With companies turning raw materials into consumer products, transformation is the cornerstone of the chemical manufacturing industry. It’s an essential process.

It’s also a complicated process, with brands generating polymers and paperwork in equal measure. This field, which encompasses a diverse variety of sub-sectors and industries, requires precise documentation. Companies must account for every chemical used and every container shipped, and this is why document management software (DMS) proves so crucial. It offers enhanced workflow and traceability, bolstering every brand’s performance.

What Is Chemical Manufacturing?

In 1740, the world was changing—populations boomed, incomes increased, and the need for constant, sustainable production practices had crossed both the Pacific and the Atlantic. The Industrial Revolution had begun.

At the center of this revolution was Dr. Joshua Ward. According to Colin Archibald Russell (author of Chemistry, Society and Environment: A New History of the British Chemical Industry), Ward began experimenting with sulfuric acid, dissolving it first in glass vessels and then converting the residual gas into liquid. This process, which was later patented in 1749, led to the first recorded use of chemical manufacturing. It allowed Ward to crudely change the composition of materials.

Much has improved since Dr. Ward’s contributions. The chemical manufacturing process has become a worldwide force, with every country utilizing basic compounds to create products. According to the North American Industry Classification System, the chemical manufacturing industry boasts seven specific groups:

  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3251
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing: NAICS 3252
  • Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3253
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: NAICS 3254
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing: NAICS 3255
  • Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3256
  • Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3259

Each of these groups utilizes concentrated chemicals to create products. Their practices are both unique and complicated, requiring superior efficiency with every step.

What Are Some Common Practices Within Chemical Manufacturing?

Chemical manufacturing is the creation of goods from compounds. To achieve this effect, each company must employ a series of processes, including:

Catalysis

Catalysis is the process of accelerating a chemical reaction by a catalyst, combining reactionary components (such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen) to create a new product.

Reactions

Reactions utilize the power of thermodynamics, using kiln-like machines to mix batches of chemicals together. These batches build complex alkaline chains, linking the entire manufacturing process together.

Refining

The refining process is aptly named. It applies to the general breakdown of chemical molecules, distilling them to their purest forms. It utilizes a variety of methods, such as cracking or stream feedstocks, to distil every compound.

Through these practices, companies can expedite conversions and generate products. Without the proper DMS, however, this process will fail.

How Does DMS Improve Chemical Manufacturing?

Chemical manufacturing is a field built on precision. It’s also a field built on highly regulated standards, with all workflow monitored with care. Governing bodies—such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the Federal Drug Administration—oversee every creation, assemblage, and shipping procedure. Sloppy documentation won’t suffice.

To improve overall efficiency and traceability, manufacturers eFileCabinet’s DMS technology. eFileCabinet affords easier:

Process Consistencies

To ensure that each production process, including catalysis, reactions, and refining, meets the necessary standards, eFileCabinet’s DMS allows companies to quickly compose and save regulatory paperwork. Employees can effortlessly track all components, noting when each practice is complete. This inspires greater consistency within production and ensures that no step is overlooked.

Accessibility

Chemical manufacturing generates an endless amount of paperwork, and searching through stacks of hard copies is a laborious process. eFileCabinet provides  instant accessibility to all information from a central console. Documents are no longer misplaced, accidentally tossed away, or unnecessarily duplicated.

Sharing

The manufacturing process is a series of steps, and many of these steps take place in different factories. Sharing documentation becomes essential, with employees and decision-makers needing to efficiently trace each chemical’s catalysis, reaction, and distillation. DMS provides centralized storage, allowing for streamlined paperwork transfers and improved production. Users can create permission-based folders to allow access to specified employees, allowing the easy transfer of data from employee employee, department to department, or even company to company.

Through these elements, DMS allows each chemical manufacturer to simplify and improve every step of the chemical manufacturing process.

Explore Options with a Free Demo

eFileCabinet recognizes the need for superior documentation. This is why we now offer DMS technology to the chemical manufacturing field, helping each company redefine its paperwork processes. To learn more about this function and our other cloud-based products, request a free 15-minute demo today.