Diagram of Batch Architect Process Controls

Batch ArchitectTMControl Software

Versatile Controls for Batch-Type Processing

Batch Architect 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.

Batch Architect (Standard)

This package provides a simple interface for monitoring and manually adjusting process parameters and is also available with an additional phase control option. Phase-based control is ideal for users who desire automated control but want the flexibility to change the process on-the-fly. Batch Architect also provides safety, process alarming, and a standard datalogging system.

Group Security (Optional)

  • Unique group name and password identify users for login
  • Each group is configurable to its own unique set of privileges to ensure that crucial operational parameters can only be accessed by appropriate users

Manual Control

  • The 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.

Phase Control (Optional)

  • Phases are predefined sets of operational data that are used to execute machine-specific functions such as “cool” or “dry.” Each phase can be uniquely configured through parameter settings.
  • Phased-based control allows the user to select an active phase and an additional queued phase for seamless operation from one phase to the next.
  • The phase control screen gives information regarding the machine status and provides several function keys to control the machine in phases.

Batch Architect Pro

The patented Batch Architect Pro design provides greater functionality for recipe control and 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. Batch Architect Pro systems runs on FactoryTalk
View SE HMI on an industrial computer.

Status Screen

  • The graphical user interface provides users with the current status of critical machine functions
  • Manual control is available through the status screen

Password Security

  • Security measures 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

Recipe Editor

  • 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.

Data Browser

  • 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.

Virtualization Technology and Disaster Recovery

  • Batch Architect 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.