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Schneider Electric Ltd

Stafford Park 5
Telford
Shropshire
TF3 3BL
United Kingdom

Telephone : 0870 608 8 608
Fax : 0870 608 8 606
Email : gb-customerservices@schneider-electric.com
Web : www.schneider-electric.com/uk


Editorial archive;

Self-powered, wireless field instruments 23/09/2016
Schneider Electric has introduced the new Foxboro Accutech line of wireless field instrumentation, including a range of self-powered measurement and control devices that communicate wirelessly with a centralised gateway.  Full Story...

UPS for harsh environments 12/07/2016
Schneider Electric has introduced Gutor PXC, a standardised, fully industrial uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for harsh environments. Full Story...

PACs evolve to meet changing needs 01/03/2016
Control Engineering Europe reports on the new breed of Ethernet-enabled Process Automation Controllers (PACs) which have evolved to help the process industry meet the need for greater plant flexibility and reliability, while also addressing new industry threats. Full Story...

Variable speed drives reduce costs while improving machine effectiveness 30/11/2015
Schneider Electric has launched the Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives (VSDs). Two complementary models – the Altivar 320 and Altivar 340 – lead the line up of new drives which are designed to meet the needs of machine manufacturers.   Full Story...

Schneider Electric joins IIC steering committee 22/09/2015
Schneider Electric has been elected to the steering committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), giving the company a more central role alongside companies such as AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel in developing recommendations for industry specifications and frameworks for industrial IoT technologies.  Full Story...

Safety system for high-hazard applications 01/05/2015
Schneider Electric has released the Tricon CX compact system for safety and critical control applications. Primarily it is aimed at the oil and gas, power, refining, chemicals, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, where safety and reliability are critical. Full Story...

Ethernet optimised PLCs 08/10/2014
Schneider Electric has announced the addition of three new versions of its Modicon controller range – the M221, M241 and M251. Full Story...

Unified supply chain management software for hydrocarbon industry 23/09/2014
Schneider Electric has introduced a unified supply chain management solution for the hydrocarbon processing industry. Full Story...

Space optimising I/O family for process automation system 17/06/2014
The Foxboro Compact 200 Series I/O fieldbus modules (FBMs) support more I/O modules in less space, reducing footprint up to 50%. The new FBMs are said to be especially valuable for new implementations in confined spaces, such as encountered on offshore platforms, and for adding capacity to existing installations without incurring the trouble and cost of facility expansion. Full Story...

Process automation system unlocks process and energy savings 04/04/2014
Schneider Electric has introduced PlantStruxure Process Expert System (PES), its  next generation DCS which is said to combine the ease-of-use and openness of PLC and SCADA with the integration, single database and diagnostic capabilities of a traditional DCS. Full Story...

Creation of ‘a unique player’ in the industry automation 21/01/2014
Schneider Electric has announced the completion of its acquisition of Invensys. Full Story...

Schneider Electric's choice to secure critical industrial infrastructure 29/01/2013
Schneider Electric has selected Belden’s Tofino Security technology to protect its industrial automation systems. Full Story...

Wireless and battery free pushbutton 03/01/2012
Schneider Electric has recently developed a wireless and batteryless pushbutton, the wireless XB5R, which is designed to increase energy efficiency in industrial applications, reduce maintenance costs and give greater flexibility in mobility to both operator and equipment. Full Story...

Schneider Electric acquires Chinese medium voltage drives company 14/06/2011
Schneider Electric has signed an agreement to acquire Leader Harvest Power Technologies Holdings Limited, which is said to be a leading player in the fast-growing medium voltage drives market in China. Full Story...

Three ways to improve energy efficiency in industrial applications 05/10/2010
Schneider Electric offers three general ways to help industrial customers manage energy more efficiently and specific technologies and systems to help them do so. Full Story...

Schneider scoops Italian power plant contract 14/09/2010
AES SOLE has set its sights on Italy as the location of a massive photovoltaic power plant. The company selected Schneider Electric as the main EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Puglia site. Full Story...

Daresbury satisfies health and safety concerns with Schneider 17/08/2010
Daresbury Laboratory has replaced 40 year old high power, oil-filled switchgear with the GenieEvo from Schneider Electric. The UK laboratory is operated by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, which works to enable scientists to conduct high quality research work. Full Story...

Schneider promotes solar solution for developing countries 27/04/2010
Schneider Electric has partnered with eleven French organisations to promote the use of solar power to create electricity. The MiCST collaborative project aims to design an innovative solar plant, using sunlight to heat an energy supply powering a thermodynamic machine able to drive an alternator that produces ten electrical kilowatts. Full Story...

Schneider goes for telemetry market with acquisition 16/04/2010
Schneider Electric is expanding its telemetry business with the acquisition of SCADAgroup, an Australian based provider that operates in the water, waste water, oil and gas and electric power end-market segments. Full Story...

Schneider Electric provides interface solution 11/03/2010
When Nicholl Food Packaging realised the need to replace the Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) on the production lines at its Cannock production plant, a key consideration was the requirement for open connectivity. Full Story...

Reduce the risk of system migrations 26/01/2010
An integrator experienced in quick wiring adapter tools can provide time- and cost-savings, and thus reduce downtime and risk. Full Story...

Schneider looks to Middle East; acquires Cimac 26/01/2010
Schneider Electric has bolstered its presence in the Middle East Gulf region with the acquisition of Cimac, a systems integrator for industrial automation solutions. The company focuses on the water/waste water and oil and gas industries, implementing automation control and electrical distribution systems. Full Story...

Fund promotes innovation in energy and environment 21/01/2010
A venture capital fund is tipped to instigate major breakthroughs in the fields of energy and environment after it was launched by Alstom and Schneider Electric. The fund, Aster Capital is based in Paris and will receive progressively a capital subscription of €70 million from the two companies. Full Story...

Published standards ignore EN 954-1 21/12/2009
A list of harmonised standards under the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has added further confusion to the ongoing EN 954-1 discussion, according to Schneider Electric’s Peter Still. The list, published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, omits crucial standards potentially providing additional problems for machine builders. Full Story...

Schneider Electric uses biometric technology 08/12/2009
Schneider Electric has launched the UK's first totally standalone biometric switch dedicated to access control for industrial process or building applications. Full Story...

EC Changes Its Mind on Extension to Safety Standard 02/10/2009
The EC has made a turnaround in its decision to extend the period in which EN 954-1 can be used. Despite their recent decision to allow machine builders to continue using the standard for a further three years, they have now withdrawn that decision and reconfirmed the original deadline of 29 December 2009. Full Story...

EC Changes Its Mind on Extension to Safety Standard 28/09/2009
The EC has made a turnaround in its decision to extend the period in which EN 954-1 can be used. Despite their recent decision to allow machine builders to continue using the standard for a further three years, they have now withdrawn that decision and reconfirmed the original deadline of 29 December 2009. Full Story...

European machine builders breathe a sigh of relief as EC delays safety implementation 08/09/2009
The European Commission (EC) has announced that the implementation of new safety standards in the European Machinery Directive, which was supposed to start on the 29th of December 2009, will be delayed for another three years. It says the current safety standard EN 954-1 can be used to support compliance to the directive in the interim. Full Story...

Waste plant overhauls sorting facility 26/04/2009
Cawleys in Luton, UK is a waste recycling company. Its business is to collect commercial waste and sort it to high grade material for recycling. The recycled material income offsets the cost of the landfill, which is required for the small amount that is left over after sorting. Full Story...

FDT looking bright for factory automation 11/03/2009
Schneider Electric’s Manfred Brill, chairman of FDT’s factory automation committee, described the progress FDT is making in the factory automation sector. The biggest news was that twelve new companies, including Mitsubishi Electric, have joined the organisation in the past year. Full Story...

Circuit breakers monitor energy consumption 29/11/2008
Schneider Electric says it has made a ‘significant investment’ in the radical new design of its Compact NSX moulded-case circuit breaker. Its greatest innovation lies in how it measures, processes, and displays data, and, tor the first time, allows both energy consumption and power to be monitored. Schneider says it has made a ‘significant investment’ in the device and has applied for 23 patents. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation: Better Device Descriptions, Device Coupler Test Spec, board member 08/08/2008
Fieldbus Foundation has streamlined fieldbus development for device and system suppliers by enhancing its Device Descriptions (DD). In separate announcements, the organisation released the final Device Coupler Test Specification and named a DuPont executive to its board. Full Story...

Schneider targets ‘green’ energy market with Xantrex acquisition 28/07/2008
Schneider Electric hopes to power into the renewable energy market after it signed an agreement to buy inverter specialist, Xantrex. Full Story...

A Quantum leap 07/07/2008
In the Schneider Electric stand at Hannover Messe was a new programmable safety controller based on the Telemecanique brand Modicon Quantum PLC, Schneider’s top-of-the-line platform that is aimed at process control applications. Full Story...

Schneider Electric acquires RAM Industries 10/06/2008
Schneider Electric announced it has signed an agreement to acquire USA-based RAM Industries, a provider of control solutions to HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) to machine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Full Story...

Wireless: Bluetooth vs. Bluetooth 25/04/2008
Most industrial applications require more than a standard Bluetooth wireless solution concerning robustness, optimised performance and enhanced reliability. Further, the implementation should be flexible enough to configure for a specific application by optimising throughput, latency, power consumption, range, or a combination. Full Story...

Ryvita plant installs MES 07/04/2008
Ryvita, part of the Associated British Foods Group, claims to have cut manual inputs, across its production system, by 90 per cent, boosting efficiency and accuracy. The food manufacturer is using a Citect AMPLA MES, installed by Silchester Control Systems, at its Poole, UK site, to act as a backbone for its factory-wide reporting system. Full Story...

Schneider calls for rejection of counterfeit products 19/10/2007
Schneider Electric has warned that counterfeit products can create hazards, following the discovery of tens of thousands of imitation Square D circuit breakers. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts October 2007 01/10/2007
Fieldbus Facts Online is a monthly newsletter, brought to you by the Fieldbus Foundation. Full Story...

Schneider in safety push 01/09/2007
Visitors to the Schneider Electric stand at Offshore Europe, in Aberdeen, can learn about the company’s capabilities for power management and automation solutions Full Story...

Modbus in Automation and Process Control 01/09/2007
Modbus is simple, inexpensive, and universal--and as a consequence, the most popular industrial protocol in use today. Full Story...

Schneider wins compensation 24/08/2007
Schneider Electric has welcomed a court ruling recognising its right to compensation from the European Commission following ‘the prohibition of its merger with Legrand’. Full Story...

Schneider acquires Pelco 23/08/2007
Schneider Electric has expanded its building automation services with the acquisition of California-based Pelco. Full Story...

Schneider reports strong growth 01/08/2007
Schneider Electric has said organic sales growth was up 14% in the first half of 2007. Full Story...

IO Link should not be thought of as a classical bus system, but Systems 01/06/2007
Low-cost distributed automation systems are now penetrating the automation landscape. Full Story...

Schneider ramps up participation with ODVA 20/04/2007
Schneider Electric has upped its involvement to become a principle member of ODVA, joining Cisco Systems, Eaton Electrical, Omron Corporation and Rockwell Automation. Full Story...

Schneider unveils record profits 26/02/2007
Schneider Electric has said it plans to increase average organic sales growth over the next two years, after it reported strong financial results for 2006. The French company revealed net income of €1.309 billion for 2006, a 32% rise on the previous year. Full Story...

Schneider finalises APC acquisition 16/02/2007
Schneider Electric completed its US$6.1billion acquisition of American Power Conversion (APC) on 14 February 2007. Full Story...

Schneider gets all-clear to buy APC 09/02/2007
Schneider Electric has received the European Commission’s (EC) permission to buy American Power Conversion (APC) on the proviso it sells off part of its business. Full Story...

Schneider’s green recruits 26/01/2007
Schneider Electric has recruited new staff in response to demand on its Energy Services team. Full Story...

Schneider reports strong financial results 22/01/2007
Schneider Electric has reported positive financial results for 2006 with annual sales up 17.6 percent to €13,730 million. Full Story...

Schneider drives into motion control 10/01/2007
Schneider Electric has launched 13 new drives as part of its push into the motion control arena. Full Story...

Citect in environmental business cluster 02/01/2007
Schneider Electric division, Citect, is pushing an environmental initiative with a Statement of Intent for a development project in Southeast Queensland. Full Story...

Zelio Logic enjoys sales boost 02/10/2006
Schneider Electric brand, Telemecanique, has announced a 28% increase in sales through distributors for its Zelio Logic smart relays. The increase was over one year and the company claims the demand for the product is still continuing to grow. Full Story...

From Controllers to Control Systems 01/06/2006
Low-cost distributed automation systems are now penetrating the automation landscape. Full Story...