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Recipe for IP protection

27 December 2014

The latest release of FactoryTalk Batch software from Rockwell Automation eases the process of modifying and creating new recipes by managing the approval process for changes and automatically tracking the genealogy of recipes. New security-authority binding features also help manufacturers protect their intellectual property.

"FactoryTalk Batch software removes risks associated with manually managing recipe changes,” said John Parraga, FactoryTalk Batch product manager, Rockwell Automation.

"The upgraded software, which tightly integrates with the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation, provides solutions ranging from small, basic sequencing to large, complex batch and sequencing applications. It simplifies the management of recipes throughout their life cycle and provides standard reports containing vital actionable information.”

Administrators can use the software to assign specific people or roles to approve recipes before they advance to the production line. This structured approach provides approval traceability and allows quality control managers to easily manage recipes.
With new version-control capabilities, FactoryTalk Batch v12.0 software preserves and locks recipes from changes.

Later, the recipe can be checked out as a work in progress and is automatically assigned a new version. 

The updated software system automatically stores each version, allowing users to review their genealogy. Recipe authors can manage more recipes and save time previously spent manually backing up files for each recipe change.
FactoryTalk Batch software also provides additional protection from intellectual property theft.

With security-authority binding, FactoryTalk Batch software helps protect recipes and area models. This extra layer of security helps ensure that important information is inaccessible for viewing, editing or executing by unauthorised users
The FactoryTalk Batch v12.0 software is now available as part of the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.