Trial and error. That’s one way to discover which molecules to use to create a new plasticizer with specific qualities. But it has its limits. It doesn’t do the best job of putting accumulated knowledge to good use as there are usually only a few people with the right knowledge and experience to contribute to development. A leading producer of specialty chemicals used the Umetrics Suite as part of a new tool and a new way of working with the aim of streamlining their work through better use of information – and saving time and resources.