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World Economic Forum 4IR award


World Economic Forum 4IR award

The Schneider Electric Smart Factory in Lexington, KY, has earned a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) Advanced Lighthouse designation by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Lexington site is the third Schneider Electric factory to receive this honor, following the factories in in Batam, Indonesia, and in Le Vaudreuil, France.

The more than 60-year old Lexington facility was the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site. Exemplifying “brownfield” innovation, it integrates Schneider Electric’s IIoT-based EcoStruxure solutions, providing the latest in digital tools, including augmented reality, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance, to drive energy efficiency, sustainability and overall cost savings, while offering increasing agility and resiliency within the operation.

Schneider Electric is proof of IIoT’s power to positively impact the bottom line and further sustainability goals. Being part of the global Lighthouse network allows us to share our knowledge and collaborate with industry peers to bring about greater sustainability and resilience for organizations so that we can recover and thrive amidst periods of adversity," says Annette Clayton, president, and CEO of Schneider Electric, North America.

The Lexington facility has deployed a digital energy management strategy leveraging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity, Edge-based descriptive analytics, and Cloud-based predictive analytics to drive efficiencies across their operation.

At the connected products layer, EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor has enhanced operational insight and reduced equipment downtime by 20 percent. Residing at the edge, EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert utilizes connected meters and sensors to create powerful visualizations and descriptive analytics of energy consumption by machines and processes. Cloud-based EcoStruxure Resource Advisor pulls granular plant data and provides a platform for energy management at a global level offering predictive insights to energy costing trends and spend patterns that allow users to optimize their energy costs.


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