Batch ArchitectTM control software is a flexible controls system designed to operate virtually any piece of batch-type equipment. Available in Standard and Pro versions, Batch Architect utilizes Rockwell® Software HMI platforms and Allen-Bradley® LogixTM processors.
|MODEL||Batch Architect||Batch Architect Pro|
|Operator Interface||Allen Bradley Panelview Plus 7||Industrial Computer with Touchscreen|
|21 CFR Part 11 Compliance||Not Available||Standard|
|Electronic Signatures||Not Available||Standard|
|21 CFR Part 11 Compliance||Optional||Standard|
|Recipe Control||Optional Basic Recipe or Phase Control Available||Standard|
|Data Logging||Standard Logging to CSV Text File||Standard Logging to SQL Database|
|Batch Data Browser||Not Available||Tabular and Graphical Export to PDF, Excel, or Word|
|I/O Status Monitor||Not Available||Standard|
Batch Architect Pro TM offers FDA 21 CFR Part 11 capabilities for electronic signatures and record creating, making it easy to bring your machines up to date with current industry regulations.
Batch Architect Pro stores logged batch data in a Microsoft SQL server database. Users can then easily create reports from stored server data to convey the necessary information. The reporting utility can be installed on a computer outside the process room to allow easier access to reporting capabilities.
Recipe-driven, Batch Architect and Batch Architect Pro enable users to configure and save custom proceses. Batches are reproduced with minimal user intervention. The Batch Architect status screen monitors critical process variables during machine operation. Users have total control over machine functions to ensure batch accuracy.
Batch Architect's manual control screen gives information regarding the machine status and provides several function keys for control of the machine. The manual control screen is configured to match each specific piece of equipment.
Available with Batch Architect Pro, the status screen is a graphical user interface provides users with the current status of critical machine functions. Manual control is available through the status screen
Batch Architect Pro offers security measures which limit access to Batch Architect Pro and other system programs to authorized personnel. Users are identified through a unique username and password for logon and signatures. Password expiration is configurable to customer specifications.
The Recipe Editor allows users to create and edit recipes. This window also allows users to apply signatures and activate recipes for download. Recipes are defined through process defining phases, such as "cool" or "dry." These phases are configurable to meet the specific product requirements. Unique timeline control increases recipe flexibility. The Recipe Editor allows users to easily configure recipes and implement revision control. A recipe phase called the marquee function allows SOP's to be included in the recipe and acknowledged electronically. Available with Batch Architect Pro.
Batch Architect Pro provides for viewing and printing of batch data and product recipes. Batch data can be exported in non-native formats (such as comma-delimited). Batch Architect provides the means to archive data according to the user's preferences. The user can choose to archive data immediately or schedule the data to be archived automatically. Electronic records can be easily accessed through the Data Browser. This tool allows users to customize the way batch data is viewed. Data reports can be integrated with message reports to provide a complete view of a particular batch. The Data Browser allows users to create and save custom reports which can be used for any set of batch data.
Batch Architect Pro operates in a virtualized control environment, which allows multiple simulated "virtual" computers to run on a single host computer. This enables multiple systems to be configured in a distributed architectiture to provide cost savings and simplified administration. Once a control system is in place and operational, virtualization technology helps to simplify disaster recovery procedures. By accessing a copy of the virtual machine, software engineers are able to restore the end user's malfunctioning control system to an operational state, greatly reducing downtime in the event of system failure. Virtualization also enables end users to meet federal regulations for data retention; a virtual system that has been removed or replaced can easily be copied to another computer to maintain data access after it is decommissioned.
|Batch Architect||Batch Architect Pro|
|External USB Datalog Retrieval||ControlLogix PLC|
|Larger Operator Interface||Domain-based Security|
|Phase Control||Industrial Computer with RAID|
|Real Time Data Printer||Real Time Data Printer|
|Remote Access||Remote Access|
|Recipe Control||Integrated Keyboard and Mouse|
Sarah Crutchfield, former Sr. Software Engineer discusses Fluid Air's Batch Architect Process Control Software.