In chemicals based product manufacturing, as in pharmaceutical, food and agrochemical industries, efficient and consistent process monitoring and analysis systems (PAT systems) have a very important role. These PAT systems ensure that the chemicals based product is manufactured with the specified end product qualities. In an earlier article, Singh et al. [Singh, R., Gernaey, K. V., Gani, R. (2009). Model-based computer-aided framework for design of process monitoring and analysis systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 33, 22–42] proposed the use of a systematic model and data based methodology to design appropriate PAT systems. This methodology has now been implemented into a systematic computer-aided framework to develop a software (ICAS-PAT) for design, validation and analysis of PAT systems. Two supporting tools needed by ICAS-PAT have also been developed: a knowledge base (consisting of process knowledge as well as knowledge on measurement methods and tools) and a generic model library (consisting of process operational models). Through a tablet manufacturing process example, the application of ICAS-PAT is illustrated, highlighting as well, the main features of the software.
Singh, R., Gernaey, K., & Gani, R. (2010). ICAS-PAT: A Software for Design, Analysis and Validation of PAT Systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 34(7), 1108-1136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2009.06.021