top, facing down).

The number of sheets that can be stacked on the face down stacker may vary depending on environment.

Face Up Stacker

When required for use, the face up stacker at the rear of the printer should be opened and the tray extension pulled out. In this condition paper will exit via this path, regardless of driver settings.

The face up stacker can hold up to 100 sheets of 20 lb standard paper, and can handle stocks up to 60 lb.

Always use this stacker and the multi-purpose feeder for paper stocks heavier than 50 lb.


Automatic two-sided printing is available for the same range of paper sizes as Tray 2 (i.e., all cassette sizes except A6), using paper stocks from 17 – 50 lb.

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