The Power of Prediction
Clariant puts advanced analytics in the hands of all operational experts
Clariant AG is a multinational specialty chemicals company formed in 1995 as a spin-off from Sandoz. The company is focused on four business areas: care chemicals (consumer and industrial); catalysis; natural resources (oil & gas, mining, and minerals); and plastics and coatings. Headquartered in Muttenz, Switzerland, the company operates in 53 countries. Major manufacturing sites are in Europe, North America, South America, China, and India. In 2015, sales from continuing operations were 5.9 billion Euros.
Clariant uses TrendMiner globally to enable data-driven analytics for its process. This empowers engineers to optimize the process across sites and allows data scientists to train models that can be consumed by the rest of the organization.
Clariant collects data at the edge of production and stores it in SAP Hana and SAP ERP solutions. Data also comes from LabVantage, which serves as the company’s laboratory information management system, and through OSIsoft PI. After storing data in a data lake and sorting it, the company uses TrendMiner to analyze time-series data from its historian. Clariant uses SAP Analytics Cloud and Microsoft Power BI for other types of analytics.
With the help of TrendMiner, Clariant is becoming an Augmented factory. It has begun using the software’s integrated Python notebooks feature to apply machine learning capabilities. They can use these features to extend their dashboards and set up soft sensors.
The company already has used the machine learning models to improve its DashHub view, where it created visualizations that were not originally available in the software. It also uses the capabilities to establish an even stronger golden fingerprint. Engineers can use this to create more monitors and alerts for periods when a process falls outside its normal operating parameters.
Operational experts extract data from Clariant’s historian and evaluate the time-series data in TrendMiner. They then apply proprietary algorithms and their own data science platform, create analytics on top of that, discuss the results.
Clariant has used TrendMiner to accelerate its digital journey from Data-driven to an Augmented Factory. TrendMiner has enabled Clariant to reduce costs by decreasing amount of raw materials used in its plants globally, which shortens batch cycle time and supports the company in reaching its 2030 energy targets. The software has also helped Clariant engineers to:
Decrease the amount of raw material used
Eliminate data silos within the organization
Reduce the cycle time of batches
See a more holistic view of operations across multiple sites
Apply machine learning models to establish soft sensors and greater visualizations
Predict the future behavior of its processes, and develop prescriptions to change the outcome
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