In the basic version, prover/2 records the flow of materials on the batch level. It differentiates these into:
- Real batches (actual batch packages at defined positions) and
- Virtual batches (abstract batches distributed over multiple concrete or virtual positions).
An expanded version allows the container sizes to be changed during treatment. Individual parts can even be tracked through the entire production system. In multi-zone systems, zone-specific setpoints can also be specified.
There are also two different principles in this module, which is closely linked with batch tracking:
Real batches in discontinuous systems
For each batch moving through a system, the process control system creates a measurement file which it assigns to the specific batch. If a batch moves through multiple systems in sequence, such a file is created for each individual system. This process can be repeated as needed.
Real and virtual batches in continuous systems
In this principle, all process variables are first recorded in a central pool. Batch tracking indicates when a specific batch passes through a specific part of the system. When a batch leaves the system, the process control system uses the available information to create a measurement file, which it assigns to this batch.
For fully automated in-process controlling, the software can use information on when production systems are ready for loading/unloading to generate transport commands for transportation units like loaders, shuttles, or manipulators. An option is also available for time-optimised usage of pre-heating furnace systems. Empty grid management can also be integrated to manage empty grids.