ABB, a leading global technology company, has successfully commissioned the Induction xP Plus Profiler system on PM3 at Bilt Graphic Paper Products Limited (BGPPL), Ballarpur, India.
This is for the first time when an ABB cross machine direction control engineer has provided remote commissioning support for an upgrade of this kind. The modernisation project was successfully and seamlessly delivered due to the world-class domain expertise of the team.
ABB’s new Induction xP Plus is the best-in-class cross direction (CD) caliper profile control to achieve maximum induction heating in the shortest time possible, for reduced product variability and rapid corrections to sheet finishing profiles. The actuator heats the calender roll with an alternating magnetic field, creating heating eddy currents that cause the roll to expand. This narrows the nip between rolls and compresses the paper for reduced caliper and increased smoothness, offering papermakers advanced caliper profiling and sheet finishing capability. It is an integral part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System (QMS), which is based on the flagship digital platform, ABB Ability™ System 800xA.
Uday Kukde, General Manager and Unit Head, BGPPL, Ballarpur, said, “As part of our mill modernization, we decided to replace the existing ABB CD caliper control system (ThermoProfiler) with the latest Induction xP Plus profiler for PM3 at our Ballarpur plant, where we produce premium uncoated woodfree writing and printing paper, as well as high-quality office paper from 100 percent virgin wood fibers.”
“This upgrade to a newer, more reliable product was critical in order to improve our efficiency, safety and quality by reducing product variability, breakdown and inventory cost,” added Kukde.
Rajmohan Arumugam, Engineering Manager – QMS, ABB, informed, “This has been a significant, first-of-its-kind remote commissioning for ABB, made possible by the team’s strong domain expertise. Despite it being a complex task, the team overcame all logistical and health and safety hurdles and ensured that the the entire process ran smoothly and exceeded customer expectations.”
Bilt Graphic Paper Products Limited (BGPPL), a subsidiary of Bilt Paper B.V., manufactures coated and uncoated woodfree paper as well as copy paper from multiple facilities located in the state of Maharashtra. BGPPL, which exports its paper products to more than 55 countries, has a total capacity of 670,000 metric tons per annum across three mills.
ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.
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