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ABB adds more pulp and paper specific software to its Automation Software Maintenance program

June 26, 2023  By P&PC Staff

ABB customers can now access QCS software updates between major system upgrades. (Photo: ABB)

ABB’s latest Automation Software Maintenance (ASM) lifecycle management program covers the software related to Paper Machine Drives (PMC800) and Pulp and Paper Process Control Library (PPLib800xA). The new service offering is an extension of ABB’s ASM program and complements the Quality Control System (QCS) ASM program that was introduced in January 2023.

According to ABB, the basis of all ASM programs is to offer a tiered subscription service that enables system evolution from older versions to the latest and/or provide on-demand access to regular software updates that include incremental improvements, patches and new features. This system management helps pulp, paper, packaging and tissue mills to maximize their system investment and reduce maintenance and support costs.

ASM tiered subscription options open up the features available as mills go through the upgrade process. Maintain Plus is designed to provide customers with access to incremental updates for PPLib800xA and PM Drives containing fixes and enhancements. Maintain & Evolve includes all the benefits of the Maintain Plus level, with the added ability to upgrade from an older legacy system version to the latest and between system generations.


The program also reportedly gives both PPLib800xA and PM Drives users access to the myABB business portal for program management and premium system documentation. With PPLib800xA ASM, subscription enables an improved human-machine interface (HMI) experience and access to the PPSupport tool, a .Net standalone application that detects unintended changes and aids system engineers in migrating the existing process application libraries to the latest version. The enhanced ASM lifecycle management program for automation and drives is available to customers from June 30, 2023.

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