Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

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...

Notice at work: Due to safety concerns and recent incidents, the "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" has had a NEMA4 Explosion-Proof cover placed over it to prevent anyone from reaching it. The managment appreciates everyone's cooperation in avoiding this dangerous light source.

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...

Grown men cry...

Last night, I had the ability to make grown men cry, as Dick Caro and Russ Rhinehart were honored before their peers as inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame. I can report that each of them was humble and a little teary as they acknowledged the accolade.

In a world to suit ourselves...

I got to Atlantic City early for WBF. What this means is that the Trump Taj Mahal (there's a reason that Trump Casinos is in bankruptcy) wouldn't give me a room for about three hours. So, I went to Lynn Craig's S88 Tutorial.