ABB is supplying an Industrial IT Direct Drive system to the sole paper machine and winder at Norske Skog Albury.
The existing dc drives and motors will be replaced as part of a major upgrade of the Albury facility, comprising rebuild of the paper machine including a shoe press and new winder. The investment is set to boost the 215,000 tonne per year (tpy) newsprint machine’s output by 50,000 tpy when work is completed in the first quarter of 2006.
The ABB solution for the paper machine includes 36 induction motor drive sections, of which 10 are permanent magnet motors.
The PMC800 is the latest ac drive technology for paper machine drives. It includes a combination of traditional ac variable speed motors and ABB’s latest permanent magnet Direct Drive motors, a new innovation simplifying the mechanical configuration of the paper machine and reducing the need for a traditional gearbox between the motor and paper machine.
Located in Albury, New South Wales, the mill started production in 1981. It utilises 40 percent recycled fibre, which is produced in Australia’s first large-scale newsprint deinking plant. The other source of fibre used at the mill is plantation radiata pine.
Norske Skog is the world’s second largest producer of publication paper. Within Australasia, Norske Skog also operates production facilities in Tasmania and New Zealand.