EcoStruxure Automation Expert, the world’s first software-centric industrial automation system, enables hardware-agnostic automation system design to mix and match hardware from different vendors and automate them with a single software platform.
Initially announced in November 2020, Schneider Electric brings the world’s first universal automation offer, EcoStruxure Automation Expert, based on the IEC61499 standard for interoperability and portability, to Singapore. Working with partners such as Precision Motion Control Pte. Ltd. (PMC), Schneider Electric is committed to helping provide their clients with customised solutions for their needs.
Today’s demands for greater manufacturing flexibility and productivity means that the industry needs IT solutions that can help them implement automated systems. However, businesses often find themselves at a roadblock when trying to automate hardware across different vendors as they often need to use the proprietary software for each vendor, which can result in increased cost and development time. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Automation platform, a foundational technology backbone on which Schneider Electric Solutions are built and delivered, allows users to work around that restriction by leveraging on the IEC 61499 standard, creating a truly universal automation system.
A report from the ARC Advisory Group (ARC) finds that “a standardised automation system layer would be immensely valuable in economic terms.” For example, end-users across industries spend $20-30 billion each year to service the installed base. A substantial part of that spending could be avoided through a standardised automation layer, saving valuable engineering time by eliminating vendor lock-in and opening the door to automation innovation.
Another study, A Quantitative Comparison of Digitised Industrial Automation Systems, found that EcoStruxure Automation Expert saved 68 percent of engineering hours in compared to current automation engineering systems – savings that ARC believes would be worth several billion dollars annually if it could be applied across the installed base of industrial automation. Savings are likely to be even more dramatic throughout the full plant lifecycle, according to the report.
“At Schneider Electric, we have always believed in interoperability to leverage the power of IoT in Industry 4.0. We believe that the time is right for a bold move in industrial automation and would like to call on industrial users, vendors, OEMs, systems integrators, and EPCs across the industry to embrace universal automation and IEC 61499.” said, Eugene Quah, Business Vice President, Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei, Schneider Electric.
At this year’s Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC (ITAP), Schneider Electric provided free sizing reports to customers who visited the PMC booth.
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