Sun Paper's Beihai pulp mill in China installed three ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control systems, two ABB mechanical pulp drive systems, four refiner motors; mill produces 600,000 tons of bleached mechanical pulp, 800,000 tons of bleached pulp

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BEIJING , May 31, 2022 (press release) –

  • Implementation of ABB Ability System 800xA® distributed control system (DCS) at Sun Paper’s new pulp mill to drive operational accessibility
  • Combined pulp production lines at new Beihai mill represent largest pulp production capacity among comparable lines in global market
  • Latest contract marks ABB’s 15th DCS implementation over 20-year relationship with Sun Paper

Sun Paper, in close collaboration with ABB, has successfully launched another pulp mill, at the new Beihai location in Guangxi, China. ABB has installed three sets of its flagship distributed control system (DCS) ABB Ability System 800xA®, two sets of mechanical pulp drive systems, four refiner motors and auxiliary high-voltage cabinets, and over 30 high and low-voltage motors.

The Beihai mill currently produces 600,000 tons of bleached mechanical pulp (APMP line and BCTMP line) and 800,000 tons of bleached pulp (BKP). The combined daily production capacity across the three lines reaches up to 4,200 air-dried tons and currently represents the largest pulp production capacity among comparable lines in the global market.

ABB has further strengthened its relationship with Sun Paper at the Beihai mill

In addition to DCS implementation, the mill will integrate ABB’s Relion® 615 protection and control series of relays with the 800xA for both the APMP and BCTMP mechanical pulp production lines, together with Load Commuted Inverter (LCI) drives solution. This will enable soft starting for multi-motors connections, significantly reducing the start and stop impact of the refiner motors on power grid to ensure production safety and stability.

ABB was able to meet Sun Paper’s objective to strengthen the interconnection between the DCS and laboratory data, and gain access to the status monitoring of the refiner motor system. This achieved system-wide centralized information management, helping managers understand on-site conditions in real time to support their pulp production decisions. They can also manage remote operation and configuration using mobile devices such as tablets and phones, which improves the collaboration and convenience of the system. This advanced setup of the DCS safeguards production stability and lays a solid foundation for future expansion and other digital solutions.

“We have chosen ABB’s solutions over others for years because we greatly value their outstanding product quality and engineering services,” said Mr. Ying Guangdong, deputy general manager and chief engineer of Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. Ltd. “As for the pulp project at the Beihai Mill, the ABB team has consistently demonstrated their excellent project execution and collaborative strengths, ensuring the smooth start-up of our new production line.”

“ABB has been working closely with Sun Paper for over two decades now and this latest strategic cooperation at their new Beihai mill further strengthens our collaboration,” said Mr. Liu YueMing, ABB Pulp and Paper Industry lead, North Asia and China. “Our advanced automation, electrification and digital solutions are supporting Sun Paper in their digital transformation and sustainable development journey.”

During their 20+ year collaboration, ABB has provided 15 DCSs to Sun Paper, safeguarding unparalleled system connectivity, as well as a collaborative, real-time decision-making environment for its paper production lines and pulp mills. This latest project follows the recent completion of four pulp production line projects at Sun Paper’s Shandong production base.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) 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.

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.


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