The organization formerly known as World Batch Forum

Here's a head's-up! WBF has moved their annual conference back from May to March, where it used to be. It is scheduled for March 5-8 in Atlanta in 2006. http://www.wbf.org Chairman Maurice Wilkins sent this set of ideas for papers, and says that the call for papers will be out momentarily. Topics for 2006 Papers "¢ Using the S88 model in continuous or discrete operations "¢ Make2Pack "¢ Application of the WBF XML Schemas "¢ Supply chain examples, ERP/MES integration "¢ Real World Examples of the Impact of ISA88 & ISA95 on Manufacturing Processes "¢ Case Studies: Cost savings, operational savings, problems and successful solutions "¢ Project Execution Process "¢ Accelerating the design process from concept to implementation "¢ Practical Aspects to Operator Training "¢ Regulatory: 21 CFR Part 11, Electronic Batch Records, Validation and GAMP "¢ Life-Cycle Analysis: Product and Process life cycle analysis "¢ Manufacturing Automation: Concept, planning, design, implementation, testing, and operation "¢ New manufacturing paradigms - collaboration, outsourcing and virtual manufacturing "¢ Turning manufacturing information into knowledge to improve operation Maurice also sent along another set of additional topic ideas: More Topics for 2006 Papers Services and products supporting 21 CFR Part 11 Applying S88 in manual operations Using the S88 model in continuous or discrete operations Batch scheduling Interoperability Project Execution Process Front End Engineering Batch Phase Logic Detail Design Practical Aspects to Operator Training Case Studies: Cost savings, operational savings, problems and successful solutions Regulatory: 21 CFR Part 11, Electronic Batch Records, Validation and GAMP Batch Manufacturing: ERP/MES evolution, supply models, plant architecture, and plant management solutions Standards: Reaping the benefits of international and corporate standards Life-Cycle Analysis: Product and Process life cycle analysis Batch Automation: Concept, planning, design, implementation, testing, and operation Accelerating the design process from concept to implementation New manufacturing paradigms - collaboration, outsourcing and virtual manufacturing Getting exception handling right Turning batch information into knowledge to improve operation Supply chain integration and agile manufacturing WBF is clearly on the cutting edge of our profession, and if you only do one conference a year, and you are in process automation, this is the one you should do. Walt