NWA Focus EMI

The Next Generation of EMI

EMI Manufacturers generate plenty of data with existing systems. The challenge is converting that data into the intelligence needed to make real-time actionable decisions. NWA Focus EMI is the first user-driven manufacturing intelligence solution that delivers enterprise-wide, real-time manufacturing visibility from all data sources, turning data into action for smarter decision support, lower costs and increased yields. The ARC Advisory Group recently detailed the Top 10 Best Practices for EMI Success. NWA Focus EMI exceeds all of them.

“Our operators really like the Quality Analytics ‘dashboard.’ It automatically updates and tells them when to pay attention. QAS lets them focus on just the one point that demands attention, and then drill down to reports and charts as necessary.”
Chemical Firm Six Sigma Manager

The Next Generation of EMI, Today

Leading operations require the real-time analysis of data from any and all processes in order to react with quick, educated decisions to reduce costs, increase yields and improve quality. This makes EMI one of the market’s top requirements.

The NWA Focus EMI Core platform delivers real-time process analytics and alarm notifications, and role-based visualisation services from existing manufacturing data sources. The solution’s Accelerating Modules – KnowledgeBase and Collaboration – extend the reach of core EMI functionality by allowing manufacturers to accumulate and disseminate knowledge across the entire enterprise based on existing expertise and best practices, and effectively collaborate to quickly solve an organisation’s most pressing issues.

Functionality in Sum

The NWA Focus EMI Core platform delivers real-time process analytics and visualisation services from existing manufacturing data sources.

  • Direct connections to all major process databases (Historians, LIMS, MES, etc.) via industry-standard integration technology without requiring redundant data storage.
  • Role-specific, configurable dashboards deliver the information needed to make the right decisions at the right time.
  • Comprehensive analytics drive off-line problem solving, process capability analysis, and continuous process improvement.
  • Notification Services for automatic, immediate e-mail and SMS (text message) notification.
  • Web-based publishing delivers instant distribution of the most current analytics and reporting across the enterprise.
  • Supports Assignable Cause/Corrective Action and Alarm Acknowledgment
  • Automatically adapts to product and process changes
  • Aggregates information from multiple data sources in a single Supervisory display

 


EMI Challenge

EMI Functionality90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years, yet many companies find they are not looking at the right data, in the right way, at the right time. Yet that’s exactly what’s needed as pressures increase to reduce costs, increase yields and improve quality in an environment of higher competition and customer demands.

For manufacturers, the issue isn’t lack of data. They generate plenty of data with their existing systems. The challenge is converting that data into the intelligence needed to make real-time actionable decisions.

Unfortunately current manufacturing systems, while capable of handling their original missions, are ill-equipped to deliver the manufacturing intelligence essential to be efficient and profitable today.

Current manufacturing information and process control systems are good at collecting lots of data and managing specific processes, but they fail at delivering the real-time analytics and cross-system integration and aggregation required to produce the manufacturing intelligence required to address the market’s top needs.

As a result, managers, engineers, and operators lack the real-time visibility and intelligence they need to recognise problems quickly and make fast, informed decisions.

For a manufacturer to achieve true, enterprise-level manufacturing intelligence, their solution at a minimum must deliver in real-time:

  • Cross-platform data integration;
  • Data contextualisation and aggregation;
  • Comprehensive, robust analytics
  • Powerful, role-based visualisation;
  • Propagation to all stakeholders and enterprise-level systems.

EMI core functions


The Solution – NWA Focus EMI®

Leading operations require the real-time analysis of data from any and all processes in order to react with quick, educated decisions. This makes EMI one of the top requirements for high-performance manufacturing. The ARC Advisory Group recently detailed the Top 10 Best Practices for EMI Success. NWA Focus EMI® exceeds all of them.

 


Next Generation EMI Features & Benefits

NWA Focus EMI goes far beyond basic EMI to focus the right people, on the right issues, with the right information and solutions at the right time.

Northwest Analytics picks up where simple EMI systems leave off, efficiently combining data, analytics and real-time visibility for a new level of manufacturing intelligence for intelligent manufacturing. The secret? NWA Focus EMI spans all manufacturing process systems and data sources with an easily deployed integration layer without adding redundant storage or interfering with existing infrastructure operations.

Focus EMI compliments, amplifies and multiplies the value of existing systems to integrate, aggregate and analyse process data in real-time to deliver role-specific visualisation of the true operating status. NWA applies leading manufacturing analytics to deliver complete manufacturing intelligence capability for immediate and significant payoff.

NWA Focus EMI Core – Real-time process data integration, analytics and visualisation

The NWA Focus EMI Core platform delivers real-time process analytics and visualisation services from existing manufacturing data sources.

  • Direct connections to all major process databases (Historians, LIMS, MES, etc.) via industry-standard integration technology with support for ODBC, OLEdb, OPC, and user defined SQL and without requiring redundant data storage.
  • Simplified data modeling using highly granular Data Set definitions that simplify and speed implementation across multiple data sources, creating the data, context, and analytics definitions needed by a comprehensive EMI solution.
  • Role-specific, configurable dashboards monitoring Key Quality Indicators from multiple sources in real-time, with alerts based on specifications, SPC limits, trends, or unusual patterns; and instant access to exception reports, drill-down capability, and SPC charts to deliver the information needed to make the right decisions at the right time.
  • Comprehensive analytics for off-line problem solving, process capability analysis, continuous process improvement, investigation, and routine process management and reporting.
  • Notification Services delivering active alarm and status informationfor automatic, immediate e-mail and SMS (text message) notification that include issue-specific information and graphics.
  • Web-based publishing for instant distribution of the most current analytics and reporting across the enterprise.

 


Webinar: A Conversation with Dow Chemical: Maximising the Value of Process Data – How Dow Implemented EMI

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Date: May 15, 2013

Dow Chemical had a Very Big Data Problem – they collected huge amounts of process data in many databases at many locations but were limited in how they could use it to produce actionable information to improve operations, drive down costs and increase efficiencies. How could they increase the operational value of all that data?

On May 15, Lloyd Colegrove, Director of Fundamental Problem Solving, will discuss how Dow unlocked the value of the data with an innovative new approach to enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) that uses their existing infrastructure and is within reach of almost every manufacturer today.

Managing a multinational chemical firm and its supply chain requires every bit of decision support management can muster, but to quote ARC, “Everyone is drowning in data, but starving for information”. In their studies ARC identified the top three wish list for manufacturing software solutions:

  • Analytics– the key to creating actionable intelligence;
  • Collaboration– the means to leverage collective knowledge;
  • Cloud– finding the most efficient way to distribute real-time information.

These all point to Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence as the realistic means for manufacturers to control and optimise their processes and improve corporate management.

To reach the EMI goal, Dow faced the complex data problems common to every manufacturer – multiple generations of data systems from multiple vendors each in its own silo and no direct way to consolidate and analyse the data to support comprehensive process management.

During this conversation, Mr. Colegrove will open the Dow EMI playbook to present a real-world approach to EMI that any manufacturer can apply to the process data collected in historians, LIMS, MES or other process databases.

Our Guest – Lloyd Colegrove, Fundamental Problem Solving Director, Dow Chemical. Mr. Colegrove is a 23 year veteran of chemical production. From R&D to process optimisation, he has led the successful effort at Dow to integrate process data and implement scalable EMI.

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