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  • The world’s first software-centric industrial automation system delivers radical advances in operational flexibility, productivity and return on investment

HANNOVER, GERMANY – May 30, 2022 Schneider-Electricleader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced version 22.0 of EcoStruxure™ Automation Expertfurther enhancing the capabilities of the world’s first software-centric solution universal automation system.

Beijing Jingkelun selected EcoStruxure Automation Expert to easily meet fluctuating market challenges

Consumer packaged goods, logistics, water and wastewater operations now have next-generation automation capabilities and unparalleled operational flexibility with EcoStruxure Automation Expert v22.0. including:

  • extensive libraries for segment functions and power management devices
  • improved user experience (UX) in build time tool
  • enhanced integrated cybersecurity
  • support for additional engineering input formats including DEXPI (based on ISO15926) and Excel
  • Support for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish and improved documentation

Importantly, the solution also provides end-to-end digital continuity through tight integration with AVEVA apps. EcoStruxure Automation Expert can connect to AVEVA Engineering and import plant design data for automated mass engineering. It also enables scalable visualization for the enterprise control room through integration with AVEVA System Platform

Decoupling automation software from hardware
EcoStruxure Automation Expert provides increased flexibility and control by allowing automation software to be separated from hardware, giving all businesses the freedom to break their dependence on proprietary industrial automation.

“EcoStruxure Automation Expert provides us with the digital thread across our operations that we need to become as efficient as possible,” said Quanjiang Wang., General Manager, Jingkelun. “By decoupling hardware and software, we can analyze, modify or update systems efficiently and provide our customers with with the level of flexibility they need. EcoStruxure Automation Expert, with its open and vendor-neutral approach, has changed the very nature of automation software.

Beijing Jingkelun, the high-tech enterprise specializing in the research, development and construction of green smart cold chain storage, has selected EcoStruxure Automation Expert to meet the challenges of the ever-fluctuating market. The company wanted to react to market opportunities and changes in real time while reducing commissioning and maintenance costs. They also wanted to take advantage of new technologies to advance services and capabilities and protect their investments in the installed base.

With EcoStruxure Automation Expert, Beijing Jingkelun achieved:

  • 30% savings in commissioning time and ease of maintenance
  • holistic system management of heterogeneous systems through orchestration
  • locked access to source code of function blocks
  • efficient “encapsulation and reuse” of automation objects

Universal Automation Digital Ecosystem
In addition to providing digital continuity and seamless integration with complementary software, EcoStruxure Automation Expert also enables different entities, internal or external, to work together to create the best solution to solve specific market challenges.

EcoStruxure Automation Expert is the world’s first universal automation solution and part of an ecosystem that works similar to an app store for automation where vendors, end users and OEMs share a common automation software layer through their technology. This technology collaboration is driving the development of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” automation solutions that industrial companies can easily integrate, regardless of brand.

Since its introduction in late 2020, EcoStruxure Automation Expert has received numerous accolades and awards for innovation and product excellence. More recently, EcoStruxure Automation Expert received the award 2022 Engineer’s Choice Award for software: MES, MOM.

“Our customers continue to call EcoStruxure Automation Expert a ‘game changer’ for industrial automation engineering and operations,” said Fabrice Jadot, Senior Vice President, Next Generation Automation, Schneider Electric. “Industrial flexibility and durability have never been more important, given today’s highly volatile market. With EcoStruxure Automation Expert, our industrial client companies are moving towards 100% engineering efficiency, ready for 100% efficiency and now 100% future-proof.

EcoStruxure Automation Expert v22.0 is the next in an ongoing series of updates and enhancements that Schneider Electric releases at least twice a year.

Schneider Electric has been recognized as the most sustainable company in the world in 2021 according to the Corporate Knights Global 100 index.

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