What is “OpreX Batch Solution”
Integrated Control and Management Solution for Batch Plant
Yokogawa’s OpreX Batch Solution is created for batch manufacturers faced with the problem of how to efficiently integrate both PCS and MES operations.
Encompassing all phases from design through maintenance, OpreX Batch Solution efficiently eliminates overlapped work between PCS and MES, effectively reducing human error possibilities by addressing both automated and manual operation issues.
Reusable PCS and MES applications based on Yokogawa’s deep knowledge further reduce required cost and time.
New release information of OpreX Integrated Recipe Manager (IRM) R1.02
The OpreX Integrated Recipe Manager (IRM) is a part of OpreX Batch Solution and an integrated environment that can manage master recipes using graphical tools and reusable templates.
- Automatic reflection function of master recipe
The function to automatically reflect the master recipe configured using IRM to Recipe View is supported.
- Bulk export/import functions for formula data
The method to edit all the formula data of all the master recipes in bulk is provided.
- Windows Server 2019 standard support
In case of the specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage industries
In many areas of the specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage industries, product lifecycles are becoming shorter and greater product variety is needed.
Batch manufacturers are challenged to rapidly develop and deliver new products while maintaining stable operation.
Challenges for market delivery of new products:
- Market demands result in reduced product delivery lead times.
- Change requests for batch processes are rising and increasingly complex.
- Correctness of application changes must be guaranteed.
- Knowledge accumulation is difficult due to a scarcity of subject matter experts.
Challenges for stable operation:
- Potential errors associated with manual operations are difficult to identify.
- Root causes of quality variations between batches is not clearly traceable.
- Validation for manufacturing consumes significant time.
- Data may be available but not readily utilized for production improvement.
Solve these production challenges by deploying the OpreX Batch Solution
OpreX Batch Solution supports batch manufacturers over the entire plant lifecycle, from design and engineering, into actual operation, through modifications, and onward to any expansion.
- During the design and engineering phases, Yokogawa offers an intuitive design environment, paperless engineering methods, reusable applications, and access to know-how. These benefits contribute to reduced cost and minimized overall system implementation effort.
- In the operation phase, batch manufacturers can optimize not only the automatic PCS operation, but also field operator manual operations, with both records integrated into one batch report. Using data analytics technology, batch manufacturers and Yokogawa collaborate to identify problems, create action plans, and apply solutions.
- For modifications and plant expansion phases, engineering work is dramatically reduced by using the intuitive design environment and taking advantage of reusable, proven modules.
Three key points to success with OpreX Batch Solution
Enable efficient plant/process design, implementation, and operation to improve cost effectiveness.
Time to Market…
Reduce time to market to deliver new products faster, addressing the requirement for shorter product lifecycles.
Improve production quality to deliver the best possible products to end users, even while surrounding conditions are changing.
With OpreX Batch Solution, Yokogawa provides ways to deal with these challenges.
Scope of OpreX Batch Solution
OpreX Batch Solution integrates the key features of PCS and MES for any batch process plant.
In addition to typical PCS operation, most batch plants require batch management MES functionality for production scheduling, dispatching, recipe management, field operation support, and electronic batch recording.
As indicated in the diagram below, OpreX Batch Solution is aligned with the ISA-95 Enterprise-Control System Integration standard and incorporates all necessary functionalities required by batch processes.
OpreX Batch Solution is aligned with the ISA-88 Batch control standard as well. Reusable modules for contents of procedural control models and physical models are available for efficient implementation.
Value 1: Increase Cost Effectiveness
OpreX Batch Solution increases cost effectiveness by delivering high production quality through a simplified and compressed PCS and MES design process, along with improved MES execution management.
Simplified and Compressed PCS Design and Engineering
OpreX Batch Solution provides essential functions to simplify and shorten the duration of PCS design and engineering, including:
- Reusable standard modules:
Minimizes development effort and maintains engineering quality for batch process design and recipe creation.
- Discussion tool for design with batch manufacturers:
Users can design applications and check their functionality, with no programming knowledge required. These and other capabilities simplify creation of documents, such as User Requirement Specifications and Functional Design Specifications.
Simplified and Compressed MES Design and Implementation
Yokogawa cultivates and captures know-how using MES templates. These provide typical MES functions, contributing to shorter time for MES design and implementation. These templates cover typical MES functions: recipe management, order management, inventory management, execution management, field operation support, reporting, and lot tracing—while providing integration with related systems.
MES Execution Management
The Yokogawa MES solution supports improved quality, cost and delivery (QCD) in production by ensuring there is less human error and reduced material loss.
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) management:
Shows SOPs detailing all field operations to ensure defined actions are performed.
- 4M condition display:
Displays the four most important production elements: huMan (operator), Machine (plant asset), Material (raw material), and Method (production method).
- Field operation navigation and barcode identification:
Confirms efficient and accurate manual operations.
Value 2: Reduce Time to Market
OpreX Batch Solution helps reduce time to market by facilitating easy recipe changes and simplified plant expansion, along with integrated batch reporting.
Recipes Changes and Plant Expansion
A fundamental concept of OpreX Batch Solution is flexible recipe and formula changes, with a graphical approach based on reusable proven modules to simplify recipe engineering work.
With the proven value of Yokogawa’s PCS engineering environment, plant expansion engineering effort can be dramatically reduced. Thanks to module-based engineering, only I/O information changes or additions are needed for plant expansion, avoiding extensive coding and other significant modifications.
Integrated Batch Reporting
OpreX Batch Solution can record both PCS and field operator manual operations and document each by issuing an integrated batch report. All operations are defined in a single development environment during the engineering phase.
Value 3: Improve Production Quality
OpreX Batch Solution helps improve production quality through three approaches: improve PCS operation, improve field operation, and analyze operational data.
Improve PCS Operation
With OpreX Batch Solution, Yokogawa provides critical process parameter (CPP) monitoring by batch report to compare production batches with a previously baselined “Golden Batch”. Operators can maintain best production quality by monitoring CPP status.
Improve Field Operation
OpreX Batch Solution provides clear system instructions to support field operators, improve the efficiency of manual operations, and reduce human error. Even if field operators make mistakes, they are notified and directed as to how to correct each one before going to the next step.
Analyze Operational Data
Yokogawa provides data analytics solutions and services to improve production quality. Using batch manufacturers’ process data, operational data, and process knowledge, Yokogawa can leverage strengths in analytics and measurement/control in a collaborative approach to identify problems and create action plans, improving quality and productivity.
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