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Facilities Available for Use - Papermaking

The PDC’s pilot paper machine is available for raw material and process operation studies as well as to evaluate equipment components. Steady state is reached in less than 30 minutes allowing multiple trials in a single day.

Size Press

A size press is an option in the operation of the pilot paper machine. This piece of equipment allows for the addition of surface sizing as well as light coating on the basesheet.


Calendering improves printing properties, particularly roughness and gloss. The values attained depend on the speed, pressure, and temperature of calendering, the base sheet, the average moisture content, and the composition of the coating. An on-line calender stack is available at the end of the paper machine.


To begin working with us, please visit our Planning Your Project page.

To find out more about our organization and how to work with us, please refer back to our Home page.   To learn more about coating and finishing at the PDC, please continue on to the Next Page.

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Contact Information

The Process Development Center
5737 Jenness Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2281 | Fax: 207.581.4174
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System