iC Process for IR
A Seamless Pathway from Lab to Plant
Specifically designed for the production environment, iC Process enables the transfer of critical control parameters determined in the laboratory. This allows their impact on the process to be followed in production.
The unique user interface gives operators an immediate visual understanding of reaction progress and any process upsets that may occur. Upon approval, iC IR™ methods are sent to iC Process for operator use. Key information can be viewed on the iC Process client or sent to the distributed control system (DCS). iC Process is the key link enabling easy delivery of protocols developed in the laboratory to the production environment.
Transfer from Lab to Plant
An important part of PAT implementation in the plant is the ability to transfer expert knowledge from the laboratory in a method that can be used by nonexpert users. iC Process enables the transfer of any template developed for a plant application in iC IR, where it can be validated and locked, then made available for use by authorized personnel.
Simple Interface for Operators
The straightforward user interface of iC Process makes it easy for any operator to select an appropriate, approved method and collect data. Trend views allow users to monitor the process and visual warnings so they are notified in real-time of any process upsets.
Data Analysis for Experts
Data collected with iC Process can be easily viewed or analyzed by process engineers or laboratory chemists. iC IR provides expert users with a wide breadth of analysis options, allowing them to access process data in real-time or after a batch is completed.
Standard Interface to DCS
Due to its specific design for the process environment, iC Process supports full communication to distributed control systems (DCS) via industry standard communication protocols such as Modbus and OPC UA.
iC Process for IR FAQs
Is the iC Process for IR software required to use a ReactIR 45P instrument?
No, iC Process is an optional application that can be used instead of iC IR™ to control ReactIR 45P systems in production environments.
Please note that iC IR is mandatory with ReactIR 45P system purchases as this software is required to create methods that will be run by iC Process.
Can I use iC Process to control the ReactIR 45P from another system, like my DCS (distributed control system)?
Yes, iC Process supports connection via OPC UA and Modbus TCP protocols to external systems. This allows the starting and stopping of data collection on the instrument and provides the latest collected trend data. The OPC UA Server option also supports the selection of a method and real-time sharing of spectra in addition to trends.
Does iC Process support advanced security like user roles?
Access to the ReactIR 45P instrument can be limited to specific users via iC Process based on Microsoft Windows login information. Levels of access, including administrator and operator are provided to manage which users can perform certain tasks in iC Process, such as loading or approving methods or starting/stopping data collection on the instrument.
What are the computer requirements to run iC Process for IR software?
The iC Process Server and Client applications can run on Microsoft Windows as well as Microsoft Windows Server and are compatible with most mid- to high-performance laptops or workstations. Please see the iC Process for IR datasheet for specific requirements.