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Web Handling History – Past


By Dr. David R. Roisum 
Web handling began 2,000 years ago with the first tensioned textile looms. However, most date the science of web handling to about 200 years ago. Specifically, it was the invention of the first continuous papermaking machine, the Fourdrinier.

In many ways our heritage, no matter what we make, is paper. Yet, each web material has made its own contributions to the collective best practices and science.
Here is a brief history of the highlights of web handling of the past two centuries.

Why bother with the past when we have so much going on, now? Simple, those who are not familiar with history are doomed to repeat its mistakes, now.

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