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New Schneider Electric Director of Operations, Services and Projects in Ireland 21/01/2021

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC has announced the appointment of Rhonda Doyle as Director of Operations, Services and Projects in Ireland. Doyle is appointed by Country President for Ireland Kelly Becker, who will herself become the Zone President for UK & Ireland from January 2021.

Doyle will play a fundamental role in managing the operations of the Schneider Electric business in Ireland, with a specific focus on maintaining service for the company’s customers in the region. She will partner with the Irish management team to develop Schneider Electric’s overarching strategy in the region. This will include developing ambitious goals, strategies and business plans for each of the individual divisions represented in the overall business – which include Industrial Automation, Secure Power, Power Products, Power Systems, and Digital Energy, and Services.

Doyle will be tasked with coordinating growth strategy to ensure the business targets critical industries including data centre and networks, manufacturing, and renewable energy segments. This includes overseeing the projects team in the delivery of multi-discipline projects for customers. She will also be directly responsible for the development of field services across these core industries.

With previous responsibility as a global and strategic business leader, Rhonda’s diverse knowledge of various business functions and the Irish market ensures she can lead teams and programs of work to develop and evolve Schneider Electric’s business strategy in the country.

“Rhonda is the right person to continue the growth and development of our operations in Ireland,” said Kelly Becker in her current position as Country President for Ireland at Schneider Electric. “With over 20 years’ experience in business leadership, Rhonda has a proven track record of successfully leading teams through complex transformational change. Her excellence in project and program management make her ideally placed to lead our business unit teams in offering even greater consultancy, field and digital services, and integrated implementation for our customers. I’m thrilled to bring someone of Rhonda’s calibre into our organization as we continue to deliver significant growth in Ireland

“As we see all aspects of our lives become increasingly electrified and digital, success in all industries will become underpinned by reliable and sustainable energy supply. Rhonda’s diverse knowledge and experience means she is ideally placed to understand and tackle the strategic sustainability challenges our customers face.”

Commenting on her appointment Doyle said:“I am absolutely delighted with the opportunity to lead the operations team of Schneider Electric Ireland. I am passionate about building engaged and high performing teams, collaborating together to execute a strategy at scale with our business partners and customers.”

Rhonda Doyle joins Schneider Electric from eBay, where she spent 17 years and was most recently Director, Global Operations and Program Management for eBay’s Global Customer Experience teams. Whilst at eBay Rhonda was the business Sponsor for eBay’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter in Ireland.

She officially began her role as Director of Operations, Services and Projects for Schneider Electric Ireland on January 4th, 2021.

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New VP of Industrial Automation UK & Ireland at Schneider 01/12/2020

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC has announced the appointment of Mark Yeeles as Vice President of Industrial Automation in the UK and Ireland. Yeeles will take over from Martin Walder, who will move into a new European role, overseeing Industrial Automation Transformation in Europe.

Yeeles will play a fundamental role in driving forward Industrial Automation in the region, with a specific focus on increasing the uptake of interoperable automation software. While the sector has yet to feel the full benefits of digitalisation and automation, Yeeles will help to make its potential a reality, fueling the next phase of fast-paced growth in the UK and Ireland.

In the midst of a period of intense change following Covid-19, the importance of remote management, advanced robotics, and predictive analytics solutions has never been higher. With a specific focus on the CPG, food and beverage, and water and water waste markets, Yeeles will be tasked with helping partners and clients meet a new set of challenges.

“Mark is the right person to continue the growth of the Industrial Automation division,” said Mike Hughes, Zone President UK&I at Schneider Electric. “Over his 25 years’ in the industry including five with Schneider Electric, he has consistently proven his understanding of the market challenges our customers and partners face and how Schneider can help them. He brings great skills, knowledge and a fantastic ability to exceed customer expectations to the role.”

Commenting on the appointment Yeeles said: “I am absolutely delighted with the opportunity to lead the Industrial Automation team in the UK & Ireland. 2021 will be a year of great change with many opportunities for the sector to transform. We must embrace software collaboration and broaden our technological horizons to meet the challenges ahead. I cannot wait to start delivering innovations to our client and partner networks, whilst empowering them to meet their sustainability targets.”

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Schneider & Cisco partner to bridge OT/IT in building management systems 08/07/2020

Schneider Electric and Cisco have formed a technology partnership designed to help drive major advances in making smart buildings the standard. Working together, the two companies have developed, tested and validated designs that help connect building management systems to an Internet Protocol (IP) network with a secure, scalable and resilient architecture that is easy to manage.

Today’s smart buildings are increasingly digitised and leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) for greater efficiency, optimised occupant comfort, and increased building value. The solution from Schneider Electric and Cisco brings IT and operational building control together in a secure and efficient IP network solution. It enables multiple Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Building IP architecture topologies to integrate with existing building layouts using Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches to connect to Schneider’s SmartX IP Controllers. The solution meets system availability requirements upon deployment, saving customers time and resources while increasing peace of mind.

"Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of smart buildings with EcoStruxure Building, a secure and open platform, making it possible for IoT enabled solutions to seamlessly connect, collect, analyse, and act on data in real-time,” said Kaynam Hedayat, VP Product Management, Digital Energy, at Schneider Electric.

“It is exciting to see our solutions, coupled with Cisco IT expertise, deliver results. It lets our EcoXpert partners deliver the best solutions to their customers, while helping them grow their businesses, differentiate their companies, and be more profitable.”

The Schneider and Cisco solution makes building management systems more:

Secure

  • Standardise with a single security vendor for IT and OT security
  • Identify, segment, and mediate anomalies or cyber-attacks as they occur
  • Enforce consistent identity-based security policy on the network infrastructure

Scalable

  • Easily scale from small to large deployments while managing an increasing amount of data that is continuously collected for IoT applications
  • Leverage a high-speed IP network for managing real-time system operations
  • Resilient
  • Increase building system availability by ensuring that network failures do not shut down connected systems
  • Quickly and efficiently identify and resolve issues using standard network diagnosis tools

Easy to manage

  • Reduce costs and simplify BMS management with one converged network for IT and OT systems
  • Enable technicians without deep IP experience to commission Ethernet fieldbus switches prior to installation with Plug and Play, zero-touch configuration

University of Notre Dame

Large campus environments are among the many organizations to increasingly implement IP-enabled building management systems to enhance performance while maintaining security, as seen at the University of Notre Dame (UND) in Indiana. “The need for separation between IT and OT networks is an important topic and was part of our decision-making process to proceed with the Cisco-Schneider technology partnership at UND,” said Whitey Reed, Director of Automation & Integration at Havel, An EMCOR Company, a Schneider Electric master-level BMS EcoXpert partner.

Havel’s building management system architecture at the University of Notre Dame’s Dispatch Operations Center features the Cisco IE2000 managed switch with the field bus located below the SmartX AS-P Edge Server. The managed switch is DHCP-enabled so the BACnet communication remains beneath the AS-P and keeps the data traffic from going across the IT network. According to Reed, this is what customers are looking for today: one point of connection into the building, which adheres to standard IT best practices for a single static IP address to manage the network while allowing more data to push through faster, enhancing performance for customers.

"This project at UND has opened the door to broader horizons for Havel to understand the difference between information technology and operational technology,” said Reed. “IP solutions in the building automation industry are here now and we need to be a part of it. Customers are loving that we get it, and Schneider Electric gets it. And we partnered with a company such as Cisco that carries a lot of weight in the cybersecurity business, and it certainly has helped our customers immensely."

"Cisco is excited to partner with Schneider Electric, delivering comprehensive IP-enabled Building Management System solutions to enable the seamless migration of the University of Notre Dame's infrastructure to a converged architecture. By combining Cisco's IT innovation with Schneider Electric's OT innovation, we are uniquely positioned to deploy this solution in a highly scalable and secure manner. Our joint solution, along with the capabilities of Havel, allows us to meet and exceed the University's needs to have a distinct Smart Building design, significantly reducing operational costs, and optimizing energy consumption," said Mike Austin, Senior Director, Cisco Global Partner Organization.
 
Solution Technology Integrator (STI) extension

Through the partnership, Schneider Electric and Cisco have extended their Solution Technology Integrator (STI) agreement to qualified Certified and Master EcoXpert system integrator partners. As “Cisco Select” or higher-level partners, Schneider EcoXperts gain access to Cisco training and education on IP Ethernet architectures, and can benefit from simplified, predictable and discounted pricing on Cisco products, including Industrial Ethernet Switches, Catalyst Switches, Industrial Network Director (IND) software, and more.

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AI – changing industry as we know it 17/06/2020

Today, it’s widely understood that technological investment brings success. Manufacturers who choose to modernise will gain increased outputs, higher quality and less wastage on the factory floor – ultimately allowing them to improve profitability and succeed in the industry.

Industry 4.0 and associated technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artifical Intelligence (AI) and robotics, have become part of the manufacturing vernacular, without many understanding their potential. Digital transformation offers great unmatched potential for manufacturers. Not only does it greatly improve communication between devices, systems and personnel both inside and outside of the company, but it also provides the directness to cut energy consumption, increases efficiency, and increasingly delivers even short-term ROI.

AI is one technology that will revolutionise the field. A recent report by Accenture showed corporate profits are said to increase by an average of 38% by 2035, thanks to the advanced deployment of AI into financial, IT, and manufacturing applications.
 
Transforming Industry 4.0

AI is becoming an important part of Industry 4.0. It brings with it the great potential for innovation to dramatically increase the productivity of industrial assets, better manage the evolution of the workforce, and greater energy efficiency.

Let’s take discrete and process manufacturing as an example. Here, asset maintenance is one of the industrial processes that is emerging as an early AI application. As a result, we’re seeing more manufacturers understand that predictive maintenance can be blended with the more traditional approach of preventative maintenance. The two, work hand-in-hand.

A great example of how AI is revolutionising Industry 4.0 and improving efficiencies on the factory floor is Variable Speed Drives (VSDs). VSDs are connected to motors on the factory floor. They attain data and insights into abnormal behaviours that could threaten a breakdown and thus flag these issues so that they can be repaired, or where necessary, replaced ahead of any catastrophic failure. The benefit here is that a piece of equipment on the factory floor is only replaced when absolutely necessary, saving the manufacturer all the costs associated with unnecessary interval maintenance and unplanned operational downtime. Machine learning also comes into play here as the analytical engines in AI quickly understand the normal operation of equipment in certain conditions and can reliably determine the health. AI can be running remotely in the cloud or it can be executed ‘at the edge’, ie on premise close to the equipment when necessary, to help in the early identification of many potential faults including, power generation turbine blade damage or plant motor coupling approaching failure.

As the benefits of humans and robotics working together are becoming more obvious, the Industry needs to prepare for change. How can we turn down the possibility of not having to work 24-hours a day and the ability to produce more consistent outputs? Industry 4.0 for many of us is just starting. If you only take one message from this, it should be that investing in technology including automation and robotics and incorporating AI, machine learning and IoT is central to improving productivity and increasing efficiencies and ultimately survival.

Martin Walder, Vice President of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric

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Schneider Electric name PWR as first Master Robot Partner 16/06/2020

Schneider Electric has appointed PWR, specialists in automated robotic packaging solutions, as its first ‘Master Robot Partner’. The announcement underlines the importance of the relationship, after many successful robotic packaging projects in the food industry.

In recent years, the rise of high-speed, multi-robotic picking and packing lines has led to greater demand for more powerful and tightly coupled control and information systems, which require a higher level of engineering and programming expertise to design and build. The partnership between robotics solutions experts, PWR and technology leaders, Schneider Electric, ensures that their customers can continue to receive the most advanced, bespoke automated packaging solutions on the market.

“At PWR, we build automated robotic solutions tailored to our customers’ needs. 25 years of automation excellence in the Bakery, Confectionery, Convenience, Snacks and Pet food industry demonstrates we have the skills and understanding to transform the performance of food businesses with automated packaging.” Peter Mellon, Director at PWR. “Our partnership with Schneider Electric enables us to use best in class technology to exceed expectations in a growing market."

“To truly deliver the best end solutions, you need experienced partners that have proven they deliver without exception. Having worked with PWR for over 20 years, we know they have the expertise to tackle the most demanding applications,” Martin Walder, Vice President at Schneider Electric UK & Ireland. “With our suite of synchronized, high speed, multi-robot control systems and products, from sensors to software, we can provide PWR with the technology to make the most advanced solutions on the market.”

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More than a quarter of UK energy emissions generated from energy which is lost or wasted 28/11/2019

The easiest wins in tackling climate change are still being ignored by government, business and consumers, according to new research from Schneider Electric.

Ambivalence towards energy waste permeates every facet of UK life, new research conducted by Schneider Electric has found. The firm has calculated that at least 117 million tons of UK emissions were created in 2018 by wasted energy: energy that was lost in the generation and transmission process or wasted due to inefficiencies in UK buildings. The figure does not take into account emissions from energy lost in the food supply chain, industry or transport sectors.

The research findings, published in a new report: Rethink Energy, examined the behaviours, priorities and investments in relation to sustainability of 400 large businesses, 120 SMEs and 2000 consumers in the UK. The research commissioned by Schneider Electric found that even though business decision makers and consumers are aware energy is being wasted in their day to day lives they are taking no steps to change consumption or behaviour.

Business attitudes

Schneider Electric’s research found that on average business decision makers estimate that 36% of the energy their business consumes is wasted, primarily through inefficiencies in buildings (e.g. lights left on, heating and air con systems failing to adapt to changes in the weather, poor insulation etc).  With the average energy bill for a large business running at over £11,000/month (£136,944/year) energy waste is not just a significant cost for the planet but for businesses, too.

Despite 100% of respondents believing their business wastes energy, almost half (44%) said that they hadn’t or didn’t know if they had implemented any energy saving initiatives in the previous 12 months.  A fifth of all businesses admitted they don’t currently measure energy waste within their business.

The difference between the approach of big business versus small businesses is stark. 58% of SMEs hadn’t or didn’t know if they had implemented energy saving initiatives versus 39% of large businesses.  Almost three times (40%) of SMEs reported they don’t currently measure energy loss within their business, compared to just 14% of large businesses.

A significant barrier for businesses to adopt energy saving measures appears to be the perceived cost of doing so.  84% of businesses said they were torn between the anticipated cost of tackling waste and doing the right thing. However, Schneider research has shown that the average project aimed at tackling waste energy pays for itself in 3 years, and a 30% reduction in energy use equates to a 10% reduction in operating costs.

While 85% of businesses polled claim to have policies or guidelines in place to encourage energy efficiency and reduction of waste, 64% of employees said their employer did not provide any guidance on energy consumption or were not sure if their employer had policies in place to tackle energy waste.

Consumer attitudes

It isn’t just businesses that are failing to tackle the issue of waste energy. The Schneider research has revealed that approximately 6.4 million[2] adult UK consumers (12%) have no intention of curbing their energy use and 76% believe they already do enough when it comes to saving energy, recycling and curbing waste and have no plans to do more.

In addition, 58% of consumers blamed others for energy waste in the home, with 25% claiming their partner or spouse was the worst culprit for leaving lights, devices or appliances switched on at home.

“This research is a wakeup call. Energy waste cannot be overlooked in our fight against climate change, just because it’s invisible,” said Mike Hughes, Zone President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric. “We may not be able to see the impact energy waste is having on our planet as graphically as that of plastic waste in oceans or on beaches, but it is clear that reducing waste energy has a significant role to play in reducing our emissions. Furthermore, it is an easy win. It doesn’t require the same level of investment, time or rely on future innovation that is needed to decarbonise our economy. Most importantly, the effects of reducing emissions from wasted energy could be felt immediately, buying us much needed time to tackle some of the harder measures that society will inevitably have to face.”

Download the full report here: https://go.schneider-electric.com

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Schneider Electric announces ClimaSys Smart Ventilation System 02/08/2019

Schneider Electric has announced the ClimaSys™ Smart Ventilation System, an intelligent filter and airflow management solution for multiple control panels or electrical distribution enclosures in new or retrofit applications.

The system helps avoid equipment breakdowns, maintain uptime, and improve energy efficiency by automatically alerting maintenance personnel when filters or other ventilation parts need servicing or replacement.

The ClimaSys Smart Ventilation System provides a complete kit for greenfield applications. For existing installations, a retrofit kit option is designed to digitise any control or electrical panels in a simple, safe way. The system works with all possible architectures, including being compatible with extractor or ventilation type fans. To support a large number of enclosures from a single Filterstat module, up to eight Thermal Hub devices can be used to extend network capacity up to 256 sensors.

In every application, the system is designed to reduce CAPEX and OPEX in a number of ways, foremost by minimising breakdowns and avoiding downtime. Energy efficiency will also be improved by keeping fans running at maximum efficiency. Staying informed on ventilation health means that filters will now only need to be replaced as and when required.

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Young innovators take part in the Primary Engineer programme in partnership with Schneider Electric 02/07/2019

Primary school pupils from ten schools across the Coventry and Warwick area took part in a celebration event and competition hosted by Schneider Electric and Primary Engineer, to showcase the results of their hands-on experience of designing, building and styling their own electric vehicle.

With funding from Schneider Electric, teachers from the local schools attended a training session at the Coventry offices and were paired with Schneider Electric engineers in order to learn to deliver the school- based STEM activities. Each school was provided with comprehensive lesson plans and resources to construct 8 vehicles per school. The Schneider Electric engineers visited the schools throughout the programme to provide pupils with support and to promote careers in engineering.

The winning teams was chosen based on the vehicle’s performance in the testing stage, its build quality, its design and control as well as awards for best design and best communicators. The winning teams will be awarded certificates and medals, with a comprehensive on-going support package from Schneider Electric.

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Is it the end for traditional PLCs? 06/06/2019

In the last twenty years, the global control landscape across food and beverage plants have been dominated by the traditional Programmable Logic Controller. Having just one manufacturers range of equipment has brought a range of benefits to the End User lowering downtime and increasing efficiency. However, Schneider Electric believe that until recently there has been a drastic increase in speed and flexibility demands that are currently challenging the use of traditional PLCs. 

There is no longer a need for manufacturers to convince end users to use picking and packaging lines. Schneider Electric are witnessing increasing demands for faster lines that require multiple robots and sequenced motion axes. These need to fit into existing factories that have limited space and be fully IIOT enabled. 

The traditional PLC based architecture becomes more and more limited as the number of robots increases – since fast robots each typically require one PLC system. Therefore, they will be phased out in favour of a new generation of ultra-high-performance motion and robotic controllers, that also have PLC sequence capability – available at Schneider Electric. 

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IIoT and Digitisation: the future of Industrial Process Safety 26/11/2018

It comes as no surprise that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) related technologies have become sought-after in every sector.

New marketplace demands and short production cycles have forced industries to modernise. The influx of technology in recent years has changed the industrial work execution processes, leading to necessary modifications to how safety is managed. Integration of new technologies is paramount to manage risks and hazards. Only then, will high safety standards be universally realised.

Digitising and connecting, adopting analytics, introducing simulation and integrating a cybersecurity strategy are all technological adaptations which will strengthen industrial process safety. These adaptations all have the ultimate goal of boosting profitability and minimising potential risks. The integration of these across all sectors is sure to become the norm. 

The benefits of digitisation and safety-related data are outweighing the risks of a more open connectivity. Industrial safety experts can now analyse issues from the past, present and future, allowing for a greater scope of safety to be evaluated and protected. Ultimately, the integration of technology with normal procedures will allow for safety-related simplification of risk management and operations management. 

Safety practices must not be confined to the past. New tools and techniques will allow for smarter and faster execution of best safety practices, which will empower the industrial workforce. It will become possible to make more informed operating and business decisions, helping to drive a more profitable and of course a safer operation.

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