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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Waste paper recycled into new paper within just 3 minutes.

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has developed what it believes to be the world's first*1 compact office papermaking system capable of producing new paper from securely shredded waste paper*2 without the use of water*3. Epson plans to put the new "PaperLab" into commercial production in Japan in 2016, with sales in other regions to be decided at a later date. Businesses and government offices that install a PaperLab in a backyard area will be able to produce paper of various sizes, thicknesses, and types, from office paper and business card paper to paper that is coloured and scented.
The machine can easily produce a fresh sheet of paper in about 3 minutes after it gets loaded with shredded pieces of paper. That means that it is able to produce over six thousand sheets over an eight-hour period. This eliminates the need for offices to engage in extensive recycling initiatives that are more costly and time-consuming than the PaperLab.
In order to work, Epson developed something known as “Dry Fiber Technology,” which works entirely without water. First, waste paper is transformed into long, thin cottony, fibres. Then a variety of different binders can be added to the fiberized material to make the paper, well, all-around awesome. The additive materials can increase the binding strength or whiteness of the paper, add colour, fragrance, or even flame resistance.
So the design can shred your confidential documents and make the papers that you want to keep virtually unburnable.

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