Smart Factory first in U.S. to demonstrate EcoStruxure in real time
June 17, 2019
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Schneider Electric has launched the first Smart Factory in the U.S. to demonstrate in real time how its EcoStruxure architecture and related suite of offerings can help increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.
Embracing cutting edge technology and the benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to drive process optimization, the facility has opened its doors to share their IIoT knowledge and smart manufacturing technology best practices with customers and industry partners.
“We understand the value of IIoT and the positive business impact that innovation and digitization can have on our operations – particularly in our global supply chain. As a living example of how our EcoStruxure solutions deliver benefits to our customers, we are gaining those same benefits in our operation and sharing that knowledge,” said Mourad Tamoud, executive vice president, global supply chain, Schneider Electric. “With our latest Smart Factory showcase, we are able to demonstrate this value in real-time, show the solutions at work and share the tangible benefits that we ourselves are seeing from our own IIoT investment as we accelerate our Tailored Sustainable Connected 4.0 digital transformation.”
In operation for more than 60 years and employing nearly 500 people, the Schneider Electric Lexington facility is now smart and integrated, relying on digital tools such as augmented reality, which allows operators to gain visibility into operations maintenance, driving a 20 per cent reduction in mean time to repair on critical equipment, and process digitization eliminating paper work by 90 per cent.
Schneider Electric has launched several Smart Factories around the globe in countries including Mexico, China, France, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Lexington factory is a heavily-automated operation critical to the company’s supply chain, producing load centers and safety switches.