Thursday, 21 January 2010

S88 overkill?

An article in Food Engineering
Balancing Your Automation Standards - Cover Story - Food Engineering
One comment made in the article is
“I’m an ISA guy, but its S88 (for batch processes) and S95 (for continuous) standards are overkill,” asserts Rich DiBernardo, director of project engineering for Lecron Inc., Secaucus, NJ. “Projects that apply them never reach completion.
Now, I think that is something of a misunderstanding of what ISA S88 is about, but it is understandable.
It is a misunderstanding because in fact the standard (part 1 at least) is only a guideline and does not say you must do all this, you can choose to exclude most of the possibilities in your own application.
But it is understandable because many 'S88' people push it too much, and furthermore they over complicate, seeming forgetting that the standard is supposed to make it easy for recipe designers.
What is your experience?

Monday, 18 January 2010

S88 for Continuous Processes

There is a new article on ControlGlobal

ISA-88 Works for Continuous Processes Too
Using ISA88 Principles to Address Procedural Operations in Industries Outside the Traditional Batch Realm

But it has no opportunity to make comments on it, so I will blog it.
S88 for continuous processes has been a topic for years.
This article says, "A procedural operation is a set of tasks conducted the same way time after time to achieve a certain goal"
Well, that is not actually the complete story - why? Because it misses out the batch.
And there is always a batch. Even in a continuous process.
I have commented on this before, look at the continuous tagged entries in this blog for more.