ABB to upgrade automation system at DS Smith’s Kemsley mill

ABB has been awarded a new contract by DS Smith, to fulfil a vision of highly automated, connected and secure operations at their Kemsley Mill in the UK.

ABB is supporting the mill’s evolution with the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and paper machine drives upgrade across PM3, PM4 and PM6. The upgraded DCS will be integrated across the mill, working as the backbone that connects everything securely into one system for better, more automated functionality and easier maintenance. They will also deliver a one-year support contract, the latest cyber security set up and two new Virtual Measurements for PM4, which will provide online calculations for strength and weight. System delivery is expected in Q3 2022. A progressive implementation of the system will align with the planned maintenance program in successive months.

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

“The Kemsley Mill is a great example of a facility with the foresight to plan for the bigger digitalization rapidly emerging in the pulp and paper industry,” said Jan-Willem Bos, Regional Industry Lead, ABB Pulp and Paper. “We’re pleased to build on our long-standing relationship and work closely with DS Smith to drive their strategic evolution.”

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