Laboratory Services

WIST laboratory services include physical and analytical tests for the paper industry including research and development work on the university's pilot paper machine. And we provide sustainability services, including recyclability and repulpability testing and certification, and compostability testing. You can view information on all of our services on these web pages or peruse this Specialty Papers PDF.

Industrial hemp testing, analysis and research

WIST is licensed under the state of Wisconsin's Industrial Hemp Program to perform research on industrial hemp. The institute's extensive experience and capabilities in fiber processing and evaluation are perfectly suited to serve the increased interest in uses for industrial hemp. Read more about WIST's industrial hemp research here.

WIST laboratories serve a wide variety of needs, as highlighted in this excerpt from 2019 Annual Report

As with the digester study, much of the [2019 laboratory services] work was assistance in product development, whether for large multinational corporations or solo entrepreneurs. Among the dozens of contracted services over the past year, for example, WIST provided coating test runs on the university’s pilot coating and laminating line, worked with an entrepreneur exploring uses for industrial hemp (WIST in 2018 became one of the first laboratories licensed by Wisconsin for research on industrial hemp), tested cat litter made from recycled paper, helped a company recreate a legacy paper, and worked with a company developing a filter pad.

Read the full Annual Report here.

Contact us today

To request a quote or to inquire further about our paper making, pulping and bleaching, recyclability and repulpability,
and coating and laminating services, contact either:

Lindsey Hoffman, Laboratory and Papermaking Project Specialist
715-346-3796  ​

Brian Bandow, Paper Machine and Laboratory Specialist

To request a quote on compostability testing services or for further information, contact

Amber Davidson, Compostability Laboratory Manager

For all other inquiries contact:

Paul Fowler, Executive Director

Laboratory Services Price List

Yes, send me a copy of the WIST Laboratory Services Price List. (click here and complete the price list order form.)

Pointer Blotter

Buy high-quality Pointer Blotter and support paper science education at UW-Stevens Point at the same time

Pointer Blotter conforms to TAPPI standards and a Certificate of Analysis is provided with every order.
As an added bonus, your purchase of Pointer Blotter helps educate students in the Paper Science and Engineering Program at UWSP, who make Pointer Blotter. A portion of proceeds supports TAPPI/PIMA Student Chapter and paper machine operating costs.
To order Pointer Blotter or for more information, email WIST.

Pointer Blotter is made in Wisconsin from U.S. and foreign materials.

WIST offers recyclability/repulpability testing
for carton board and corrugated products

Read more about this service here.