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Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data For Asia’s OEMs

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data for Asia’s OEMs

SINGAPORE: Amid the rapid digitisation of manufacturing, machine builders (OEMs) need to provide a better service to improve their customers’ agility and market responsiveness. Therefore, Schneider Electric has presented its EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a platform that allows OEMs to track, monitor and fix machines remotely as well as enable operators to predict and execute preventive maintenance schedules and improve machine availability.

Real-time Operational Awareness Is A Competitive Advantage

Driven by rapid adoption of connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and big data analytics, digitisation in manufacturing has a huge potential. According to a 2015 McKinsey survey, by 2025 digitisation will reduce time to market by 20 to 25 percent, optimise expertise by 45 to 55 percent, and reduce machine downtime by up to 50 percent.

In this ultra-competitive environment, OEMs need solutions that will improve the connectivity of their machines, giving them real-time operational awareness, and access to their machines in order to optimise their operational efficiency while developing new business opportunities such as in their services business. These benefits need to be passed on to operators, while guaranteeing safety and data security.

Maximising The Value Of Data With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is able to convert data into key insights for machine builders. “With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, OEMs gain real-time remote access to their machines, allowing them to add and modify new services to each installed machine at any production site worldwide,” explained Xing Jian Pang, industrial commercial vice president, global OEM and Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric. The device is also able to provide a fully connected framework for reliable machine operation through three key functionalities:

  • Track: OEMs can visualise the location of all their machines, with real-time access to documentationand history, such as bill of materials, manuals, maintenance logs and task management schedules.
  • Monitor: The cloud-based software allows OEMs to collect and visualise machine data in real time,giving a comprehensive analysis of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), widgets for performance against key KPIs and other trends, and dashboards to monitor machine availability and output quality.
  • Fix: A service enabled by a mobile app to facilitate maintenance and operations with contextualinformation, the help of step-by-step procedures and remote expertise by leveraging augmented reality. Furthermore, this service also provides remote access to the engineering software in the cloud, enabling service technicians to use “Software-as-a-Service” to always have the right version and libraries by hand.

While these functionalities allow OEMs to improve customer satisfaction and innovate with new service offers, EcoStruxure Machine Advisor also gives immediate benefits to operators by leveraging the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor app. This allows the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor to put real-time information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever it is needed. Additionally, the custom application can improve operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.

EcoStruxure Machine Advisor pilots

The EcoStruxure Machine Advisor has been piloted successfully with many OEMs in Europe and Asia. In Taiwan, Leadermac, a manufacturer of four-side moulders, has incorporated the technology as a digitised solution to improve its service offers and the company is now able to execute early diagnosis and preventive maintenance of its machines, and sell better-connected, more flexible, more efficient and safer machines.

“EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is the future,” said Leadermac president, Michael Chang. “It helps OEMs like us provide better services, such as remote preventive maintenance, alarm monitoring, tooling usage and IoT applications.”

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Schneider Electric Unveils Smart Manufacturing Solutions At Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference

Schneider Electric Unveils Smart Manufacturing Solutions At Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference

SINGAPORE: Schneider Electric has unveiled its latest smart manufacturing solutions for the Asia-Pacific region during the launch of the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference (ITAP) on 16 October 2018. This builds upon the company’s history in Singapore that began 40 years ago and which saw the company launch its East Asia and Japan headquarters in Singapore.

Mr David Orgaz, Senior Vice President, Process Automation, Schneider Electric Asia-Pacific has commented that, “Schneider Electric is at the forefront of helping companies in their digital transformation journey. Using cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technology, our customers can make informed, data-driven decisions that bring about improved profitability, operational efficiency and a smarter productive workforce – while keeping the operations secure and environmentally sustainable.”

During the ITAP, Schneider Electric will also be showcasing simulations of next-generation Control Command Centres in Oil & Gas, Digital Factory, Consumer Packaged Goods and Water & Wastewater environments and this includes:

EcoStruxure Machine Advisor

Machine builders sell machines to smart factories around the world. These machines are typically deployed with annual maintenance contracts. Thus with this technology, machine builders can track, monitor and even fix remotely deployed IoT-enabled machines from a single dashboard.

Similarly, smart factory operators can gain a bird’s eye view of all their running machines, be instantly alerted if any machine is not operational and analyse collected data in real-time to see if the machines are performing up to par.

EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor

On-site operators can speed up machine maintenance and reduce human error by using augmented reality (AR) to view superimposed data over the different parts of the machines.

By simply holding an AR-powered tablet over the machine, the operator can instantly view data relevant to each machine part.

EcoStruxure Profit Advisor

This IoT-based solution lets companies measure the profitability of their industrial operations, by considering both historical data and real-time data analytics.

EcoStruxure Profit Advisor helps businesses to concentrate and refine efforts which provide the greatest financial returns and savings, predict the profitability of the change processes and minimise potential project risks while eliminating waste.

EcoStruxure Triconex Tricon CX v11.4

The EcoStruxure Tricon CX helps industries achieve safe and available production while improving output and profitability. It is quick and easy to install, configure and operate. This in turn reduces customers’ total cost of ownership by up to 8 percent with its triple redundant, high-availability architecture, inherent redundancy management, online module replacement and change/modification capabilities. It is also proven to help process manufacturers increase ROI by 11 percent.

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Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Singapore: Powering And Digitising The Economy

Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Singapore: Powering And Digitising the Economy

SINGAPORE: Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, is hosting more than 1,500 customers, partners, suppliers and influencers at its latest Innovation Summit, September 20-21 at Singapore Marina Bay Sands. The event brings together Schneider Electric experts and world-leading industry thinkers to share insights and bold ideas on the challenges and opportunities of Powering and Digitizing the Economy.

Schneider Electric Innovations Unveiled for East Asia

In its second year running, this year’s Innovation Summit World Tour includes 20 events across the world, double the 2017 program. The Singapore event will be Schneider’s largest in East Asia, and the company will showcase its latest developments to EcoStruxure, its IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

Major EcoStruxure developments will be presented at the Summit:

  • EcoStruxure Power: the next generation of Schneider Electric’s IoT-Enabled platform and architecture for electrical distribution will be announced, dramatically strengthening power management capabilities for customers to improve operational efficiency and reliability. New user applications (EcoStruxure Power Advisor), edge control management software (EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert 9.0 and Power Scada Operation 9.0), and connected products (Powerlogic ION9000 Meter and Easergy P3 Protection Relay) will be announced.
  • EcoStruxure Building: this smart, collaborative platform and architecture designed for buildings delivers maximum building efficiency and increased people comfort and productivity. EcoStruxure Building will benefit from new user applications (EcoStruxure Building Advisor), a new edge control application (Ecostruxure Building Operation 2.0), as well as new connected sensor products (SmartX IP Controller MPx and SmartX Room Sensors).
  • Ecostruxure Plant & Machine: our IIoT technologies, including integrated software, are ready for smart manufacturing and can deliver new business opportunities for plants and machine builders – increasing profitability (EcoStruxure Triconex) and productivity (EcoStruxure Machine Advisor).
  • EcoStruxure Asset Advisor: the new version of Schneider Electric’s equipment monitoring services application brings a much-needed cloud-based, data-driven 24/7 predictive service for business continuity in electrical distribution and critical data center assets.

Bold ideas for the digital economy

“The world is changing at an unprecedented rate driven by a booming digital economy. Technologies such as the Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and big data analytics are making companies more efficient and innovative, boosting their competitive advantage,” said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric. “As a responsible industry leader, we need to demonstrate how our innovations help our customers and partners make a successful digital transformation in energy management and automation. Our technologies, built on EcoStruxure, harness the power of digitization, enabling our customers to become more efficient, safe, reliable, connected and sustainable – leaders in the New Digital Economy.”

During the two-day event, customers, partners and suppliers can attend Strategy Talks on topics as varied as “Redefining power distribution”, “Intuitive manufacturing, thanks to digitization” and “Reinvented buildings.” Schneider Electric is also conducting 15+ Expert Learning Sessions with its stakeholders, delivering concrete customer successes and solutions and interactive discussions between participants. Finally, a 3,700 m2 Innovation Hub will demonstrate the wealth of Schneider Electric’s software, solutions and services. The Singapore Innovation Summit will also feature the company’s growing network of Strategic Digital Alliances, Technology Partners, EcoXperts and Start-Ups. Over 20 partners are represented, including Microsoft, Accenture, Cisco, Dell EMC, Autogrid, Danfoss, Somfy, and AVEVA, that complement Schneider Electric EcoStruxure solutions.

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What Makes Smart Factories “Smart”?

What Makes Smart Factories “Smart”?

The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is sweeping across Asia Pacific with more manufacturers building smart factories. Nearly half of manufacturers in Asia Pacific will have fully connected factories by 2022, serving customers with shorter timelines and higher quality standards. This dynamic shift towards smarter factories has prompted companies to focus on technologies which deliver greater efficiencies and reduced operational costs. By Damien Dhellemmes, Country President, Singapore, Schneider Electric

Maximising Smart Factories

Damien Dhellemmes

Companies in the region are equipping themselves with solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, big data, and analytics to help drive operational excellence across the enterprise.

In the automotive industry, for example, solutions such as predictive analytics are being implemented to help companies reduce unscheduled downtime and maintenance costs. Predictive analytics can be used to forecast and diagnose problems several days or months before they occur, using advanced pattern recognition and machine learning.

Compared to older factories, maintenance in smart factories has now become a proactive strategy rather than a reactive process. Employees now increasingly play a greater role in the planning and decision-making process in the plant.

Working Smart

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) presents manufacturers with an opportunity to improve the connectivity of their plant facilities and empower workers to be “smarter”. Smart and connected devices can be used to link existing manufacturing solutions to drive improvements at a unit level. Internal quality checks for plant equipment can also be made by employees in real-time. This means employees can operate remotely with better visibility of plant operations without having to be on-site.

Companies can enable advanced workflow software allowing employees to focus their energy on their work, creating new opportunities for the business rather than spending time on repeated tasks. Automated workflows mean that employees can manage their work with little to no oversight. By streamlining processes and workflows, companies can manage their routine processes consistently and efficiently with no human error.

Leveraging Data

Smart workers for smart factories | Image Source: Schneider Electric

One way to maximise efficiency and improving collaboration amongst employees is with mobile workforce management solutions. Such solutions collect data from stranded assets that are not digitally integrated to the plant. This means that best practices can be adopted across the plant by standardising, documenting and enforcing maintenance inspections and procedures. This results in increased accuracy of executed tasks and asset performance optimisation.

With mobile access capabilities in the plant, employees involved in key decision-making process can be granted access to relevant data when needed. Providing access to data empowers them to be more active participants, making more informed decisions during the work process. The overall productivity and efficiency of the workplace is improved using actionable insights derived from the data using mobile access.

Drive Digital Transformation To Stay Ahead Of The Game

With actionable insights, employees are empowered to make better decisions in the workplace

We ourselves strongly believe in the value of smart factories. We ensure that our own factories (more than 170 worldwide) integrate latest technologies to become pilots for new industry 4.0 solutions. For instance, our factories in Batam have become a test bay for machine learning, AI, predictive and digital maintenance, connected machines and processes. This has allowed us to increase the performance of our operations, while strengthening the link between our research and development teams and operations.

The integration of big data, cloud and IoT capabilities will pave the way for companies to work towards their smart factory vision, becoming more energy efficient and sustainable in the long term. It is key to align mid to long term strategic goals with the digital transformation infrastructure of the business before embarking on the digitalisation journey. Companies need a digital strategy in place to carefully assess the organisation’s needs, before analysing whether digital solutions are able to deliver operational excellence across the value chain.

At the same time, smart factories need smart workers. Companies need to go beyond digitising their plant operations and invest in their talent to drive digital transformation of the business. When employees are upskilled, companies can fully leverage the benefits of their smart factories.

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