Control, Published: 12/11/2014
Real-Time Control for Optimization Goes Beyond Energy Saving
In this essay, Peter Martin, vice president of business value consulting at Schneider Electric, explains how control engineering has branched out to play a critical role in managing real-time business variables, including profitability, risk and even cyber security.
Automation World, Published: 12/2/2014
Industrial Wearable Tech Moves In
Even as they’re creating BYOD policies, industrial IT departments also need to start thinking about the possibilities and the pitfalls of wearable technology on the plant floor. Saadi Kermani, Wonderware SmartGlance product manager for Schneider Electric, explains how smart watches take mobility to the next level, shrinking a machine interface down to the size of a tea bag to help improve collaboration, decision making and productivity.
Automation World, Published: 11/15/2014
Batch Operations and Asset Management Improved by Integration
Schneider Electric's software business, which encompasses its operations management, asset management and operations integration product lines, is combining the technologies it acquired with Invensys to enable better data-driven decisions. At its 2014 Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, Fla., the company revealed how the people and products from the two companies are coming together to form a world-class organization.
Processing, Published: 11/1/2014
System Platform and Services Share Spotlight at Schneider Electric Software Event
With its acquisition of Invensys, a big chunk of today’s multi-billion-dollar industrial-automation software market is in the hands of Schneider Electric, including the industry-leading Wonderware, SimSci and Avantis brands. With only a handful of suppliers able to furnish this full range of solutions, the recent Schneider Electric 2014 Software Global Customer Conference was an opportunity to hear how the company will evolve the important assets it has assembled.
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'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 "e;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."e;
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.