Big data is transforming chemical manufacturing - here's how

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A new report has shed light on the positive impact that big data and analytics is having on the chemical manufacturing industry, writes the Environmental Leader website.
 
According to the 'Big Data and Analytics in Chemicals: From Cheminformatics and LIMS to Launch' report, conducted by Lux Research, energy management systems and information technologies are making the manufacturing process more efficient, reducing both the cost and time required to bring new products to market.
 
This is being achieved in a number of ways. The use of such technology and materials means that research and development is more effective; lab data is integrated with chemical databases and literature; and innovation cycles are quicker than ever before.
 
The report also found that software was key to successful lab management, and that smaller, cheaper and more effective sensors were driving this move towards big data.
Lux Research vice president and lead author of the report, Mark Bünger, also notes that big data and analytics can be leveraged to help chemical companies and their customers make the industry more environmentally sustainable.
 
He told the publication: "A lot of the ways are just simple things that improve normal business practices: reducing the amount of energy and materials wasted, for example, by better understanding supply, demand and the operating condition of the plant."
 
Of course, these benefits apply to a range of other industries, too. A growing number of 'smart factories' are now emerging, using big data to boost their efficiency and at the same time improve their health, safety and environmental credentials.
 
From connected devices and mobile apps, to personal connected safety systems - such as those recently introduced at Honeywell and Intel - that gather data on the user's vital statistics to check for potentially unsafe working conditions, the applications for this technology really are endless.
 
TEVA Pharma is one of the largest and most advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing sites in the world, with annual production capacity of 160-200 million units of injection products in 6 production lines with the 15,000 square meters production area and modular building.
Choosing the most reliable energy management system was highly critical, as the quality and lifespan of stored vaccinations get damaged easily in case of the slightest unexpected interruptions. The system also performs network quality measurements to EN 50 160 in order to protect expensive R&D equipment and prevent any potential damage.
 
To read how AVReporter Energy Management software performes for the pharma industry, including the full case study above, CLICK HERE.
 
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