Harvest time prediction for batch processes

Max Peter Spooner*, David Kold, Murat Kulahci

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Batch processes usually exhibit variation in the time at which individual batches are stopped (referred to as the harvest time). Harvest time is based on the occurrence of some criterion and there may be great uncertainty as to when this criterion will be satisfied. This uncertainty increases the difficulty of scheduling downstream operations and results in fewer completed batches per day. A real case study is presented of a bacteria fermentation process. We consider the problem of predicting the harvest time of a batch in advance to reduce variation and improving batch quality. Lasso regression is used to obtain an interpretable model for predicting the harvest time at an early stage in the batch. A novel method for updating the harvest time predictions as a batch progresses is presented, based on information obtained from online alignment using dynamic time warping.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputers & Chemical Engineering
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Batch process
  • Dynamic time warping
  • Lasso regression
  • Partial least squares
  • Prediction


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