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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the latest version of its batch control software, Proficy Batch Execution 5.5.

An ISA-88 standard compliant batch product, Proficy Batch focuses on reduced costs, efficiency and just-in-time production by allowing process engineers to define truly generic recipes that are separate from plant-floor equipment.

Such recipes can be reused across all production facilities, while allowing users to reduce the effort to develop and maintain their recipe library.

This separation allows the addition of new products to a production line and is said to improve the quality of products produced as well as reduce the risk of operator error.

Batch operators typically rely on proprietary controllers and custom software systems to operate their batch production lines.

Proficy Batch can help these operators increase efficiency and profits by replacing custom batch operations with an off-the-shelf batch platform that is designed to offer increased flexibility, uptime and reliability.

The ISA-88 model and SFC (sequential function chart) programming language makes writing new recipes simple, therefore allowing an increase in product mix without expensive controller re-programming.

Proficy Batch also offers MES integration with Proficy Plant Applications’ Batch Analysis module and GE Fanuc’s Proficy Process Systems, enabling a complete end-to-end batch solution.

This open and layered approach to software allows customers to select components that match their needs or combine the products to achieve higher value and a total solution.

Proficy Batch can archive batch data that can later be analysed by the Batch Analysis tools.

This information can then be used to update Proficy Batch recipes so that the highest quality product can be consistently reproduced.

Batch 5.5 includes a Campaign Manager that allows operators to better manage process orders that typically require multiple batches to fulfil.

The Campaign Manager and its supporting Campaign Wizard, permit the operator to define a single batch and scale it up to the size of a process order.

Proficy Batch 5.5 has a Batch Breakpoint feature that permits operators to set temporary pauses within running batches, and perform just-in-time maintenance, quality testing and equipment change-out without modifying recipes.

Batch 5.5 also features: formulation support for recipe parameters; improvements to Batch Server; support for up to 15 terminal server clients; improved performance of recipe verification; enhanced DCOM support; ability to run under Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 2008; expanded terminal server support; and improved batch runtime support.

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