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ABB has successfully devised a spare parts and maintenance program for Saigon Paper, Vietnam’s leading paper manufacturer, enabling the company to drive productivity in their mills.

  • ABB leverages its proprietary spare parts analysis tool to help enhance Saigon Paper Corporation’s mill parts inventory
  • Accurate spare parts inventory reduces breakdown incidents, improves machine availability and optimizes productivity
  • A solid inventory of spare parts offers a competitive advantage, allowing mills to avoid production losses

The ABB team created a recommended spares and gap analysis using mySpareParts Manager, an ABB-facing tool that built a custom report with required distributed control system (DCS) spare parts for Saigon Paper’s operations. Not only did it show how to optimize the cost of inventory and the exact lifecycle of the DCS equipment for advance planning of upgrading and replacing, but it also helped identify the minimum necessary spare parts, expanding initial scope from seven items to fifteen.

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With proactive spare parts becoming more important to avoid production losses, having a solid inventory of spare parts is a clear competitive advantage. Saigon Paper will now be able to benefit from reduced breakdown incidents, improved machine availability and optimized productivity with low maintenance costs, while focusing on energy efficiency, further boosting profit margins.

“Our investment in ABB’s service is paying off already by giving us a better overview of the DCS spare parts needed in order to optimize the cost of inventory and improve productivity in our mills,” said Mr Quy Luu Tu, Maintenance Manager of Saigon Paper. “We expect to have the same service from ABB for all other equipment and software as well.”

2022 06 28 145114“Strong collaboration has always been key to our long-standing relationship with Saigon Paper, and this really helped us to better understand their existing spare parts inventory for the entire ABB installed base, while driving towards a sustainable production process,” said Duong TranDai, Business Director, ABB Vietnam.

Saigon Paper Corporation is the leading supplier of quality tissue and industrial paper and owns one of the country’s largest paper mills. Their paper mills collectively have an annual production capacity of 43,680 tons of tissue paper and 224,640 tons of industrial paper.

Both of their mills rely on ABB Ability™ System 800xA DCS to keep production running, and ABB is their long-term partner and preferred supplier for QCS, automation, drives, motors and electrification.  

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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ABB has been awarded a software and service contract by Asia Symbol Group in China to provide the ABB Ability Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for a new production line, with delivery and commissioning ongoing throughout 2022.

  • ABB and pulp and paper producer Asia Symbol reinforce long-standing relationship with expansion of ABB Ability Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to cover new production line
  • Upgrade to extend productivity and profitability at the company’s mill in Guangdong, China
  • MES is specifically designed to enable pulp and paper producers to optimize storage, energy and raw material usage

The expansion will help Asia Symbol to optimize its overall production process across all lines at its Guangdong mill, providing better oversight for planning, scheduling and continuously improving efficiency and reducing waste. A rich application experience will give operators greater real-time visibility across the entire manufacturing process, creating a visual factory to ensure the delivery of products of the right quality at the right time.

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Specifically designed to enable pulp and paper producers achieve operational excellence and maximum performance, ABB’s MES helps optimize storage, energy and raw material usage, in turn improving product output and quality.

“ABB has been our trusted MES partner due to high competency and clear focus on the entire pulp and paper operation, from mill floor to enterprise level planning. We have benefited from their approach to convert digital data into world-class business results and are looking forward to the expanded use of ABB’s MES over our entire mill,” said Mr. Liang LiFu, IT Manager at Asia Symbol's Guangdong production base.

“Our operations team is commissioning the MES implementation while the other two production lines are still running,” said Shankar Singh, Digital Product Line Manager, Pulp and Paper, ABB. “We are pleased to be supporting Asia Symbol in reaching their operational goals through our MES which will provide transparency across the value chain and optimize material flow within their paper mill.”

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This latest contract affirms the strong, long-standing relationship between ABB and Asia Symbol, a world leading producer of pulp and paper under the RGE Group. In recent years this has seen the provision of paper machine drives and QCS products, and the successful extension of ABB’s MES service to Asia Symbol’s three production lines at the Guangdong production base.

Last year, ABB secured another MES upgrade project from APRIL Group for its Kerinci mill in Indonesia, which is also part of RGE Group. The order covers three paper machine lines with 1.5 million tons of annual production and was delivered in Q1 2022.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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Containerboard manufacturer Papierfabrik Adolf Jass Schwarza GmbH has successfully integrated ABB’s latest L&W Autoline automatic testing solution into its production process, largely replacing manual laboratory measurements.

  • Papierfabrik Adolf Jass Schwarza GmbH (Jass) has annual capacity of one million tons of corrugated base papers
  • Installation of ABB’s next generation L&W Autoline automatic paper testing solution paves way for digitally centralized laboratory
  • Jass moves from manual to automated testing for quicker, more frequent results and improved quality optimization opportunities

The move is part of wider digitalization project at the mill, which produces one million tons of corrugated base papers annually, and brings quality inspection closer to the production floor. Jass operators will gain reliable quality insights faster, enabling them to adjust the process and parameters to ensure increased efficiencies through fewer rejects, saving energy and raw materials usage.

Quality data from the L&W Autoline is collected in the mill's quality management system via integration with the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system and OPC communication, thus adding automated laboratory data to the mill's universal view of product quality.

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“The integration of L&W Autoline automatic paper testing means we have completed the move from time-consuming manual paper testing so that our personnel can focus on quality adjustments and optimization for our end products,” said Dr. Uwe Weiss, Technical and Production Manager, Jass. “We are highly satisfied with its performance and already see the benefits of having more quality data in less time.”

“Reducing measurement uncertainty or test variability is at the heart of what automating paper testing systems can provide paper mills, enabling papermakers to make more informed decisions and take quicker corrective action,” said Felix Schäufler, Sales Specialist, ABB. “The addition of the new L&W Autoline, with the latest software standards, provides closer production control, therefore reducing the number of rejects and saving Jass both energy and raw materials.”

ABB’s next-generation L&W Autoline is the fastest and most reliable automated paper testing solution. It meets current industry standards (ISO/TAPPI) and delivers accurate and repeatable quality reports in minutes, allowing production to react faster to process disturbances.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com 

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-​to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-​specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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Sun Paper, in close collaboration with ABB, has successfully launched another pulp mill, at the new Beihai location in Guangxi, China. ABB has installed three sets of its flagship distributed control system (DCS) ABB Ability System 800xA®, two sets of mechanical pulp drive systems, four refiner motors and auxiliary high-voltage cabinets, and over 30 high and low-voltage motors.

  • Implementation of ABB Ability System 800xA® distributed control system (DCS) at Sun Paper’s new pulp mill to drive operational accessibility
  • Combined pulp production lines at the new Beihai mill represent the largest pulp production capacity among comparable lines in the global market
  • The latest contract marks ABB’s 15th DCS implementation over a 20-year relationship with Sun Paper

The Beihai mill currently produces 600,000 tons of bleached mechanical pulp (APMP line and BCTMP line) and 800,000 tons of bleached pulp (BKP). The combined daily production capacity across the three lines reaches up to 4,200 air-dried tons and currently represents the largest pulp production capacity among comparable lines in the global market.

In addition to DCS implementation, the mill will integrate ABB’s Relion® 615 protection and control series of relays with the 800xA for both the APMP and BCTMP mechanical pulp production lines, together with Load Commuted Inverter (LCI) drives solution. This will enable soft starting for multi-motor connections, significantly reducing the start and stopping impact of the refiner motors on the power grid to ensure production safety and stability.

ABB was able to meet Sun Paper’s objective to strengthen the interconnection between the DCS and laboratory data and gain access to the status monitoring of the refiner motor system. This achieved system-wide centralized information management, helping managers understand on-site conditions in real-time to support their pulp production decisions. They can also manage remote operations and configurations using mobile devices such as tablets and phones, which improves the collaboration and convenience of the system. This advanced setup of the DCS safeguards production stability and lays a solid foundation for future expansion and other digital solutions.

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“We have chosen ABB’s solutions over others for years because we greatly value their outstanding product quality and engineering services,” said Mr Ying Guangdong, deputy general manager and chief engineer of Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. Ltd. “As for the pulp project at the Beihai Mill, the ABB team has consistently demonstrated their excellent project execution and collaborative strengths, ensuring the smooth start-up of our new production line.”

“ABB has been working closely with Sun Paper for over two decades now and this latest strategic cooperation at their new Beihai mill further strengthens our collaboration,” said Mr YueMing Liu, ABB Pulp and Paper Industry lead, North Asia and China. “Our advanced automation, electrification and digital solutions are supporting Sun Paper in their digital transformation and sustainable development journey.”

During their 20+ year collaboration, ABB has provided 15 DCSs to Sun Paper, safeguarding unparalleled system connectivity, as well as a collaborative, real-time decision-making environment for its paper production lines and pulp mills. This latest project follows the recent completion of four pulp production line projects at Sun Paper’s Shandong production base.

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ABB has built on its established relationship with Cheng Loong Corporation by securing a contract to bring its L&W Autoline automated paper testing solution to a mill in Vietnam. 

  • Moving from manual testing to ABB’s L&W Autoline solution will help Cheng Loong Corporation improve quality and save time
  • Contract with paper mill follows previous order in customer’s Taiwan HQ

Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company’s mill in the southeast of Vietnam will now have the market’s fastest and most reliable automated paper testing solution to deliver accurate and repeatable quality reports in minutes. The L&W Autoline will be fitted with modules for thickness, tensile stiffness orientation (TSO), moisture, bursting strength and grammage measurements – improving quality and saving time when compared to stand-alone laboratory testing.

Automated paper testing has traditionally been less common in the Asian market compared to other parts of the world. However, usage is increasing with double the installations in Southeast Asia over recent years, underscoring the need for expedited quality feedback that today’s operations require. Automated paper testing generates frequent, reliable quality information and allows faster process corrections due to quicker tests and more data points.

Technician working with the L&W Autoline user interfaceTechnician working with the L&W Autoline user interface

The upgrade will replace the mill’s manual laboratory testing, which, despite confirming final product quality does not capture all irregularities nor is produced in real time. 

“We were already aware of ABB’s capabilities, and professional consultancy, from other Cheng Loong sites, said Ming-Chun yu, Quality Control Section Supervisor, Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company. “We knew that we needed to make the move to automated paper testing and the L&W Autoline to help us reach our mill’s objectives. We look forward to reaping the benefits of the time savings, increased quality control checks and flexibility in our production.”

“With increased production a key focus for their future, we were convinced that Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company’s mill would benefit the most from automating paper testing to keep up with the new demands,” said Karin Hermansson, Global Product Line Manager, Laboratory Testing and Industry Instrumentation, ABB. “The Binh Duong mill will now have a competitive advantage in its ability to consistently produce a high-quality product while optimizing operational costs. We’re proud to be part of their journey with ABB’s L&W Autoline solution.”

While Cheng Loong’s new containerboard machines (BM2) will make use of the S model, which has space for six automated testing modules; ABB also offers the L&W Autoline L with space for 13 modules. Both models can handle everything from sample preparation to the final reel report with minimal operator involvement, all conforming to industry standards and improving mill efficiency.

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ABB has updated its KPM KC7 Microwave Consistency Transmitter portfolio with a larger flow-through sensor to fit process pipes with a diameter of up to 16”, giving more customers the choice to measure the total consistency of mixed pulps with a flow-through sensor. The technology leader has also launched a redesigned insertion type with a new dual-plate sensor.

  • ABB adds redesigned dual-plate insertion model to its KPM KC7 Microwave Consistency Transmitter offering
  • New larger flow-through microwave sensor options cater to mill installations that previously could only use insertion types 
  • Update to portfolio provides most representative process pipe consistency measurement on the market

2022 05 12 103343Both of the device options will be used in the stock preparation area of mills, which feeds the wet end of the paper machine. The enlarged flow-through model, extending from a previous maximum of 12”, expands ABB’s market reach to those with wider diameter pipes that previously could only use insertion types, but that can now consider both. The larger size, capturing the whole pipe diameter, means the most representative measurement on the market and provides precise, reliable measurements of total consistency regardless of flow rate for superior process control. 

For mills opting for the insertion style, the dual-plate design is the only one on the market with an optional temperature sensor that can be retracted for abrasive and unscreened processes, a feature also available with the flow-through model. The parallel antennas avoid microwave reflections in the pipe and generate a self-cleaning effect, removing the risk of obstructions and therefore increasing uptime and reducing maintenance costs compared to other devices.

Microwave measurement is becoming more popular due to its low calibration requirements, high accuracy, and ability to measure total consistency independent of process variables and fiber properties. Unlike optical and sheer force technologies, KPM KC7 is unaffected by both process changes, such as flow speed, pressure and turbulence, and variations in pulp species, fiber length and freeness.

“ABB individually verifies each sensor before implementation to ensure high accuracy, said Karin Hermansson, Product Line Manager at ABB. “With this update to fit larger pipes, reduce obstructions and ensure smooth temperature readings for even the most difficult processes, we can now meet the most diverse requirements in the complex world of papermaking.”

The expansion means that ABB’s KPM KC7 sensor portfolio is now equipped with an added pressure sensor – available as a spare part – to further improve diagnostics. With no moving parts or preventive maintenance requirements, the updated sensors - compatible with third-party couplings for simple upgrades and replacements - make for easy operation and maintenance to ensure a low total cost of ownership.

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The application usage extends across paper, tissue, board and pulp producers, from recycled pulping to end of machine stock preparation, and can even be used for municipal and industrial wastewater. KPM KC7 is particularly good for users of recycled raw material and pulp and paper mill teams that prefer to measure and control total consistency with microwave technology.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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ABB has been awarded a new contract by long-term customer, sustainable packaging company DS Smith, to fulfil a vision of highly automated, connected, and secure operations at their Kemsley Mill in the UK.

  • Leading sustainable packaging company DS Smith invests in new contract to futureproof operations and further strengthen cyber security functionality
  • ABB to deliver distributed control system (DCS) and paper machine drives upgrade at Kemsley Paper Mill, Kent, UK

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The Kent mill is the second largest recovered fiber-based paper operation in Europe, boasting an annual production capacity of over 840,000 tons. Aligning with the company’s focus on recycling and sustainable paper and packaging production, the mill produces the first recycled, lightweight paper manufactured in the UK. This includes White Liner A, White Liner B, Dual Use, Dual Use HP Plus, Light Medium Plus, Liner 3 and Plasterboard Liners.

ABB is supporting the mill’s evolution with the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and paper machine drives upgrade across PM3, PM4 and PM6. The upgraded DCS will be integrated across the mill, working as the backbone that connects everything securely into one system for better, more automated functionality and easier maintenance.

ABB will also deliver a one-year support contract, the latest cyber security set up and two new Virtual Measurements for PM4, which will provide online calculations for strength and weight. System delivery is expected in Q3 2022. A progressive implementation of the system will align with the planned maintenance program in successive months.

“ABB’s consultation, involving numerous remote workshops and ongoing discussions, helped us define the best approach for our modernization project. The team showed real expertise and understanding of our future ambitions and will act as a partner to us in our digital transformation journey,” said Ben Jennings, Kemsley Mill Manager at DS Smith.

“DS Smith is a leading European and US paper manufacturer with a clear vision for their future operations. The Kemsley Mill is a great example of a facility with the foresight to plan for the bigger digitalization rapidly emerging in the pulp and paper industry,” said Jan-Willem Bos, Regional Industry Lead, ABB Pulp and Paper. “We’re pleased to build on our long-standing relationship and work closely with DS Smith to drive their strategic evolution.”

ABB is working across more than 50 countries to provide its comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital solutions, automation and electrification systems, industry-focused products and services to help customers optimize all phases of the papermaking process. The company works across packaging, paper, tissue and pulp disciplines to help drive availability, performance, cost and quality improvements.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Through its purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

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ABB is launching their new KPM KB2 Ranger Model, a sheet break detection device that is invulnerable to paper jams, color and grade changes for the highest uptime with the lowest required maintenance.

  • ABB’s new KB2 Ranger Model delivers unique, long-distance break detection from the side of the paper web providing continuous, trouble-free operation
  • Latest KPM detection device includes innovative RGB break profile method to reduce false positives  
  • Simple, one-button calibration removes the need for complicated, grade-specific settings

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As the latest addition to ABB’s industry-leading KPM Sheet Break Detector portfolio, this non-contact optical sensor will prove particularly important for paper or board producers making frequent grade changes or colored papers. The single, one-button calibration removes the need for complicated, grade-specific settings, while the RGB break profiling method reduces false positives and automatically updates for more robust detection over time.

The KPM KB2 Ranger model offers a longer measurement distance – up to 1.5 meters – and side installation to keep the sensor head outside the machine. It can provide reliable break detection in all configurations, such as against felt, wire or cylinders, and its freely adjustable sensor head is able to detect breaks from any angle. This removes the possibility of paper getting stuck on the sensor head, enabling higher reliability and accuracy across all paper and board grades, regardless of color.

While the sensor head can withstand high temperatures, the electronics unit is mounted outside the machine hood using fiber optic cables, preventing the electronics from being affected by dirt, steam or temperature and maintaining high reliability even in a high humidity environment.

Unlike comparable solutions that require in-machine installation, ABB’s KPM KB2 Ranger model augments the current offering to deliver higher uptime and reduced unplanned downtime. It requires minimal, if any, maintenance and cleaning due to its air-purged sensor that keeps the unit clean for continuous and trouble-free operation.

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“Our KPM Sheet Break Detector is recognized as the best on the market and the proven choice for installations in harsh environments or where space is limited,” said Karin Hermansson, Product Line Manager, ABB. “We are pleased to unveil the new KB2 Ranger Model to offer additional options for mills facing frequent grade changes or color-related issues, while proving our commitment to continual innovation surrounding mill optimization solutions.”

KB2 is applicable globally across paper, tissue, board and pulp machines, and can be used on press or drying sections.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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ABB has released its High-Performance Infrared-Reflection (HPIR-R) moisture sensor, which provides the fastest, most precise moisture monitoring available on the market today. Taking up to 5,000 measurements per second, the sensor delivers precise, high-resolution measurement that enables mills to increase throughput while reducing operating costs.

  • ABB’s new patented technology offers unprecedented speed and accuracy of moisture measurements, even in difficult locations
  • Accurate measurement can lead to significant cost savings; a ~1 percent change in moisture can generate up to $400,000 in energy savings
  • Precise measurement helps reduce drying costs and emissions for more sustainable operations

This advanced, patented technology will help pulp, paper and board producers to always know the precise moisture levels, giving them confidence to raise moisture targets and improve their CD profiles, enhancing end product quality with fewer rejects as a result.

Being able to measure and control the moisture levels as the sheet moves through the paper machine is critical to reducing energy requirements. This leads to optimized drying, decreased steam usage, significant energy savings in dryer sections and reduced carbon emissions. In fact, changing the steam pressure to create a moisture change of just 1 percent can equate to $400,000 in energy savings.

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The small spot of infrared energy used in the sensor provides excellent streak resolution and accurate edge-to-edge sheet measurement, even in the most difficult environments. Measurement while scanning is continuous, with no beam chopping or filter wheels ensuring optimum signal-to-noise ratio and maximum measurement rate.

ABB’s new HPIR-R moisture measurement, which also has a built-in sheet temperature sensor, is designed to be fully air-cooled and field repairable. That, coupled with its insensitivity to dust and disturbances enables high uptime and lower total cost of ownership than similar solutions.

“Unlike competitive offerings, ABB’s HPIR-R moisture sensor provides the highest frequency measurements possible, which helps customers to improve quality, reduce downtime, decrease costs and increase yields,” said Andy Broomfield, Product Line Manager at ABB. “It has been designed for papermakers looking for accurate and precise moisture measurement in hot, difficult machine environments.”

While it can be placed in any location, the highest impact application for this reflection moisture sensor is before a size press, where better precision and accuracy let you raise the moisture target, giving optimized starch/sizing pickup and reduced drying energy demand. This also applies to pre-coat locations.

Another high-value application is placing it after the wet press section, enabling operators to adjust press loadings to improve the moisture profile and increase sheet dryness going into the dryers. In addition to energy savings, this also gives higher sheet strength in that sensitive area of the machine, meaning improved runnability and sheet break recovery.

Part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System, the sensor is fully digital with high-speed measurements provided alongside a rich set of diagnostic data which is ideal for analytics to inform on-site or corporate-level decision-making. It is applicable for all network platform types and can be used to measure publication grades, graphic papers, board, tissue, packaging, specialist and recycled grades.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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ABB has released its High-Performance Infrared-Reflection (HPIR-R) moisture sensor, which provides the fastest, most precise moisture monitoring available on the market today. Taking up to 5,000 measurements per second, the sensor delivers precise, high-resolution measurement that enables mills to increase throughput while reducing operating costs.  

  • ABB’s new patented technology offers unprecedented speed and accuracy of moisture measurements, even in difficult locations
  • Accurate measurement can lead to significant cost savings; a ~1% change in moisture can generate up to $400K in energy savings
  • Precise measurement helps reduce drying costs and emissions for more sustainable operations

This advanced, patented technology will help pulp, paper and board producers to always know the precise moisture levels, giving them confidence to raise moisture targets and improve their CD profiles, enhancing end product quality with fewer rejects as a result.

Being able to measure and control the moisture levels as the sheet moves through the paper machine is critical to reducing energy requirements. This leads to optimized drying, decreased steam usage, significant energy savings in dryer sections and reduced carbon emissions. In fact, changing the steam pressure to create a moisture change of just 1% can equate to $400K in energy savings.

The small spot of infrared energy used in the sensor provides excellent streak resolution and accurate edge-to-edge sheet measurement, even in the most difficult environments. Measurement while scanning is continuous, with no beam chopping or filter wheels ensuring optimum signal-to-noise ratio and maximum measurement rate.

ABB’s new HPIR-R moisture measurement, which also has a built-in sheet temperature sensor, is designed to be fully air-cooled and field repairable. That, coupled with its insensitivity to dust and disturbances enables high uptime and lower total cost of ownership than similar solutions.

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“Unlike competitive offerings, ABB’s HPIR-R moisture sensor provides the highest frequency measurements possible, which helps customers to improve quality, reduce downtime, decrease costs and increase yields,” said Andy Broomfield, Product Line Manager at ABB. “It has been designed for papermakers looking for accurate and precise moisture measurement in hot, difficult machine environments.”

While it can be placed in any location, the highest impact application for this reflection moisture sensor is before a size press, where better precision and accuracy let you raise the moisture target, giving optimized starch/sizing pickup and reduced drying energy demand. This also applies to pre-coat locations.

Another high-value application is placing it after the wet press section, enabling operators to adjust press loadings to improve the moisture profile and increase sheet dryness going into the dryers. In addition to energy savings, this also gives higher sheet strength in that sensitive area of the machine, meaning improved runnability and sheet break recovery.

Part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System, the sensor is fully digital with high-speed measurements provided alongside a rich set of diagnostic data which is ideal for analytics to inform on-site or corporate-level decision-making. It is applicable for all network platform types  and can be used to measure publication grades, graphic papers, board, tissue, packaging, specialist and recycled grades.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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