Flexbatch ISA 88 Batch and Recipe Management software

The Recipe is the Program

FlexBatch-Shortest-Batch

Develop, Modify and Document Recipes Without Technical Staff

FlexBatch® integrates recipe management and the automation layer so operators can quickly and easily develop, scale up, modify and schedule batch manufacturing recipes for products ranging from beer to chocolate to specialty chemicals and more.  FlexBatch delivers shorter time to first batch, reduced changeover times, increased throughput and production yield. New and existing products are brought to market faster and at lower cost, providing strategic and financial advantage. Production staff can execute library procedures to overcome process upsets. All of which means a more nimble, responsive, and profitable process.

ISA 88: The Shortest Path to Recipe Changes

FlexBatch is designed in accordance with the ISA 88 standard for batch management to help reduce cycle times and life-cycle automation costs. It reduces the need for control engineers by empowering recipe developers and operations staff to make automation changes via intuitive graphical tools. FlexBatch also facilitates compliance with stringent FDA standards such as 21-CFR-Part-11 and the ISPE standard GAMP-5, use of FlexBatch  improves product/record integrity, reduces commissioning time, validation costs, and compliance workloads.

Create Phases and Operations

FlexBatch simplifies the creation, maintenance and documentation of procedures with a graphical editor that creates Procedure Charts for all aspects of production. FlexBatch uses ISA-88 conventions to define transitions between entities which reduces the need for controller programming. The recipe developer creates phase and operation classes and stores them in libraries of reusable objects that recipe developers insert graphically into procedures. Meanwhile, the control engineer can define the plant equipment and the equipment connections within FlexBatch. The actual phases are created using development tools for the D/3 Distributed Control System. This modular approach to creating recipes and phases saves time, reduces testing and errors, and simplifies validation. Because procedures are part of the recipes, producing or modifying a recipe is simple and virtually error free.

Execute and Manage Batches

Operators create, schedule and manage campaigns of assembled recipes to fulfill customer orders or production targets.  Whether running batches on a single production line or at multiple facilities,  operators can visualize and adjust production to meet changing customer demands, assign equipment to specific batches, or modify recipe parameters and procedures associated with individual or multiple batches.

Modify On-the-Fly

At any point during recipe development and execution, personnel can modify Recipe Parameters (ex: Amount of enzyme to add), Recipe Procedures (ex: Don’t use agitator for this batch), Production Schedule (ex: Make 10 batches instead of 5), Batch Start Rules (ex: Start batch after a certain operation completes), Equipment Utilization (ex: Only use Kettle 2 for this batch), or scale Batch Amount (ex: 500kg instead of 200kg)

Document and Analyze

With FlexBatch reporting tools, users can create custom campaign and batch reports to document all activity associated with batch execution.  FlexBatch also includes batch analysis tools to allow operations staff to monitor and analyze production line performance against established KPI’s.

Screen Captures

Create Operations graphically with the Procedure Editor.

Create Operations graphically with the Procedure Editor.

Organize phases and operations in class libraries and assign valid equipment with the Configuration Manager.

Organize phases and operations in class libraries and assign valid equipment with the Configuration Manager.

Assemble Unit Recipes into Master Recipes using the Procedure Editor.

Assemble Unit Recipes into Master Recipes using the Procedure Editor.

Approve recipes and make them available to production.

Approve recipes and make them available to production.

Create campaigns, schedule batches and adjust properties with the Control, Schedule, and Production views.

Create campaigns, schedule batches and adjust properties with the Control, Schedule, and Production views.

 

    FlexBatch® Production Operator [#S466]

    A two-day course covering the use of FlexBatch® to create and execute campaigns and batches. Details of the Production Displays provide students with interactive tools to create, monitor or modify the status of active batches.

    August 1, 2016 – August 2, 2016
    AIken, SC Office

    FlexBatch® D/3® Recipe Developer [#S467]

    A three-day course covering the use of FlexBatch® Production Displays to create, execute and monitor campaigns and batches. Students will be able to use the Configuration Management software to create and modify new master recipes.

    August 1, 2016 – August 3, 2016
    Aiken, SC Office

    FlexBatch® D/3® Control Engineer [#S468]

    A five-day course detailing the use of FlexBatch® with a D/3® Distributed Control System. Details on the various Production Displays provide the user with tools to create and monitor campaigns and batches.

    August 1, 2016 – August 5, 2016
    AIken, SC Office

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