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Performance drives batch management software market

Increased focus on performance and quality along with increased regulations on the safety of food and drug are driving the growth of the batch management software market. The economic downturn has impacted the market growth but there are increasing signs of recovery, starting this year, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

“Major suppliers are now paying increasing attention to this market. Many of them are now offering integrated software architecture based on the models and terminology specified in the standards,” according to Asish Ghosh, VP of Manufacturing Advisory Services, the principal author of ARC’s “Batch Management Software Worldwide Outlook” study.

The primary growth areas for batch management software are quality management, production performance, and integration with business systems. There is now an increased focus on operational excellence programs especially in specialty chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceutical industries. This is being driven by initiatives around cost reduction, global competition and increasing regulatory demands.

Manufacturers in mature economies are modernising their plants and are replacing custom batch solutions with off-the-shelf solutions. Additionally, manufacturers are optimising the use of their equipment by consolidating production while attempting to maintain product flexibility. In emerging economies, there is continued growth in consumer goods, such as food, beverage, and personal care. The demand for quality and variety are also increasing rapidly. That is leading to a greater acceptance of batch software by manufacturers in those economies.

There will be increased requirements for fast implementations and standardised solutions that can be rolled out across many facilities globally. That would require intuitive applications with embedded workflow and expertise that are more user friendly to less experienced personnel. There will be increased demand for solutions that provide greater visibility into the manufacturing operations.

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