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Fedrigoni installs ABB’s lab data management system at innovation centre

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Fedrigoni has contracted ABB to install its L&W Lab Management System (LMS) at its new research and development facility in Verona to optimise efficiency and reduce lab procedure time.

The Fedrigoni Innovation Centre, an important milestone in the group’s growth journey, will officially open at the beginning of 2024. The space will consist of four closely complementary areas: the research, development and innovation department, the FedLab (incubator of new ideas), the Customer Experience Centre and the Customer Academy (internal and external training).

ABB’s LMS has been purpose built for paper testing labs, with automated lab reporting that is specifically tailored to workflow practices. This enables the operator to quickly and accurately complete measurements by sample or instrument and know which test is to be performed for every sample.

Data from the lab instruments is automatically aggregated and captured in the database, eliminating the risk of errors and significantly reducing data collection time. Results become immediately available to the user who can use the web based application to view historic data, quality reports, product quality limits, trends, and key performance indicators in an intuitive dashboard.

‘The Innovation Centre aims to be the home of innovation for both our worlds of special papers for packaging and creative communication and premium self-adhesives,’ said Marco Nespolo, CEO at Fedrigoni Group. ‘It will be a physical space where we can bring together the best talents, inside and outside Fedrigoni, and the most advanced technological solutions to develop projects, new products and applications that support our customers. ABB’s lab management system met all of our requirements and will be instrumental in helping us to roll out new developments more quickly in the future.’

Part of ABB Ability, the LMS is scalable and can connect different benchtop lab testing instruments, as well as automated paper testing systems such as the L&W Autoline, into one database and interface. This installation will connect Fedrigoni’s 10 different L&W instruments – ABB’s L&W bending tester, bendtsen tester, air permeance tester, tearing tester, tensile tester, micrometer, bursting strength tester, OptiTopo, TSO tester and fibre tester as well as third party instruments – directly to the LMS which then is accessed via a web browser.


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