Retrogradation, what’s up with that?

1 Introduction Monday morning 7:00 AM and Roger was feeling blue. He was slicing bread for, well, for himself. The staled wheat surface offered some response partly turning into crusts below the sharp, serrated knife…

With great powder comes great responsibility

Back in the day we used to have plenty of people at the mill to do all kinds of nifty stuff. For instance, if a big-bag wouldn’t empty you had your choice of burly men…

In Papermaking Land

Introduction Allow me to take you on an imaginary tour for a change. Assume that we could enlarge the world of papermaking with all its components by some 1000ds of magnitudes. This only to help…

Starch in papermaking

Introduction The Production Manager of PM 1 parks his hybrid car, nods to the lady guard at the gate and dons his helmet with goggles before inspecting his machine. Yes, this is his paper machine,…

Our daily starch

Our daily starch ((C6H10O5)n, CAS nr. 9005-25-8) aka amylum that has been used for millennia for everyday energy to enjoy at our tables and for centuries to strengthen our garments, paper, board and magazines, was…

Key factors in avoiding dust explosions

When we are dealing with a fine powdered material or product in a gas phase, some precautions are required in order to ensure safe processing and handling. The smaller the particles, the lighter will a…