Source: ABB and DS Smith
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ABB upgrades paper machine at DS Smith mill in France

June 3, 2024
24 IE5 SynRM motors, drives, controllers and panels improve energy efficiency and performance

ABB reported Mar. 21 that its IE5 SynRM motors have upgraded a paper machine at DS Smith Packaging Contoire-Hamel’s mill in Beynost, France. The company manufactures sustainable packaging and paper products, and provides recycling services. Its packaging solutions include packaging boxes for FMCG goods, fruit and vegetable punnets and trays – designed to replace plastics, e-commerce boxes, displays, cardboard pallets and bespoke creations. The company offers a closed-loop process in 14 days: from recycling to packaging.

In addition to 24 IE5 SynRM motors, ABB supplied ACS 880 multi-drives, and AC500-S Safety and AC 800M controllers and panels. Both AC500 and AC 800M are connected via Profinet protocol, which provides 100 Mbps data transmission speed, multi-controller access, and application and Ethernet network redundancy.

The motors and drives will boost energy efficiency at the paper mill, while reducing noise and requiring less maintenance than conventional induction motors. DS Smith also plans to use the technology to increase machine speed and production at its facility in Trois-Rivieres. Other benefits of ABB’s solution include an integrated control system.

“ABB’s global portfolio of energy efficiency solutions, coupled with its reputation and expertise in pulp and paper, made it a relevant choice for this project,” says Matthieu Chateau, plant manager at DS Smith. “ABB supplied a dedicated and proven system to monitor the paper machine, while meeting our strict deadlines. This investment, in line with our Now & Next sustainable strategy, contributes to our objectives of reducing carbon emissions by 46% by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions in 2050.”

The upgrade was completed during a planned mill shutdown with tight deadlines. The implementation was successful and coupled with a two-year service contract, including spare parts.

“ABB’s motors and communication standards make this project a first-of-its-kind in the region,” adds Alain Pitte, local business line manager for pulp and paper at ABB. “The combination of IE5 SynRM motors and ACS 880 multi-drives delivers a 20-40% reduction in losses compared to previous motors, and a nearly 100% reduction in rotor losses, while having the same size and power output as a conventional induction motor.”

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