Domtar chose to add ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and paper to its new West Carrollton operations. Part of the reason ABB was selected was because 20 of their North American sites already use ABB MES and it's managed as a standard multi-site application.
“The relationship we’ve had with ABB, be it Domtar or its predecessor, goes back about 25 years,” said Brent Weeres, Senior Manager of IT Manufacturing Services for Domtar. “They know our facilities and business very well. The real question was about the new type of business we were entering into. With consultation from the ABB MES team, we concluded (the coating setup within MES) would not be a lot different from what we were already using.”
There is overlap between coaters and paper machines, and with some modifications, a large part of the existing MES application fit into the coating environment.
“A lot of the functionality needed simply hasn’t been ‘turned on’,” said Kevin Lumberson, North American MES Product Manager, ABB. “For example, their mills didn’t have off-machine coaters, but the modules already existed in their library. So as operations change and expand, our MES usually can meet a customer’s requirements without customization.”