Monday, April 20, 2015

SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry: Paper Manufacture

This year three students at ESF took the course on manufacturing paper. ESF has its own paper plant, the oldest in a university in the US. Our friend teaches the course, so we get to watch it in operation on the one day a year it operates. The students are given a piece of paper and asked to reproduce it chemically, and in color, texture and weight, which means precisely formulating the pulp.

Here is the link to ESF's paper engineering page. There is a video of the process, though I haven't found it yet. Maybe on YouTube?

The paper plant is a thing of beauty. As a latent engineer, I love this day! I would pay them to let me paint the machinery that sky blue.

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