By Geir Rune Flåten, Chief Solutions Officer
I have a good feeling after participating in the annual meeting at IFPAC in Maryland. The International Foundation Process Analytical Chemistry is a world-wide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Process Analytical Technology and Chemistry. And it’s really coming. The annual conference is to me a thermometer measuring the industrial ‘temperature’ in terms of deployment and success with the use of analytics.
Why did I leave IFPAC with a good feeling? Not because I saw new revolutionary technology or new trends disrupting the mindset of how we work with customers and how we develop our technology. It was more the overall maturity level in our growing community of vendors and customers and the raising level of qualified dialogue. PAT, sensors and new measurements are being utilized and the industry as a whole is taking many small steps in the direction of more advanced industrial analytics. We are not asking “what?” any longer; we are asking “how?”
Camo hosted pre-conference training and had a booth at the annual IFPAC conference.
I have the feeling of an unstoppable train gaining momentum, and we are among a bunch of vendors laying down the tracks. It’s about new instruments for measuring, new measurement approaches and it’s about the utilization of sensor data for improved quality, faster processes and more robust manufacturing.
Now we are actually seeing it being implemented, and we see it creating value. We are putting data and analytics at work at an accelerating pace. Five years ago customers were hesitating, learning and investigating the potential from a distance. Now they are busy implementing, and they are much more advanced. How can we use? How to deploy? Now there is a concrete dialogue reflecting the increased number of knowledgeable and experienced analysts and scientists in the industry.
For my own part as a vendor in analytics the game is now about making the proof in real life. The overall concepts are widely accepted. We are competing on making it happen. We compete on solutions and not about concepts. Knowledgeable customers are the perfect incentive to stay on track and keep up.
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