Schneider Electric’s smart factory – the place where the digital transformation begins

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The industry is in the process of great transformation brought about by the digitalization of production, and this transition is so significant that it is also called the fourth revolution in industry or industry 4.0.

One of the largest modern plants in Europe for the dissemination of knowledge and presentation of technological solutions in the field of digitalization of production is located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

We had the opportunity to be among those who virtually visited this smart plant of Schneider Electric this year, where we were introduced to the concrete application of digital technologies in Industry 4.0.

In addition to the virtual visit, all those interested can physically visit the new exhibition space of the Innovation Hub, and this year more than 250 people, either physically or virtually, visited the plant to learn how digitalization can improve efficiency and sustainability in production. .

The goal of the Innovation Hub, according to Petr Herman, director of the Schneider Electric cluster for Southeast Europe, is to encourage digital transformation in the countries of this part of Europe.

As a leader in our sector, we have a commitment to support the adoption of digital technologies that lead sectors, facilities and infrastructure towards a more sustainable future. By showing the digital solutions we have already implemented and the benefits they bring in our daily work, we want to encourage everyone to start this process., Herman pointed out.

Schneider Electric is a leader in the digital transformation of energy management by integrating the world’s leading technologies in the energy and process industries, from the starting point to the cloud, connecting products, control, software and services throughout the working life to enable integrated management systems for households, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industry.

The purpose of the company is to empower everyone to use energy and resources in the best possible way and thus ensure development and sustainability for all. This concept is rightly called “Life is On” in Schneider.

When it comes to Southeast Europe, Schneider Electric’s business is highly developed and based on employee competence. Some examples are the Development Center for Research and Development of Smart Grids in Serbia, production facilities, the Regional Distribution Center and the Center for Energy and Sustainability Services in Hungary.

At Schneider Electric, we put into practice what we stand for, offering market solutions and services that have already digitized our own business for greater sustainability and efficiency. Overall progress in the SEE region serves this long-term goal, Herman added.

Schneider Electric’s smart factory in Plovdiv covers an area of ​​12,000 square meters. It produces 42 million miniature circuit breakers a year, providing the company with a reliable power supply and protection for people and electrical installations in almost 30 countries.

The degree of process automation in the factory is over 68 percent while the work is digitized through a series of Schneider solutions and applications. Productivity and efficiency are managed through the collection and visualization of data on the control panel, which is easy to use and enables fast and informed decision-making.

Maintenance is done with the help of augmented reality solutions in order to save hours of work of employees, as well as to fully automate the process, which leads to greater empowerment of employees and constant dissemination of knowledge.

Schneider Electric is your reliable partner for sustainability and efficiency, and part of this company’s mission in Southeast Europe is to support the ecosystem of partners and customers to rely more on digital technologies.

Since sustainability and efficiency are the two main goals of this company, Schneider Electric was recently named the most sustainable company in the world.

Milena Maglovski

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by

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