PlandPAx Distributed Control System

GPA is proud to announce the successful completion of a legacy DCS migration to Rockwell’s PlantPAX control system platform at the International Paper facility located in Riegelwood, North Carolina.

The control system migration of the mill’s Flakt Dryer machine from a mixture of legacy ABB MOD300 and Allen Bradley PLC’s to PlantPAX was the fifth PlantPAX control system installed by GPA in the Pulp & Paper industry specifically. GPA control experts performed a full spectrum of tasks for the project, including project estimation, project management, network, control system and cabinet design, functional specification documentation, programming, testing, as well as startup and commissioning services.

By converting to Rockwell’s PlantPAX platform, IP gained a familiar automation platform that has already improved system reliability, reduced troubleshooting time, and provided quicker operator response through the use of high performance HMI standards, HMI level troubleshooting tools including “point and click” interlock and control function navigation, and alarming improvements using alarm rationalization.

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About Global Process Automation

Global Process Automation (GPA) is headquartered in Wilmington, NC with regional offices in Chester, VA, Longview, WA, Lago Vista, TX, Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR is a recognized leader in process automation, control and information systems. GPA has been involved in the pulp and paper, life science, and specialty chemical industries for over 20 years. Working with many leading DCS platforms, GPA has designed, engineered, integrated, and migrated many legacy DCS systems to modern platforms – which are needed in today’s ever-changing manufacturing environment. GPA’s staff of over 40 engineers, many of which are factory trained, bring years of process control experience to all facets of automation projects. Also, with a strong IT staff which understands the unique needs of process control, GPA is able to provide its clients with leading edge solutions in data analytics, networking, data center design, virtualization, and cyber security. For more information on Global Process Automation, visit