Articles Tagged: InnovationAtEveryLevel

How Can We Make Automation Architectures fit Industry?

From the inception of the digital technology revolution, automation system architectures have been defined based on the constraints imposed by hardware, software, networking, power and cost imposed by the available… Read more »

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Power and Automation Redefined

The recent growth of internet-connected industrial and personal devices is dubbed the ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT) revolution. Yet, this trend is really an evolution that has been underway for quite… Read more »

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Tailoring the Supply Chain to Respond to Customer Needs

A supply chain serving an extremely diverse customer base and agile enough to meet customer requirements are the reasons why Schneider Electric jumped 16 places to No. 18 on Gartner’s… Read more »

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Smart Control Harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things

In the last blog, we described how the second transformation pillar – Augmented Operator – enhances knowledge automation by deploying mobile HMI operator panels to empower operator autonomy with the… Read more »

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4 Predictions for the Industrial Internet

The Industrial Internet Consortium is one of the world’s foremost industry organizations dedicated to accelerating the adoption and enablement of the Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”). Serving as its Chair,… Read more »

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3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… Read more »

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The Secret to Agile and Efficient Innovation

I am responsible for driving the research and development (R&D) agenda for a €27 billion global specialist in energy management and automation. My key challenge is to find the most… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… Read more »

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Meet The Edge, The World’s Most Sustainable Building

To catch a glimpse of the office of the future, check out The Edge in Amsterdam, a sustainable building that is not only a really inviting place to work, but… Read more »

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Unleash the Service and Energy Efficiency Benefits of Variable Speed Drives (VSD)

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated and are now installed in large numbers throughout various industries.  According to the MarketsandMarkets research firm, the size of the global variable speed drives… Read more »

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Duke Energy Case Study: Fire Stations, Microgrids and Meters

The meter, known for its predominant usage and dependability over decades, must take a bow. The Schneider Electric meter stars in a production that’s gaining applause wherever it’s incorporated: the… Read more »

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Smart Manufacturing Drives Operational Excellence in the Life Sciences

Craig has 35 years’ experience in sales, marketing, product development, and project management in the industrial market, gained with major suppliers of PLCs, process control systems, power transmission equipment, and… Read more »

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RFS Drives US Biodiesel Production Surge

US biodiesel production surged during the first five months of 2016 compared with a year ago, with a climbing output rate driven by an increasing federal mandate to blend renewables… Read more »

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What’s the Appeal of Cloud-based DCIM for Data Center Monitoring?

Data centers were established to meet the data processing, storage, networking and communications needs of the digital age. But it has been widely recognized that data (the very thing on… Read more »

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It’s Time to Consider Additional Cooling Options for Open Compute Project Data Centers

The Open Compute Project is a topic interest in IT circles, as the reference architecture for data centers offer the potential to provide efficient, flexible and scalable compute power at a relatively… Read more »

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End of Summer Sees Swamped Fuel Market, Low Prices

End of Summer Sees Swamped Fuel Market, Low Prices Inventory Buildup in Gasoline With U.S. gasoline inventory increasing through mid-summer, an unexpected buildup has occurred – upending the outlook for a… Read more »

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Is DCIM Dead? Long live DCIM

I recently returned from a couple of months’ travel during which I spent some good quality time with 60 or so of our valued customers around the globe. It is… Read more »

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3 Ways to Maximize Return on Assets with Risk-Based Maintenance

Organizations in asset-intensive industries are constantly challenged to deliver maximum return on assets (ROA) while working with minimal budgets, data integrity challenges and lack of insight into the factors driving… Read more »

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Dedicated Data Center Science Center Team Educates Customers and Partners to Build Better Data Centers

Those of us who have lived anywhere near a SYMS men’s clothing store can still hear the company’s late CEO Sy Syms saying, “An educated consumer is our best customer.”… Read more »

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How Sustainability, DCIM and the Open Compute Project Present Opportunity for Colocation Providers

While my last blog post focused on some market demands and challenges that colocation providers must meet, this one will look at opportunities providers have to improve their bottom lines…. Read more »

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Facing Pressure to Build Fast and Cut Costs, Data Center Owners Turn to Prefab and DCIM

After attending the Datacloud Europe event in Monaco last month, my #1 take-away is that many of the technologies that have been promoted in the industry have become standard practice… Read more »

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Summer Hope Dashed as Gasoline Supply Swamps Market

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Gasoline futures swung to a five-month low of $1.2760 gallon in ending July business before paring the decline on technical-driven… Read more »

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16 Best Practices for Inspecting Your Building’s Valves and Actuators

We’ve talked before about the importance of valves to your building’s HVAC system. We’ve also highlighted six energy-wasting valve problems. I think the next logical step in this series is to… Read more »

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The Tenant Portal; A Win for the Customer is a Win for Everybody

In my last blog, Kicking Kafka out of Data Center Operations, I spoke about some of the benefits which an online service, such as Schneider Electric’s Tenant Portal, can provide… Read more »

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Controls Pre-commissioning Is Like Checking your Parachute Before Jumping…A Very Wise Decision.

Wouldn’t you want to make sure your parachute rip chords are OK before jumping out of a plane?  Me too.  Safety first, right?  Well, it’s the same idea with performing… Read more »

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DCIM Helps Colocation Providers Add Transparency to Customer Value

Over the past couple of years, we have conducted regular roundtable discussions with colocation service providers to collect first-hand insights into the way that their market is changing and evolving…. Read more »

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Converting IT Closets into Edge Computing Sites is like Moving from Vinyl Records to Music Downloads

The year was 1968.  My father was holding what looked like a black suitcase with two white stripes. He handed it to me and said “Here’s a gift for you…. Read more »

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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

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Smart building automation: versatility with EcoXpert, IoT and connected technologies

The complexity of smart building automation in action: a case study EcoXpert partners see this every day. With energy efficiency being a key priority in smart buildings … and green… Read more »

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