Blogs

WBF: ISA-88 Applications

Jack Greene, from Alkermes, Inc. talked about incorporation of S88 and GAMP software design models into an integrated commissioning and validation strategy can reduce plant start-up timelines. What PLC should control my equipment? First, he said, separate the utilities from systems that serve a single Process Cell.

Keynote: Paul McKenzie, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Paul McKenzie, vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb took us through a breathtaking tour of BMS' standardization of manufacturing using S88 and S95. On the plant floor, BMS uses Rockwell PLCs, through the plant floor DeltaV Batch engine, using OSI PI as the Historian, Maximo as the asset manager, and SAP...

WBF kicks off for 2007

Lynn Craig kicked off WBF with the announcement of not one but two Tom Fisher Awards: to Dennis Brandl and Dave Emerson. Brandl, principal of BR&L Consulting and Emerson, chief technologist at Yokogawa, are the fathers of B2MML markup language. A highly deserved set of awards.

WBF: the most important organization you never heard of

WBF has a problem. It has had this problem ever since it was first formed... It is the most important automation organization on the planet, in terms of what it has done, and what it will do in the future for the practice of manufacturing automation...

The Road to Integration

MES and ERP integration guru Dennis Brandl writes, "What would you call IT integration projects that had under a 50% success rate, took more than two years on average, and rarely ever meet the original requirements?" Brandl was writing in the Foreword to The Road to Integrati...