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ABB to upgrade paper machine dry-end drive system at WestRock mill


March 23, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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ABB is supplying a new dry-end drive system to WestRock’s Longview, Washington mill.

This includes upgrades to its PM12 paper machine drives, motors and the installation of the ABB Ability System 800xA control system. Installation and commissioning of the project is planned for completion by year-end 2020.

The new ABB drive system will have a smaller footprint and require minimal parts. The modular drives are extremely compact, but with all of the parts easily accessible. The company says this will help to reduce interruption to production for planned and unplanned maintenance, and reduce spare part inventories.

“We set up a new 800xA system to control both existing and new drives,” says Steve St. Jarre, head of business development, pulp and paper, process industries, ABB. “The existing drives can be replaced as needed and use the same control platform as the mill evolves.”