Aspen Technology have released Batch Plus 2.0, the latest version of its software for simulating recipe based manufacturing processes, featuring a wizard to assist in the setting up of batch processes, enhanced simulation features and additional reports in Microsoft Word or Excel.
The package is claimed to increase product yield and minimise time to market through resource planning, formulation analysis, and the transfer of information between the lab and plant floor. It can be used throughout a product lifecycle to reduce idle time between batches. Engineers designing batch processes can use rigorous models to conduct more accurate material and energy balances, quickly scale up processes, reduce process cycle time and ensure continuity of a process. On the plant floor users can now use actual plant data from an historian to validate a process model and to troubleshoot problem batches. Secondary manfacturing process information can be added to the primary process model to conduct process analyses across a broader range. The package simulates a chemical product from its original state to its final delivered form.