Second generation intuitive, graphical batch processing software, released by Intellution, is said to be the first based on OPC (OLE for Process Control), as well as ISA’s S88.01 batch and IEC 1131 programming standards. VisualBatch covers plant simulation, recipe management, batch execution, production tracking and report generation. For development, its WorkSpace provides a unified, Explorer-style split-screen with a heirarchical browser, equipment editor and recipe editor. ActiveX Controls and objects can be embedded, and simulation facilities allow for full pre-installation testing. More on page 30.