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ABB launches new method to determine fluting medium quality in corrugated packaging material

PKBR Staff Writer Published 16 February 2017

Switzerland-based ABB has introduced the L&W S-Tester for predicting compressive yield strength of fluting medium in corrugated packaging material.

The new method is based on the quick test method that will enable paper producers to improve quality and reduce costs.

A group of fluting producers (CCB-CEPI) has developed the new S-test method to provide an  easy measurement method compared to the time-consuming flat crush of corrugating medium CMT test (Concora medium test).

The new test method, which can be fully automated, can easily correlate with the compressive yield strength potential of fluting medium in a CMT test.

ABB’s new test will provide the feedback quickly and accurately. It can also carry out automated S-tests in L&W Autoline (complete paper quality measuring system), helping to be more effective for mills producing fluting-medium.

These measures will enable to reduce energy consumption through avoiding refining, in addition to optimizing the use of starch additives and improving overall quality by generating a uniform paper product.

ABB Pulp & Paper products global product manager Thomas Fürst said: ”This test method, developed by a group of industry partners, is now offered as a fully-supported product only by ABB.”

ABB offers electrification, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grid products to the customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure globally.

Image: ABB’s L&W S-Tester offers a better method for strength classification of medium fluting. Photo: courtesy of ABB.