A DIGITAL transformation is to help Swedish firm Moelven, which uses exclusively sustainable timber, optimise its sawmill operations. 

The ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) will be installed at the Valåsen site to provide operators with wide visibility and precise control from a central command centre. 

Ensuring production is as resource efficient as possible, with reduced energy consumption and limited waste, it will help Moelven meet increased demand for its range of wood products. 

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Peter Rockedahl, chief technology officer, Moelven division timber, said: "System 800xA will give us the opportunity to strengthen control over our process, and in the long run increase our efficiency . 

“Our vision is to be able to optimize the operations based on everything from energy consumption, input material flows, current machine operations and product stores.” 

Björn Jonsson, hub manager, process industries, ABB, said: “We know from working across many process industries that automation continues to make a true difference, but combining automation with digital solutions could offer never-ending possibilities for operations and management in terms of productivity and efficiency. 

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“We aim to work together with Moelven to realize the vision and plan exactly how to get there through modern, fit-for-purpose solutions, and training on how to use them, for optimum performance.”