Pilots

Chromatogeny Pilot

A breakthrough technology for hydrophobic papers & boards...

- Develop hydrophobic paper and board that can replace plastics fully recyclable and biodegradable.
- Optimize the base paper and fine-tune the grafting operating conditions in order to develop materials with the required barrier performances.
- Produce grafted reels in industrial conditions.

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The MFC wet lamination pilot

Paper and board covered with microfibrillated cellulose for barrier packaging

- Develop paper and board laminated with MFC for the packaging and specialty papers sectors
- Assemble a paper/board with a film of microfibrillated cellulose, without using glue
- Improve the stiffness, surface state and barrier properties of papers and boards while maintaining their recyclability and biodegradability
- Produce reels for making demonstrators

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Foam generator

Lignocellulosic foams, deposits in foam

- Generation of foam in situ, within a particle suspension
- Continuous production of foam
- Wide range of variation in gas content of the foam, up to more than 90%
- Commercial system

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Pilot of BIVIS extrusion

Fibres, MFC, molecules

From lignocellulosic raw materials:
- To produce fibres or microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) at high consistency
- To elaborate new materials by reactive extrusion
- To extract biosourced molecules of interest

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NaMiCell pilot

Production of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)

- To produce MFC from different qualities of pre-treated lignocellulosic fibres
- To evaluate the interest of new fibres pre-treatments for MFC production
- To adapt the process conditions to the targeted MFC quality for a given application

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Bleaching / Fibres Functionalization pilot

Simulate your processes to reduce costs and / or environmental impact

- to simulate in a reproducible and reliable way all the bleaching stages and the functionalization reactions of lignocellulosic fibres
- to validate the laboratory results before considering costly industrial trials
- to produce bleached or functionalized fibres in sufficient quantity to evaluate their uses (batch of 75 to 100 kg)

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Pilot gluing bench

Evaluation of paper/board gluing performance

- Characterise paper/board gluability
- Identify and quantify associated bonding defects
- Appraise gluing problems
- Formulate technical recommendations with a view to predicting industrial conditions

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High-speed laboratory calender

Cost-effective paper and board calendering in industrial conditions

- Determine the optimum conditions for calendering paper and board
- Evaluate the strength and durability of polymer coverings
- Recommend technological calendering solutions with a view to investing

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Coating Pilot

Paper and board coating for graphics, barrier and speciality applications

- Develop coated paper and board for printing and writing, packaging and speciality markets
- Compare the performances of paper and board substrates, coating products or processes
- Produce reels for making demonstrators

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Recycled Fibres Pilot

A unique and essential tool for recycling and deinking

- Prepare recycled or deinked pulp at semi-industrial scale
- Test new types of paper to be recycled
- Test new process configurations
- Test new chemicals

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3D SPRAY PILOT

Coating/functionalisation of 3D cellulose objects for packaging and speciality applications

- Develop coated 3D cellulose products and objects for packaging and speciality markets
- Compare the performance of coating products or processes applied to 3D cellulose products and objects
- Perform chromatogeny on 3D cellulose products and objects
- Produce series of demonstrators

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Refiner mechanical pulps production pilot

RMP, TMP, CTMP, APP

- To simulate the mechanical pulping processes based on disks refiners (in industrial conditions)
- To pulp different lignocellulosic raw materials (wood, annual plants etc.)
- To evaluate the impact of chemical or enzymatic treatments of wood on energy and pulp quality

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Molecules extraction and unbleached chemical pulps producing pilot

Multipurpose valorisation of lignocellulosic raw materials

- To extract molecules present in lignocellulosic raw materials
- To simulate reproducibly and reliably all chemical pulping processes under alkaline, acid, organic, enzymatic conditions
- To validate laboratory results before considering industrial trials
- To extract molecules or to produce unbleached fibres in sufficient quantity to evaluate their uses (use of batches of 100 to 150 kg of raw material)

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Production of Technical Lignins

Kraft, soda and hydrolytic lignins