Director: John H. Cameron


Emerging global markets and economics require that the pulp and paper industry continually advance technology in order to remain cost competitive and reduce environmental concerns. To accomplish this goal, the industry must continue to develop techn ology that more fully utilizes recycle fiber. It is the mission of the Center for Recyling Technology to help the paper industry meet the future needs in recycling through the efficient application of current technology and the development of new technology. The mission of this center will ensure that the current recycling capacity is fully utilized through the development of technology that both improves fiber quality and expands the market for recycle fiber. The center will help the paper industry meet the objectives through research and by providing knowledgeable Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging graduates. The center will interface with papermaking, coating, inks and printing faculty and facilities at Western Michigan University.


The Center will conduct research for companies involved in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, paper additives, and coatings.

Western Michigan University offers unique research capabilities in pulping, papermaking, coating, converting, and printing. It is the only location in the world with paper, printing and coating pilot plants on the same academic campus. The client can come to th e campus with mixed office waste and leave with a printed sheet. The Department has experienced faculty and staff in all areas of paper and printing technology, as well as Chemical Engineering. Technical personnel are available for extensive and efficient contract research and develo pment activities.


The Western Michigan University Paper Pilot Plant includes a state-of -the-art recycling/deinking facility. The facility can process 300-1,000 lbs. of fiber per day depending on the number of unit operations required. Collected samples can be evaluated for brightness, fiber length, freeness, dirt, six cut screen re jects, fiber coarseness, ash, consistency, etc. The pulp can be dried, made into paper, coated, supercalendered and printed. Some of the unit operations that can be studied are given below .


Screening and Cleaning:


Other units:

A modular piping system allows connection of individual pieces of equipment in any configuration to simulate a wide variety of industrial systems. The fiber recycling facility is manually controlled from an operator's panel. Data are collected by a computer which logs all measured variables. The collected data can be recalled and printed out in table form or graphed automatically. The system also has a remote display in the operator's control panel where real-time graphics are displayed and automati cally updated every 10 seconds.