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Digital tools offer optimal productivity and trouble-free audits

07 June 2016

Schneider Electric has launched a new Software as a Service offer - Eurotherm Online Services (EOS). An integrated online platform and management tool for overseeing calibration records and regulatory status, the service aims to offer an automated, digitised process for easy collection and retrieval of critical process data - from shop floor to top floor. 

Commenting on the new service, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric said: “The extensive digitisation of industries globally is demanding highly connected solutions that deliver new capabilities to control industrial operations enterprise-wide, from the edge to the core. Customers are also demanding a new breed of applications and software that deliver real-time intelligence to the right decision-makers at the right time.

“To meet this growing demand, Schneider Electric is launching a new wave of digitised and connected technologies designed to help reshape energy management and automation. EOS is one of our flagship field services solutions. This new cloud-based offer will enable process industries to reduce error-prone, paper driven processes by automating their instrument compliance procedures and planning – driving operations that are more safe, efficient, connected, reliable and sustainable.”

EOS Advisor is a planning and scheduling tool that enables more efficient management of equipment and staff; meanwhile, the EOS eCAT tablet application is said to improve calibration process efficiency with a secure, mobile-compatible tool that eliminates the drawbacks of paper-based records systems.  

Reshaping compliance management 
Clemens Blum, Schneider Electric Executive Vice President said: “Cloud based software services have revolutionised everything from taxi hire, to IT provision, Finance and HR. Industrial Automation is next and Schneider Electric is following a path of innovation to create a better connected, more flexible, safer and efficient use of industrial processes. EOS is a great example of this as it connects service providers and their end user customers, digitising the provision of compliance management from planning to audit; and from any connected smart phone, PC or tablet.”

Managing compliance and calibration can be expensive and time-consuming as many process industries still rely on pen and paper to manage compliance, which can lead to mistakes and loss or damage of paper records that might not be discovered until an audit is in progress. The EOS service event scheduling tools ensure no compliance tests are missed, which helps optimise productivity and deliver trouble free audits.

Compliance for regulated industries
Digital compliance management is the future of compliance management, EOS is applicable to any regulated industry that requires periodic testing to prove and maintain industry standards. There will be continuous development of EOS offerings to add further compliance tests and additional applications for use in regulated industries such as heat treatment for aerospace and automotive, life sciences, healthcare, and food & beverage. In time EOS will be available on any device and operating system anywhere in the world.

“The EOS tools are completely scalable and relevant to small manufacturing and large, multi-site businesses,” says Christopher Ashworth, VP & Managing Director, Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric. “They offer a secure, intelligent, and more efficient way of handling plant-wide process information, adding value to a process by enabling users to convert data quickly into the information required – and that is what the Industrial Internet of Things is all about.”

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