A sustainable paper mill rises in Niagara Falls

Greenpac Mill has tasked Siemens to automate its new $430 million containerboard facility in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Greenpac Mill announced on Monday that it has contracted Siemens Industry to put the finishing touches on a $430 million containerboard facility in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The mill awarded the conglomerate with a multi-million dollar order for the electrification and service of the 250,000 sq. ft. facility, one of the largest of its kind in North America. It will primarily manufacture a lightweight linerboard made with 100 percent recycled fibers.

The key word here is automation. Siemens is tasked with handling all of the electric power distribution equipment for the new mill, including drives, motors, gear boxes, stock preparation, paper machine equipment and services.

The point is to reduce the number of human-machine interfaces and prioritize...you guessed it, data. By surfacing that information in a single place, the company can make operations more efficient, reduce maintenance costs and shorten project schedules.

The deal includes a three-year site support agreement, with a 99 percent uptime guarantee.

Construction of the mill will begin in July 2011; it's scheduled to come online in the summer of 2013.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com