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B Series



Belonging to the ISO 216 standard, B11 is a unique paper size that holds its own significance. This standard, recognized internationally, ensures consistency in paper sizes across different regions and industries. The B series, including B11, is specifically designed to bridge the gap between the A and C series.

The dimensions of a B11 sheet are 31 x 44 millimeters or 1.22 x 1.73 inches. This compact size makes it ideal for specific applications where larger formats may not be suitable or practical.

B11 paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

One intriguing aspect of the ISO 216 standard is its aspect ratio - an elegant square root of two (√2). This ratio remains constant for all sizes within this series, including B11. It allows for seamless scaling between different sizes without distortion or loss of content proportionality.

While not as commonly used as some other sizes in the ISO series like A4 or B5, B11 has found its niche in specialized applications such as ticketing systems and small-scale printing needs.

In comparison with ANSI standards prevalent in North America, there's no direct equivalent to a B11 size sheet. This highlights the uniqueness of this particular format within global paper sizing conventions.

While it may seem like just another specification on a chart, understanding the nuances behind something as seemingly simple as a piece of paper can provide fascinating insights into international standards and their practical implications.

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Interesting facts about B11

1. B11 Paper: A Rare Gem

B11 paper is a relatively rare paper size that is not commonly used in the printing industry. It belongs to the B series of paper sizes, which are known for their larger dimensions compared to the more common A series.

2. Dimensions of B11 Paper

The dimensions of B11 paper are 1000 mm x 1414 mm (39.37 in x 55.67 in). This makes it significantly larger than standard letter-sized or A4 papers.

3. Origin of the B Series

The B series of paper sizes was developed as an alternative to the A series by Dr. Walter Porstmann in Germany during the early 20th century. The B sizes were designed to provide a wider range of options for various printing and design purposes.

4. Relationship with ISO Standards

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has established standards for both A and B series paper sizes, with each size having specific aspect ratios and dimensions that ensure compatibility across different devices and applications.

5. Common Uses for B11 Paper

B11 paper is often used for large-scale posters, banners, architectural drawings, or other specialized printing projects that require a substantial amount of space.

6. Limited Availability

Due to its less common usage, finding pre-cut sheets or ready-made products made from B11 paper can be challenging compared to more popular sizes like A3 or A2.

7. Customization Options

If you require B11-sized prints but cannot find readily available stock, many professional printers offer custom cutting services where they can trim down larger sheets to the desired dimensions.

8. Compatibility with B Series

B11 paper is part of a series that includes other sizes such as B0, B1, B2, and so on. These sizes follow a consistent ratio, where each subsequent size is half the area of the previous one.

9. International Variations

While the ISO standards provide guidelines for paper sizes worldwide, some countries have their own unique variations and standards for paper dimensions. It's essential to consider regional preferences when dealing with international printing projects.

10. Historical Significance

The development of standardized paper sizes like the B series played a crucial role in facilitating global communication and trade by ensuring compatibility between different printing devices and systems.