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If the stock jet speed is greater than the wire speed, the jet-to-wire ratio is greater than one. In this case, the fibers will tend to align in the cross machine direction increasing the sheet strength in that direction. Sheet formation and sheet appearance are both impacted by the jet-to-wire ratio. When the jet speed and wire speed are almost equal, when the ratio is close to one, the fibers will be well distributed and randomly oriented in the sheet. Somewhere around a ratio of one, the machine direction and cross machine direction strengths will be about equal, creating a square sheet. Formation and appearance are both positively affected by the squaring process.