Yokogawa Corporation of America
Production-control system has new features
Yokogawa Corporation of America (Newnan, GA) has added pharmaceutical batch-control capabilities to its “Centum VP” integrated production-control system. New features include recipe-management and process-management functions in addition to the application’s unit-supervision and process-control tools.
The Centum VP software now provides a configurable unit faceplate that lets users monitor and execute batches through an interface. The application also features standard displays for product overview, product control, and unit control for recipe and product selection. The displays offer automatic, current documentation of the batch logic.
In addition, the software separates recipe data from equipment data and provides unit-based exception handling. The latter function allows batch engineers to create modular procedures for main production activities, engineer exception handling through unit monitors, and interrupt processing if necessary. Thus, automation engineers can execute failure-handling logic one time, rather than during each phase of production.