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Hang Tag Thickness and Weight Measurement Simplified

Measuring Hang Tag Thickness and Weight Made Simple

 
No matter what the paper product you’re preparing to print, paper type thickness and weight are both important factors that will effect the visual, tactile and functionality of your finished product. Searching for straightforward information about the topic is a pain, considering the multitude of paper types, dimensions of measurement and measurement units. When the heaviness of an object is reported in inches (which we know to measure length), it’s enough to make anyone scratch their head. Just take a look at this “paper weight chart” from paper-paper.com:

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Explaining How Paper Stock Thickness and Weight are Related

 
Take a look at the image with 2 slices of pizza. Tastiness aside, if the slices each had the same height and width (flat measurement), then which one would you think is thicker? Probably the deep dish, right? And which one do you think would weigh more? Absolutely it would be the deep dish!

 thickness-weight-example

 Actually, the same relationship as in the example above applies to hang tag specifications as well. When comparing 2 hang tags with identical paper type, the thicker the tag stock, the more it weighs, and the thinner the tag stock, the less it weighs. It sounds obvious, but due to the numerous types of paper and stock materials that are available to make custom hang tags, a messy situation has been created, where some buyers and manufacturers prefer to decide upon the appropriate type of tag stock using standard measures of thickness, while other buyers and manufacturers prefer use units of weight.

 The Conversion of Hang Tag Thickness to Weight

 
Tag weight can be calculated from tag thickness, only if the 2 tags being compared are made of the same tag stock type. To make this point absolutely clear, please examine the image below. The left is a 10 inch Height x 10 inch Width x 2 inch Depth (thickness) slab of Styrofoam. And on the right is a 10 inch Height x 10 inch Width x 2 inch Depth slab of concrete. They share the exact same shape and physical dimensions. Which one do you think is thinner (depth wise). It’s a trick question — of coarse the answer is they’re both 2 inches deep. Now, which one do you think will be lighter? The Styrofoam, of course. Correct!

 paper-weight-chart

 Sometimes, the weight difference between types of paper stock is so minute that it is unperceivable by human touch, but by amplifying the contrast between 2 material types in the example above, we’re able to understand why tag thickness to weight conversion is inextricably depended on tag material. Similarly, it’s logical and true that if the same tag stock type is used, there is a direct correlation between thickness and weight. Each scientific unit of length has a standard conversion rate to a specific unit of weight. And so under these circumstances, accurate conversion charts can be drawn up.

And this is the major underlying reason for common confusion about the use of paperweight tables: Paper A at thickness X does not weigh the same as Paper B at thickness X. But unfortunately there are no online resources that allow dynamic retrieval of thickness to weight conversions based on paper type. Simply, that means most of us are probably using the wrong conversion chart for our paper type.

 Getting the Right Dimensions at The/Studio

 
For all of the reasons listed above (and more), we feel strongly that using paper thickness as a guide for your hang tag design has many advantages over getting a migraine over the particular weight. To conclude, here are some valuable recommendations for how to get it right.

1. Use thickness and ask your manufacturer about the exact weight

Weight depends on the paper type, but thickness remains constant no matter what the tag stock material. So, when building your hang tag, know that thickness is universal and interchangeable between all tag stocks, but weight depends on the paper.

2. Know your thickness conversions

 
The paper-paper.com chart above is overwhelming and unreliable. Use simple multiplication to convert hang tag thickness measurements universally. Points (Pt) is the most common measure of hang tag thickness, and it can easily be converted into inches (in) or millimeters (mm); just like in the table provided below.

3. Don’t fret the hang tag weight

 
At The/Studio, we focus on the finished product. As fashion industry leaders and low-cost hang tag suppliers, we at The/Studio guarantee that if you provide us with your intended hangtag thickness tag stock preference, your finished hang tag will be produced perfectly to achieve your visual, tactile and functional expectations exactly. Feel free to call 1-877-647-6447 to get answers about hang tag stock thickness and weight. Or better yet, get started on your fashion project today!

 

Pt

Inch

mm

1

0.001

0.0254

2

0.002

0.0508

3

0.003

0.0762

4

0.004

0.1016

5

0.005

0.127

6

0.006

0.1524

7

0.007

0.1778

8

0.008

0.2032

9

0.009

0.2286

10

0.01

0.254

11

0.011

0.2794

12

0.012

0.3048

13

0.013

0.3302

14

0.014

0.3556

15

0.015

0.381

16

0.016

0.4064

17

0.017

0.4318

18

0.018

0.4572

19

0.019

0.4826

20

0.02

0.508

21

0.021

0.5334

22

0.022

0.5588

23

0.023

0.5842

24

0.024

0.6096

25

0.025

0.635

26

0.026

0.6604

27

0.027

0.6858

28

0.028

0.7112

29

0.029

0.7366

30

0.03

0.762

31

0.031

0.7874

32

0.032

0.8128

33

0.033

0.8382

34

0.034

0.8636

35

0.035

0.889

36

0.036

0.9144

37

0.037

0.9398

38

0.038

0.9652

39

0.039

0.9906

40

0.04

1.016