The fields of specialty chemicals and petro-chemicals offer strong opportunities for multivariate applications. In this area, there is a traditional knowledge and respect for the value that data can provide. From real-time optimizers to advanced control strategies, the use of data is a mature concept.
The strength of this community is the wide use of databases and data historians for storage and retrieval of large amounts of production data. There are many commercial databases that communicate via a number of protocols including ODBC and OPC. Umetrics provide the tools to convert these data into meaningful summaries capturing the behaviour of the entire process in a few diagnostic plots.