The problem with automation: how to program the recipe
Automation has a unique meaning with the Electronic Batch Processing concept. Of course, as with all automation implementations, a great deal of reliance is placed on electronic processors such as PLCs and Field I/Os to control a process.
But batch manufacturers are usually confronted with the need to modify or create new processes on a routine basis. Routinely, after the contractor has left the plant and the automation has been installed, you are left with the problem of programming the units, perhaps several times a month. Keeping up with this demand has necessitated reliance on expensive consultants or hiring specialists - two expensive choices.
A truly advanced Smart Factory - one operating with IIoT-ready technologies using Electronic Batch Processing - permits rapid changes for product customization... the easier to change over, the more responsive you can be to your clients' needs. Additionally, getting the Recipe to the process computer is a snap using the EBP methods. So, too, is seeing the status of the batch as it moves toward completion.