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ABB to modernize machinery at Swedish paperboard mill

March 12, 2021  By P&PC Staff

Iggesund Paperboard. Photo: ABB

ABB is conducting a major installation of new drives, control systems and quality control solutions (QCS) for a paperboard mill in Sweden.

ABB will deliver a comprehensive maintenance and upgrade project in several stages during 2021 to Iggesund Paperboard.

The mill’s two board machines produce premium-quality board for consumer and customized luxury packaging, as well as safe, durable medical packaging.


The strategy minimizes the impact on daily operations to the lowest possible downtime on each machine. ABB will replace the older Smart Platform system architecture with the latest Network Platform technology.

A step-by-step electronics upgrade is underway on measuring frames as part of QCS on the two machines. Each frame will be equipped with the latest generation of ABB’s moisture sensors, the High-Performance Infrared Transmission (HPIR-T). Moisture is an important quality parameter if the board is to retain its properties in subsequent product conversion steps.

Functions to enable a safer working environment for operators and other personnel, including double-channel emergency stops, a modern start warning system and safe speed monitoring of the machines, are integrated within the drive and automation solution.

To secure the future of production, ABB is supporting the modernization of 150 drive systems with the ABB Ability System 800xA automation and control system and frequency converters from the new ACS880 multidrive system family.

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