ITC PSPD gets new actuator from ABB

ABB has completed remote commissioning of new actuator for ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division’s Tribeni Mill in West Bengal.

15 Feb 2022 | By Aultrin Vijay

Global technology company ABB has successfully completed the installation and remote commissioning of its new Slice xP (II) Profiler system, a new actuator for slice lip weight control, at ITC’s Tribeni mill in West Bengal, India.

The project, managed by the specialist Quality Control Systems (QCS) team at ABB India, included the replacement of ABB’s existing cross-direction (CD) weight control system (Slice Profiler) with the latest Slice xP (II) Profiler under product phase out notification.

The Slice xP (II) is ABB’s latest actuator technology for slice lip weight control head boxes and falls within the weight extended profiling (xP) family designed to meet exacting specifications that exceed process requirements.

“As a result of the upgrade to Slice xP, which is easy to install and maintain, ITC will benefit from reduced CD profile variability and advanced diagnostics through the built-in monitoring of each actuator,” ABB stated in a press note shared with PrintWeek. “Its high-speed, non-contact positioning sensors ensure precision even after a power loss. This enables mills to achieve a fast recovery from grade changes and process upsets.”

ITC’s Tribeni mill has produced a diverse range of industrial and fine papers for more than 50 years, with production capacity standing at 50,000 tonnes per annum. As well as having all relevant ISO accreditations for quality management, environmental standards and health and safety, ITC is Forest Stewardship Council - Chain of Custody certified; it uses responsibly produced raw materials including timber sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Biplab Bhattacharya, head of electrical and instrumentation, ITC, said, “The move from a phase out product to a new product not only improves our reliability and achieves higher maintenance, but it also reduces our risk of breakdown and therefore inventory costs. ABB’s well-considered lifecycle policy enabled us to be proactive with our upgrade strategy. The team’s ability to deliver remotely was critical in achieving our modernisation goals to schedule.”

According to Rajmohan Arumugam, engineering manager – QMS, ABB, “This has been a significant advancement of remote commissioning for ABB, made possible by the team’s strong domain expertise.”

“Despite several challenges related to health and safety, logistics, and the fact it was the first time we’ve had to commission such a system in India using remote support, we are pleased that the entire process went smoothly and without any issues. The upgrade will help ITC to improve quality and reliability over the actuator’s lifecycle to ensure on-spec paper at the lowest cost,” he added.

ABB has been providing linear and radial actuator technology. ABB pioneered stepper control of headbox slice spindles in 1985. Since then, close to a thousand headboxes have used ABB actuators and controls to produce CD weight profiles with consistently low variability.