Sappi Austria Produktions has partnered with technology giant Honeywell to transform its paper mill in Gratkorn as part of a €30m upgrade project.
Under the terms of the deal, Honeywell will implement various upgrades such as server virtualisation, process visualisation and cybersecurity solutions at the paper mill to help Sappi increase product quality.
Sappi Automation project manager Karl Weiss said: “We selected Honeywell because of the company’s track record of success on previous projects and familiarity with the site and our business.
“This latest project will deliver quality and productivity improvements, cost savings measures, and security enhancements that will future-proof operations at Gratkorn in line with Industrie 4.0.”
As part of the upgrade, an Experion Virtualized Solution platform will be integrated to remotely monitor the mill’s operations.
The project will feature four Experion PMD automation systems to control processes, machinery and drives, as well as four Experion MX Quality Control Systems to support quality sensors.
The facility will include two ProCoat CD actuator systems to reduce the paper web’s cross-direction variation along with Uniformance PHD historian and Process Studio solutions.
The paper mill will also feature a Secure Media Exchange gateway to monitor and log the use of removable media and reduce cyber risk.
Honeywell Process Solutions EMEA Pulp and Paper business leader Marko Jamsen said: “We’re delighted to continue to work with Sappi to increase operational excellence this time, through virtualisation capabilities that will transform productivity and lower maintenance costs, and the application of our latest cybersecurity protection measures.”