Paper mill

Even though paper mills were extensively equipped with machinery from the second half of the 19th century onwards, several important jobs were not easy to mechanize. Papermaking remained manual work for a long time, as paper was taken from the vat by hand page by page.

The TECHNOSEUM demonstrates with the original machines how millboards were made. A pulp made of cellulose or recovered paper is prepared in the pan mill between the turning runners. A vat machine turns it into a paper web and winds it in several sheets onto a roller. The sheets of paper are then removed from the machine by hand, pressed in stacks and hung up to dry individually. Water power was the most important energy source for producing paper – this is also shown with the mighty water wheel from 1892 with a diameter of six meters, which can be admired at the TECHNOSEUM.

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Children at the paper mill.
Children at the paper mill.