Automation World, Published 10/30/2014
What Is Complex MRO?
Industry experts usually divide maintenance, repair and overhaul software into three categories: component, heavy and complex. But the current breed of complex MRO software is really a subset of enterprise asset management software, one that taps into corporate information pipelines to manage equipment performance. Victor Lough, software product manager at Schneider Electric, points to how Avantis.PRO EAM software is instrumental in helping companies improve asset performance and reliability.
Automation World, Published 10/23/2014
How New Belgium Brewing Reduced Downtime and Increased Efficiency with Wonderware MES
After discovering its bottling line was only producing at 50 percent of capacity, New Belgium Brewing applied Wonderware MES software from Schneider Electric to address the problem, generating additional production benefits in the process.Joe Herrick, packaging systems manager at New Belgium Brewing, explains how the solution helped the brewery change the game.
Automation.com, Published 10/23/2014
Is Schneider Electric Committed to Software?
In a review of Schneider Electric&apos;s 2014 global software customer conference, held in Orlando, Fla., the week of October 1, the editor explains that the company, while only a few short months after acquiring Invensys, is committed to the software business. At the conference, he &quote;talked with a number of Schneider Electric employees, distributors and integrators. Everyone is thrilled with the progress so far, and they are optimistic about the future...Schneider Electric appears to be moving in the right direction, one that will ultimately benefit their customers.&quote;
Control Engineering, Published 10/15/2014
How Many People Will Be Running Your Plant?
Processors and manufacturers having been asking how many people are necessary to run a plant since the earliest days of automation. But now, as new pressures and trends emerge, especially around the graying of the workforce, answering that question has taken on new significance. In this wide-ranging Q&A, Stan DeVries, senior director of solutions architecture, and Peter Martin, vice president of business value consulting, both with Schneider Electric, discuss how technology and culture will play an important part in keeping the industry up and running.
Control Engineering, Published 10/14/2014
Service Only One Part of Schneider Electric Strategy
With the acquisition of Invensys by Schneider Electric a year ago in the rear view mirror, the company's global software business now looks ahead to new challenges in an evolving global landscape. In a wide-ranging discussion with media and analysts at its 2014 Global Software Conference in Orlando, Fla., Ravi Gopinath, executive vice president of Schneider Electric's global solutions software business and Daniel Doimo, executive vice president of Schneider Electric's global solutions business, said the integration of Invensys into the Schneider Electric portfolio opens the doors for further growth.
Automation World, Published 10/2/2014
Chevron Uses Schneider Electric’s SimSci DYNSIM Simulation Software for Controls Upgrade
Trevor Ault, automation and process control engineer for
Chevron, explains how SimSci dynamic simulation software from Schneider Electric changed the game for his company. During a multi-year control systems upgrade across several oil fields in central California, Chevron leveraged the solution to ensure a seamless cutover without losing any production time.
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.