New Digital Load Management System Drives Productivity and Enables New Business Models
Digitize your load management system to save on design, wiring and commissioning time
Motor starter selection and configuration has always been a labor-intensive task. To address this challenge, machine builders and system integrators must adopt new technologies that simplify motor starter selection, installation, configuration and maintenance. New advancements in installation eliminate the need for auxiliary wiring and reduces the need for I/O modules, which can make integration faster 40% and reduces installation costs by up to 30% compared to traditional solutions!
What’s an avatar and how can it help my business?
Machine builders save time when selecting and configuring their motor starter solutions with digitized tools. A revolutionary approach to this is the implementation of avatars, digital objects with integrated pre-programmed functions that free machine builders from having to write line by line code. Once an application or function-based avatar is selected, the system ensures the right integration into the system, the connection to the bus coupler, and optional I/O modules. The pre-defined functionality can be adopted to the application needs via intuitive menu settings. The integration into the PLC program within any 3rd party PLC is performed with easy to use function blocks. The use of avatars also helps to greatly reduce the time to market. Machine builders can reuse what has been configured in an earlier stage of the project. Individual functions integrated into an avatar can be tested with the commission function – independent from the presence of a PLC or the PLC program. As a result, function testing is greatly simplified.
Detect and resolve issues before the motor ever stops
IIoT and Industry 4.0 enabled devices offer machine builders a means for better maintaining their machines and for providing new services once machines are installed and operational. When it comes to implementing a fully digitized load management system, breakthrough technologies offer machine builders the ability to remotely monitor installed devices and to even provide their clients with cloud-based predictive maintenance services. This opens up an entirely new revenue stream based on the monetization of newly accessible load asset data. This type of system sends out warnings before tripping occurs, allowing the recognition of an abnormal state in a motor before a critical state is reached. With this insight readily available, preliminary actions can be taken to avoid unplanned downtime. The integration into other cutting-edge tools such as augmented reality systems or machine tracking software can bring operation and maintenance to a whole new level of productivity. For end users seeking maximum machine productivity, this type of service is critical.
Grow your business
Machine Builders, industry stakeholders and technology manufacturers are entering a new era. Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things place new demands on all parties and, at the same time, is opening doors to higher productivity, new business growth opportunities, and new service business models. Schneider Electric is well positioned to support machine builders and manufacturers with digital transformation by offering expertise in open IoT-ready architecture platforms such as EcoStruxure for Machine Builders, which links connected hardware and software products such as TeSys island, Modicon M262, and EcoStruxure Machine Advisor to both the cloud and to local edge environments. Together these technologies support machine builders, throughout the machine lifecycle, by reducing time-to-market by up to 30% through simplified design and engineering, by driving 40% faster commissioning integration, and by generating up to 50% in diagnosis and corrective action time savings.
To learn more about our new breakthrough technologies and how Schneider Electric can help you grow your business, please take a look through this eGuide.