Lately I’ve explored different ways we’re enabling digital transformation for businesses. Schneider Electric Exchange is one part of that story. Another part lies in developing tools to better integrate the software and control systems in an Industrial Operation. To explain how and why, we first need to go back to 1969 when the first programmable controller was invented for the automotive industry by Modicon.
At the time, making system changes for annual vehicle model updates was a lot more complicated and time consuming. Reconfiguring thousands of wires in massive relay panels was a tedious, error-prone process, and trouble-shooting errors during production was difficult, time consuming and costly. The invention of the PLC marked a new era of industrial automation, and thanks to Modicon’s legacy, we no longer need to spend time or money rewiring these huge banks of relays.
However, setting up an Industrial Automation system or making changes to it still takes a fair amount of work. ..

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The year began with optimistic predictions about transforming our personal experience in commercial real estate. Tens of thousands of people were set to descend on Cannes, France to focus on the theme “The Future is Human” for the annual MIPIM event in March. In fact, in my role as the marketing lead for real estate at Schneider Electric, I was set to go too.
Human Experience at the Heart of Commercial Real Estate The entire industry was focused on occupancy rates and how to get the most usage out of their space by implementing sensors and software to predict movement in commercial buildings, better utilize space and to encourage teamwork through open space concepts and creative, environments. Many major players in the industry had begun to market their properties with amenities for well-being and social activities to encourage people-engagement. In fact, Gartner projected that the global market for social and collaboration software in the workplace would grow from US $2.7 billion in ..

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Emerging process industry segments such as small- to medium-sized manufacturers have a huge potential for growth and the right industrial automation systems can help fuel that growth. Take, for example, a paint manufacturer based in India who decided to invest in a new generation hybrid automation system (a system that addresses both the process and discrete steps of a manufacturing operation). Initially, the company was manually handling large quantities of raw materials. Barrels of liquid and bags of chemicals were delivered and dropped off on the plant production floor. These were then individually weighed on platform scales so that recipe quantities could be properly measured out. Then those ingredients were manually loaded into the mixers.
All of this changed when the company upgraded to an automation system specifically designed to meet the need of their hybrid processes. Now, the raw materials are stored in bulk in storage tanks. They are transferred by pumps to weighing tanks ..

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A soft starter can be explained as a device used with motors to reduce the load and torque during startup for a temporary period. It makes use of a gradually increasing voltage to the motors which often results in smooth acceleration of the motor and coupled load. It offers a linear power slope which also enables smooth acceleration, which in turn, reduces in rush currents along with the excessive wear on mechanical driven elements. The starter also contains a valuable provision to adjust the starting voltage and acceleration time. This can be chosen to suit different applications.
The areas of application for soft starters include:
Steel industries (Rolling mills and processing lines) Power sector Rubber and plastic Paper and pulp Sugar plants Water supply scheme Machine tool applications Cement industries Textile industries The benefits of soft starters can be elaborated on as follows:
A soft starter ensures smooth and uniform starting by torque control for gradual acceleration of..

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