Consultancy service tackles legacy power systems in the Industrial IoT

December 13, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Highlighting the difficulty of connecting up legacy power systems to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Schneider Electric has launched a consultancy service to evaluate and modernise factory power.

MPS Connect is intended to guide facility and electrical management professionals in developing a roadmap for digitally connecting critical electrical assets. A non-intrusive assessment provides the means for compatibility with EcoStruxure Asset Advisor, the French power giant's condition-based maintenance software that can proactively identify issues inside electrical equipment to mitigate failure risk, reduce downtime and optimize maintenance work through predictive analytics.

Aging electric systems have a higher likelihood of failure that can result in safety risks, costly downtime and more. MPS Connect enables facility and electrical professionals to establish a baseline for critical asset monitoring, as well as a roadmap for critical asset digitization, monitoring and predictive analytics.

"Today's legacy, 'unintelligent' electrical equipment is placing tremendous cost on organizations with inefficient infrastructure while increasing risk of downtime," said Gabriel Arce, Consulting & Modernization Offer Manager, Field Services at Schneider Electric. "To move at the speed customers need, infrastructure requires an upgrade in the IIoT era. We're thrilled to deliver MPS Connect, which gives our customers the direction and hands-on assistance they need to make connectivity a reality, driven by our onsite experts."

Many electrical facilities lack the necessary capabilities or guidance to assess current asset connectivity opportunities and drive higher levels of system reliability, efficiency and safety and this has been a major block to the roll out of IIoT systems. MPS Connect provides a framework for professionals across oil and gas, chemical, consumer packaging, automotive, healthcare, cloud services and mining, minerals and metals (MMM) industries with a phased approach for those with facilities that have some connected assets or those that do not currently have a network infrastructure.

The scheme uses members of Schneider Electric's network of Power System Engineers (PSEs) to perform a walkthrough of the site to understand performance goals, identify critical assets for digitization and develop a connectivity plan to EcoStruxure Asset Advisor.


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