Sartorius Stedim Biotech launches data analytics software solutions

SIMCA and SIMCA-online software updates in the Umetrics Suite help manufacturing industries make better business decisions and optimise process control

The real-time monitoring and prediction system, SIMCA-online, constantly monitors processes to provide a continuous snapshot of the users’ operations

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), the international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, has introduced a new version of its SIMCA and SIMCA-online data analytical solutions offered by its subsidiary Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics, formerly known as Umetrics.

Every day, businesses generate a vast array of data derived from a variety of different sources. This data holds the key to better performance. The challenge is to interpret this information in a meaningful way. However, with so many parameters and such vast system complexity to consider, it is hard to find a solution.

SIMCA, an established advanced data analytics and visualisation programme as part of the Umetrics Suite, makes it possible to combine and analyse data from all sources to isolate, understand and act for better decision-making and greater business success.

SIMCA’s multivariate data analysis engine enables companies to swiftly detect and analyse deviations from normal operating conditions by modelling an idealised process. Once this model is transferred into SIMCA-online, it serves as a valuable reference for current production.

The enhanced software offers an intuitive graphical interface and the flexibility to handle complex data, such as reworking, splitting and merging, and more. SIMCA projects can be uploaded directly to an available SIMCA-online server for real-time visualisation of the process from a data point of view.

The real-time monitoring and prediction system, SIMCA-online, constantly monitors processes to provide a continuous snapshot of the users’ operations. It not only helps to identify when set parameters change, but also enables remedial action to be taken before production is affected, ensuring that product quality remains consistent. With this level of control, it is possible to maximise resource efficiency, minimise operational costs and benefit from increased confidence in end-product quality.

Among the new features in SIMCA-online is the self-service analytics capability, that allows anyone to create fundamental process models, regardless of their background. The new notification system, along with the new web client, gives the user peace of mind about the quality of production anywhere and anytime as this system provides an overview of the production processes on devices such as tablets or mobile phones.

SIMCA and SIMCA-online have been developed according to GAMP5 and have been extensively tested and validated. These programmes are also used by the EMA and FDA for real-time release testing.

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