September 2007

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HP Integration Strategies: Batch standards find their way into nonbatch industries

Ask a control engineer from the petrochem industry if he/she has heard of the ISA-88 and 95 standards and he/she will likely say "yes," followed by a comment along the lines of "they are the batch sta..

Wilkins, M., ARC Advisory Group

Ask a control engineer from the petrochem industry if he/she has heard of the ISA-88 and 95 standards and he/she will likely say "yes," followed by a comment along the lines of "they are the batch standards and don't apply to us." It is true that both these standards came from the batch environment and were designed to address batch issues. More and more engineers from petrochem companies are showing up at common-interest groups for the standards. Even at this year's WBF (formerly World Batch Forum) North American conference, held in Baltimore, it became clear that these standards are opening eyes in industries and applications outside of batch. Not only are they able to provide structure an

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