Schneider Electric announces new Advisor applications

Schneider Electric Australia

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Schneider Electric announces new Advisor applications

At its Industry Automation Innovation Day recently, Schneider Electric announced five new EcoStruxure ‘Advisor’ apps and services that it says are integral to the digital transformation of Australian and New Zealand businesses in manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, consumer packaged goods, water utilities and machine building.

Brad Yager, Director of Strategy for Industry Automation, Schneider Electric, announced, “The Advisor Apps, Analytics and Services give users complete visibility of all connected products in a business’s ecosystem, while delivering the analytics needed to drive efficiency, safety, reliability and sustainability,” said Brad Yager, Director of Strategy for Industry Automation at Schneider Electric. “Digital transformation that is underpinned by IoT and the refinement of the data it collects has the potential to reinvigorate Australia’s productivity growth. A report by Schneider Electric using evidence from 230 projects across five years provides further evidence.

“Increased productivity, up to 50%, results from energy management and automation efficiencies across the value chain, from IoT-enabled tracking to automated production lines.”

Brad Yager went on to say, “Importantly, the report shows that digitisation of engineering processes can save businesses and organisations an average of 35% in capex costs and time optimisation.”

The new EcoStruxure Advisor apps have been developed specifically for industry and manufacturing to drive innovation at every level of the business. The apps announced are:

  • Equipment Efficiency Advisor: designed to make business sense out of plant data.
  • Process Safety Advisor: said to deliver enterprise-wide risk profile in real time.
  • Pumping Performance Advisor: to increase asset lifespan and efficiency at pumping stations.
  • Power Advisor: aimed at giving power managers deeper insights into data quality and network health.
  • Clean-In-Place Advisor: designed to help food and beverage organisations eradicate loss and reduce consumption.

EcoStruxure Equipment Efficiency Advisor enables profiling and measurement of micro, persistent and hidden losses in manufacturing environments. Created by and for operators, production managers and maintenance personnel, it collects, measures, analyses and reports operational performance, availability, quality and OEE, while performing root cause analyses.

EcoStruxure Process Safety Advisor is a digital process safety platform and service that aggregates real-time data, analytics and insights from multiple sites and geographies into a single user interface so that customers can create an accurate, enterprise-wide risk profile in real time. It identifies the need to take corrective action via easy-to-understand performance dashboards and leading indicators for safety health. It then documents the entire process using an embedded SIF audit trail that supports safety compliance.

EcoStruxure Pumping Performance Advisor is said to deliver real-time profitability, with up to 15% savings on operational expenditures, improved asset performance and optimised energy efficiency by detecting inefficiencies, predicting faults and delivering recommendations based on operating realities. It increases the performance, efficiency and sustainability of water and wastewater pumping stations and is delivered through consulting and software as a digital service.

EcoStruxure Power Advisor combines expert advice with advanced algorithms to identify gaps or issues in power management systems, as well as power quality issues within a larger electrical distribution system. Power Advisor allows users to track and analyse equipment conditions, manage electrics capacity to ensure flexibility and get advanced warnings remotely. Its network analytics give managers real-time information on data quality through insights and recommendations that establish a trustworthy data foundation, while electrical network health system summaries and trending analytics improve awareness of electrical network issues.

EcoStruxure Clean-In-Place Advisor includes a complete Walkthrough Audit to check conformity with best practices on energy, automation and process. The CIP monitoring tool provides traceability and diagnostics, product loss monitoring, energy monitoring dashboard and real-time reports. This functionality allows users to eradicate losses, reduce unnecessary consumption, ensure cleaning effectiveness and reduce cleaning time.

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