ISA-S88 system reduces batch device task development
New S88-based process control system from ECS Solutions simplifies and speeds up device configuration when creating or updating batch manufacturing campaigns using Rockwell controllers.
S88 Builder from ECS Solutions allows batch processors to pre-configure process devices such as valves, pumps, variable drives, or tanks, and then configures these devices into specific operating tasks such as mixing, flow control, heating, cleaning, and so on. The company says that S88 Builder provides a configuration process that is easier, more accurate, and faster than conventional programming devices and tasks, resulting in project development reductions up to 90% compared to custom programming. This capability lowers the total cost of ownership for a process control system by minimizing initial development costs, reducing time-to-market for new products and reducing waste and downtime.
The S88 Builder configuration system is based on the ISA-S88 standard that defines best practices for control operations at batch processing plants. The goal of ISA-S88 is to provide standard terminology and consistent sets of concepts and models for batch manufacturing plants and batch control. These concepts and models are the foundation of the S88 Builder process. This process includes a Studio that contains various modules to configure devices and tasks on a PC and then loads those profiles onto a PLC or PAC. The S88 Builder engine provides the runtime execution of those profiles on the controller. It incorporates faceplates and objects tools installed in an HMI to provide operator interface capabilities including task status, alarms and task management.
For now, this platform is designed specifically for Rockwell Automation PLCs, PACs, HMIs and batch management software. Systems for other brands of hardware and software are under development.
Peter Welander, pwelander(at)cfemedia.com