ABB Extends Automation Software Maintenance Programme to Include More Pulp and Paper Specific Software

  • Automation Software Maintenance (ASM) programme to now offer both upgrades and incremental software updates for Paper Machine Drives and Pulp and Paper Process Control Library (PPLib800xA)
  • Paper Machine Drives ASM subscription includes access to complimentary premier software licenses
  •  PPLib800xA ASM provides new troubleshooting tools and enhanced operator experiences via improved human-machine interface
ABB customers in pulp and paper will be able to access features as they move through the tiered ASM upgrade process (Photos: ABB)

ABB has launched its latest Automation Software Maintenance (ASM) lifecycle management programme to cover the software related to Paper Machine Drives (PMC800) and Pulp and Paper Process Control Library (PPLib800xA). The new service offering is an extension of ABB’s ASM programme, and complements the Quality Control System (QCS) ASM program that was introduced in January 2023.

The basis of all ASM programmes is to offer a tiered subscription service that enables system evolution from older versions to the latest and/or provide on-demand access to regular software updates that include incremental improvements, patches and new features. This proactive system management helps pulp, paper, packaging and tissue mills to maximize their system investment and reduce maintenance and support costs.

ASM tiered subscription options open up the features available as mills go through the upgrade process. Maintain Plus provides customers with access to incremental updates for PPLib800xA and PM Drives containing fixes and enhancements, meaning mill operators can benefit from new or improved features, as well as keep pace with important cyber security updates. Maintain & Evolve includes all the benefits of the Maintain Plus level, with the added ability to upgrade from an older legacy system version to the latest and between system generations.

The programme also gives both PPLib800xA and PM Drives users access to the myABB business portal for programme management and premium system documentation, helping keep process control software up to date.

With PM Drives ASM, mill operators can benefit from free licenses to ABB’s newest drives software applications such as Datalogger and PM Drives Performance – allowing them to historize and leverage data for more predictive maintenance and troubleshooting – as well as machine control safety.

With PPLib800xA ASM, subscription enables an improved human-machine interface (HMI) experience and access to the PPSupport tool, a .Net standalone application that detects unintended changes and aids system engineers in migrating the existing process application libraries to the latest version.

“ABB’s ASM lifecycle management programme has been expanded to offer proactive mill operators even better support for their pulp and paper-specific software, allowing them to better manage and predict total cost of ownership,” said Shankar Singh, Global Product Line Manager, Drives and Automation, Pulp and Paper, ABB. “Customers can unlock new features for improved troubleshooting and advanced performance, while at the same time keeping their system software up to date.”

The enhanced ASM lifecycle management programme for automation and drives is available to customers from June 30, 2023.

About ABB’s Process Automation business
ABB’s Process Automation business automates, electrifies and digitalises industrial operations that address a wide range of essential needs – from supplying energy, water and materials, to producing goods and transporting them to market. With its ~20,000 employees, leading technology and service expertise, ABB Process Automation helps customers in process, hybrid and maritime industries improve performance and safety of operations, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.