Schneider Electric collaborates with Intel to drive industrial innovation

“Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation.”

• Project to improve the industry’s first universal automation system, EcoStruxure Automation Expert™ by creating a Distributed Control Node (DCN) software framework

• With the convergence of IT and OT, industry leaders are collaborating to bring innovation and flexibility to end user systems

At the ARC Forum in Orlando, Schneider-Electricthe leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a collaboration with Intel extend EcoStruxure™ Automation Expertby creating a DCN (Distributed Control Node) software infrastructure supplemented by an associated DCN hardware offer based on an Intel processor. By combining the performance, security, and deployment capabilities of Intel Edge Controls for Industrial (ECI) technology with EcoStruxure™ Automation Expert, the DCN framework can simplify and accelerate the development of software-defined control systems. Additionally, the DCN will enable EcoStruxure Automation Expert – the world’s first software-centric automation system – to scale faster and further in process industries including energy and chemical, mining mining, water/wastewater, pharmaceutical and hybrid markets.

This DCN development will be based on Universal Automation (UniversalAutomation.org), an organization that manages the implementation of a shared source runtime based on the IEC61499 standard. EcoStruxure Automation Expert represents the first of a new era of automation software based on this shared runtime.

Advances in machine learning, real-time analytics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hold tremendous promise for industrial companies and manufacturers. However, the industry has suffered from the lack of a scalable solution that can be easily upgraded to keep systems running at peak performance.

A fundamental feature of EcoStruxure Automation Expert is the ability to decouple software from hardware. This allows hardware to be upgraded as needed to improve system performance while the application remains the same, protecting customers’ intellectual property and investment. The joint effort between Schneider Electric and Intel exemplifies the industry’s transition from fixed-function hardware to software-defined, flexible, out-of-the-box solutions that provide customers with greater operational efficiency.

“It’s the direction of process automation,” said Natalie Marcotte, senior vice president and president, process automation, Schneider Electric. “To fully realize the potential of next-generation industries, we need to embrace a collaborative way of thinking. This collaboration with Intel significantly enhances the capabilities of EcoStruxure Automation Expert, allowing the platform to scale faster and further. To create a new wave of innovation, we must work with all parties to create a more modular software-defined industry.

“Software-defined systems that bring together the worlds of OT and IT are the future of process automation. The ability to mix and match state-of-the-art software and hardware will allow customers to innovate quickly while getting the operating performance they demand,” said Christine Boles, vice president, Network & Edge Group, director General, Industrial Solutions Division, Intel Corporation. “Working with Schneider Electric in such a collaborative way, using Intel’s industry-specific processors and software, allows us to move quickly to develop and deliver new solutions that bring together innovative technologies that help customers realize the benefits of Industry 4.0.”

The first results of this joint development of the DCN framework will be shared at the Schneider Electric show this fall. Innovation Summit – Las Vegas (October 12-13).

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