Chemical and Equipment Manufacturer Gains Insight into Its Compounds
Reduced analysis time, increased visibility
Challenged by time-consuming analysis that exhibited a lack of depth, this chemical and testing equipment manufacturer needed to accelerate and simplify analytical processes, free up resources, and increase productivity.
With TIBCO Spotfire software and TIBCO partner Genware Computer Systems, the firm reduced the time and staff needed for data analysis and gained better visibility and insight into the processes used to produce products.
Reduced analysis time and resources
"Our manual ways of analyzing were very inefficient and slow. Getting to and analyzing the data was paramount to making progress," explained the site manager.
The company's data is in many forms and sources: the process control system, PI system, SAP, and others. Because TIBCO Spotfire software can pull from a variety of sources to provide comprehensive analytics, the company reduced the time needed to find the right data and also the number of people needed to conduct analyses.
Data analytics culture
A less tangible benefit was the culture that formed around Spotfire software and the idea of holistic data analysis. Taking a "field of dreams approach" the company built a system, and new acceptance followed. Since Spotfire implementation, use of analytics has expanded across the global organization.
"We built out a couple of software platforms and broadened it over the past 18 months, and people are starting to get very interested, not just locally, but globally," explained the site manager.
"We're using a multitude of data sources. We have yet to find anything that Spotfire software and Genware Computer Systems have any issues connecting to. It's been quite impressive."
Increased visibility on chemistries
To manufacture its additives and advanced protective paint, the company performs complex organic synthesis requiring intricate steps and tight control of a number of process parameters.
"Having visibility into the data has been pretty critical to us and offered some significant insights into our chemistries and why they work the way they do," the site manager said.