Expanded FactoryTalk batch capabilities

June 14, 2010
New version reduces system engineering and provides more data for reporting and analysis.

Rockwell Automation has expanded the application development capabilities of its FactoryTalk Batch software to help users more rapidly design and run batch applications. The software features new intelligent recipe capabilities, secure operator overrides, expanded data collection and reporting, and improved material management capabilities. Tightly integrated with the scalable PlantPAx Process Automation System from Rockwell Automation, the FactoryTalk Batch software provides solutions ranging from small, basic sequencing to large, complex batch applications.

The new features include: 
Intelligent Recipe Features – When defining a product, recipe authors can now reference system-wide data, such as previous ingredient feed-actuals or material properties, to simplify recipe development.

Improved Run-Time User Control – Rockwell Automation has improved run-time user control by giving operators with security clearance the ability to move a batch forward in the process. Operators now have more control to advance a batch based on real-time conditions without time-intensive system engineering.

Expanded Data Collection and Reporting – This latest release continues to expand the system data logged into the electronic batch record. This includes information on shared equipment, such as pumps and other processing equipment, to help manufacturers further meet track-and-trace compliance requirements.

The FactoryTalk Batch version 11 is now shipping as part of the PlantPAx Process Automation System.