ABB increases Asian automated paper testing footprint with newest solution now in Vietnam

ABB has built on its established relationship with Cheng Loong Corporation by securing a contract to bring its L&W Autoline automated paper testing solution to a mill in Vietnam.

Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company’s mill in the southeast of Vietnam will now have the market’s fastest and most reliable automated paper testing solution to deliver accurate and repeatable quality reports in minutes. The L&W Autoline will be fitted with modules for thickness, tensile stiffness orientation (TSO), moisture, bursting strength and grammage measurements – improving quality and saving time when compared to stand-alone laboratory testing.

Automated paper testing has traditionally been less common in the Asian market compared to other parts of the world. However, usage is increasing with double the installations in Southeast Asia over recent years, underscoring the need for expedited quality feedback that today’s operations require. Automated paper testing generates frequent, reliable quality information and allows faster process corrections due to quicker tests and more data points.

The upgrade will replace the mill’s manual laboratory testing, which, despite confirming final product quality does not capture all irregularities nor is produced in real time.

“We were already aware of ABB’s capabilities, and professional consultancy, from other Cheng Loong sites, said Ming-Chun yu, Quality Control Section Supervisor, Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company. “We knew that we needed to make the move to automated paper testing and the L&W Autoline to help us reach our mill’s objectives. We look forward to reaping the benefits of the time savings, increased quality control checks and flexibility in our production.”

“With increased production a key focus for their future, we were convinced that Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company’s mill would benefit the most from automating paper testing to keep up with the new demands,” said Karin Hermansson, Global Product Line Manager, Laboratory Testing and Industry Instrumentation, ABB. “The Binh Duong mill will now have a competitive advantage in its ability to consistently produce a high-quality product while optimizing operational costs. We’re proud to be part of their journey with ABB’s L&W Autoline solution.”

While Cheng Loong’s new containerboard machines (BM2) will make use of the S model, which has space for six automated testing modules; ABB also offers the L&W Autoline L with space for 13 modules. Both models can handle everything from sample preparation to the final reel report with minimal operator involvement, all conforming to industry standards and improving mill efficiency.