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WBF Presses ON!

The second day keynote was delivered by Ian Nimmo, a CONTROL contributor and expert on human factors engineering for automation and control. He talked about the same things Dave Beckman did, about how operators were not low level employees any longer, but rather highly capable knowledge workers, as were instrumentation...

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Make2Pack and S88...

David Chappell, one of the Procter and Gamble Batch Gurus, talked about the Make2Pack initiative, and then Adam Maki from Rockwell stole the show. Discussing the migration of S88 schemas and terminology to the discrete automation side, he was clearly the most entertaining speaker of the afternoon.

From CONTROL contributor Loren Jones...

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What Have I Learned?

I have learned a lot today...the future of control is in understanding and controlling manufacturing theory. I said a while ago that people are breaking up "continuous processing" into batch-like segments and running them according to S88 principles.

It's Not About the Batch...

You may have noticed from the preceeding that WBF is spending lots of time talking about S95, rather than S88. If you didn't notice this, shame on you for not paying attention. WBF is clearly about much more than batch, or the batch standards, and Lynn Craig discussed what's been...

Ask Not...

WBF Chair Maurice Wilkins chaired a lunchtime meeting of the WBF Board and the Sponsors, which indicated that WBF can sometimes be its own worst enemy, and that there were many ways sponsors could help WBF, provided WBF asks them to. CONTROL will be helping WBF, as a worthy cause....

ERP, MES, TLA, Rah!

Procter and Gamble has been a huge supporter of WBF since the beginning. David Cornell explained why. P&G needed to work with vendors to develop standards based interfaces; ERP with S95, MES with S95, and MES with S88.

Interoperability, what's that?

John Blanchard delivered a very thought provoking talk this morning at WBF. His topic, written with the help of Bob Mick, also of ARC, was "Achieving Interoperability Using B2MML and Beyond." Their thesis was that it is becoming critical for manufacturing companies to have seamless interoperability and integration in P2B...

Why WBF is important to us all...

This morning started with the traditional report from Maurice Wilkins, Chairman of WBF...I can't get used to it not being World Batch Forum, but I will, because they are right...it is about more than batch. The new tagline is "The Forum for Automation and Manufacturing Professionals," which, considering the contents...