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ABB releases new Network Platform 800 (NP800) scanner for quality control systems

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The Network Platform 800 (NP800) is a completely new scanner design which provides pulp and paper customers with a perpetual foundation on which to evolve their ABB quality control (QCS) systems

NP800 is a high-performance scanner right-sized for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines of up to 6.2 meters (244 inches) sheet width. When combined with ABB’s leading-edge paper sensors and controls, NP800 is a critical component of the QCS system for improving paper quality, optimizing paper machine stability and improving process efficiency.

NP800’s combination of powerful processing and real-time data acquisition provides precise sensor and frame coordination, fast signal processing and world-class measurement accuracy.

ABB has used its extensive Pulp and Paper product and service experience to design a scanner for easy expansion, robustness, reliability and serviceability. All system electronics and moving parts are fully integrated into the end columns and completely accessible from off the paper machine for easy and safe maintenance. No water cooling is required for either the scanner or any of its sensors. These features minimize installation down-time, start-up requirements and utility costs - reducing overall system lifecycle costs.

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NP800 is a right-sized for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines of up to 6.2 meters (244 inches) sheet width.

NP800 is a robust, reliable and stable platform, consisting of reinforced carbon steel “A”-beam construction with rigid end-columns that provide superior vertical, horizontal and torsional rigidity. This stable structure is critical for the precise alignment of sensor source and detector heads in harsh environments without the need for measurement profile compensation. The NP800’s smooth exterior design with no external openings, covers, exposed hardware or cables minimizes the possibilities for external contamination.

Integration with ABB’s 800xA and AC450-based QCS systems is supported along with a full range of engineering tools for configuration, monitoring and local and remote diagnostics. On-board diagnostics include spectral analysis capabilities that can provide further process insight. By studying the frequency of disturbances in the paper machine, changes in the performance can be linked to process upsets, helping customers to identify and eliminate sources of variation.

The NP800 is supported by ABB’s commitment to service our products over an extended lifecycle and by an unmatched global network of highly trained personnel.

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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