Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics has introduced the new SIMCA® 16 software for multivariate data analytics. SIMCA® 16 software has enhanced functionality which will save time for expert users, as well as newcomers. Usability improvements provide novices with an intuitive introduction to SIMCA® and existing users with superior plot interactivity and quick raw data visualisation capabilities. The software’s updated graphical interface with context-based ribbons and panes means scientists will spend less time looking for functions and the new ribbons will be especially useful for those working with batch data. The new data analytics software also includes a wizard that adapts to users’ modelling objectives (rather than focusing on which algorithm to use) and guides them through set-up, making the initial steps of creating each model easier. Additionally, its advanced data merging functionality saves time by eliminating the need to manually combine and align data in Excel.
To make pattern data in models easier to interpret and use, SIMCA® 16 comes with score space exploration and multivariate solver tools, which help turn models into real-life factor combinations. In just one click, the score space exploration tool allows users to convert scatter plots into real factor settings to, for example, detect which sample is missing in a stack of observations. With the multivariate solver tool, scientists can determine optimum factor settings for desired process outputs such as Critical Quality Attributes and can also lock model parameters to a specific batch of raw material to find the process parameters for achieving consistent product quality and operational efficiency. Both tools make trouble shooting process data and performing deviation analysis simpler tasks.
To increase application and functional flexibility, SIMCA® 16 includes MOCA, a novel tool for analysing more than two blocks of data and new Python plugin capability. MOCA provides a quick overview of an entire system, delivering invaluable information for continuing analysis, and is helpful for scientists such as systems biologists wanting to compare data from one system that has been obtained using different “omics” and other techniques. The Python plugin functionality in SIMCA® 16 provides greater workflow flexibility by enabling users to create a file reader plugin which can read files like any other file format as they are being imported.
The use of SIMCA® is recognised by the EMA and US FDA for Real-Time Release testing and the SIMCA® 16 software have been developed and extensively tested and validated for use in a highly-regulated environment.