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ABB adds formation analysis, wrinkle count to web imaging system

October 24, 2019  By P&PC Staff

ABB Web Imaging System Real-Time Wrinkle Count

ABB has launched two new features as part of its Web Imaging System, designed to help manufacturers deliver on-specification paper.

For fine paper and paperboard manufacturers seeking to optimize printability of their end product, reduce rejects and achieve consistent output quality, Full Sheet Formation Analysis provides conclusive, highly visualized measurement of paper uniformity for the full web.

The patent-pending new feature offers deeper and more precise analysis of formation, helping papermakers better optimize established paper properties to achieve higher quality goals.


ABB’s full sheet solution leverages processing parallelism, and the flexibility of the FPGA (field-programmable gate array)–based smart camera platform to reveal and classify paper formation floc sizes and shapes. This greatly improves the ability to determine the uniformity of paper formation, while removing the possibility of misleading results.

For linerboard and liquid packaging manufacturers that require accurate detection and analysis of wrinkle formation, Real-Time Wrinkle Count provides online measurement and analysis of all paper web-based products. ABB says the feature is the only system available for pulp and paper manufacturers that identifies wrinkles and aggregates the data to reveal problems across the web in real time.

The feature captures up to 1.4 million wrinkle defects per camera without overloading the system and sends alerts when KPIs are outside of user-defined thresholds. It then aligns defect maps to sample machine or cross-direction location.

Real-Time Wrinkle Count and Full Sheet Formation Analysis are part of the ABB Ability Quality Management System integrated solution suite consisting of products, services and applications for quality control.

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