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Digital transformation in the pulp and paper industry

Digitalization creating value and visibility for pulp and paper industry - from woodyard to shipment, from mill to enterprise

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Assessing, automating, optimizing and collaborating – that‘s the value digitally connected products and services can create for the pulp and paper industry. ABB unifies and simplifies access to all its engineering capabilities, system solutions, digital applications and collaborative services for pulp and paper under the single portfolio - ABB Ability™ for pulp and paper

We have long provided products, systems, software and services to help you run your paper-making business. We also realize these offerings just aren’t enough to help you stay competitive in this increasingly global world.  What is needed is a new way of thinking about how we can leverage this digitally connected world to improve your profitability. Setting a specific target, experimenting, piloting, learning and adapting will help prioritize digital technologies with the biggest impact for each specific situation.

Seeking new ideas to old problems?

Let’s pick a target and achieve desired outcomes for your paper-making business - together

Pulp & Paper Industry Vision Demo

A unified, enterprise-wide and collaborative approach to digital transformation in pulp and paper

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations video

ABB Ability™ for pulp and paper in practice

Digitally advanced mills
Know more, do more, do better, together
Expertise at each stage of mill's lifecycle
Integrated operation with single control room
For the first time ever an integrated automation solution will manage end-to-end production in the pulp industry — from the woodyard to shipment.

Unparalleled connectivity for full plant overview and advanced process controls
Operators get decision-making support in real time for optimal operation of the mill, at the same time as ongoing control and history are displayed. Operators can control the system against key ratios, such as reducing operating costs while keeping processes within emissions restrictions.

Simulator for testing, training and optimization
Functions for advanced process control implemented for all the process segments, integrated in the operator environment. Five simulators used at the same time before and during start up.

Complete mill automation
Pulp mill capitalizes on the depth and value of ABB’s offerings connecting Distributed Control System, Quality Control System, process instrumentation, drives, motors and process electrification solutions

Advanced process controls
Advanced process controls use data already gathered and available in a pulp mill’s automation system for process performance and loop stability and optimized costs

Data analytics and remote expert insights
ABB's Collaborative Operations Centers positively impact daily mill operations and its productivity by identifying and addressing production, quality and cost issues

In the world disrupted by digital technologies, successful pulp and paper companies set the vision for the future and empower their employees. They combine operational excellence and innovation to quickly respond to and make the most of the changes. Together with our customers and partners like Microsoft, IBM and others, we apply proven solutions and constantly create new ones - to bring real improvements to people, help them develop new skills and discover better operational modes.
Know more

Utilize data through sensors, devices and software to know more about your business in real-time

Do more

Monitor, control and manage your devices, processes and operations on-site or remotely

Do better

Simulate, predict and optimize through tools, insights and analysis


Work hand-in-hand with our experts anywhere around the globe to transform your business

ABB pioneered the development of electrical and automation technologies, invented the online quality control paper scanning technology that is now standard on all paper machines globally. We have prioritized R&D spending on digital technologies to help our customers successfully navigate this new age. Our team provides integrated products, services and solutions, data connectivity and visualizations. We help turn data into action to optimize power and productivity, performance, efficiency and quality throughout the operations lifecycle of your paper-making business. The result is - increased availability and lower lifetime investment costs.
Plan & design

Audit & advice
Design & engineering






Predictive maintenance
Preventive maintenance

ABB has been providing data analytics to papermakers since the 1950s, showing detailed product quality in real time. These measurement, control and visibility technologies have influenced ABB’s data analytics developments for all industries to identify, categorize and prioritize actions that improve productivity. For more stories on how we shift the center of gravity towards mill optimization and digitalization, helping paper-makers towards a new digital world - see more pulp and paper industry references.