Northwest Analytics (Portland, Oregon) has announced the launch of NWA Focus EMI®, a next-generation enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solution that provides full integration of data sources and real-time process analytics and visibility. Available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), this new software product greatly improves how users accumulate and disseminate knowledge across the entire enterprise. It also increases collaboration across geographically dispersed manufacturing operations to pinpoint and quickly resolve issues and share best practices.
The first market-driven EMI solution, NWA Focus EMI supports all commercial databases. It delivers a unique approach to data integration by directly accessing data where it ‘lives’, combining data from multiple sources and applying analytics in real time to support and drive operational decisions. The system-wide KnowledgeBase module consolidates process, quality and problem-solving knowledge in a single, discoverable database, so that knowledge and best practices are easily shared across plant and global operations.
The cloud-based Collaboration module quickly communicates expertise and experience across the enterprise to solve critical production issues. Text, graphics, pictures, documents and video content can be seamlessly integrated for easier communication of complex issues. This ensures the right people have the right information and context to solve pressing manufacturing issues quickly, saving time, money and resources.
“NWA Focus EMI delivers complete data integration with a ubiquitous analytics layer that delivers real-time process visibility across a single line or plant, or across the entire enterprise,” said Peter Guilfoyle, Vice-President of Marketing for Northwest Analytics.
“This puts the power in the hands of the customer to derive meaningful value from data to reduce costs, increase yields and improve product quality. The KnowledgeBase and Collaboration Modules accelerate this value by capturing and proliferating best practices, quickly bringing together experts from around the enterprise to resolve pressing operational issues.”
The Dow Chemical Company, an early adopter of NWA Focus EMI, has 14 plants using the solution. “We were looking for a better way to retrieve, join and analyse data and turn that information into real knowledge throughout the organisation,” said Lloyd Colegrove, Director of Fundamental Problem Solving at Dow Chemical. “NWA EMI Focus, with its ability to access data directly from multiple databases and apply analytics in real time, is giving us immediate access to critical process information and focuses us on the information and best practices that most influence and improve our production output and quality.”
Guilfoyle added that implementation of the EMI solution averages only 1-3 weeks and output is often returned in just a few hours after the start of the implementation. “Based on customer feedback, NWA Focus EMI delivers a full system payback in two to six months. That is a direct result of the solution leveraging existing database investments, and eliminating data duplication and its movement to a separate system for analysis.
“Measurable soft returns include faster solution implementations, quick user adoption, and the surfacing of more meaningful information, which increases operational performance, profitability and bottom line,” he affirmed.
NWA Focus EMI, as well as the rest of NWA’s range of products for statistical process control, quality management and manufacturing intelligence, is available from Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Nordic countries.
About Northwest Analytics
Northwest Analytics is a leading provider of manufacturing intelligence, SPC and quality information software solutions for manufacturers. NWA delivers manufacturing-intelligence visibility, analytics, plant-floor quality data collection, management and monitoring, SPC charting, enterprise reporting, and real-time, embedded SPC to 35% of the Forbes 1000 manufacturers and more than 5,000 manufacturing customers worldwide.
NWA has focused exclusively on manufacturing for more than 25 years, providing a powerful, easy-to-use suite of EMI, MI and SPC solutions that emphasise enterprise-wide integration, analysis and visibility. NWA helps customers increase operating efficiencies and throughput, while delivering a fast and effective ROI.
About Adept Scientific
With offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0)1462 480055.