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Facilities Available for Use - Papermaking

The PDC’s pilot paper machine is available for raw material and process operation studies. We can also use the paper machine to evaluate equipment components. Steady state is reached in less than thirty┬áminutes, allowing multiple trials in a single day.

Size Press

A size press is an option in the operation of the pilot paper machine. This sophisticated 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 properties of 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, visit our Planning Your Project page.

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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