ABB Launches Next Generation Weight xP Actuators

2012-01-31 - High-speed positioning gives papermakers faster grade changes and faster recovery from process upset

Dundalk, Ireland, January 30, 2012 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently introduced the new Weight xP extended profiling actuators. These state-of-the-art actuators help customers to achieve the lowest possible Cross Direction variability and to reduce cost.

The new Weight xP actuators, the latest generation of ABB’s popular xP profilers, help papermakers meet even the most exacting product specifications. With robust design, proven components and unique technologies, Weight xP delivers precision and reliability.

“With the new Weight xP’s technology, mills can achieve faster recovery from grade changes and process upsets that they need to keep productivity at high levels,” says Steven St. Jarre, Head of Sales & Marketing for ABB Quality Control Systems.

The Weight xP family of actuators includes the Slice xP, Dilution xP and Coat Weight xP systems which are designed based on ABB’s experience in applying actuators on more than 25 different manufacturers of headboxes and coaters.



The actuators feature patented and patent-pending technology that eliminate the dependence on a physical position sensor, and allow the actuators to achieve their new position in one continuous and fast movement, reducing the time needed to make control actions.

In addition, the patented power management scheme allows simultaneous movement of actuators at all times even during flush cycles, global setpoint changes, or even if one power supply has failed, providing papermakers with the ultimate in reliability.

Slice xP, Coat Weight xP and Dilution xP each offer advanced diagnostics for easy troubleshooting and increased system availability, as well as built-in monitoring of over 60 different parameters, to predict an impending actuator failure long before it occurs.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.

For help with any technical terms in this release, please go to: www.abb.com/glossary




For more information please contact:

Eamon Devlin

Global Marketing & Communications Manager
ABB Pulp & Paper
Tel: +353876891109
eamon.devlin@ie.abb.com

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