Industrial Digitalization with Seamless Shopfloor OT/IT Integration to be Advanced by Schneider Electric and SAP Collaboration

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ByCraig Resnick
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Schneider Electric and SAP announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on shopfloor OT/IT integration applications. Schneider Electric and SAP plan to explore Shopfloor OT/IT Integrationopportunities to help enhance industry innovation and digital transformation, drive open standards, and foster closer integration of IT and OT technology to help benefit industrial customers.

The companies intend to validate scenarios with their complementary offerings to help provide easier and more seamless integration for joint industrial customers. The companies also plan to address future collaboration in the areas of sustainability and energy management.

The companies plan to explore opportunities to deliver additional value to customers through preconfigured and tested end-to-end solutions to help lower cost of implementation and operation of mission-critical business processes. The first scenarios will be:

  • Further simplifiy shopfloor OT/IT integration based on common standards, onboarding, and lifecycle management of assets as digital twins.
  • Provide end-to-end closed-loop, intelligent asset and field service management using virtual and augmented reality technologies.

One augmented reality solution will be demonstrated in the Schneider Electric exhibit during the SPS 2022 conference in Nuremberg, Germany.  Event attendees will be able to experience EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, which leverages augmented reality to help enable operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or a plant. It integrates with SAP’s Intelligent Asset Management which can orchestrate the lifecycle of these assets, including operation and planning as well as maintenance scheduling and execution. Schneider Electric has also implemented EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor in its own manufacturing facility in Carros, France.

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