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Data analytics and expert insights increase paper mill productivity

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations helps leading paper producer in Indonesia to optimize mill operations

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ABB has three Collaborative Operations Centers dedicated to pulp and paper industry customers in Finland, the United States, and now Singapore, as well as many more that serve other industry segments. All three pulp and paper centers may be involved with delivering advanced services to this mill in order to leverage various skill sets in each region.

Advanced digital services help increase overall mill productivity through expert insights and analysis of mill data that improve business decisions

Largest single-site producer of writing stationery

A major paper mill in East Java, Indonesia, produces a variety of printing and writing paper, other paper-related products, and packaging products including cardboard boxes. With an annual capacity of 320,000 metric tons, the mill is one of the world’s largest single-site producers of writing stationery.

Building upon ABB’s 15-year history of delivering traditional and advanced services to the mill, we recently added ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations to our service deliverables. This enhances ABB’s ability to positively impact daily mill operations to ensure that results achieved over the years will continue and improve.

New way of working together

Main facts

Customer Major paper mill in East Java
Country Indonesia
Customer need
Automate production
Identify and address production, quality and cost issues to achieve better consistency, fewer rejects and more sales
Solution ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations
Benefits
  • Reduced cycle times on product grade changes
  • Stabilized moisture and other additive levels
  • Higher equipment availability, fewer sheet breaks
  • Lower chemical costs
  • Reduced paper quality variation
  • Improved return on capital
Year
2018

A true Internet-of-Things application

ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations is a true Internet-of-Things application and is part of the company's portfolio of ABB AbilityTM digital solutions. Collaborative Operations provides performance management, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies to improve security, efficiency and productivity in various industries. ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Centers connect people in enterprise-wide production facilities and headquarters to ABB’s technology and expertise.

Making productive use of paper mill's data

Automating production requires processing large amounts of data. As complexity increases, so does the volume of data.  Collaborative Operations helps paper producers to make productive use of this data to identify and address production, quality and cost issues that can inhibit peak performance. This improves return on capital. Collaborative Operations helps to maximize business value by turning data insights into direct action.

At the mill, Collaborative Operations is reducing cycle times on product grade changes, resulting in higher production. It is also stabilizing moisture and other additive levels using multivariable predictive controls. Specific improvements include increased production due to higher equipment availability, fewer sheet breaks, lower chemical costs and reduced paper quality variation. These improvements all lead to better product quality and consistency, fewer rejects and more sales.

ABB has three Collaborative Operations Centers dedicated to pulp and paper industry customers in Finland, the United States, and now Singapore, as well as many more that serve other industry segments. All three pulp and paper centers may be involved with delivering advanced services to this mill in order to leverage various skill sets in each region.


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