Reliability & Maintenance

Technology Provides Visibility Into Batch Process

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 25, 2018

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) introduces Experion Batch, a control technology offering that reportedly increases productivity for batch operations and speed-to-market of batch products by allowing operators to “look ahead” into their processes and see an intuitive, comprehensive timeline of every task required to complete a product batch. Experion Batch uses visualization technology to provide batch automation processes with the benefits of distributed control capability. This approach provides operators with insights into upcoming events or potential delays, which can make it easier for them to conduct multiple tasks, take appropriate actions sooner and adjust next steps accordingly. It also makes operations less critically dependent on individual operator experience, which can help manufacturers overcome skill gaps at a time when more veteran operators are retiring. 

“Many operators currently say they don’t have enough visibility into their batch processes,” says Matthias Maaz, HPS director of pharma and specialty chemicals. “Not knowing what tasks are coming when or being unable to foresee delays can lead to reduced production. Experion Batch solves this issue and allows operators to do more with less.”

Experion Batch is designed for industries such as pharmaceutical, specialty chemical and food processing, where manufacturers are challenged to increase operator efficiency and product quality while using fewer resources to reduce costs. The technology reportedly simplifies ongoing maintenance by eliminating the need for a centralized, dedicated batch server. This enables engineering and maintenance personnel to take a unit controller out of service without affecting other units. Experion Batch also allows plants to easily and quickly transition from recipe testing to execution while reducing testing and validation efforts, and it is aligned with international batch standards ISA S88 and IEC 61512-1.

“Industries using batch software management solutions are characterized by increasingly complex production processes, more multi-product lines and increasing numbers of recipes,” says Janice Abel, principal consultant, ARC Advisory Group. “Product innovation and speed to market are vital to the success of these manufacturers. The trend for batch manufacturing is toward real-time manufacturing, which requires closer coordination between the batch and control system software and sensors, and improved operator visibility into the process.” 

For more information visit: www.honeywellprocess.com