The chemical industry is always striving to remain one step ahead, delivering high quality products on time and on budget.

In today’s fast-paced world, the chemical industry is always striving to remain one step ahead, delivering high quality products on time and on budget. This highly cost-sensitive area has an intense focus on productivity and, simultaneously, must meet demanding quality control standards to stay competitive in the marketplace. As a result, there is ever-increasing pressure to improve the efficiency of procedures – adopting lean processes and automation to try to accelerate time-consuming processes – while maintaining the highest possible product quality.

The chemical industry encompasses a variety of scientific fields – including fine, specialty, bulk and intermediate chemicals, refining and petrochemicals, polymers and plastics, and dyes, pigments and inks – across R&D, production and QC facilities. In every case, there is a need for cost-effective solutions to streamline operations. This guide discusses how optimum efficiency and productivity can be achieved by carefully analyzing laboratory procedures, identifying – and, as far as possible, eliminating – inefficiencies, and introducing standardized processes.

Weighing is the first step in virtually any analytical procedure. Automation is the solution for many typically occurring issues in chemical industry workflows, helping to optimize procedures, eliminate the potential for manual errors, and ensure high quality standards are met. In this guide, six typical workflows are discussed and process improvements are suggested.