By Debjani Chaudhury - June 14, 2019 3 Mins Read
Chemical industry being asset-intensive is now facing game-changing challenges derived from the disruptive potential of digitalization. Firms are focusing on mergers and acquisitions to remain competitive and drive growth.
Digital technology, along with data analytics, is tremendously promising for the chemicals industry. Innovations like 3D printing have provided new opportunities for products like plastics, resins, ceramics, and powders. The Internet of Things (IoT) is in place to leverage sensors to capture data from manufacturing, storage, and distribution. The predictive maintenance of operational equipment is covered by machine learning.
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The chemical industry is one of the largest and most diversified businesses in the world. Everything from base chemicals, paints, beauty products, fragrances to food flavorings fall under this industry. With the fast pace of new businesses coming up in Asia and the Middle East, the global chemical industry ecosystem necessitates fundamental adjustments of business models by developing and implementing digitalization.
To sustain in the stiff competition, businesses must ensure that they are ready to face new digital challenges to respond to customer needs by possibly defining the future aiding digital engagement. An easy-to-use interactive interface of inventory positions will help to maintain the desired amount of inventory at the most appropriate location. Industrial Big Data will converge the details created from processes and turns that data into knowledge. Such technology will eradicate massive calculations, complex algorithms, and analysis for faster decision making.
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All big players from this industry have begun using AI for raw materials load forecasting, preventive maintenance, asset management, prediction of phase diagrams, intelligent chemical processing, and alarms. This has drastically reduced the effort of analyzing data to find accurate patterns and outcomes. Molecular optimization, along with a simulation of lab tests reduce the wastage by estimating environmental impact across a product’s lifecycle. In this regard, advanced analytics and machine learning can drive the allocation of best-available resources to scale up optimization and performance.
All niche players adopt such a scalable approach to assess the status of digital activities in the company. Big players like BASF are using the IoT to improve efficiency in its engineering and maintenance processes throughout the asset lifecycle. They are also emphasizing on machine dependency for invoice matching and Blockchain technology for efficient supply chain management with a “smart pallets” approach. Döhler – world’s most venerable food and beverage companies demonstrate commendable agility towards digital innovation.
These firms value operational efficiency over flexibility and adaptability. They are contributing to the value chain by sharing demand forecasts, better supply chain management theories, and new product commercialization. The digital transition is driving the chemical industry and saving the environment by reducing waste and pollution.
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Debjani Chaudhury works as an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. In this capacity, she contributes editorial articles for two platforms, focusing on the latest global technology and trends.Debjani is a seasoned Content Developer who comes with 3 years of experience with Fashion, IT, and International Marketing industries. She has represented India in International trade forums like Hannover Messe, Germany.
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