Multivariate SPC and Stability Analysis/Shelf Life Prediction featured in NWA Quality Analyst Version 6.2

Northwest Analytical (Portland, Oregon) has introduced the next generation of Quality Analytics with NWA Quality Analyst® Version 6.2.  Available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), Version 6.2 provides improved performance, new tools for breaking down data and two new optional companion modules; Multivariate SPC and Stability/Shelf Life Prediction Statistics. These new modules represent a breakthrough in bringing the power of sophisticated statistical methods to everyday process engineering and quality management.

Multivariate SPC

Multivariate SPC enhances the analysis of complex processes in chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical plants, among others, through the use of multivariate models. NWA has partnered with Infometrix, the creators of Pirouette®, the leading chemometrics multivariate software, to develop this breakthrough module.

A single, integrated analytics system creates and maintains the models, delivers the resulting Multivariate SPC charts and supports automated, real-time and web-enabled distribution.  NWA MvSPC™ turns next-generation multivariate process modelling and analytics into a practical, broadly deployed tool for process management and continuous process improvement. Once thought to be too complex, this valuable method can now become a routine quality management tool.

According to Dr. Brian Rohrback, President, Infometrix, Inc., “Northwest Analytical has a first-rate set of process monitoring and control tools that make them the leader in off-line and real-time SPC.  We at Infometrix are honoured to be invited to assist with the integration of our industry-standard multivariate capabilities into Quality Analyst 6.2.  The result of the collaboration is the best MvSPC system I have seen.”

Stability Studies

Stability studies are the standard method for pharmaceutical and food manufacturers to determine product shelf life. The NWA Stability Analytics™ module works with Quality Analyst 6.2 to provide stability statistics and analytics from any LIMS or standard database. NWA Stability Analytics follows FDA and ICH guidelines for shelf life and stability analysis and reporting. NWA Stability Analytics is a single, integrated application that replaces the collection of spreadsheets, personal databases and statistics packages often used for production stability studies. The result is higher quality data analysis and greater efficiency.

QA 6.2 Operational Enhancements

In addition to the MvSPC and Stability Analytics modules, Version 6.2 provides operational enhancements to improve the quality analysis and management process which include:

Breakdown – The new “Breakdown” function expands the Quality Analyst data filter capabilities and allows for quick comparison and drill down by descriptive fields such as Date, Shift, Machine, Plant, etc.

Automation Improvements – The enhanced wizard supports direct editing and testing of automation ‘Run Files’ before saving.  These improvements make automating analysis and charting easier and more productive.

Graphics Viewer – Graphics Viewer enhancements give the user access to more information while viewing SPC charts:

  • SOPs and other documents are just a click away with the new “launch document” function.  A pre-defined document or web page will appear, to support user actions such as Assignable Cause/Corrective Action or making process adjustments.
  • With the “quick link” function, users can click on a chart point and go directly to the appropriate record in the Data Editor.  This quickly provides more context to the data and better process understanding.

The NWA product suite is supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by 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) 203 695 7810.

A Food-Focused Quality Event

An exclusive SPC event for the food industry is being organised by technical computing specialists Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) and SPC software developers Northwest Analytical (Portland, Oregon).

Taking place at Hook Norton Brewery, Oxon, on Wednesday 7th October 2009 delegates will see how SPC and continuous process improvement can be used to manage all stages of the food manufacturing process.

This Food-Focused Quality Event will demonstrate proven and emerging methods to minimise risks, improve quality and cut costs.

During the event, there will be…

·    Industry experts sharing their experiences and expertise on new developments in quality systems for the food industry.
·    Customer success stories featuring two of the largest craft brewers in the U.S.
·    Plenty of opportunity to network and swap stories with like-minded professionals.

To book a place on this free event contact Adept’s events coordinator on +44 (0) 203 695 7810 or send an email to info@alfasoft.com

The NWA product suite is supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by Adept Scientific.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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) 203 695 7810.

Adept Scientific announces 2009 NWA Quality Analyst training dates

February 2009:  Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) has released its training dates for Northwest Analytical’s Quality Analyst which will be held in its purpose built training suite at their Letchworth premises.

 

The course will give delegates the knowledge and confidence to analyse data and customise graphs to produce relevant SPC information for their organisation.

 

During the day, delegates will:

 

• Get to grips with all the capabilities of NWA Quality Analyst
• Learn how to use the SPC  tools needed to disseminate and interpret data
• Test proficiency and understanding with ‘hands-on’ practical exercises
• Network and share experiences with other like-minded professionals
• Try the very latest version of NWA Quality Analyst.

 

The dates are bookable now and more information can be found at http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/training/.

 

NWA Quality Analyst dates:

 

Thursday 5th March 2009
Thursday 8th October 2009

 

We can also offer on-site and online training for groups and individuals.  For further details email info@alfasoft.com or call +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

 

With offices in the UK, USA, 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) 203 695 7810.

NWA introduces the NWA eHACCP solution

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is pleased to announce the release of Northwest Analytical’s (NWA) (Portland, OR) eHACCP Solution; an extension of NWA Quality Information System that delivers a complete system of electronic HACCP data collection, compliant data management and secure electronic signatures for producing and managing HACCP documents.

NWA eHACCP combines process management and improvement with better HACCP compliance. Studies have shown that active process management and continuous process improvement enable successful HACCP safety compliance.

NWA has expanded its established plant floor data collection, process management, analytics and improvement system to encompass HACCP compliant data collection, management and reporting to deliver a powerful food safety and quality management system.

In addition to a compliant system, the successful eHACCP implementation requires a well planned conversion plan from the existing paper based HACCP program.

NWA has partnered with Dr John Surak to develop a conversion plan that includes the training, validation and verification steps needed to properly implement the system. These steps are critical to assure regulatory agencies, customers and third party auditors, that the electronic HACCP solution is an effective food safety system.

The NWA eHACCP solution is part of the NWA SPC software range supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by Adept Scientific.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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) 203 695 7810.

British Energy: Cutting costs and improving performance

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) helps British Energy to save money and improve the reliability and flexibility of its Chemistry condition monitoring system using Quality Monitor from Northwest Analytical (NWA) (Portland, Oregon).

Doing its ‘bit’ to fight the credit crunch and combat ever increasing rises in fuel prices, British Energy are very conscious that it’s new monitoring system must be cost effective and meet their rigorous operating standards to make the grade.

Supplying around 18 per cent of the UK’s electricity generating capacity, British Energy were looking for a system that would be capable of running sophisticated analysis programs as well as being financially viable and allow for continual development.  At around one tenth the cost of alternative solutions, Quality Monitor from NWA was the clear solution to replacing their LIMS system.

“As important as the power of the new system,” says Gary Brodt, a contracted systems support engineer within one of the Company’s Chemistry Sections, “was its flexibility and ease of use.  This meant that during system development chemists with little or no database experience could learn enough of the package to make interface modifications in order to deliver a system that exactly matched their day-to-day requirements.”

NWA Quality Monitor is a powerful, dedicated solution for shop floor data collection and statistical process control.  The package allows standardised workflow processes to be built to match the needs of a specific facility, stores data from multiple workstations in a central database and provides live charting and analysis of quality data.  Quality Analyst offers powerful, easy-to-use functionality for data analysis and reporting.

That flexibility continues to pay dividends today; Brodt and his team have continued to make minor modifications to the system since its implementation as more historical data is migrated to the new platform and additional plant signals are added – all with no disruption to users.

Work is now underway on the next phase that will integrate more of NWA Quality Analyst’s capabilities in order to produce bespoke data analysis to allow both plant personnel and corporate staff to gain a rapid, detailed overview of plant performance.

Brodt continued, “Our use of the NWA software from Adept Scientific has brought our data management process into the 21st century by making it possible to capture live data at the source where the data is generated, then analyse the data in the office that is remote to all of the labs.  Monthly reporting has been made more streamlined and training of the use of the system is much easier than any of the other LIMS systems on the market.

“Further development will provide even more improvements to our Statistical Process Control analysis to highlight what part of the plant may be trending towards fault conditions.”

NWA Quality Monitor and NWA Quality Analyst are supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by Adept Scientific.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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) 203 695 7810.

The Welsh Blood Service improves quality with SPC

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) and the Welsh Blood Service (Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales) are working together to develop their quality processes ensuring their blood products continue to meet tough regulations.

With a remit that includes checking the quality of blood from donors, quality control for blood components and analysis of attributes on third party blood packs, the Welsh Blood Service (WBS) carries major responsibilities. Add to those tasks the analysis of trends, forecasting of instrument failures and cost control, its quality system is understandably under intense scrutiny at all times. For more than ten years WBS has used Northwest Analytical’s (NWA) Quality Analyst, from Adept Scientific, to help monitor its output and product quality.

Quality Analyst is an important part of WBS; it is used not only for regular Statistical Process Control (SPC) but also in forecasting, correlation and setting confidence levels. While most input is manual, out-of-tolerance and out-of-specification flags aid operators to confirm the integrity of the data.

Michelle Evans, Head of Quality Assurance Laboratory, commented that not only has Quality Analyst provided a solution but has given her department a degree of confidence in planning new initiatives.

“Like most laboratories, we are always looking to push the boundaries and NWA’s software has allowed us to do just that. Our SPC was pretty basic but we’re now able to work on splitting out features to see more clearly what is happening and using techniques such as Cpk and regression, measuring the statistical shift away from our ideal values.

“Quality Analyst has given us the motivation to develop processes and staff, allowed all of us to do more, more effectively and continues to function without problems.”

NWA Quality Monitor and NWA Quality Analyst are supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by Adept Scientific.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

National Blood Service maintains quality with NWA SPC and analysis software

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) and Northwest Analytical’s (Portland, Oregon) Quality Monitor and Quality Analyst products are helping The National Blood Service to achieve prescribed quality levels and protect its reputation.

With 15 regional centres and a worldwide reputation, the National Blood Service (NBS) keeps quality and consistency at the top of its agenda. A surprisingly large number of different products are supplied by the service and users expect the properties of each to be the same, time after time and regardless of which centre has produced it. Two Northwest Analytical programs, NWA Quality Analyst and NWA Quality Monitor, help to protect the integrity of the service and its output.

As part of the NHS, The National Blood Service is responsible for collecting, testing, processing, storing and issuing 2.1 million donations of blood from around the country. The products processed by the service include blood, blood components, products made from blood and tissues and these are made available throughout England and North Wales. Its work includes research into the use and safety of blood products, as well as advising and providing clinical support to hospitals. Education and training also form part of the NBS remit.

The provision of safe blood products for NHS patients demands an array of testing and quality control procedures. At its blood centres, NBS measures more than 30 different parameters, including red cell count, ratio of white cells to plasma and the incidence of various constituents. Sampling ranges from 1% to 100%, depending on batch quantity and the parameter being tested. For the most part, data is input manually though bar coding is used on product scanners. Standards and parameters used by the service are laid down in the ‘Red Book’ HMSO publication and governed by EU regulations.

The Bristol Centre has its own copy of NWA Quality Monitor which is used to record the data. “Almost all of our quality data is entered manually and, with live data, there is potential for accidental alteration of information,” says Peter Cheesley of NBS. “However, with the latest version of Quality Monitor, the security means that data is protected. Another advantage of the software is that out-of-specification situations are flagged up on the data screen, preventing poor data being recorded and alerting us to any trends that may affect the quality of our products.”

With its flexible data collection capability and real-time acquisition, Quality Monitor is ideal for any processing or production facility. The cost-effective software integrates easily with other data systems and includes a full-screen ‘visual designer’ and wizard-based configuration for simple setup. Its sister program, Quality Analyst, provides a powerful and flexible SPC charting and analysis solution, analysing data and presenting it simply with easy-to-understand graphics.

Using a series of data entry screens in Quality Monitor, designed by NBS staff, data is presented consistently and can be used both locally and accessed from a centralised database. SPC and various analyses are then run using Quality Analyst.

NWA Quality Analyst brings another dimension to NBS’s capability, allowing production of capability reports and comparative analyses. The software also keeps tabs on laboratory and processing equipment; for instance, highlighting the drifting of analyser readings from trends analysis.

The early pick-up of trends is vital to the work of NBS. One example of this, explains Peter Cheesley, is in the centrifuging of blood, “When a centrifuge starts to slow down, it will affect the cell count or proportion of plasma in a given blood product, Quality Analyst shows up the trend before the occurrence of out-of-specification and means that blood is not wasted or scrapped.”

Peter Cheesley is more than satisfied with Quality Monitor and Analyst, “The NWA software has proved simple to use but sufficiently powerful to cover almost all of our quality needs, saving time and protecting the quality of our output.” As with any software, the package extends beyond what comes in the box; “We have always found the support for these products to be friendly and timely, the people at Adept are really good to deal with.”

Six of the best

Adept Scientific software sweeps the board at the 2007 Scientific Computing Reader’s Choice Awards.

The recent Scientific Computing Reader’s Choice Awards confirmed that Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) supplies the best computer software products available with six of their suppliers winning awards.

Three Gold Awards went to:
The Chemistry Reader’s Choice Gold Award was won by ChemOffice Ultra
The Spectroscopy Readers Choice Gold Award was won by GRAMS
The Statistical Analysis Reader’s Choice Gold Award was won by NWA Quality Analyst;

Two Silver Awards went to:
The Bioinformatics Reader’s Choice Silver Award was won by Kinetica
The Data Acquisition Reader’s Choice Silver Award was won by Measurement Studio;

and one Bronze Award went to:
The Mathematics Reader’s Choice Bronze Award was won by Maple.

Paul Bragg, Managing Director of Adept, said: “We’re always pleased when our software products win reader awards – it’s tangible proof that our software really ‘hits the spot’ when it comes to fulfilling our users needs. So we were particularly delighted to discover that six of our popular software tools managed to pick up accolades in the 2007 Scientific Computing Reader’s Choice Awards”.

Click here to see the full list of winners

New version of leading statistical process control software released

New NWA Quality Analyst® 6 Supports Corporate Quality Initiatives and Simplifies SPC Integration with Enterprise Applications, whilst delivering seamless integration with ERP systems, MES and LIMS, and simplifying the ability to understand processes to support Six Sigma, ISO9000 and CAPA programs

Adept Scientific plc announces the release of Version 6 of Quality Analyst, the comprehensive Statistical Process Control Charting and Analysis tool from Northwest Analytical, Inc.. Quality Analyst, the flagship product in the NWA SPC software suite, helps manufacturers understand and improve their processes to increase product quality, reduce defects, waste and costs, meet customer requirements, certify vendors and comply with regulatory requirements.

NWA Quality Analyst Version 6 enables manufacturers to more easily analyse their process data to identify process improvements and execute quality initiatives such as Six Sigma, CAPA (Corrective Action/Preventative Action) and ISO. The new Version 6 also includes several key enhancements that further simplify the integration of SPC and process quality data with plant-level and enterprise manufacturing information systems such as ERP, MES and LIMS. NWA Quality Analyst has always been recognised for its ease of integration, and it is even easier now than before.

Insight into Process Data for Execution of Process Improvement Programs
Many of the enhancements in Version 6 were developed for users engaged in corporate quality initiatives. These include:

* Assignable Cause/Corrective Action (AC/CA) –
Add Assignable Cause/Corrective Action information to any data point on a control chart and record the identified cause of an exception (e.g. an out of control point or rule violation) and the corrective action that has been taken to address the problem. Generate consolidated AC/CA reports, view Pareto  analysis and transfer information to other applications via XML. AC/CA is required in many regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals (CAPA), consumer products, medical device manufacturing and food processing. It also helps to ensure the success of inspection-based programs such as HACCP.

* Better Access to Chart Information –
Descriptive characteristics, rule violations, comments and AC/CA can now be viewed with a single mouse-click, delivering easier access to the relevant information needed to identify sources of variation, diagnose process problems and accelerate the implementation of corrective actions.

* More Powerful Presentation of Chart Data –
Communicate more information within charts and present information in  more revealing ways to deliver sharper insight into process performance:

o New graphics viewer – includes unlimited data points on SPC charts, more flexible grouping of graphics output and reports, user-defined plotting symbols, improved call-outs, comments, direct editing of headers and footers, better font and colour control and point-and-click zoom.

o Rainbow charts – Configure green/yellow/red zone options on SPC charts.

o More graphic output formats – Create JPG, PNG, WMF, and BMP files to enable mixed text and graphics reporting. Automatically export charts to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and other reporting tools.

Integration of SPC and Quality Programs with Plant and Enterprise Applications
Other key enhancements address the growing need to integrate SPC and quality reporting with plant-level and e nterprise manufacturing information systems including ERP, MES, LIMS and SCM (supply chain management). These include:

* Improved Setup of Database Connectivity –
Expanded user interface for developing complex queries to denormalise data tables.

* Database Synchronisation –
Seamless integration of SPC analysis with external databases. Automatically links comments, Assignable Cause/Corrective Action, SPC limits and tagged data to specific records in external databases, fully integrating SPC analysis with data from multiple sources.

* Read Specifications from External Databases –
Automatically reads specifications from databases to support centralised specification management and reduce sources of error and duplicated data.

* XML Output and Parameter Files –
All configuration, parameter, and output files now use XML formats for seamless integration with enterprise applications such as ERP, MES, and LIMS.

“Many SPC programs were originally initiated to meet customer and supply chain requirements,” said Louis Halvorsen, NWA vice president of development. “More of these customers now leverage their SPC investment to create greater efficiency and reduce costs through process improvement – the real purpose of SPC. NWA Quality Analyst 6 was designed to better meet these needs with enhanced graphical analysis, improved integration capabilities and complete database independence. We believe Version 6 will enable our users to more easily understand their processes and better communicate that understanding.”

NWA Quality Analyst is supplied and supported in the UK and Ireland by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, e-mail info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s dedicated World Wide Web site http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

Dow Chemical chooses NWA Quality Analyst for Worldwide Quality Initiative

The Dow Chemical Company has entered into a global licensing agreement for NWA Quality Analyst® software: Northwest Analytical’s award-winning SPC charting and analysis solution. Dow Chemical – a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemicals, plastics and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets – has initially purchased Quality Analyst licenses to accommodate more than 5,000 users worldwide, including chemists, lab analysts, technicians, and engineers who will be able to access Quality Analyst for process analysis.

NWA Quality Analyst enables Dow to globally automate and standardise their process reporting so they can produce SPC charts more quickly, efficiently, and consistently. It also allows users to post the charts on an Intranet site where they can compare results between their plants worldwide.

“We are extremely impressed by how easy it is to quickly install NWA Quality Analyst and get connected immediately to the different global databases we need,” said Suzanne Phillips, Analytical Resource Leader (ARL), Dow Chemical. “Once up and running, Quality Analyst is also very easy to use, and provides fast access to charts, even for the non-expert. NWA is enabling us to spend our time responding to data rather than obtaining and charting data.”

Dow selected NWA Quality Analyst because of its flexibility, ease-of-implementation, and ease-of-use. The project goal is to increase the consistency and quality of Dow’s products worldwide. It will also support the company’s Six Sigma initiative: a measure of quality used within an organisation to strive for near perfect processes and products; and sustain gains in product quality after the completion of Six Sigma analysis.

“NWA is pleased to be working with Dow, an innovative industry leader and a Fortune 500 company that promotes performance excellence for business success,” said Cliff Yee, CEO of NWA. “Dow can now tie its Six Sigma initiatives to widely accessible SPC analysis which can really benefit its bottom line.”

About Dow Chemical

With annual sales of $28 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 170 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress. Committed to the principals of sustainable development, Dow and its approximately 50,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.

Where to buy NWA Quality Analyst

Quality Analyst software is supplied and supported in the UK and Ireland by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, email info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/. 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.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

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