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NWA Focus EMI Delivers Real Time Process Intelligence and Unique Accelerating Modules - a Shared Knowledge Base and Manufacturing-Centric Collaboration

Portland, OR – (May 15, 2013)̶  Northwest Analytics, a leader in manufacturing intelligence solutions for process industries, today announced the launch of NWA Focus EMI®, ( a next-generation enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solution that provides complete data source integration, and real-time process analytics and visibility.  The solution’s two unique accelerating modules, KnowledgeBase and Collaboration, greatly improve a user’s ability to accumulate and disseminate knowledge across the entire enterprise, and collaborate across geographically dispersed manufacturing operations to pinpoint and quickly resolve issues and share best practices.

The first market-driven EMI solution, NWA Focus EMI supports all commercial databases.  It delivers a unique approach to data integration by directly accessing data where it ‘lives’, combining data from multiple sources and applying analytics in real time to support and drive operational decisions.  The system-wide KnowledgeBase module consolidates process, quality and problem solving knowledge in a single, discoverable database supporting shared knowledge and best practices across plant and global operations. The cloud-based Collaboration module quickly mobilizes expertise and experience across the enterprise to solve critical production issues.  Asynchronous communication integrates text, graphics, pictures, documents, and video to seamlessly share important, complex. This ensures the right people have the right information and context to solve the most pressing manufacturing issues quickly, saving time, money and resources.

“NWA Focus EMI delivers complete data integration with a ubiquitous analytics layer to deliver real-time process visibility across a single line or plant, or across the entire enterprise putting the power in the hands of the customer to effectively drive meaningful value from data to reduce costs, increase yields and improve product quality. The KnowledgeBase and Collaboration Modules accelerate the value by capturing and proliferating best practices, and quickly bringing together experts from around the enterprise to resolve pressing operational issues..,” said Peter Guilfoyle, VP of Marketing for Northwest Analytics. 

The Dow Chemical Company, an early adopter for NWA Focus EMI, has  14 plants using the solution.  “We were looking for a better way to retrieve, join and analyze data and turn that information into real knowledge throughout the organization,” said Lloyd Colegrove, Director of Fundamental Problem Solving at The Dow Chemical Company.  “NWA EMI Focus, with its ability to directly access data from multiple databases and apply analytics in real time, is giving us immediate access to critical process information and focuses us on the information and best practices that most influence and improve our production output and quality.

Guilfoyle added that implementation of the EMI solution averages only 1-3 weeks and output is often returned in just a few hours after the start of the implementation.  “Based on customer feedback, NWA Focus EMI delivers a full system payback in two to six months. That is a direct result of the solution leveraging existing database investments, and eliminating data duplication and its movement to a separate system for analysis.  Measurable soft returns include faster solution implementations, quick user adoption, and the surfacing of more meaningful information, which increases operational performance, profitability and bottom line.” he said. 

NWA Focus EMI is available immediately by contacting Northwest Analytics directly at

About Northwest Analytics

Northwest Analytics is a leading provider of manufacturing intelligence, SPC and quality information software solutions for manufacturers. NWA delivers manufacturing-intelligence visibility, analytics, plant-floor quality data collection, management and monitoring, SPC charting, enterprise reporting, and real-time, embedded SPC to 35% of the Forbes 1000 manufacturers and more than 5,000 manufacturing customers worldwide. NWA has focused exclusively on manufacturing for more than 25 years, providing a powerful, easy-to-use suite of EMI, MI and SPC solutions that emphasize enterprise-wide integration, analysis and visibility.  NWA is the partner-of-choice when it comes to helping its customers increase operating efficiencies and throughput, while delivering a fast and effective ROI. For more information, visit

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