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Chemical/Petrochemical Streamline Laboratory Processes & Maximize Efficiency

LabAnswer, the market leader in laboratory informatics and related scientific services, has a unique understanding of the chemical industry’s specific laboratory informatics requirements and extensive experience in providing enterprise laboratory informatics solutions to meet the needs of the chemical manufacturing industry.  LabAnswer works with many of the leading global chemical producers to streamline laboratory processes and maximize efficiency in manufacturing. 

Partnering with LabAnswer provides the security of working with a company dedicated to making laboratory and manufacturing operations more efficient and productive with enterprise-level integration, application life cycle services and instrument interfacing solutions.  Efficient laboratory systems, automation and integration are key components of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Process Information Management Systems (PIMS) technical platforms which support optimized business operations and are essential in achieving a streamlined scientific data management solution.

The Chemical Industry

The chemical industry is comprised of companies that produce industrial chemicals by converting raw materials (oil, natural gas, air, water, metals, and minerals) into different products.  Based on the products produced, the chemical business can be grouped into a few distinct categories, including basic chemicals, life sciences, specialty chemicals and consumer products.

Basic chemicals, or "commodity chemicals" are a broad chemical category including polymers, bulk petrochemicals and intermediates, basic industrials and other derivatives, inorganic chemicals, and fertilizers.  Product prices are generally less than fifty cents per pound.

Polymers, the largest revenue segment of basic chemicals, includes all categories of plastics and man-made fibers.  The major markets for plastics are packaging, home construction, containers, appliances, piping, transportation, toys, and games.  The principal raw materials for polymers are bulk petrochemicals.

Chemicals in the bulk petrochemicals and intermediates are primarily made from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas, and crude oil.  These basic or commodity chemicals are the starting materials used to manufacture many polymers and other more complex organic chemicals particularly those that are made for use in the specialty chemicals category.

Life sciences include differentiated chemical and biological substances, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, animal health products, vitamins, and pesticides.  While much smaller in volume than other chemical sectors, these products tend to have very high prices, are usually produced with very high specifications and are closely scrutinized by government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pesticides, also called "crop protection chemicals", are included in this category and include herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Specialty chemicals, also referred to as performance chemicals, are a category of relatively high valued, rapidly growing chemicals with diverse end product markets. They are generally characterized by distinctive innovative characteristics with prices over a dollar per pound. Products are sold for what they can do rather than for what chemicals they contain. Products include electronic chemicals, industrial gases, adhesives and sealants as well as coatings, industrial and institutional cleaning chemicals, and catalysts.

Consumer products include direct product sale of chemicals such as soaps, detergents, and cosmetics. Consumers rarely if ever come into contact with basic chemicals but polymers and specialty chemicals are the materials that they will encounter everywhere in their every-day lives, such as in plastics, cleaning materials, cosmetics, paints and coatings, electronic gadgets, automobiles and the materials used to construct their homes.