Resource guide: Mixing up a batch—maybe even golden

This month's slate of white papers, articles and videos come from ISA, Lund Institute of Technology, Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Rockwell Automation, and others.

Organizing with ISA88

The history and basic details of batch methods and the ISA-88 standard are detailed in the online version of this classic article, "Organizing batch process control" by Bill Hawkins, published in the May/June 2012 issue of InTech. It covers physical models, control functions and recipes, and includes many of the batch field's useful flowcharts. 

Read the article.


Control and diagnosis book

This 248-page book, "Batch Control and Diagnosis" by Rasmus Olsson, and published by the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden, includes an introduction to the field and S88 standard, and covers exception handling in production, process fault detection and isolation, multivariate statistical methods, batch reactor simulation, batch monitoring and other topics. 

Read the book.

Lund Institute of Technology /


Basic data analytics

This online article, "Understanding the basics of batch process data analytics" by Lennart Eriksson, senior lecturer and principal data scientist at Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics, provides a concise explanation about how to process and examine data generated by a batch system. It focuses on biopharma applications, but the principles it brings up are useful for understanding information from many types of batch applications. It covers monitoring, modeling outputs and processes and statistical process control (SPC), and even has a webinar video at the end. 

Access the article.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech /

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'Order of chaos' slides

This 51-slide deck, "Batch Management and Control" by Ashutosh Kshirsager, global process technical consultant, Rockwell Automation, contains test and graphical representations of many essential batch and ISA-88 topics, and states that it can help users achieve "order out of chaos." 

Read the deck.

Rockwell Automation /


Small batch adventures

This 45-minute, "Adventures in Small Batch Manufacturing" by Danaca Jordan, first protégée of the ISA Mentor Program, provides an ISA Update, her experience moving from giant complex to a small plant and key plant problems she solved. The problems provide lessons on the use of anti-reset windup limits, override control, isolation valves, smart alarms, mass flow meters and the enforcement of low flow limits. 

Watch the video.

International Society of Automation /


Continuous can use ISA-88

Because a continuous process is just a batch process with no traditionally defined endpoint, many of the useful principles in the ISA-88 standard can be applied to continuous processes as well. This concept was detailed awhile back by former Control senior technical editor Dan Hebert in his column, "ISA-88 works on continuous processes too." 

Read the article.

Control /


Roadmap for ISA-88

This 17-page whitepaper, "The ISA S88 standard: a roadmap for automation and a powerful management tool," is authored by Rockwell Automation and presented by Plant Services magazine. It covers the basis for management control of automation scope, standard terminology and intuitive models, ISA-88 standard sections, what to automation and what not to automate, risks ands benefits, and other topics. 

Read the whitepaper.

Plant Services /


Challenges, opportunities video

This 70-minute video, “Batch process control—unique challenges and opportunities” by Greg McMillan, Control Talk columnist, and presented by the ISA, explores how manufacturers are using modern process controls to maintain quality. McMillan talk about analyzing batch data, elevating the role of the operator, tuning key control loops, and setting up simple control strategies to optimize batch operations. There’s also an extensive list of best practices. 

Watch the video.

International Society of Automation /  


Improving batch with S88

This 56-page whitepaper, "Introduction to S88" by a group of contributors at the Japan Batch Forum, covers batch concepts and system design, models handled by the ISA-88 standard, elements and mapping of recipes, and examples of functional specifications.

Read the whitepaper.

Japan Batch Forum /

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