ABB Launches Next Generation Weight xP Actuators

ABB's new Weight xP actuators.

Jan. 30, 2012 - ABB recently introduced the new Weight xP extended profiling actuators, which help paper manufacturers achieve the lowest possible Cross Direction variability and reduce production costs.

The new Weight xP actuators help papermakers meet even the most exacting product specifications.

“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,” said 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.

According to ABB, 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.

SOURCE: ABB Pulp and Paper