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Schneider Electric Empowering the Digital Workforce with AVEVA collaboration
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September 18, 2019 News

 

Schneider Electric is well known around the world for its technology. With Asia as its largest business region in the last 20 years, Schneider continues to come up with new innovations to improve efficiency and productivity for its customers.

In his speech at the AVEVA World Summit 2019 in Singapore, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric CEO and Chairman said Schneider Electric collaborates with AVEVA to bring a “digital mall” to the world of operations and maintenance.

“Schneider Electric acts as the bridge between the digital world and physical world. We’ve made sure Schneider follows every step of AVEVA’s lifecycle with services on the run.”

For Schneider Electric, Industry 4.0 is all about creating a process efficiency in business productivity, asset performance and sustainability. This is will bring about energy efficiency as the transition will witness savings in energy, electrification and decarbonisation.

With the world getting more divided and connected by technology at the same time, businesses need to be more adaptive to local standards — regulations around the world are different. According to Jean-Pascal, Schneider designs their solutions based on geographic rules. They are able to adapt to local digital world laws.

He added that there are four integrations Schneider is looking at when it comes to digital transformation. Each integration is different but represents the key values organisations need to look for in their digital transformation journey. The integrations are:

  • Energy and automation – pilot innovation between the Edge and the Center and manage them
  • Cloud and endpoint – Internet-based architectures connecting transparently the shot flow of the endpoint to the cloud.
  • Lifecycle integration – creating a digital twin from the designing to the commissioning because at one stage, the digital world has to meet the physical world.
  • Site by site integration – managing multiple sites for various processes for optimising different tasks.

Jean-Pascal said Schneider’s customers have seen savings in energy up to 85% which led to an average cost reduction of about 30%. There has also been a reduction in maintenance costs up to 75% in operations. Malaysia’s Petronas, one of Schneider Electric’s biggest clients, have witnessed innovation in every level in the oil and gas industry. Leveraging on AVEVA’s solutions and Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure, Petronas has seen a 5% increase in uptime through ML technology and between 5% to 10% reduction in maintenance costs.

“Efficiency comes with automation. Energy and automation integration are the focus of Schneider Electric. If you want to automate to go to the next level, you have to make sure everything you do is well prepared” said Jean-Pascal. “Petronas integrates the full innovation to automate between energy and innovation and build their system with us” he added.

When it comes to reliability, Schneider Electric’s customers have had an increase in equipment availability of up to 50%. In safety and security, there has been a 25% improvement in personal safety and security while sustainability has seen a reduction in carbon footprint of up to 50%.

But with all these integrations, one would ponder on the risks that are at hand as well. Jean-Pascal explained that Schneider Electric addresses confidence and risk mitigation through cybersecurity by having customized and scalable solutions as well as integral IT/OT cybersecurity and 24/7 monitoring for compliance.

When it comes to digital workforce, Jean-Pascal pointed out that organisations need to empower support and collaborate to empower the digital workforce. The digital and modern workforce can be empowered through augmented reality, simulations and proper planning and scheduling. To support them in a digital world, having adequate AI applications as well as ensuring enough training is provided to the workforce. The collaboration between cloud-based and asset life-cycle management will allow the digital workforce to be more efficient.

As Jean-Pascal puts it, “We are now at the time of Internet 2.0. In the nineties it was Internet of People. Now we are looking at IoT.”

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