Umetrics Suite Blog

Injection molding no longer a black art: How to increase volume while reducing defects

February 26, 2018

For manufacturing companies, process control is essential— even for those producing low-cost items such as small plastic parts. That’s because even when units are small and inexpensive, the cost of defects becomes exponentially higher when they reach the next manufacturing step at another plant.

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Learn how the Omics skin in SIMCA can improve biomarker analysis and detection

February 8, 2018

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at a feature of the SIMCA data analytics software called the Omics skin. So what exactly is an “omics” skin?

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How one company created a virtual lab that uses MVDA to screen potential new plasticizer molecules

January 25, 2018

In chemical manufacturing, the process involved in creating a breakthrough product often takes several years — with ongoing tests that may be based on trial and error as much as specifically applied knowledge. One area of development in the specialty chemicals market involves the creation of new new additives called plasticizers that can help resins or polymers retain a more supple or flexible nature.

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Discover hidden details in your data with OPLS

January 15, 2018

In this blog post we will take a closer look at OPLS*, or Orthogonal PLS, a method to model process data. The advantage of OPLS compared to PLS is that you can uncover hidden details and get a more precise understanding of your data – all of which will help you build better predictive models of your processes.

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Identifying ways to make biomass a more effective alternative energy source

December 19, 2017

Worldwide demand for energy escalates every year, and the consumption of fossil fuels continues to increase despite the growing supply of alternative energy options. Globally, about 81 percent of energy comes from a finite supply of fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas. Fossil fuels are used to heat homes, run vehicles, power industry and manufacturing, and provide electricity.

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Active Dashboard: An easy-to-use web based tool that gives you real-time production performance insight

December 14, 2017

All manufacturing industries need good control and good overview of their production processes. As already discussed in a previous blog post, SIMCA-online enables you to apply advanced multivariate data analytics in real time to monitor your production processes, for example to make sure that your production process is behaving as it should or that the quality is what it should be.

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What-If tool helps you identify and predict parameters that affect quality

December 7, 2017

In manufacturing and other industries that have complex processes, knowing which variables have the most impact on quality and at what point, or knowing which combination of variables to change in order to improve your process, can have a huge impact on the overall quality or profitability of your manufacturing process. But without making expensive and time-consuming changes in the physical processes in order to test all possible scenarios, how can you identify and predict the variables that have the most significant impact on your outputs?

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How to predict the future and optimize your production process

November 30, 2017

Using real-time data analytics monitoring has become the accepted way to monitor processes in several industries. The goal is to detect and diagnose issues as they happen, which is a great leap forward compared to traditional analysis conducted in retrospect. This has been highlighted in a previous blog post.

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Get more control of your production processes: Introducing SIMCA 15 and SIMCA-online 15

November 21, 2017

In a previous blog post we discussed how SIMCA-online can help you make complex data simple and ensure that you get maximum value from your data.

In this blog post we will introduce a number of benefits of the newly released versions of SIMCA 15 and SIMCA-online 15. To mention just a few things, you get a much improved ability to model and control complete processes, including processes with a very high complexity. You also get a much better connection between SIMCA and SIMCA-online so that information can flow in both ways.

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Data analytics can assist in estimating the toxic effect of everyday chemicals

November 16, 2017

An important environmental issue that has come into focus is the increasing number of chemicals that we are exposed to in our everyday life. Chemicals are found in products ranging from cars and furniture to clothing and skincare, and are also by-products from combustion. The CAS REGISTRYSM, an international standard for chemical information, currently contains more than 134 million unique organic and inorganic chemical substances and more than 67 million sequences.

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