Processing, Published: 10/1/2014
Its Being Free Doesn’t Mean There’s No Cost
It’s often said the infrastructure delivering water to U.S. homes, business and industry has fallen quickly into disrepair. And there are signs that is the case. Because so many water sources are free, the dollars-and-cents incentives to make improvements often aren’t there, but leaders can still take decisive action.
Flow Control, Published: 9/30/2014
With Invensys in Its Fold, Schneider Electric Aims to Capitalize on New Market Opportunities
In January 2014, Schneider Electric completed its acquisition of Invensys. The deal was reached after Schneider Electric fended off competition from other suitors, including Emerson Electric and ABB. Now that some of the dust has settled on the company's purchase of Invensys, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge on what the combined company will look like, as well as Schneider’s future prospects in the process automation marketplace.
InTech, Published: 9/30/2014
The Right Generation at the Right Time
The distribution of talent across the industry is out of whack. In many companies, a fairly large population of baby boomers is preparing to leave the workforce. But the industrial downsizing and hiring freezes, and industrial employees’ population dip of the 1990s and early 2000s, did not produce enough GenX'ers to replace the departing older workforce. So it becomes the responsibility of the people born during that time—the millennials—to fill the gap. Peter Martin, vice president of business value solutions at Schneider Electric, explains.
Maintenance Technology, Published: 8/29/2014
EAM: On to the Next Level
The day is coming when the still-too-common view of industrial maintenance as an isolated plant function of uncertain value is overtaken by the larger concept of its key role within the scope of enterprise asset management systems. Victor Lough, Avantis product manager for Schneider Electric, explains how modern EAM systems set the stage for a more mobile, data-rich future.
Canadian Process and Control News, Published: 8/28/2014
Modern Process Automation: Mitigating Risks to Operational Integrity
As the power of automation systems has grown, so too the threats to operational integrity have increased. To face these challenges, modern process automation systems require the most robust, resilient technology available.
Chemical Processing, Published: 8/5/2014
Simulation Saves Energy
Operating companies worldwide are relying on process simulation and modeling to improve plant energy efficiency. In this article, Joe McMullen, SimSci product marketing manager for Schneider Electric, explains how Star Petroleum Refining in Rayong, Thailand, used Schneider Electric simulation and optimization solutions to reduce energy usage and improve regulatory compliance.
Chemical Processing, Published: 8/4/2014
Safety: Boost Your Plant’s Profitability
Controlling safety is of upmost importance in most manufacturing operations. Unfortunately, many companies look primarily at occupational safety, e.g., trips, slips and falls, and don't really consider process safety, despite the importance both play in the success of the business. Making both occupational and process safety an integral aspect of every business unit should be the ultimate vision of any safety program because tying them together can play a key role in the profitability of an operation. Peter Martin, PhD, vice president of business value consulting for Schneider Electric, and Martin Turk, PhD, global director, hydrocarbon processing industry solutions for Schneider Electric, make the case.
InTech, Published: 8/1/2014
The Industrial Sector: Uniquely Vulnerable to CyberAttacks
Cyber security is a growing international concern. Global insurance market Lloyd’s of London’s Risk Index 2013 rated cyber security the number three top threat to the global economy in 2013, up from number 12 the previous year. Mary Ramsey, senior vice president of the U.S. industry business for Schneider Electric, explains why it is important for facilities managers, especially those in critical infrastructure, to understand the unique characteristics of his or her industrial environment and where cyber security actions should be applied.