Ensure End-to-End Compliance in the Chemicals Industry

How integrated IT solutions for chemical companies improve productivity and security.

From Customer Specifications to Compliant Products

Chemical companies have a lot to take care of. Production control, formula management, warehousing, and logistics have to be coordinated throughout the enterprise. At the same time, these companies need to adhere to increasingly strict compliance regulations. Growing competition and rising customer expectations are compelling SMEs in particular to reduce inventory management costs and optimize lead times.

NTT DATA Business Solutions helps your organization prepare for the challenges of the digital future – regardless of which area of the process industry you operate in. Our industry-specific, integrated IT solutions for chemical companies support each and every step in your value chain. This way, you can ensure that your processes are transparent, compliant and cost effective.

In Focus: Compliance - from REACH to FDA to GMP

The chemical industry has some of the most stringent, yet least transparent, rules and regulations among all sectors. Guidelines include those set out by REACH, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Moreover, companies must pay as much attention to environmental and safety regulations as to documentation requirements.

This calls for integrated quality management, transparent formula management, and complete traceability of all goods and materials throughout their lifecycle. Achieving all this without costs skyrocketing is only possible with the right knowledge and integrated IT infrastructure.

The Internet of Things – New Opportunities for the Process Industry

For continuing success in the future, chemical companies need to make product development and production more efficient. Machine-to-machine communication and the digitalization of processes allow businesses to better compete in the market. We help you to define your digital strategy and implement practical IoT scenarios.

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Is Your Chemical Company Facing the Following Challenges?

  • Are you finding it more and more difficult to adhere to increasingly strict compliance regulations such as documentation requirements?
  • Is your supply chain complex and hard to monitor, to the extent that it causes problems in formula management and batch management?
  • Are unconnected, time-consuming production control processes holding you back?
  • Do you lack the necessary transparency to ensure comprehensive quality management and assess it in detail?

If so, you may need to rethink your processes – and this is where we can help you.

Benefit from an Integrated Value Chain

Production Control

Many chemical companies began automating their production processes long before “smart factory” was an established term. However, end-to-end integration into the SAP system in particular provides considerable potential for further optimization – especially from a financial perspective. Integrated batch management and quality checks are essential.

In addition, many production steps require a digital signature. In some instances this is obligatory, while in others the guidelines give some leeway – and capitalizing on this can lead to financial savings.

This calls for expertise, which NTT DATA Business Solutions specialists have gained through their involvement in countless projects over many years and that is always up to date.

Research and Development

For future-oriented companies, developing new products with the right properties and best possible cost structure has always been a key focus. Thanks to digitalization in the form of collaboration between business partners during the development process, enterprises can achieve this with less risk and greater cost efficiency than ever before.

However, a prerequisite is that research and development are closely integrated into the existing IT landscape and that processes run smoothly.

Production Safety

Minimizing risk to humans, products and the environment is an every-day duty for chemical companies. In supporting this task, the processes and technologies enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) can play a decisive role – by simplifying hazardous materials management, for example.

Furthermore, pressure sensors incorporated into chemical pipelines can detect when even minute quantities of hazardous substances are leaking. In such event, they turn off the devices and report the incident to the integrated IT system.

IT Validation

Companies in the chemical industry have to validate their IT systems in accordance with guidelines set out by the EU and the FDA. However, the majority of decision makers are unsure exactly which systems this applies to – and to what extent. This uncertainty results in unnecessary costs.

NTT DATA Business Solutions has used its considerable knowledge of the industry to develop a cost- and risk-optimized project approach that can lead to financial savings of up to 40 percent.

From Risk Analysis to Training

Companies have to balance adhering to external regulations with the success of internal processes. They need to abide by the principle of “as much compliance as necessary; as little effort as possible.” For this, you need an IT partner who understands the industry and thinks consistently as well as economically: just like NTT DATA Business Solutions.

Stephan Limberg, Head of Industry Management for the Process Industry, NTT DATA Business Solutions AG

30–40% of the Costs Associated with IT Validation Are Avoidable

Implementing industry-specific regulations, laws and guidelines on an IT level can quickly become expensive, as doing so means adapting standard processes.

With solutions specialized for the industry and a tried-and-tested project approach, we can help you reduce this expenditure. This allows you to support logistical processes without the need for further customization. It also enables you to integrate legally relevant processes such as those from REACH.

How Our Customers Benefit from Us

DuPont, Copenhagen, Denmark

The BPC training project at DuPont in Copenhagen was executed as a 30 day BPC trial, where the EPM team members at the former Danish-owned company Danisco received training in the BPC software.

Synthon B.V., Nijmegen, Netherlands

The innovative industry leader Synthon, located in Nijmegen, produces high-quality generic medicines, biosimilars, as well as new biological and chemical entities.

Sanquin, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sanquin is responsible for safe and efficient blood supply in the Netherlands on a not-for-profit basis. Sanquin also develops and produces pharmaceutical products, conducts high-quality scientific research, and develops and performs a multitude of diagnostic services.

Cipla Europe NV, Antwerp, Belgium

Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Cipla Europe is a leading global provider of medicinal products, such as respiratory, HIV, vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, active pharmaceutical ingredients, plain generics, and hospital products.

Aspen Oss B.V., Oss, Netherlands

Based in the Netherlands, Aspen Oss B.V. provides the world with vital pharmaceutical products, such as steroid hormones, Heparin Sodium, peptid and alkaloid products.

DENIOS

DENIOS AG, located in Germany, is a specialist in hazardous materials storage and handling, work safety as well as industry requirements and has a portfolio of over 10,000 products.

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