- ABB partnership keeps production of Wettex-Vileda sponge cloths running
- ABB solutions at Freudenberg facility include low-voltage switchgear, circuit breakers and frequency converters
- Modernization of electrical distribution supports efficiency improvements
For more than 70 years, Wettex sponge cloths – Vileda in some markets – have been an efficient way to tackle jobs around the house. Every day, thousands of meters of Wettex sponge cloth are produced at Freudenberg’s factory in Norrköping, Sweden. With a focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, and safety, progress is driven forward here with the help of solutions from ABB Electrification.
ABB is a trusted partner that keeps the production running, with smart power distribution solutions. In the factory, thousands of drives are fed with current and voltage from ABB’s low-voltage MNS3.0 switchgear with Emax 2 circuit breakers. The tough production environment places high demands on equipment that can withstand difficult conditions, but this is not noticeable in the bright switchgear rooms. Here, the switchgear rows are easily accessible to Freudenberg’s electricians.
Freudenberg’s facility is being modernized to improve efficiency. Sustainability work takes place on many levels – improving the company's energy performance is one of them.
"Our facility is being modernized and made more efficient, and the same applies to our switchgear from ABB,” says Richard Thörnkvist, Maintenance/Electrical Manager at Freudenberg. “They are rebuilt and upgraded when they are 20–25 years old. Old appliances and components that are difficult to obtain are replaced with more modern equipment that is more energy efficient. With new products, the risk of interruptions in production is reduced. We aim to have no breakdowns, and we have very few stoppages. These are good products."
“We always adapt our solutions to the industry they serve,” says Per Jennedal, Sales Representative at ABB Electrification Sweden. “Tinned rails and double contactors in an emergency stop circuit are two examples of special solutions here."
The simplicity of the end product, a colorful sponge cloth, does not reflect the complicated process of making it. Renewable resources such as paper, viscose, cotton, and salt are used to produce a mass, that is extruded, steamed, and baked in an oven before patterns are printed and the sponge cloths are cut to the right size.
ABB and Freudenberg have a long and successful history of cooperation. It's easy to be fooled by Wettex sponge cloth’s unassuming look. But it takes both innovative engineering and energy efficient solutions for our sinks to shine.
Wettex® and Freudenberg
In 1949, Curt Lindqvist created the first Wettex sponge cloth at home in his kitchen by grinding a sponge through a meat grinder. Lindqvist’s wife, Margareta, named it Wettex®, short for wet textile. Since 1990, Wettex® has been manufactured by Freudenberg, which is present in 60 countries and has 50,000 employees worldwide.
ABB solutions at Freudenberg
The Wettex production facility is home to a range of ABB power distribution solutions, such as switchgear, frequency converters, circuit breakers, I/O-units.
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