ABB upgrades DS Smith factory automation system

The Kent mill is the second largest recovered fiber paper mill in Europe, with an annual production capacity of over 840,000 tonnes. Aligning with the company’s focus on recycling and the sustainable production of paper and packaging, the mill produces the first lightweight recycled paper made in the UK. This includes White A Liner, White B Liner, Dual Purpose, HP Plus Dual Purpose, Light Medium Plus, Liner 3, and Plasterboard Liners.

ABB is supporting the mill’s evolution with the ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and the upgrade of paper machine drives on PM3, PM4 and PM6. The upgraded DCS will be integrated throughout the plant, functioning as the backbone that securely connects everything into one system for improved, more automated functionality and easier maintenance.

ABB will also provide a one-year support contract, the latest cybersecurity configuration and two new virtual measurements for PM4, which will provide online calculations for strength and weight. Delivery of the system is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022. A phased implementation of the system will align with the scheduled maintenance program over successive months.

“ABB’s consultation, involving numerous remote workshops and ongoing discussions, helped us define the best approach for our modernization project. The team has shown real expertise and understanding of our future ambitions and will act as a partner for us on our digital transformation journey,” said Ben Jennings, Director of Kemsley Mill at DS Smith.

“DS Smith is a leading European and American papermaker with a clear vision for its future operations. The Kemsley mill is an excellent example of a farsighted installation to plan for the larger scale digitalization that is rapidly emerging in the pulp and paper industry,” said Jan-Willem Bos, Regional Industry Manager, ABB Pulp and Paper. “We are delighted to strengthen our long-standing relationship and to work closely with DS Smith to drive their strategic evolution.”

ABB works in over 50 countries to deliver its comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital solutions, automation and electrification systems, industry-focused products and services to help customers optimize all phases of the manufacturing process paper. The company works across all disciplines of packaging, paper, fabrics and pulp to help improve availability, performance, cost and quality.