How smart technology is transforming the industrial world
Le Vaudreuil is a perfect example of converged power and automation. Drawing on Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure technology, the factory uses a wide range of digital tools to enhance and control operations. EcoStruxure is a versatile and flexible IoT-enabled architecture and platform that connects operating technologies with the latest information technologies.
As soon as you enter the factory, you experience the future of manufacturing. For example, mini data centres store critical site data locally allowing greater accessibility and security control, all USB keys must pass through a decontamination terminal, and sensors monitor machinery to predict, instead of reacting to, maintenance needs. Moreover, augmented reality accelerates operations and maintenance, resulting in productivity gains of up to 7 percent, while energy innovations achieve savings of up to 30 percent. This factory not only showcases the benefits of embracing smart technologies but also the ease at which any business can begin its own digital journey.
As a high-performance materials manufacturer, Saint-Gobain requires huge amounts of power to serve clients as diverse as the Louvre Museum and the space technology pioneer SpaceX. Through digital innovation, it aims to reduce its energy consumption and, in turn, cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2025. Saint-Gobain is another beneficiary of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, which is driving operational and energy efficiencies. To track consumption and spend, Saint-Gobain uses EcoStruxure’s cloud-based software to provide an integrated view of energy and sustainability data, and to generate insights on how to make savings. Over the last decade, the manufacturer has saved millions of dollars through connected technologies, helping it to fund further research and development.