Chemicals

Ensure End-to-End Compliance in Chemicals

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.

itelligence 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. In 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 of any sector. Guidelines include those set out by REACH, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 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 Chemical Industry

For continuing success in the future, chemical companies need to make product development and production more efficient. Machine-to-machine communication and the digitization 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 transparency necessary to ensure comprehensive quality management and assess it in detail?

If so, you may need to rethink your processes. And that’s where we can help you.

Benefit from an Integrated Value Chain

Production Control

Many chemical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics 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 central to this.

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 that itelligence specialists have gained through their involvement in countless projects over many years and that they always keep 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 digitization 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.

The prerequisite for this, however, 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 this event, they turn off the devices and report the incident to the integrated IT system.

IT Validation

Companies in the pharmaceutical 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.

itelligence 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 itelligence.

Stephan Limberg, Head of Industry Management for the Process Industry, itelligence 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.

Validation is one of the fundamentals for patient protection. itelligence helps you with our experience in Computer System Validation. Risk Based Compliance focuses on identifying the actual risks for the patient, the product and the data integrity. Savings on validation costs can increase enormously by focusing on the real risks. In many cases, it makes the processes more transparent and therefore more effective.

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, including serialization of packaging, 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

Zinpro

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Werner & Mertz GmbH – itelligence Application Management Service as Performance Guarantee

The manufacturer benefits from the scalable itelligence Application Management Service (AMS) and thus makes the IT processes efficient. Werner & Mertz can now fully concentrate on day-to-day business and rely on itelligence's 24/7 on-call service.

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Mercer International

Automation, agility, speed and efficiency: This sums up the new approach to Application Management. Scarce company resources in terms of staff and SAP knowledge are handled with ease by the itelligence AMS team.

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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.

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Cheminova, Harboøre, Denmark

Cheminova’s bottling lines operate around the clock and the group is active in many parts of the world. Thus, the stability of the ERP system’s operations 24 hours a day is crucial for the company.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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