Honeywell to revamp 400-year-old Austrian paper mill

Oct. 15, 2018
Honeywell will implement server virtualization, process visualization and cybersecurity solutions

Honeywell announced Oct. 9 that its technology will help modernize one of Europe’s oldest paper mills as part of a €30 million project being implemented by Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co. KG.

The mill in Gratkorn, Austria—where paper has been made for more than four centuries—presently produces about 980,000 tons of multi-coated paper per year for publications worldwide. Honeywell will implement a range of upgrades, including server virtualization, process visualization and cybersecurity solutions.

In 2015, Honeywell upgraded the site’s flagship PM11 paper machine to its Experion PMD automation system, creating one of the world's most advanced, coated-fine-paper production lines. The new project will include integrating an Experion Virtualized Solution platform to allow centralized, remote monitoring of the mill’s operations; four Experion PMD automation systems to control processes, machinery and drives; and four Experion MX Quality Control Systems for use with quality sensors. Additional solutions include two ProCoat CD actuator systems that will help reduce the paper web’s cross-direction variation as it is being made, and Uniformance PHD historian and Process Studio solutions. For cybersecurity, HSSN remote access will facilitate Microsoft security patches and virus updates, and a Secure Media Exchange gateway will monitor and log the use of removable media throughout the facility to reduce risk.