Product News: ACD/Labs Announces Commercial Availability of Next Generation Analytical Knowledge Management Software

18 Mar 2013

Today ACD/Labs, a chemistry software company that develops and commercializes enterprise and desktop solutions to support R&D efforts and preserve and re-use legacy chemical and analytical knowledge, announced the commercial availability of ACD/Spectrus DB. This is a powerful and unique database is at the core of the Spectrus integrated analytical and chemical knowledge management platform. Release of this database completes the ACD/Spectrus platform which delivers gains in productivity collaborative science and the preservation of analytical intelligence.

“Development of the Spectrus DB is a re-evaluation of the knowledge management tools that have been used by our customers for years”

Millions of dollars are spent on instruments that generate analytical data that is only used once, then archived as either a report or raw data file. With the Spectrus platform, ACD/Labs aims to maximize the return on investment into analytical data and its interpretation by unifying chemical and analytical information into a homogeneous environment where live data can be searched, re-analyzed and chemical intelligence re-applied. Ultimately all three parameters of R&D productivity are improved—cost, speed, and decision-making.

“Development of the Spectrus DB is a re-evaluation of the knowledge management tools that have been used by our customers for years,” says Hans de Bie, Director of Informatics Solutions and Services at ACD/Labs. “Customers that have deployed our solutions at both the local and global level are emphatic that our system captures chemical and analytical knowledge beyond anything other informatics systems are capable of. The new generation of our existing toolset provides a uniform environment that takes advantage of ACD/Labs’ strengths in analytical data handling and directly addresses the business concerns of the industry. Scientists, managers and IT professionals agree that Spectrus DB will allow them to make better use of existing technologies while providing a powerful tool to preserve and re-use the intelligence generated in their company.”

Spectrus DB builds upon years of expertise in analytical and chemical knowledge management and is at the heart of live data on the Spectrus Platform. This unique database fills the conspicuous gap left in most R&D organizations by current cheminformatics systems.

• Instantly collect disparate information from multiple analytical instruments running numerous techniques into a single homogeneous environment
• Establish a chemically intelligent connection between chemical structures, reactions, schema, related analytical data, and chemical information for easy re-interrogation
• Capture the human interpretation of data and knowledge gained in the decision-making process, and re-apply this intelligence in future decisions

The system can be easily configured to meet the needs of individual organizations and laboratories. Customization can add automated processing and interpretation for higher productivity and sample tracking and visualization may be added to meet workflow requirements. Spectrus DB can also be integrated with existing informatics systems to enhance their capabilities and achieve maximum return on investment.

The Spectrus Platform also includes ACD/Spectrus Processor and the recently released Spectrus Workbooks. Spectrus Processor is an all-in-one multi-technique software application for processing, interpretation, and chemical characterization of analytical data designed for synthetic chemists. It serves as a search and view portal to the Spectrus database. Spectrus Workbooks provide expert algorithms to help spectroscopists, spectrometrists, and chromatographers extract answers from analytical data, and preserve chemical context by populating the database with knowledge gathered by analytical scientists. Information on the software’s capabilities, modules, and specifications are available on their website or at Pittcon booth #1516.