WONDERWARE has announced the InBatch batch management module in its FactorySuite 2000 automation system has expanded its capabilities to address the simplest to the most complex batch processing applications.
The new InBatch FlexFormula Edition is targeted at processes where the only variations between products are in the formula and where execution sequences never change or only require small changes that are handled in the control system.
Additionally, it provides users with comprehensive information management services addressing batch history, equipment history and reporting. FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant security is provided as an option.
The InBatch flexible procedure offering has been renamed, InBatch Premier Edition and offers many new advanced batch and information management features including web-based runtime clients, web-based reporting clients and complete set of Active X client controls for easy integration with InTouch.
InBatch Premier Edition also is 100 per cent compliant with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulation on electronic records and signatures.
"The opportunity for InBatch FlexFormula is significant,” Wonderware director Larry LeBlanc said. “This segment of the market has lacked solutions that address both formula management and the information requirements that most manufactures need today.
“InBatch FlexFormula and its companion InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) software are the ideal tools for applications that need more than just a formula downloader. InBatch FlexFormula Edition is a complete batch management system.”
With the introduction of InBatch FlexFormula, Wonderware now offers users 3 batch solutions to choose from: InTouch with Recipe Manager, InBatch FlexFormula and InBatch Premier.
InTouch, with its Recipe Manager feature, is appropriate for the applications that need simple formula management and have fixed procedures in the control system and minimal or no history requirements.
The new InBatch FlexFormula and Premier Editions will be available in Q4 of 2001.