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Schneider Electric Announces Winners of the Global System Integrator Excellence Awards

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the winners of its 2015 global System Integrator Alliance Partner Excellence Awards for Industry. The awards recognize systems integrators who have driven revenue growth, implemented innovative technical solutions and advanced their certifications in Schneider Electric offerings, to help its industrial and infrastructure customers meet critical technical and business challenges.

“The global System Integrator Alliance Partner Excellence Awards celebrate our partners’ loyalty and commitment to Schneider Electric and its customers,” says Hervé Lemaire, Vice President, Global Sales, Partners, Industry Business, Schneider Electric. “The Alliance partners we have honored and recognized for fiscal year 2015 have set the standard of excellence across our system integrator community. We thank the nominees, winners and all of our registered and strategic SI Alliance partners for everything we have achieved together this year to help our customers take advantage of the latest technology opportunities.”

The winners of the 2015 global System Integrator Alliance Partner Excellence Awards are:

Business Development Award: Sintek (Russia)
Certified Expert of the Year: Marco Aurelio dos Santos Coghi (Brazil)
Technical Expertise Award: ASEFO Co. Ltd. (Thailand)
Global PlantStruxure Partner of the Year: Nefteavtomatika (Russia)
Global Telemetry Partner of the Year: Servicios de Automatización (Costa Rica) & Giza Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
Global PES Partner of the Year: Geotek (Turkey)

Schneider Electric signs agreements to open more French South African Education centres

Schneider Electric will collaborate with four South African higher learning institutions and the French Ministry of National Education to provide state-of-the-art equipments to train disadvantaged young South Africans in the field of energy.

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, signed agreements with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, College of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg and Sedibeng College for the establishment of four training centres, in partnership with the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Schneider Electric France, Schneider Electric South Africa and the Schneider Electric Foundation. The signature ceremony was held on March 4, 2016, at the Schneider Electric Midrand Campus in Gauteng, in presence of Her Excellency Elizabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa, Marianne de Brunhoff, Director of European and International Affairs of the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and Eric Leger, President of Schneider Electric South Africa.

As part of these partnerships, the training centres will be called French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC), with the primary focus to train disadvantaged young South Africans in the field of energy. These agreements are building on the success of Schneider Electric’s first French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC), hosted by Vaal University of Technology since four years and piloted by Alexandre Sebastiani, the French expert from the French Ministry of of National Education, Higher Education and Research. This deployment is part of a worldwide programme lead by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and the Schneider Electric Foundation to create a network of Schneider Electric training centres in Southern Africa and all over the world, as in South America, India and Asia. The additional South African centres bring the total to 30 Schneider Electric training centres around the world.

“Schneider Electric is pleased to sign these new partnership agreements with such esteemed South African higher learning institutions. We need to have more students trained in the field of energy in South Africa. These four agreements are key to accelerate vocational training in the field of energy across the country for previously disadvantaged students”, said Eric Leger.

Yokogawa launches Industrial Business Unit to Enhance Cloud-based Advanced Solutions

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the establishment of Industrial Knowledge, a new business unit that will play a key role in accelerating expansion of Yokogawa's business in asset intensive industries through the provision of cloud-based advanced solutions. Expansion of the advanced solution business, whose goal is to maximize performance for our customers through the attainment of operational excellence, is one of the important strategies set out in Yokogawa's Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan.
As called for under the Transformation 2017 plan announced in May of last year, Yokogawa is striving to expand its solutions service business by engaging its customers in a co-innovation process that will add value by achieving a company-wide optimization of their business operations. Advanced solutions are a core element of the company's solutions service business, and include packaged software solutions that improve productivity, safety, and energy efficiency and optimize the utilization of facilities.

Industrial Knowledge is the DBA*1 name of Yokogawa Venture Group, Inc., a wholly owned Yokogawa subsidiary that was established in December 2015 to engage in the provision of SaaS,*2 a cloud-based advanced solution business. Industrial Knowledge will play a central role in devising strategy and developing this business while seeking to extend the range of its solutions and technologies through the adoption of existing Yokogawa technologies and the use of M&A. Industrial Knowledge has experts in advanced solutions and M&A, and will be granted unprecedented leeway to undertake initiatives to develop this business. This is a key merit of the establishment of a business operation that is independent from Yokogawa's existing businesses.

To serve as a platform for the development of its cloud-based advanced solution business, in December 2015 Yokogawa acquired Industrial Evolution, Inc., a company with a strong track record in the provision of cloud-based site-connected data sharing services (DaaS*3) that foster multi-enterprise collaboration.

Industrial Knowledge will focus on solutions that create value for industrial customers by collecting, integrating, and analyzing data and converting it into an actionable form.

Industrial Knowledge will rely on Industrial Evolution's secure cloud platform and technologies for the collection, integration, and analysis of real-time process data from firewall protected systems to quickly develop its business. Already in use by our customers to collect data from thousands of systems and devices and deliver services over the cloud, this platform is IIoT-ready. A prime example is a major process licensor that gathers data in real time from licensees' plants around the world and provides remote monitoring and support services for plant operations, including start-up assistance, warranty obligation fulfillment, and plant performance guidance. Furthermore, this business unit will capitalize on the high reliability and quality of Yokogawa's measurement and control technologies as well as the proven track record and accumulated expertise of Yokogawa and Industrial Knowledge to co-create solutions that foster multi-enterprise collaboration through the sharing and utilization of data.

Rockwell Automation to Launch “Best Future Machine Award” at interpack 2017

Rockwell Automation will launch a new global award at interpack 2017 that will recognize and reward engineering innovation and machine design that help address the future needs of the demanding manufacturing industry.

With major worldwide end users on the judging panel, the Best Future Machine Award will be an opportunity for machine builders to showcase and discuss their technology in front of some of the industry's most influential companies.

Any company with a machine at the 2017 show that deploys Rockwell Automation products or solutions can enter for a chance to win. A number of subcategories have been established that define the eligibility to enter:

  • Modular Machines – Flexible, Pack Styles, Materials
  • Smart Machines – Safety, Integration, Information, Real-Time Diagnostic, Operating Efficiency and Data Tracking
  • Ease of Use – Intuitive HMI, Simple Troubleshooting, Easy Changeover
  • Sustainability – Reduced Waste Material, Energy Efficiency
  • Traceability and Product Safety – Product Safety, Serialization, Sanitary Design, Product Tracking

"Interpack is the perfect event for showcasing innovation. In addition to addressing the needs of one of the most demanding markets globally, many exhibitors use the show to launch their latest innovations and machines. We are always impressed with the level of technological advancement we see at the event, and we felt that it was time to recognize these achievements with an award specifically for innovation," said Urs Marti, director for Industries – EMEA, Rockwell Automation.

"This award also fits perfectly with the programs we offer machine builders at interpack, including co-marketing, product availability and on-site technical show support. If 2014 is anything to go by, we know we are going to have a tough job picking a winner. In 2014, there were 220 machines equipped with Rockwell Automation products and solutions, and in 2017, we anticipate this number will nearly double. All of these machines are eligible for entry."

Nominations for the "Best Future Machine Award" need to be submitted by Oct. 31, 2016, and the finalists will be shortlisted by the end of December 2016. A prestigious panel representing leading, global end users and a number of in-country industry associations will judge the winners in each of the categories. An overall winner will then be selected. Winners will be announced at the Rockwell Automation VIP Evening and featured in all promotional activities after the show.

Moxa introduces Solution Architecture to Tap Into the Potential of the Industrial IoT

Moxa has introduced its latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution architecture to help customers tap into the potential of the Industrial IoT. The Industrial IoT is increasingly implemented to achieve energy saving, operational efficiency, and improved productivity for industrial applications in many combined modern and legacy systems.

An Ethernet Converged Architecture:
According to a recent Nexus survey, 77% of respondents see interoperability as their biggest challenge in the Industrial IoT. Moxa provides a one-stop solution portfolio that includes industry-wide connectivity capabilities to enable communication and collaboration between various devices, technologies, and people through the following industrial Ethernet-converged architecture.

Network Infrastructure:
Moxa's network infrastructure solutions provide comprehensive industrial Ethernet building blocks to develop robust wired and wireless backbones for mission-critical applications with regard to device reliability, connection availability, cybersecurity, and easy management.

Industrial Computing:
Moxa provides RISC- and x86-based industrial computers to work in the most challenging conditions. The world's first wide-temperature-range 4G LTE computer is a perfect example of a device that delivers successful application performance in harsh environments.

Edge Connectivity:
Moxa's edge connectivity products bridge various industrial devices with industrial Ethernet backbones. Customers can enjoy seamless integration and communication between modern and legacy systems.