Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

ABB has launched a Winder Performance Optimisation to maximise capacity and productivity for tissue manufacturers.

The supplier said the patented digital solution “optimises winder performance for improved availability, product quality and asset life”.

It aims to maximise asset performance, convert to different paper grades and/or increase machine speed, without replacing existing winders.

It works by benchmarking winder performance, implementing improvements, monitoring to sustain performance and—uniquely, according to the supplier—further optimising productivity by applying online calculations that continuously adjust winder acceleration and deceleration targets.

Shankar Singh, global product manager, ABB Digital Solutions, said: “We understand the importance for papermakers to ensure their existing winders are able to handle demands of different grades, various roll orders with high quality and productivity improvement needs.

“Our goal with this product is to help mills get improved productivity out of their existing winders, without the need to invest heavily in new equipment.”

The company added that further advantages of the ABB Winder Performance Optimisation include the ability to monitor and improve roll set quality, and improved utilisation of machine reel capacity.