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Schneider Electric launched its new Smart Factory Readiness Assessment and range of smart manufacturing solutions at the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) conference, held from 22 – 24 October at Singapore Expo.

 

Smart Factory Readiness Assessment

At Schneider Electric’s booth, visitors could take the Smart Factory Readiness Assessment to find out how “smart” their factory is and how they compare to other plants in the same benchmark or category. Through a two-minute assessment at the booth, visitors received a customised Smart Factory blueprint that:

  • identifies the stage of their automation journey
  • informs them of the key defining characteristics of their current stage of automation
  • highlights the main challenges of moving on to their next stage of automation
  • provides detailed recommendation on the next course of action in the automation journey.

 

Seven Experiential Zones Of A Future-Ready Smart Factory

Visitors experienced an immersive journey that demonstrates seven key pillars that form the building blocks of a future-ready Smart Factory. Through virtual reality simulations and interactive panels, each of the seven zones showcased the benefits of deploying smart manufacturing technologies in the following ways:

  1. 3D Plant Design This exhibit helps visitors visualise their whole plant design in 3D and run product simulations across the plant’s life cycle before actual deployment. Through the hands-on experience, visitors can better understand how to deliver projects efficiently, eliminate errors and rework, and collaborate effectively with teams within the business and with partners.
  2. Safety Witness how the troubleshooting time can be accelerated and reduce incidents by digitising all safety critical applications into a single platform for easy viewing. With AI-generated preventive measures, safety standards can be implemented across the plants remotely, track KPIs automatically and send alerts to items that require attention.
  3. Energy Performance & Sustainability Discover how to tap on AI-informed data analytics to track and improve inefficient processes across your plant’s power usage, through real-time, historical and power quality dashboards. With the ability to track data from more than 400 streams, plant owners can track supply, demand and sustainability in one location to make informed decisions for optimum performance.
  4. Business Continuity & Cyber Security Learn how vulnerability scans and network security evaluations detect risks and threats arising from components and systems early on. By implementing a robust cybersecurity strategy, the security of the infrastructure can be strengthened and ensure business continuity.
  5. Smart Operations When power and process management systems operate as separate silos, industrial organisations soon find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Discover how Schneider Electric breaks down the traditional barriers between power and process control systems to help customers in energy-intensive industries monitor their operations, providing performance information at every level, increasing bandwidth and cost efficiency.
  6. Smart Maintenance Learn how to leverage virtual reality to conduct training and implement better maintenance processes for your plant. Instead of having regular maintenance every month, the real-time, automatic diagnostic tools can detect risks early, identify potential causes and provide recommended solutions.
  7. Empowered Users This experience zone demonstrates how augmented reality is used for users to get immediate access in the field to real-time data, user manuals and information, along with actionable alerts and recommended corrective action to support smart operational and maintenance decisions. With the adoption of skills assessment and training plans, the workforce can develop new skills catered to new technologies.

Mr Neil Smith, Senior Vice President, Process Automation Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric said: “We are pleased to introduce the Smart Factory Assessment for visitors to learn where they stand in their digital transformation journey and how they can advance to the next level with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure solutions. We are passionate about helping our customers make informed, data-driven decisions using cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technology to achieve greater profitability and operational efficiency.”

 

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