Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Archiving Misbehavinig Batches

Well, here's something I just learned - if you're having a hard time archiving some of your batches in your DeltaV Batch Historian, it could be because the deactive time and endtime are still in the year 2035. Here's how to fix them:

While logged on to the Batch Historian App Station:

  1. Start -> Run -> type: cmd
  2. At the MS-DOS prompt, go to C:\DeltaV\bin
  3. At the C:\DeltaV\bin> prompt, type: dvhadmin /fixbatch , where is the Batch ID in question
  4. You should get the following message: COMMANDS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY!
  5. Open SQL Enterprise Manager, and check if the endtime and deactivate time of the batch have changed. NOTE: You may need to refresh SQL in order to update the values.
  6. Go to DeltaV Batch Historian Administration Interface, and you should now be able to archive the batch.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Great Quote

I wish I could say this was an original quote, but I'm happy to attribute it to Emil Churzak, contributing editor of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (pardon the paraphrasing). It's a profound statement, and it really hits home for me in both the way we go to market with control system solutions and our palette of goodies available for solving control issues.
"If the only tool in your tool belt is a hammer, all your problems resemble nails"

Welcome to my Blog!

I've wanted to do this for a while now, and technology has made this so easy, I've decided to give it a try.

I've spent 25 plus years in the process control industry, almost entirely focused on Batch Process Control. I've seen the transition from a 'free for all' methodology to the development of the S88 and S95 standards. Mainly focused in the Emerson PROVOX and DeltaV products, I've got plenty to say - so I hope you enjoy!