The BATCIME Working Group is a European Batch Forum sponsored, CEC supported initiative aimed at setting up models and guidelines for the integration of batch control and on-line manufacturing execution functions for scheduling, quality and cost control, engineering support and production information and guidance.
Results are targeted to the European batch oriented industry and to international standardization bodies currently active in this domain.
The group is currently formed by three key partners : EBF, Incode and KUL, and by thirteen associate partners :
- Six users from the fine chemicals, pharmaceutical and food industries
- Two academic institutions
- Three consulting/engineering companies specialized in the group target domains
- Two suppliers of control and production supervision systems.
The group activities cycle is currently planned at two years with eight general meetings planned over this period. Work will be organized in four work packages for management, user and market requirements definition, manufacturing chain, plant models and functions definition and - most important - dissemination of results, guidelines and formulation of proposals to standardization bodies.
The expected benefits for European industry include enhanced productivity and quality through more cost effective integration, better choice of production goals and strategies, better user/supplier communications and interaction and reflection of European needs and practices in this domain in forthcoming international norms and standards.