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World’s first pilot factory for printed intelligence industrialisation opened

The grand opening of the PrintoCent Pilot Factory for Printed Intelligence Industrialisation took place on 13 March. The PrintoCent productisation environment at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland premises in Oulu represents the most advanc...

Fibre Value-seminar by VTT ForestTech

You are warmly welcome to join the Fibre Value-seminar organised by VTT ForestTech on Tuesday 17.04.2012 to learn about the latest breakthroughs by VTT in packaging, printed media and biomaterials. The seminar is targeted for all parties in the val...

Eletrospinning forms nanoscale fibres

Electrospinning is a fascinating method enabling preparation of submicron and nanofibres from polymeric solutions. Today electrospun fibres are commercially produced in filtration applications, it is widely studied for wide variety of applications wo...

Service possibilities in the value chain of printed magazines

This paper aims to present possibilities for a renewal of the forest sector through innovative services in the value chain of printed magazines. The forest industry faces serious problems as digitalization affects the use of print products. In order...

VTT Symposium on Service Innovation

Services are playing an increasingly important role in present society, constituting the major part of economic activities. For several years, VTT has been a central developer of services and, in many sectors, taken the lead in service research in Fi...

Additional value for packages with Hybrid Media

The packages are expected to carry ever more information in a limited space. One solution is hybrid media, i.e. printing intelligent elements on the packages and obtaining the information with a reading device. VTT studied the best ways to produce ad...

Consumer demand for information accessible through automatic identification

Automatic identification can give benefits in the form of cost savings, new business opportunities, additional value to existing business and increased customer loyalty to all players in the value chain. Available technologies are 2D bar codes, digit...

Owela, Online Co-creation with End-Users

Customers and users play a major role when looking for innovation outside a company’s boundaries and represents huge innovation potential....

Industrial scale foam forming research environment for the forest sector

Foam forming technology gives exciting opportunities to develop new recyclable and light weight wood fiber products. It also gives a possibility to decrease raw material and production costs remarkably compared to recent technology. VTT Technical Res...

Safety throughout the food chain

VTT develops technologies and know-how to improve the quality and safety of foods and beverages throughout the food chain. VTT’s solid understanding of the behaviour of microbes and food matrices, as well as factors affecting product safety serve as...

VTT technology gives the product package a voice

As the proportion of senior citizens grows, their special needs are gaining momentum. Human eyesight, for example, weakens with age. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing new NFC (Near Field Communication) -based applications t...

A methodology for identifying the right opportunities for a forest biorefinery

Forest biorefinery is considered as potential future business for traditional forest industry. The current pulp and paper (P&P) industry’s weak competitiveness and external, often political, pressures make the investment decision making challengi...

The printed newspaper is, on average, a more ecological news media than a website

The printed newspaper is, on average, a more ecological news media than a website. This conclusion is based on a comparison of the environmental impacts of one hour of consumption of each media channel. However, taking into account actual usage volum...

VTT introduces an ecological light scattering film for brand protection, packages and consumer products

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed printable holographic-like film technology for plastic-based and fibre-based packages, enabling cost-effective and environmentally friendly dynamic printing. This allows wrappings, mobile phones,...

Smooth and even cellulose-lignophenol films

Dissolved cellulose was contacted with dissolved linear or slightly branched lignophenol polymers in alkaline solution, and films were formed through precipitation. Lignophenol is a polymeric lignin derivative isolated from wood meal, and due to its...

Transparent plastic-like packing material from birch fibril pulp

VTT Technical Research Centre and Aalto University have developed a method which for the first time enables manufacturing of a wood-based and plastic-like material in large scale. The method enables industrial scale roll-to-roll production of nanofib...

Announcement “Future of Printing” – VTT’s Open Call for project participants

Based on the findings of the project ”Future of European Printing Industry”, VTT is now ready to launch a set of R&D projects aiming to increase the future profitability of the European printing industry. The project themes were introduced in the...

New biocide concepts to avoid chemical variations in papermaking

Biocide dosing can generate chemical variations in papermaking. Chemical variations can also originate from breaks and poor management of the broke. This cyclicity, where chemical variations cause breaks and breaks cause chemical variations, should b...

Thermal modification does not always reduce water absorption of wood

It is a popular belief that thermal modification reduces water absorption of wood and thus prevents wood decay. However an extensive study at VTT shows that this is not always the case. During experiments it was noted that even after thermal modifica...

Novel value perceptions and business opportunities through packaging customization

An interactive package concept was developed and demonstrated for a beverage company. The six-pack beverage package was specified for a rock festival event. The user centric design was used in the development in order to provide consumers the most va...

Faster drying with improved paper properties

PhD Thesis of Janne Keränen concentrates on paper drying: first on the drying rate in a cylinder covered with fabric, enhanced using hot air impingement through the fabric, and its potential effects on paper quality, and second, on the heat transfer...

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

ForestTech-website was launched in January 2011. It has gained a strong group of followers from the value chains of media and packaging. In 2012 we will further develop the ForestTech-service to better meet the needs of our registered members. WE WI...

4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference – Helsinki, Finland, October 23-25, 2012

The international event, Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), is the leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery professionals. The next event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2012. This conference is jointly organised by VTT and Innventia....

Enjoyable foods and meals in easy-to-use packages with convenient portion size for senior elderly people

Seniori-Sapuska project aims to define concepts of enjoyable foods and meals in easy-to-use packages with convenient portion size for senior elderly people of today as well as future seniors. The food concepts will be developed both for catering and...

Measure and estimate of the the breaking behaviour of paper

A paper physics study showed that a high-speed camera technique can be used to measure true deformations in wet paper strips during straining. In the fast tensile tests the strain rates were close to ones in paper-making processes. The results showed...

Developing wet web runnability for productivity and quality

Web breaks ruin production efficiency. Most web breaks occur at the machine sections where the web is still wet. Improvements may be difficult, because the estimation of the properties of wet web under dynamic conditions is challenging. VTT has devel...

Transport fuels from forest waste

Transport fuels can be produced from forest waste with the help of gasification technology. Renewable diesel, petrol or, for instance, synthetic natural gas, can be effectively produced from forestry industry by-products and forest chips....

Open Web Lab, Owela

VTT's Open Web Lab (Owela) supports open innovation process. Owela is an innovative Web-based research environment that extends the role of users from passive research objects by taking them as co-designers that discuss online with technology develop...

Nano fibrillated cellulose as a strength additive in filler-rich SC paper

Use of nano fibrillated cellulose (NFC) was studied to maintain critical paper properties, especially wet and dry strength of high filler-content SC paper. NFC is needed, since there are some challenges, like strength loss, when filler content increa...

A new type of filler-nanocellulose composite substrate for printed electronics applications

Printed electronics is a rapidly developing market with high estimated potential. Low cost flexible applications with high volume are needed. Replacement of oil-based plastic substrates is possible. The possibility to adjust relevant surface and stru...

Printing the future webinars

We invite you to take part in two webinars, where the findings of the VTT study on the future prospects of printing industry value chain in Europe and 3 different roadmaps to renew and secure the printing business will be presented....

VTT's presentations at ABTCP Pulp and Paper fair now available

VTT met latin American customers and cooperation partners at ABTCP 2011 event in São Paulo, Brazil from 3 to 5 of October. At VTT’s stand we presented demos of new and exciting bio-packaging solutions and discussed pulp & paper biorefinery soluti...

Printing the future – VTT webinars presented the prospects

  In November 2011 VTT webcasted two webinars on the future prospects of printing industry value chain in Europe. It included three different roadmaps to renew and secure the printing business. You can watch the recorded webinars via the following l...

Join to INT-Testaa pilot trial – Focus on high filler content SC-paper

VTT offers its papermaking research environment for small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to develop papermaking processes potentially together with research institutes and large-sized enterprises (TESTAA-concept). Next trial week will be at week 0...

Thin nanoparticle layers applied on the paper by foam coating technique

Foam coating in paper industry has not yet gained solid ground, though it is a well-known technique in the textile, non-woven industry and in plastic film production. In paper and packaging applications foam coating can be used in e.g. creating new f...

Intriguing structural and strength behaviour in foam forming

Using foam instead of water as the material carrier phase is an alternative way to build up fibrous structures. In foam forming, mixture of stock and foam is transformed through headbox to the wire, where the foam is removed using vacuum....

NIP-DF-2011-presentations

Articles from NIP DF 2011 are available....

Consolidation and Dewatering Mechanisms in Papermaking

Consolidation and dewatering are central mechanisms of web forming. We have developed laboratory device called VIHTORI to study these mechanisms and even largest fine particles can be observed. See some of the results from the following presentation,...

SUNPAP Workshop 2011 - First results and main challenges

SUNPAP project is moving into the demonstration phase. VTT coordinates this large EU-scale project aiming for scaling up nano fibrillated cellulose based novel applications in paper and board value chain. The research done in cooperation with several...

The Recyclable End Products Will Reduce Landfill Waste

New functionalities and thinner, stronger structures are developed as part of the EUR 9.8 million programme on new nanomaterial-based applications. The project was designed to create new fibre-based and recyclable paper and packaging products which w...

Mechanical pulping articles of VTT at IMPC 2011

Download our presentation material shown at IMPC2011 - CYCLIC IMPACTING OF WOOD CREATES LOCALIZED FATIGUE- PROLONGED WOOD STORAGE CAUSES MAINLY BRIGHTNESS PROBLEMS FOR TMP- MEASURED LOAD PROFILES IN HIGH CONSISTENCY FIRST STAGE TMP REFINER- ENERGY-Q...

VTT's biorefinery competencies are presented at ATBCP Pulp and Paper fair in São Paulo

Welcome to meet VTT experts at the booth 216/240, Hallway 4. Our specialists will present demos of new and exciting bio-packaging solutions and tell you more about VTT and our pulp & paper biorefinery solutions. ABTCP 2011 event will be held in T...

Packaging Trade Fair Helsinki Fair Centre 5.-6.10.2011

Welcome to VTT´s stand 3F15. Come and get to know our wide range of services. Boost your business with printed intelligence and take care of the future with sustainable packaging....

Videos of VTT's inspiring technolgies in the forest value chain

Some short videos can be accessed through http://www.youtube.com/user/VTTFinland Enjoy watching them!...

New bench-scale high consistency bioreactor improves research facilities in biomass refining

VTT and Gebrüder Lödige Maschinenbau GmbH have together designed a new type of small bioreactor for use in high consistency biomass treatments in Otaniemi Biotechnology pilot hall. It provides the possibility to process biomass in very high consisten...

Recent publications from VTT's forest industry area

Just in case, if some of our earlier publications were missed by you or you would like to find them more easily, we made a listing of them here. If your own library service does not provide the article, please contact authors to find out more.  ...

Biostruct-project - recent advances

Biostruct project has some interesting advances made in the last 8 months. Lenzing and VTT have continuously improved the flow properties and dispersability of the fibres in various matrix resins. This progress was mainly achieved by improving millin...

Bench-scale high consistency bioreactor improves research facilities in biomass refining

Read more about our bench-scale high consistency bioreactor....

Follow the demonstration of industrial feasibility of a biorefinery concept

BIOCORE, a FP7 European project which begun in March 2010, is a 4 year program that aims to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of a biorefinery concept. The BIOCORE concept describes the use of several types of lignocellulosic biomass (cereal by-...

Decreasing Moisture Sensitivity of Biobased Food Packaging Materials

Barrier properties of biobased films can be retained even in high humidity conditions. Crosslinking was found to be an efficient tool for decreasing moisture sensitivity of biobased nanocomposite films. Moisture sensitivity decreased as a result of c...

Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) for interfacial studies

Sophisticated, effective and reliable methods are needed to systematically investigate interfacial phenomenon present e.g. in thin films, foams, emulsions, dispersions and aerogels. VTT has acquired a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation moni...

The European printing industry needs a rapid renewal

The growth of digital media and the resulting decline in print runs, together with rising raw material costs and increased pressure from Asian competitors have put European printers in a tight spot. A VTT study on the current state of the industry an...

New product segment with substantial business potential uncovered

A new printed media product with substantial business potential was developed, demonstrated and tested by VTT and Vectia in a project funded by the Finnish Forestcluster Ltd. The product is called "Community publishing" meaning that it is a printed p...

Technology introduced for making printed board batteries

VTT is working with printed power sources, which are based on biological, enzymatic catalysts and renewable, harmless,organic fuels like glucose. The aim is to utilise these low-cost, disposable power sources e.g. in various medical and cosmetic appl...

Creating Functionality on Paper Using Novel Roll to Roll Surface Treatment Equipment

Creating Functionality on Paper Using Novel Roll toRoll Surface Treatment Equipment is shown using case studies. During case studies new coating method was developed and implemented successfully....

A closer look into more efficient use of coating colours

A closer look into more efficient use of coating colours shows that in many cases the efficiency of the used coating colours can be improved by systematic laboratory studies. As a result, a significant cut in the amount of coatingcolour waste can be...

VTT at Interpack 2011

Interpack 2011, the international packaging trade fair, was held in Düsseldorf, 12th-18th of May. The fair gathered together 2.700 exhibitors including VTT. The main themes in VTT stand were biobased and intelligent packages....

FARMES 2011 - club of augmented reality

VTT invites companies interested in the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology in combination with print products and packages to join the FARMES club....

VTT displays Augmented Reality in Printed media at SPCI fair

VTT has demonstrated how to add interactivity into printed magazines and packages by using augmented reality -technology. Two examples will be demonstrated at SPCI: a magazine ad making pearl-buying easier, and more tempting, than ever before and a s...

Improving the up-time and speed of paper machines

Most of web breaks in paper machines occur for wet web. Not only excessive straining and high tension break the web, but also too low a tension can be fatal. With slack web the aerodynamic forces and excessive adhesion lead to web breaks. Laboratory...

Novel biobarrier technologies successfully demonstrated in pilot scale

Currently, barrier layers in food packaging materials are produced from plastics based on fossil oil. Although functional, these layers present challenges in terms of environmental sustainability and recyclability. VTT aims to develop biobased barrie...

Active paper enables new functionalities for the consumer products and packages

Paper or board with (bio)active functionalities can help the CPG industry in need for enhanced functionality. In terms of performance, (bio)active paper can help packaged products in two ways. Firstly, it enables the development of completely new typ...

Augmented Reality in Printed media and Packaging

VTT has demonstrated how to make packages and other printed products interactive by using augmented reality -technology. Two examples will be demonstrated at Interpack: a sixpack that sings and a magazine ad making pearl-buying easier, and more tempt...

Biaxially Oriented PLA-Montmorillonite-Nanocomposite for Barrier Film Applications

As the global packaging market is huge, there is a well-defined call for sustainable solutions as packaging materials. Development of green polymeric materials that would not involve the use of toxic or noxious components in the manufacture and could...

A new biomass-focused research center in Sao Paulo

Increasing demand for biomass and sustainable development technologies brings a Finnish research center to Sao Paulo. There is a growing demand on new biomass focused technologies in Brazil as well as globally....

Functional biopolymers from biomass by-products

The sidestreams of biomass processing are an underutilised source of raw materials. New enzymes and enzyme cocktails developed for biomass breakdown can improve the valorisation of biomass by-products. Processing of biomass, i.e. wood or agricultural...

Award winning results about coating and inkjet inks interactions

On the 1st of March 2011, the Kempe award was given to the research team of Taina Lamminmäki, John Kettle, Pasi Puukko and Patrick Gane (Department of Forest Products Technology, School of Chemical Technolog, Aalto University) concerning the research...

Social Forest Planning project

The overall objective of the Social Forest Planning project is to develop and demonstrate a novel system for forest management planning and updating of present plans. Project is completed by the end of 2011....

Handheld sensors potential as performance indicators

Process measurement and diagnostics are being increasingly used in papermaking. Measurements and analysis need to be quick and if possible, automatic. The efficiency of paper production process can be significantly increased by focusing on right meas...

ONGOING PROJECT: IQ-Freshlabel (2010 - 2013)

IQ Freshlabel project aims at promoting the implementation of novel smart labels (intelligent packaging) through investigation of consumer, retailer and industry interest. Development of novel smart label to monitor temperature abuse of frozen foods...

Future food package

FUTUPACK–CON: Future food package – Development of new consumer driven food packages...

Messenger package

Messenger Package Project: Integrating Technology, Design and Marketing for Future Package Communication...

More value from raw material by fractioning

New value chains can be created by wood fractionation. Pine logs with three different growth rates were fractionated and pulped. Fractionation of chips was done using so called dense media fractionation method. The mechanical pulping trials revealed...

New products from forest bio-refinery

A more efficient recovery of value components from the wood material and by-products at existing pulping mills provides them with the opportunity to gain additional value from the wood raw material in addition to pulp production....

Effect of the thermal conductivity of synthetic and metal fabrics on the drying efficiency

Dryer capacity can be increased by using preheated fabrics with higher thermal conductivity....

Health and environmental safety aspects of friction grinding and spray drying of microfibrillated cellulose

Health, safety and environmental issues of nanomaterials have recently raised many concerns. In this study we evaluated the worker exposures to nanoparticles in air during production of nanocellulose. We also exposed mouse macrophages and human monoc...

Lean development with renewable resources

Lean development with renewable resources (LEADER). The aim of the LEADER project (2007-2010) was to study the environmental impacts occurring during the life cycle of print products. The scope of the project was focused on printed media products. Th...

Atomic Layer Deposition

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an environmentally friendly packaging coating solution. Especially suitable for food and pharmaceutical packaging, the coating offers a new method for manufacturing easily recyclable high barrier...

Research environment for papermaking processes

SUORA research environment is a unique and cost efficient research environment. Planning of the environment has been done together with industry and demands for different kind of research needs can be fulfilled....

Biocomposites

We are surrounded by plastics - there is virtually no consumer or industrial product without a plastic component; starting from the latex in paper coatings and ending up at composites in aircrafts and windmills, the penetration of plastics into our l...

Pilot plant facilities for biorefinery

Process Chemistry Pilot Plants offer excellent facilities for development and scale-up of new forest based products....

Process modelling and simulation

Online and predictive simulation models can make you a forerunner in your business. Modelling and simulation is a present-day way to understand and improve processes to meet increasing efficiency demands and maintain the competitiveness of industry....

Paper based immunodiagnostics

Paper as a base material for diagnostics tools that enables low-cost biodegradable solutions with novel design possibilities. VTT has demonstrated a paper-based diagnostic test in which the detection antibodies were inkjet-printed on paper. This tech...

Analysis of web breaks and stickies

Stickies often contribute to serious runnability and product quality problems at paper machines using recycled fibers. Analysis of web breaks and stickies in a newsprint mill using recovered paper was presented in China, in 4th International Symposiu...

Atomic Layer Deposition

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an environmentally friendly packaging coating solution. Especially suitable for food and pharmaceutical packaging, the coating offers a new method for manufacturing easily recyclable high barrier...

Cellulose for barriers

Barrier materials from wood biomass can provide sufficient barrier propoerties against vapor, oil and grease....

Surface treatment line

We created a roll to roll surface treatment concept that can be used to coating and surface treatment of fiber based webs and plastics....

Digital Decoration of Consumer and Industrial Goods

Digital Decoration of Consumer and Industrial Goods...

Direct write

Direct Write technology (DW) enables completely new solutions for electronic and mechanical elements and their integration....

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New life of Print - Printin uusi elämä (in Finnish)

INVITATION - KUTSU Welcome to VTT's afternoon seminar 20th of January 2011 - Tervetuloa VTT:n iltapäiväkahviseminaariin 20.1.2011 New life of print - Printin uusi elämä New business from virtual reality in addition to traditional publishingVirtuaa...

Modification of lignins and lignans by laccase

Lignins are biopolymers that may be converted into functional materials by enzymatic treatments by oxidizing the phenolic groups into radicals. These radicals are extremely reactive and may couple with other reactant radicals....

Potential of laccases to modify lignings of various origins

Lignin and related aromatic compounds provide an important source of raw material that may be converted into value-added products by combining chemical and enzymatic modification methods. The aim of the present study was to reveal the potential of la...

Novel organosolv delignification method

LGF pulping process uses phosphinic acid as a catalyst in delignification of lignocellulosic material carried out in selected organic solvent. The process can be used for production of lignin rich, strong, reactive fibres with high yield or for fract...

Technical lignins

Increased need to exploit the biomass raw materials completely has raised the need to develop valorisation processes for new types of raw materials, typically side-stream fractions from forestry, agro and food industries. Lignin residues formed in no...

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Natural fiber modification

Fiber modification enables engineering of fiber properties towards targeted industrial need in various fiber-based products....

Developments in advanced biocomposites

VTT has long experience in developing biocomposites for several applicationareas. Biocomposites are materials consisting of bioplastics, natural fibres and/or fillers and additives, which are also preferred to be biomass-based....