Seiko Epson Corporation has just unveiled a compact, papermaking system called PaperLab. Ultimately, it can produce new paper from shredded strips. And remarkably, it does so without using water.
A prototype for PaperLab will be showcased at the Epson Booth at Eco-Products 2015, which is set for December 10 to 12. The machine is compact enough to be housed in office premises and allow them to be recycle and produce paper with varying sizes, thickness, and types. In addition, it can also securely dispose of confidential documents.
The product is set for commercial production in Japan by 2016 and is targeted towards major businesses as well as government offices.
All Around System
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, fibers. 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 color, fragrance, or even flame resistance.
So the design can shred your confidential documents and make the papers that you want to keep virtually unburnable.