As the mill got up to full speed and focused on growing their customer base, they made sure to highlight their investment in quality to prospects and customers visiting the mill.
“Whatever customer was visiting our mill during start up, we were making sure to give a tour of both MES and Autoline and their contribution to quality,” said Qureshi. “Autoline is connected directly, so we are able to get readings and make changes online. For example, auto controlling for basis weight or moisture profiles.”
ABB’s MES connects to the paper machine’s automation, quality control and web inspection systems to provide online moisture, grammage and caliper profiles in the form of color maps. Samples of each jumbo reel are sent to ABB L&W Autoline
, which is also directly connected to the MES, where additional quality measurements are performed and recorded as quality certification records for each order produced.
The high automation level of the mill coupled with the full end-to-end production and quality management provided by MES gave IPM's end customers peace of mind to place important first orders even before the start up.