Resource guide: Best batch bits and pieces

Oct. 6, 2020
Control's monthly resources guide includes batch automation case histories and ISA's S88 standard

Manage single-unit recipes

This blog post, "Process batch control recipe management for single units solved!" by Tag McCormick of Superior Controls, explains how the system integrator used Softing's 56eATM-tManager (TMGR) module to manage interactions with a Microsoft SQL database and enable recipe management for a pharmaceutical process CIP skid.

Superior Controls

Compact ISA S88 video

This three-and-a-half-minute video, "The ISA S88.01 Standard" by OSIsoft Learning, covers the standards basic models, such as the S88 Physical Model and the S88 Procedural Model.


Upgrading solvent plant

This online article, "New batch control system boosts solvent plant" by Nancy Givens of DuPont in Chemical Processing magazine, details how its small-batch, semiconductor cleaning solvent plant worked with system integrator TechKnowsion and Rockwell Automation to carry out a two-phase upgrade to its controls and batch automaton system.

Chemical Processing

Paint production automation 

This six-page paper, "Automation of batch production in paint industry using PLC" by L. Chitra, Siranjeevi S., Manikandan A. and Saravanan G., all of the Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology in Chennai, India, shows how a multi-product plant used an analytical computing model to optimize its volume processing plant and handle all possible decision variables.


Better PVC processing

This two-page case study, "Hubei Yihua improves operational efficiency and stability" shows how the China-based PVC manufacturer upgraded its batch monitoring and processing equipment, better coordinated measuring points, simplified interfaces, reduced the need for human intervention, and achieved a 10% improvement in batch control efficiency by adopting Emerson's DeltaV batch and distributed controls and Rosemount temperature transmitters.


All the S88 basics

This online article, "ISA-88 (S88) batch control explained" by Peter at PLC Academy introduces the basic aspects of batch processing and programming, including the S88 process model and hierarchy, physical model, three-part procedural model, and relationships between them.

PLC Academy

Brewing at Full Sail

This online case study, "Full Sail brewing taps manufacturing intelligence to enhance process," shows how the Oregon-based brewery installed a new filtration process to use water more efficiently, and adopted batch, historian, control and other software from Rockwell Automation to reduce brew cycle times by 50%, increase brewing capacity by 25%, and gain other benefits.

Rockwell Automation

Analysis + tuning = quality

This 70-minute video, “Batch process control—unique challenges and opportunities” by Greg McMillan, Control Talk columnist, and presented by the ISA, examines how manufacturers use process controls to maintain quality. McMillan explains how to analyze batch data, elevate the operator's role, tune control loops, and establish control strategies to improve batch operations.

International Society of Automation

The batch last time

The prior version of this resources guide, "Mixing up a batch—maybe eve golden" in Control, Jan '18, included even more useful articles, videos and whitepapers on batch.


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