Switzerland-based power and automation technology group ABB has secured a contract to supply a new drive system for Canadian firm Kruger Packaging’s No. 10 Newsprint Machine (PM10) rebuild project in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will deliver and install drive systems for PM 10 and its winder.

The contract also covers the supply of ACS880 MultiDrive Line ups, alternating current (AC) motors, a System 800xA control system, remote diagnostic services, supervisory and high-speed data logging systems, spare parts and local engineering, commissioning, installation supervision and start-up service.

The new AC drive system will replace the PM 10’s existing DC drive system.

"The new AC Drive System will replace the PM 10’s existing DC drive system."

The ACS880 Drive solution is integrated with direct torque control (DTC) technology to ensure energy-efficient, reliable systems that minimise production downtime.

Kruger project manager Christian Lemay said: "We have chosen ABB for their excellent engineering and service team, as well as their extensive knowledge and experience in delivering proven technology for a number of our projects."

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The project is part of Kruger’s $250m investment to enhance the production of recycled, lightweight linerboard at its Quebec facility.

After its completion, Kruger expects to produce 360,000t of linerboard annually for the company’s box plants and the global packaging market.