MM Board & Paper invests in ABB’s next generation L&W Autoline for Europe’s highest production cartonboard mill

  • MM upgrades to ABB’s newest, fastest and most reliable paper and board testing solution to ensure efficiency
  • Investment is in 2 x L&W Autoline automated paper testing systems
  • The Frohnleiten mill, Austria, produces 520,000 tons of cartonboard per annum including certified food-safe packaging

ABB will provide two next-generation L&W Autoline automated paper testing systems to MM Board & Paper (MM) and has secured a new service agreement with the major packaging manufacturer. The new solution will modernize and optimize quality control and minimize operational costs at the company’s Frohnleiten mill.

The mill, 28 kilometers from the city of Graz, serves MM as its research and development, product safety and compliance, and analytical chemistry center. It is a leader in food safety due to the production of cartonboards that have certified barriers to protect packaged foods. MM Frohnleiten produces 520,000 tons of cartonboard per year – the highest in Europe – and has reliably used the L&W Autoline 300 for quality testing for 20 years. MM has chosen to upgrade to ABB’s newest L&W Autoline for its unique features, most notably its proven ability to test bending stiffness, fulfilling current industry standards.

The new L&W Autoline includes a unique dual test function that reduces queuing by allowing simultaneous testing of the mill’s boards. Manually gathering and testing samples is a time-consuming process that can produce inaccuracies. With more data points and faster, more accurate results than previously possible, the new L&W Autoline provides the same results as lab equipment and delivers accurate, quality reports in minutes.

  • Operator using the user-friendly interface on the L&W Autoline
  • MM Board & Paper can make more informed decisions and take quicker corrective action or shift production targets with ABB's L&W Autoline

It features the smoothest and most reliable feeding system on the market that pulls the samples through the machine to minimize jamming and help reduce fix costs. It also has high-volume information storage, which enables identification of quality trends over time. For intuitive simplicity, it incorporates a real time visualization touchscreen interface, requiring minimal training, that provides direct feedback to operators on the unit and throughout the mill.

“We enjoy a long-term relationship with ABB whose team has consistently delivered a high standard of service since we first signed a contract with them in 2001,” said Gerald Lösch, Technology manager at MM Frohnleiten. “We were convinced by their best-in-class, new L&W Autoline solution that also supports our commitment to producing our cartonboard products efficiently and in a resource-friendly way.”

“Our R&D team worked closely with the customer in advance to carry out testing of the bending stiffness at our L&W factory in Sweden as we knew how important this was to MM,” said Stephan Dresel, Sales at ABB. “This proved that our new generation of L&W Autoline is the best solution currently on the market that can meet the same standards for bending stiffness testing online as in the lab.”

The new L&W Autoline allows mills to make more informed decisions and take quicker corrective action, allowing the paper or board maker to shift production targets, and achieve more consistent performance and higher profits.

The scope of the testing modules, which is the same for both units, includes: Gloss, Bendtsen, PPS, Thickness, Elrepho, Moisture and Grammage.

MM is a leading producer of cartonboard and folding cartons in Europe focusing on sustainable and innovative fiber-based packaging solutions.

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.

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.


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