Schneider Electric announced its EcoStruxure Automation Expert version 21.0, the next update in an ongoing series of enhancements for the software-centric system. Schneider Electric is implementing Agile software development methodology to deliver a new EcoStruxure Automation Expert release, based on direct customer feedback, every six months.
EcoStruxure Automation Expert, first launched to the public in November 2020, is an universal automation offer, based on the IEC61499 standard for interoperability and portability.
In his report, The Road to Universal Automation, Harry Forbes, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “Today’s demands for greater manufacturing flexibility and higher productivity require that control system software development must become much more like IT software development. Far better management of this software as a resource becomes a critical need in the era of Industry 4.0. EcoStruxure Automation Expert is designed to close this gap.”