With the introduction of EcoStruxure for Industry, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has announced what it sees as a significant step forward in its ability to help its industrial customers remove complexity, leverage open technology and experience new levels of value and efficiency.
The IIoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture for plants and machines leverages the company's next-generation Wonderware-powered System Platform 2017, delivering a new standard for operational excellence for industrial organisations. System Platform 2017 offers significant new capabilities for developers and users of the company's system platform, which is today running in 100,000-plus sites worldwide and includes an ecosystem of 4000 system integrators and implementation partners and 160,000 developers.
EcoStruxure for Industry, announced at this week's Hannover Messe event, helps users unlock the potential of digitisation and IIoT to accelerate open, standards-based development and offer industrial customers a more flexible alternative to today's model, where multiple and disparate systems within a process often require complex and significant engineering to leverage the IIoT opportunity.
Innovation at Every Level
With a technology stack including industry-leading connected products like the Altivar Process drive, edge control with the M580 ePAC integrated controller and applications, analytics and services with System Platform 2017, EcoStruxure for Industry is the application of the company's EcoStruxure architecture for industrial customers, bringing together a broad portfolio of energy, automation and software offers into completed, packaged solutions. It enables industrial users to make the most of new opportunities created by digitisation, and provides an integrated framework to tackle the increasing complexity of industrial operations, to optimise assets and to increase the speed of adapting to changing business conditions.
"EcoStruxure for Industry is the next evolution in our long track record of delivering new and increasing value to our customers and transforming the industrial world with technology," said Peter Herweck, Executive Committee member and EVP, Industry Business, at Schneider Electric. "We have always focused on the efficiency of industrial operations through open and interoperable technology and hardware agnostic software. Industrial users can now take advantage of these new technologies and smartly digitise their businesses for increased end to end operational efficiency leading to increased profitability."
At the core of EcoStruxure for Industry is its System Platform 2017, powered by Wonderware, a responsive, scalable and open software stack for developers of industrial applications. It provides new capabilities for building new and/or customized applications to optimize industrial processes and assets and to leverage applications developed by third party software partners and developers as well as Schneider Electric. With an open development environment and an interoperable interface, users can gain wider visibility into industrial operations to deliver enhanced business value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity.