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One more sheet attribute that can be affected by headbox operations is fiber orientation in the sheet. The overall or average orientation of the fibers in the sheet is largely determined by the relative speeds or velocities of the stock jet and the forming fabrics. Normally, the relationship between the two speeds is expressed as the the jet to wire ratio, where wire refers to a forming fabric. In short, if the stock jet's speed is significantly lower or higher than the fabric's speed, the fibers will align more in the machine direction. With more fibers aligned in the machine direction, the sheet will tend to be stronger in the machine direction. Sheet formation and sheet appearance are also affected.