Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has introduced new EcoStruxure software solutions, bringing measurably profitable asset and operation reliability to the industrial market.
Plant personnel have traditionally focused on improving the efficiency of the industrial operations they control, which has driven plant assets to their reliability threshold, increasing downtime and safety risks along the way.
However, with more robust IIoT technology available, including Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture and platform, the industrial workforce is more equipped than ever to control and improve the reliability and profitability of their assets and operations in real time.
EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform.
Delivering Innovation across connected products, apps, analytics and services, the EcoStruxure architecture enables scalable design and operation of connected systems, with cybersecurity built in at every layer.
The company’s new EcoStruxure Maintenance Advisor software, with embedded EcoStruxure Condition Advisor, bridges the gap between operations and maintenance, providing predictive maintenance and decision support for plant-wide assets.
This includes the EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS, EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS, intelligent field devices, drives and other automation assets.
By providing early, actionable data and insight into abnormal operating and asset conditions, the solutions empower the workforce to make smarter, more targeted and more proactive maintenance and operating decisions that improve operational reliability and profitability.
With mobile capability devices and embedded workflow options, it allows plant personnel to respond quickly to emerging conditions from anywhere in the plant.
“The increasing speed of business and fast-paced technology developments have converged, increasing the pressure on manufacturers to get more value – that is, profit – from operations,” LNS Research president and principal analyst Matt Littlefield said.
“Digital transformation is sweeping across industry, with LNS Research expecting 60 per cent of companies to have an IIoT initiative by the end of 2017. This means executives are looking for and need smarter tools, more advanced analytics and better decision making to deliver measurable ROI, safely.”
Delivered in a single unified dashboard, EcoStruxure Maintenance Advisor monitors the real-time health of plant-wide assets to detect abnormal operating conditions.
It then automatically provides actionable, easy-to-understand alerts with the proper context, along with potential reasons for the abnormal condition and possible actions to rectify it.
New EcoStruxure Condition Advisor for OPC DA enables real-time, automated condition monitoring of any OPC DA-compliant asset, such as intelligent electronic devices, motor starters and drives.
This new capability complements existing Condition Advisors, which monitor the condition of Fieldbus Foundation, HART and Profibus process instruments.
Combining the offers to work with Schneider Electric and third-party control systems enables customers to monitor and diagnose the condition of a broad range of plant automation assets in real time, which can help maximise operational uptime, minimise operational and maintenance costs and increase workforce safety.