Despite the abundance of online news articles, several people still prefer to enjoy their morning coffee and newsprint. The process used to make newsprint requires machinery such as conveyor belts, de-inking tanks, centrifugal cleaners and more. Materials such as paper and anything free of contaminants are gathered and used to make newsprint.
The biggest source of needed materials can be found within recycling bins. The paper will be tested for quality, material and cleanliness. If it passes the test, it will be sent on for further processing.
Several people contribute to the process of creating newsprint. Each worker is given a different job, to make sure that everything is running smoothly and correctly. At the beginning of the process are a group of workers responsible for shoveling the paper onto a conveyor belt. The conveyor belt then carries the paper to what is known as a pulper.
A pulper combines water and sodium silicate at 122 Fahrenheit. Paper is combined with the solution in order to go through a cleansing process that removes unwanted additives. Once the pulper has finished, the clean paper is then referred to as stock.
Next in the process of creating newsprint is the de-inking tank. The stock is transferred into this huge tank which contains air-filtered water, calcium and fatty acid soap. This process further cleans the stock in order to remove any traces of ink.
As the process continues, the amount of water content in each step is gradually reduced and fiber is increased. This goes on as the stock is passed through a number of washers. Once the stock has been thoroughly cleaned it is sent to what is known as a wire press.
In order to move the stock to the wire press, the wet stock must be sprayed onto sets of rollers which transfer the stock to the machine. Conveyor belts are used to squeeze the water out of the stock in an even process which allows fibers to bind together. Once the fibers bind together, the end result is a sheet of wet paper; this is then sent through several dryers.
Thirty-one sets of dryers lay in wait for the wet paper. The paper contains only 9 percent moisture once the drying process has been finished. A cutting process begins that cuts the now gigantic roll of paper into sections suitable for newsprint.
The cut sections are then sent out to customers who intend to use the paper for printing. At newspaper companies, the paper goes through a series of machines which will print the daily news onto each section so that the finished result, a set of newsprint papers filled with daily news and advertisements, can be sent out to subscribers who are waiting to enjoy it.