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 Francis Lovering - CV

Francis Lovering

Freelance consultant in Process Control, Automation and Software

Batch Specialist

In Brief

Award winning Consultant - Batch Specialist, Food and Pharmaceuticals plants; SP88 Requirements Analysis; MES Integration; Validation; PLC, SCADA and MES Evaluation; PLC/SCADA Software Design. DCS management and configuration.

Also Software architect for ControlDraw software.

Nationality: British

Date of birth: 4 July 1950

Qualifications: MSc (Control Technology) CEng MInstMC

Summary of experience

A wide range of recent experience with advanced computer control and information systems for the process industries. His work has encompassed the complete life cycle from Requirement Analysis through to commissioning using PLC/SCADA systems, DCS's and MES products.

Projects have included highly advanced oil refinery systems, Multi-Product Multi-Purpose plants and Paperless production in pharmaceuticals. A particular expertise is the use of S88 for Requirements Analysis of Batch Plants. Presents papers at events such as the European Batch Forum.

System experience includes:-

PLC Software for Rockwell; Siemens S5; TI (Texas APT)

SCADA Marex Promace; Wonderware InTouch; Setpoint SetCim, Intellution Fix

MES  and Batch Software - Anderson Consulting EBRS1, Wonderware InBatch and InTrack, Intellution Visual Batch, Rockwell RSBatch

DCS Honeywell, ABB Sattline, Emerson DeltaV and more.

Auditing PLC and SCADA software for Batch projects

PC Software Expert in MS Visual Basic and MS Access and Diagramming

Process experience includes:-

Batch processes in Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical plants, using S88 concepts since before S88 existed

Discrete processes in Food and Pharmaceutical plants

Continuous processes in Chemical, Refining and Pharmaceutical plants

Practical Knowledge of Advanced Process Control systems applied in Refineries.

In addition has completed a wide variety of training courses in topics such as management (Open University Effective Manager course) and Pharmaceutical cGMP validation.

Other Skills:-

MS Windows and Office

Expert with Visual Basic and MS Access 

Able to make Presentations

Ability to listen to the operators

Able to travel.


From Feb 1999 - Freelance Consultant and Owner of ControlDraw Ltd

Clients include

Kvaerner Process

Fluor Daniel

Project Management Dublin

Novo Nordisk Engineering


Foster Wheeler

Scope of work has included

ControlDraw Modelling for Pharma and other Batch processes producing detailed functional designs including for 


Media preparation and sterilising

Clean and Sterilise in Place systems

Safety shutdown system

PLC, SCADA and DCS Batch Software Audits and Code Reviews

Assistance with preparation of Proposals

Specification of  Interfaces between DCS, PLC/SCADA and Batch Manager products

ControlDraw Training

1974 to 1999 Kvaerner Process: Technical Manager, Systems Control Group

Note - during this time Francis wrote ControlDraw1 which was used on several Kvaerner projects.

He also worked on numerous projects:

1998 Bristol Myers Squibb - Software - InTouch + Visual Basic production tracking application

1998 Degussa - Multi-product Multi-purpose bulk Pharmaceutical plants - front end consultancy

1998 Millennium Compliance - Consultant auditor for Warner Lambert Global Y2K project

1997 - 1998 Millennium Compliance - Consultant on the effect of, and solutions for, the Year 2000 bug as it affects Embedded Systems in Process Plants, Metals and Shipping

1997 - 1998 NPC Suez Egypt - Analysis of all computing functions for an oil refining hydrocracker complex including Business Systems, Advanced Process Control, Information Management, Laboratory Systems, Maintenance and Document Management systems.

1995 - 1997 Consultant - E Merck- front end consultancy on control of Multi-product Multi-purpose bulk Pharmaceutical plants

1995 - 1997 Consultant - NOVO Nordisk - Close Involvement in the specification and development of automation concepts for Insulin products.

Carried out a survey of all computing functions including MRP2, LIMS and Maintenance as well as process control systems, for Novo's Chartres facility.

1994 Consultant - Pharmaceuticals pilot plant warehouse management system.

1994 Software made on Site  - Polymer extrusion line. PLC/SCADA Software design and development, Saudi Arabia

An emergency project - a certain SI provided software that did not work and staff that could not fix it. A group of 4 people, myself included re-wrote the entire thing in 3 weeks, resulting in faster and smaller code that worked and was operable.

1993 Consultant - FDA Validation, Biotechnology plant.

1993 Consultant on the development of applications software for a batch fermentation process using the ABB Model 300 control system.

1992 to 1993 Consultant on the definition of requirements for a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility employing the concept of CIM and paperless manufacturing environment.

1991 to 1992 Technical Leader on implementation of batch pharmaceutical plant requirement on a Texas PLC based system utilising APT case tool.

1990 to 1991 Consultant - SmithKline Beecham - providing a consultancy service in the implementation of a pharmaceutical plant control system. This work has included assistance to set up formalised software lifecycle procedures, hardware evaluation and definition of the detailed operation procedures and control functions.

1989 to 1990 Lead Systems Control Engineer - Beechams Nabumetone Project Singapore - Responsible for the design & specification of a digitally based batch control system. Plus co-ordination of instrument design with systems design.

1989 Lead Systems Control Engineer, Ciba-Geigy - front end study of multipurpose multiproduct chemical plant.

1989 Consultant, Turkey - Survey of Turkish Petrochemical industry.

1986 to 1988 Systems Control Engineer, Heinz Ltd

Sauce, Powder and Bean preparation lines.

Software leadership - control system software for Siemens S5 PLC .

1986 Systems Control Engineer, Beecham Ltd - Software anaalysis and testing of for Texas Instruments PLC 565's for Pharmaceutical processes.

1984 1985 Secondment to Crawford & Russell, Stamford, USA, - specification of Computer Control System for Cadbury, USA. Control systems.analysis and design - Driam Coating machines  Chocolate processes, Allen-Bradley PLC's ,

1983 to 1984 Lead Instrument Engineer

Cadbury Confectionery (Crumb Production) - Lead Engineer doing everything including 2 Allen-Bradley PLC2/30's and the AFE Graphics. Responsible for the technical sufficiency of all the control system design.

1982 1983 Lead Instrument Engineer - Involved with software for the Ferranti System for the Cadbury crunchie bar plant at Somerdale.

1981 1982 Lead Instrument  Engineer - HDPE Plant HIMIC. Configuration of Honeywell TDC 2000 and GEM 80 PLC's.

1976 1980 Instrument Engineer - Involved with the following:-

HDPE Plant Sweden

Programmable logic control systems (Elektronlund).

Preparation of flow charts, specification of equipment and detail design, design of electronic loops and intrinsic safety earthing systems.

HDPE Plant Peoples Republic of China

Specification of centralised control system (Taylor Mod III) and detailed engineering and configuration of the system. Responsible for ensuring interface with all Plant Areas associated with the centralised control system.

Preparation of Loop Diagrams.


Specification of centralised control system (Honeywell TDC 2000).

1976 MSc in Control Technology, Portsmouth Polytechnic

SESLAB Electronics

1973 1976 Senior Test Engineer - Supervision of test department of a small electronics factory.