- May 23, 2010
May 23, 2010 ABB announced updated Advanced Optimization Tools and Services. ABBs Advanced Optimization Services help mills compensate by providing access to the valuable process data needed to make sound decisions and maintain safe, profitable operations. Deploying a structured delivery model including (Phase1) Diagnose, (Phase2) Implement and (Phase3) Sustain, clients can achieve sustained equipment performance improvements through ABBs results-driven automation services programs. Mills remove the performance gap to operate at the ideal and safe mechanical constraints for the process. ABB offers over fifteen Diagnose Fingerprint services to diagnose performance issues with Paper Machine, Drives, Color and Boilers, including a complete assessment of the overall process performance. Using packaged Fingerprint services, ABB identifies the underperforming assets that cause reductions in production and conversion efficiencies. ABB can diagnose and identify existing barriers to optimization and performance improvements in specific process areas. After the Fingerprint diagnosis is complete, ABB implements a detailed ROI-based solution designed to improve efficiency, quality and production. ABB clearly spells out their diagnosis and recommendations. Historically, ABB Fingerprints have uncovered savings that are in excess of 10 times the cost of implementation. Return on investment in less than six months is expected. Once performance improvements have been achieved, ABB works to sustain performance using tools like ProcessPROTM to automatically schedule ongoing optimization services. ABBs process experts and advanced service tools are delivered on-site or remotely. ABBs ongoing investment in Optimization Services Collection, Analysis and Tuning Tools that help mills use data to meet business goals include: DL200 - OPC Data Logging, OPX100 - OPC Data Extraction, AGP400/HSD500 - High Speed Data Collection, VPA200 - Reel Report Analyzer, CTL100 - Control Utilization Analyzer, LS200 - LoopSCAN Analyzer, TR100 - Grade Change Transition Analyzer, and MD500/CD500 - Loop and Profile Performance Analyzer and Tuning. Kevin Starr, Senior Optimization Engineer, Pulp & Paper Service, Process Center of Excellence (pCoE), is responsible for the implementation of Advanced Optimization Services. ABBs Advanced Optimization Services generate tremendous financial advantages for mills, including measurable benefits like process enhancements; production increases and direct cost savings. A mills typical savings range from USD 100,000 to USD 500,000 annually, which they achieve with little or no capital investment. ABB 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 120,000 people.