Schneider Electric inaugurated its first Smart Factory in the Philippines on March 15, at PEZA Rosario, Cavite.
The electric company believes that introducing Smart Factories in the country could increase the quality of service of technologies and reduce energy costs.
Schneider Electric leveraged its own EcoStruxure architecture as it implemented the Industrial Internet of Things across its global supply chain, and digitally transforming facilities to thrive in today’s digital economy. By doing so, it improves the lifespan, usage, and maintenance of the different equipment across its sites.
The company started transforming its Cavite Plant into a Smart Factory in 2017.
“We decided to transform our Cavite Plant into a Smart Factory in 2017 because we wanted to serve our partners and customers better. By using EcoStruxureTM for Industry, the roll out of the program was fast and it granted us immediate global certification in 2018. Since the transition began, we have been achieving 13% in energy savings, and 14% growth in production annually. Looking ahead, we want EcoStruxureTM to be a solution that other companies can use in optimizing their businesses while we continuously create more innovations that can better serve industries,” said Michael Crozat, the Global Supply Chain Vice President for Philippine Operations, Schneider Electric.
The plant transformation provided training to more than 2,200 employees in Cavite about upskilling and reskilling opportunities to help them take on higher-value jobs. This enabled them to become empowered operators capable of making decisions on the factory floor pertaining to product assembly errors, electrical and temperature irregularities, production delays, and even equipment malfunctions.
“Our transition to a Smart Factory is another step for Schneider Electric towards transforming cities, reshaping industries, and enriching lives. Our Cavite Plant has now become an Innovation Hub where existing and potential customers, partners, the government and the academe can experience operational excellence as we harness the power of technology using our EcoStruxureTM architecture. We hope that our adoption will serve as a testament of what embracing digital transformation really means and how it can positively impact business operations and the environment. As we move forward with our Smart Factory progress, we will continue providing Innovation at Every Level to ensure overall efficiency, reliability and safety,” said Country President of the company Alexandre Vermot.
Schneider Electric Cavite sites are close to achieving 4500 days since its last site accident.
Schneider Electric Philippines currently produces different varieties of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) units for home and industrial use. The Cavite Plant joins Schneider Electric’s other Smart Factory showcase sites around the world such as France, China, India, and Indonesia. For more information on Schneider Electric’s Smart Factories and international recognitions, visit this link.