Schneider Electric has launched its first Smart Factory in the Philippines at PEZA Rosario, Cavite. With rapid growth of technology and digitisation, industries must understand the value of building or transitioning into a Smart Factory. Schneider Electric believes that digital transformation throughout the industrial value chain is critical to consistently become globally competitive. As such, Smart Factories enable:
- Mass personalisation. To meet the challenges from production efficiency, profitability, and more detailed needs of businesses, traditional factories are facing challenges of producing more personalised goods to answer more versatile demands from different markets.
- Increased quality. Digitisation leads to a new approach in business models. With businesses now having access to new technologies, industries need to offer higher quality services in association to those technologies.
- Reduced energy costs. It is predicted that electricity demand will grow by 200 percent in 2040. Energy has become an increasing part of the total costs of running a factory, and reducing its environmental footprint is also a growing concern. Digitisation can provide an answer to both.
- Operational excellence. As factories continue to face random failures that hinder continued production, digital tool and solutions are needed to streamline processes, identify faults and risks, and ensure business continuity.
- Change of mindset. Upskilling the workforce to do higher value jobs and digital transformation is the key to helping them upskill and learn how to operate new technologies. Through the Smart Factory Program, Schneider Electric leveraged its own EcoStruxure architecture as it implemented the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) across its global supply chain, and digitally transforming facilities to thrive in today’s digital economy.
In 2017, Schneider Electric started transforming its Cavite Plant into a Smart Factory. By integrating EcoStruxure for Industry, local processes are continuously optimised while energy and production costs are minimised. This innovation also improves the lifespan, usage and maintenance of the different equipment used across its sites, allowing Schneider Electric to deliver end-to-end operational efficiency with more dynamic control for better business results.
Michael Crozat, Vice President for Philippine Operations, Schneider Electric said: “We decided to transform our Cavite Plant into a Smart Factory in 2017 because we wanted to serve our partners and customers better. By using EcoStruxure for Industry, the roll out of the program was fast and it granted us immediate global certification in 2018. Since the transition began, we have been achieving over 13 percent in energy savings, and 14 percent growth in production annually. Looking ahead, we want EcoStruxure to be a solution that other companies can use in optimising their businesses while we continuously create more innovations that can better serve industries.”
With the transformation of the Cavite Plant into a Smart Factory, Schneider Electric provided more than 1400 employees in Cavite with training, upskilling and reskilling opportunities to help them take on higher-value jobs. This enabled them to become empowered operators capable of making effective decisions on the factory floor pertaining to product assembly errors, electrical and temperature irregularities, production delays, and even equipment malfunctions.
Each of the four sites in Cavite has its respective virtual reality (VR)-equipped training rooms where employees are mentored whenever new technologies are introduced, allowing them to practice their learnings. The new tech-enabled workplace also brought more motivation to the different teams, inspiring them to collaborate as they are now more knowledgeable in resolving the troubleshoot problems that they encounter.
Alexandre Vermot, Country President, Schneider Electric Philippines shared: “Our transition to a Smart Factory is another step for Schneider Electric towards transforming cities, reshaping industries, and enriching lives. Our Cavite Plant has now become an Innovation Hub where existing and potential customers, partners, the government and the academe can experience operational excellence as we harness the power of technology using our EcoStruxure architecture. We hope that our adoption will serve as a testament of what embracing digital transformation really means and how it can positively impact business operations and the environment. As we move forward with our Smart Factory progress, we will continue providing Innovation at Every Level to ensure overall efficiency, reliability and safety.”
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