As part of a new paper-displacement process, a paper is first removed from a print magazine and then sent to a lab to be tested for contaminants.
In the process, the paper is also exposed to a number of other contaminants that could cause illness or harm.
“It’s just like any other chemical reaction,” says Paula Nardi, a researcher at the University of Reading who has studied the paper-distribution process in the lab.
“You have a lot of chemicals in the air that could potentially damage your eyes, your nose or your lungs.”
What you need to know about the paper diffusion process This is the paper that gets sent to the lab for testing and then is processed and printed.
It’s made up of many individual layers of paper, some printed on one side and some printed in another.
When this is removed from the print magazine, it is passed through the scanner in a process called paper dispersion, or paper-dissolving.
“When you take that paper, the next step is to print it,” says Nardi.
“So you have to take a piece of paper that’s been printed on the backside of the magazine and print it onto a piece that’s printed on its frontside.”
This creates a print that’s a little thinner than the original, and that allows the layer to be removed from it.
The layer of paper then has to be sent to another lab where it is removed, then it is sent back to the magazine to be washed and dried again.
“Then, the rest of the paper becomes the final product,” says Martin van der Maan, a professor at the School of Information Technology and Communication Studies at the Netherlands Institute of Technology.
“If it’s in good condition, it’s a paper-like substance that’s in great shape and will not get damaged.”
This process is often referred to as paper-removal.
What it means to the environment Paper is a by-product of the chemical reaction that takes place when paper is pressed into a hard surface.
“We’re talking about a process that produces a lot [of] waste products in the environment,” says van der Mas.
That waste can include plastic, rubber, metals and pesticides.
In a paper removal process, all of these chemicals are washed off the surface and then the paper itself is washed.
That’s a process known as paper filtration.
“The final product of that process is just a paper that is not very attractive,” says Van der Maaan.
“In some cases, you can even get a paper with a slightly higher density than a paper printed on a regular newspaper,” he adds.
The process also removes paper particles that may have been on the paper in the first place.
When the paper reaches the lab, it has to pass through the paper filter before being sent to print.
A paper-printing machine (left) and a paper transfer station (right) are both used to process paper.
In both, paper is transferred from one side to the other, where it can be used for various purposes, like creating a new cover for a print.