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Category Archives: Paper College

Grammage and Basis Weight

I usually reserve Friday’s post for things I’m learning in class but school is officially out for the summer. Summer Fridays will be a bit of a grab bag – there’s … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Specialty Paper Grades-Expect the Unexpected

Specialty paper products in packaging, printing and technical segments of the industry include essential and nonessential products (Moore 36). These products are outside of the mainstream commodity production, are usually of … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elemental Chlorine Bleaching and the Creation of Dioxin

You see a lot of acronyms on paper products. They show up on printer paper packaging and catalogues and on the boxes your Amazon order arrives in. Some of these acronyms refer … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 13 Comments

Refine and Bleach That Flax

The flax saga continues! We pulled the fiber from the cooler and continued the pulping procedure, combining it with water and running it in the hydropulper, a sort of giant … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Printmakers and Papermakers

The capstone experience for SUNY-ESF paper undergrads is the paper machine run. The students are given three paper grades with specific requirements like thickness, opacity and brightness. They split into groups mimicking … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cook that Flax!

This semester I enrolled in an introductory pulping and bleaching course. Historically the lab part of the course walked students through the pulping and bleaching sequence using wood chips. Thanks … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 9 Comments