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Meet Charl Marais,  Advanced Applications Business Development Manager, Schneider Electric, South Africa.

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Top students to present their ideas for a smarter, more sustainable future at Schneider Go Green global finals

Every year Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, hosts a global student competition called Schneider Go Green.

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Committed to gender parity: Schneider Electric encourages industry to level the playing field

As South Africa celebrates Women’s Month this August, Schneider Electric encourages the engineering and technology industry to embrace this time as an occasion to look at how organisations can work towards levelling the playing field for women in these sectors.

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Schneider Electric has launched the new Modicon M262 IIoT-ready controller for logic and motion application

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces a powerful new solution for the smart-machine era.

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Schneider Electric shows they are acting to build a green and inclusive future for all through H1 extra-financial results

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces their financial and extra-financial year results.

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Schneider Electric Wins Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at Hannover Messe for SF6-Free Medium Voltage Switchgear

  • The company received the prize for its new SM AirSeT medium voltage switchgear, which uses pure air instead of the industry-standard SF6 greenhouse gas commonly used for grid and industrial electrical installations
  • Schneider won the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award in the “Energy Economy” category

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has won the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award category “Energy Economy” for its new SM AirSeT switchgear, green and digital medium voltage technology. The company’s innovation makes it possible to end reliance on the now-standard sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) greenhouse gas commonly contained in electrical equipment used to power the grid and industrial electrical installations.

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Award showcases companies’ outstanding commitment to investing in and applying energy-efficient solutions. In cooperation with the independent market research and consulting company EUPD Research, the award was conferred by Deutsche Messe at the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days. When choosing the recipient of the award, the jury considered its degree of innovation, contribution to efficiency, economic benefits, and social sustainability characteristics.

“As electrification increases around the world, and renewables continue to grow, more MV switchgear is needed. With our new SF6-free technology that replaces the greenhouse gas with pure air, we’ve accomplished a key step toward decarbonizing the grid and making power systems that are truly green,” saidFrederic Godemel, Executive Vice President of Power Systems at Schneider Electric. “My company prides itself on pioneering a sustainable future of electricity, so I am delighted to accept this award.”

The SM AirSeT medium voltage switchgear uses pure air insulation combined with Schneider Electric’s new shunt vacuum interruption (SVI) technology. It enables the adoption of green technology while maintaining the advantages of the compact physical footprint, cost-effectiveness, and trusted operating mode of traditional SF6-based equipment.

“The replacement of SF6 gas with normal air in switchgear contributes to making the energy industry more sustainable. Schneider Electric has developed an innovative plug-and-play solution and demonstrated its usage in various projects,” said Martin Ammon, Managing Partner and Head of Energy Industry at EuPD Research.

One exemplary project is with electric utility company EEC ENGIE in New Caledonia. In their pursuit of grid decarbonization, SM AirSeT is already proving its worth. “On behalf of EEC ENGIE, I am proud to have contributed to this unique technological advance that promotes the development of cleaner energy for our ecosystem and our customers. The absence of SF6 is a major asset in the operation of our networks for our island and distant territories faced with the problem of waste treatment. We would like to thank the Hannover Messe which, with this award, rewards manufacturers and their customers for their commitment to a low-carbon industry,” said Dominique Roecker, Energy Procurement Manager at EEC ENGIE New Caledonia.

Schneider Electric has reported successful pilot projects of its new SF6-free medium voltage SM AirSeT range at numerous other electric utilities, including E.ON in Sweden and GreenAlp in France, with more being energized on a regular basis, including in private power networks for commercial and industrial applications.

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Award comes on the heels of a previous recognition: In May, Schneider Electric’s SM AirSeT technology was recognized by IF, the celebrated design institution, with an IF Design Award. It was also nominated for another industrial prize awarded this year by Deutsche Messe, the HERMES Award, where it placed among the three finalists.

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Schneider Electric Extends Strategic Partnerships with AVEVA, Lenovo and Stratus to Enable-IT/OT Convergence

●       Co-developed with AVEVA, industrial edge reference designs enable system integrators to simplify IT deployments and facilitate their customers’ digital transformations

●       Schneider Electric Exchange digital community connects IT solution providers and system integrators to expand their business

●       New tools, training, and community programs open easy-to-implement business models for system integrators

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the expansion of its partnerships with leading technology companies to address the convergence of IT and OT. Bringing together system integrators with IT solution providers to build integrated industrial edge computing solutions, the expanded partnerships have resulted in the immediate release of three programs including new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange. The industrial edge programs from Schneider Electric empower system integrators to expand their value to the end-user, enabling their customers’ industrial digital transformations.

“The smart factory is becoming smarter. Our expanded partnerships and new industrial edge programs empower system integrators to leverage their domain expertise and become IT/OT convergence specialists and meet these needs for their customers,”

Philippe Rambach, Senior Vice President, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric.

“We know that smart manufacturing is driving an unprecedented wave of IT technologies into industrial spaces. As companies leverage AI, robotic processing automation, and more, they will require edge computing solutions to reduce latency and enable resiliency, while ensuring privacy and security, and addressing important data and bandwidth requirement.”

What is the Industrial Edge?

For industrial operators to capture the benefits of increased automation, they cannot rely on cloud-technology alone to bring the resiliency and speed demanded by AI, HD cameras, and other Industry 4.0 technologies. Local edge data centers are IT infrastructure enclosures/spaces/facilities distributed geographically to enable endpoints on the network. When in industrial environments such as a manufacturing plant or distribution center, this application is referred to as an “industrial edge.” Analysts have identified the edge as becoming increasingly important. “The industrial edge is one of the fastest-growing segments of industrial automation and a key driver that is influencing digital transformation,” according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group.  “To achieve the shortest possible ROI, manufacturers must properly measure asset performance, rapidly identify any problem areas, and make any crucial changes in real-time that will drastically improve their operations. The industrial edge is where this important on-site data capture occurs, real-time analysis of this data is performed and converted into intelligent information, and then shared with the cloud and throughout the entire enterprise while addressing manufacturers’ concerns, such as latency and security for production environments.”

Opening up new business models for system integrators, the newly announced industrial edge programs include:

  • Reference designs that integrate leading edge technologies to simplify design process

Schneider Electric has unveiled new industrial edge reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, including solutions from Lenovo and Stratus. Reference designs are available* in Schneider Electric’s Local Edge Configurator and can be customized to specifications. These new designs are a key factor in industrial edge success. World Wide Technology finds the “ability to pre-configure technology platforms and devices before shipment increases deployment speed and can reduce field engineering costs by 25-40%, increase order processing speed by 20%, and reduce maintenance costs by 7%.”

Based on the most common use cases in industrial automation, the reference designs reduce risk and time to market with fully customizable, pre-integrated EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solutions for any edge environment. System integrators will be freeing up time from the IT architecture to focus on the software and solutions, thanks to fully validated, secure solutions designed to the standards requested by IT departments.

  • A professional development path for system integrators to address new requirements of industrial edge computing

Edge computing is an emerging trend for the industrial space presenting a new opportunity for system integrators to extend their business model and establish their role as consultants in both the OT and IT requirements. This new learning program includes a comprehensive digital training series for system integrators on EcoStruxure Micro Data Center and EcoStruxure IT solutions and how they can address common challenges at the edge. The 14-session development program focuses on how to leverage the reference designs and IT solution providers to deliver complete IT/OT convergence solutions for end users. To access the digital training series, system integrators will connect through their Schneider Electric Alliance Partner Portal.

  • An Industrial Edge Exchange Community to increase business opportunities and foster collaboration

Built within Schneider Electric Exchange, the new Industrial Edge Community allows system integrators to easily identify and engage with edge-certified IT solution providers. The Industrial Edge Community is designed to facilitate new business and address IT/OT projects. The Exchange platform also features a tool that pairs Alliance System Integrators with Schneider Electric’s Edge-certified IT Channel Partners.

Schneider Electric has more than 1,000 industry-leading Alliance System Integrator Partners in 67 countries, and more than 400 IT solution providers in its award-winning partner program worldwide who are already certified to build, deploy, and service edge computing solutions.“Schneider Electric’s extensive partner ecosystem is unparalleled in both IT and OT systems, making it an unrivaled advantage over the competition,” said Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power,

Schneider Electric. “When you combine the power of the partner ecosystem with our expertise at the edge and the breadth of our offer, it’s a winning trifecta for system integrators and IT solution providers.”

System integrators interested in gaining access to the new reference designs, learning path, and the collaborative online community are encouraged to visit the Schneider Electric Partner Portal for more information.

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