ABB announced that it has successfully commissioned the new QCS (Quality Control System) at Burrows Paper Corporation’s Mohawk Valley Paper Mill in Little Falls, New York. The system is a replacement of the original ABB QCS that had been in place for the last 25 years. The new system was commissioned in April 2014.
Headquartered in Little Falls, New York, Burrows Paper operates four paper mills that make light weight specialty papers for food packaging as well as industrial, consumer, and medical end uses. The Mohawk Valley mill produces 12,000 tons per year of specialty paper used for coffee filters and moist towelettes, as well as paper for other food and consumer uses. The new QCS was installed on the mill’s paper machine, PM 12. The new ABB QCS system will help maintain superior product quality by providing better sensing and control of the paper machine, and automated grade change capability that will improve efficiency when making short runs of specialty products. It will also enhance operator effectiveness by increasing their visibility and control of the process. Long-term maintenance efficiencies include improved diagnostics for troubleshooting, and a modular design for quick component replacement.
“This ABB project is an important investment that will help us continue to deliver value to our own customers,” said John Sterzinar, VP Manufacturing & Engineering, Burrows Paper Group. “Over the years, ABB has delivered the solutions and services that support our comprehensive strategic plan to expand our domestic paper and global packaging business groups.”
The system includes a scanner with sensors for basis weight, moisture, ash, brightness, formation, and opacity; a CD Basis Weight Control System, including a new ABB xP Slice Profiler, and CD Moisture Control of an existing water spray. The system was installed on time and on budget, so the benefits of the improved measurement and control performance were quickly realized. Dave Head, Senior Electrical Engineer at Burrows Paper, managed the four person team that ultimately made the decision to go with ABB. “The excellent support that ABB has in place for their systems was the deciding factor in our team’s selection of the ABB QCS,” he commented.
ABB and Burrows have a long history of working together. ABB installed the original QCS and other equipment at Mohawk Valley in the late 1980’s, and has delivered solutions and services to other Burrows facilities. Burrows Paper Corporation operates four paper mills and five packaging converting facilities domestically and abroad – New York, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Mississippi, The Netherlands, and China. Its mills and facilities maintain the highest standards and hold certifications from ISO9001, HACCP, the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Burrows incorporates nearly 100 years of papermaking experience into its food packaging line of products and is one of only a few companies capable of producing light weight printable tissue paper from 7.5 to 30 pounds. ABB (www.abb.com) is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. The company has invested heavily in North America over the past three years, with acquisitions totaling nearly $10 billion. ABB employs around 30,000 throughout the region.
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