Schneider Electric Delivers Next-Generation, Open Automation Infrastructure in Collaboration with Intel and Red Hat

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ByCraig Resnick
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Schneider Electric, in collaboration with the technology companies Intel and Red Hat, announced the release of a Distributed Open Automation InfrastructureControl Node (DCN) software framework that moves to a next-generation of open automation infrastructure.

An extension of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Automation Expert, this new framework helps to enable industrial companies to move to a software-defined, plug-and-produce solution, allowing them to help enhance their operations, ensure greater quality, reduce complexity, and better optimize costs.

Next generation of industrial control

Aligned with the goals of the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), whose goal is to drive greater interoperability and portability, the three collaborators have worked together to create a modern, network-based solution that will result in a new generation of industrial control.

Red Hat, in collaboration with Intel, recently announced the creation of a new industrial edge platform that helps provide a new approach to building and operating industrial controls. Since implementing this platform, Schneider Electric has now deployed Red Hat Device Edge in the new DCN software, in addition to Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift at the compute layer for DCN deployments, combined with a control infrastructure from Schneider Electric and reference architecture from Intel.

The framework consists of two main components: an advanced computer platform (ACP), which supervises the control workload by providing the content control and automation capabilities needed to deploy workloads more securely and programmatically along with virtualization and monitoring functionalities; and the DCN, which are low-power, industrial systems using Intel Atom x6400E series processors, dedicated to running controls and designed for workloads of mixed-criticality.

A live demonstration of this solution will be showcased at the 2024 ARC Industry Leadership Forum in Orlando, Florida, February 5-8, Booth #24.

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