ABB selected to supply new automated paper testing solution at Progroup’s most environmentally friendly mill

ABB’s next generation L&W Autoline will boost efficiency by rapidly reducing off-spec production at the state-of-the-art Sandersdorf-Brehna mill in Germany

ABB has been selected by Progroup - one of Europe's leading containerboard and corrugated board manufacturers - to supply and install its latest L&W Autoline automated paper testing solution for a new 750,000 tonne-capacity PM3 paper machine at Progroup’s third ultra-modern mill in Sandersdorf-Brehna, Germany.

Commencing production in late Summer 2020, the mill will set industry-leading standards of energy efficiency and sustainability in line with Progroup’s ‘Green Hightech’ philosophy. ABB’s L&W Autoline solution contributes to this by enabling 24/7 quality control to eliminate wastage associated with off-spec production.

“We optimize every part of our paper mill to conserve resources in all areas of production,” said Peter Resvanis, Head of Growth Processes Paper at Progroup. “We were convinced by ABB's many years of experience in the field of automatic paper testing and the use of measuring methods that conform to the highest standards.”

The PM3 paper machine at Progroup’s Sandersdorf-Brehna mill uses 100 percent recovered paper as raw material. An integrated, circulating water treatment plant reduces the fresh water requirement by around 80 percent compared with similar factories. This can save 3.75 million cubic meters of fresh water per annum. Innovative production technologies also reduce annual CO2 emissions by 170,000 tonnes.

“We have supported Progroup as it realizes its pioneering vision for an environmentally-aware, sustainable future for the pulp and paper industry,” said Per Sandstrom, head of lab and process testing measurements for ABB Pulp and Paper. “L&W Autoline’s ability to rapidly enable smart decision-making and apply process adjustments will ensure that all quality specifications are met with maximum efficiency.”

ABB’s latest L&W Autoline is 10 times faster than manual testing, enabling rapid reduction of off-spec production. Scalable to fit any lab and extremely easy to use, the system incorporates a unique, visual touchscreen interface, requiring minimal training. Other features include the smoothest and most reliable feeding system on the market to minimize jamming; a unique dual test function to reduce queuing by allowing simultaneous testing; high-volume information storage, enabling identification of quality trends over time; and real-time visualization, providing direct feedback to operators on the unit and throughout the mill.

L&W Autoline is part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System (QMS) solution suite, ABB’s complete offering for optimizing paper quality. ABB is the market leader in automated paper testing solutions, with experience of helping more than 550 customers to achieve their targets.

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ABB is a trusted partner and leading supplier to the pulp and paper industry, offering deep expertise and a comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital solutions, automation and electrification systems, industry-focused products and comprehensive services to help our customers optimize all phases of the papermaking process. We are committed to serving packaging, paper, tissue and pulp producers to help drive availability, performance, cost and quality improvements. Active worldwide, ABB has over 1000 pulp and paper professionals who serve customers in over 50 countries.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global engineering 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 144,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.


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