Smart machines benefit from single sourcing of components
For machine builders it is hard to remain local players when your competition often comes from overseas suppliers. You need to consider how to stand out from the crowd and avoid price driven negotiations. Even if your brand and reputation are portable, are your components and solutions? Single sourcing of automation componenents is becoming a meaningful differentiator.
The style and design of a machine is one area for focus. There are other trends impacting the control panel design and the choice of components used to build them. Creating a sustained competitive advantage means developing solutions that competitors find hard to emulate.
Efficiency in operation is essential and well designed and easy to use control panels contribute to this. Machine builders are seeking to differentiate through their designs, using the aesthetics of the machine and a brand-driven style and operator interface as their value proposition. Furthermore, single sourcing of components brings benefits to OEMs through superior combined technical performance, ease of integration and user acceptance. But what other challenges do smart machines mean for the machine designer?
Benefits of single sourcing
Manufacturing machines will evolve their level of intelligence to accommodate more predictive planning and more flexible business needs. The term “smart machine” implies a machine that is better connected is more flexible, more efficient and safer. This means it can respond to new demands faster. Based upon a collection of smart, connected products, it maximises efficiency through intuitive collaboration with its users.
Smart machine can also contribute to predictive maintenance practices while minimizing their own environmental footprint and total cost of ownership. Three principal drivers influence smart machine development: technology, consumer market trends, and end-user demands. Furthermore, they characterised by demands for data management, cyber-security, flexibility of reuse and digital connectivity.
Schneider Electric provides 99% of the international accepted components OEMS need to build electrical control panels meeting customer needs. It means OEMs can increase machine efficiency while meeting their customers’ demands for greater machine productivity, reduced machine downtime, and improved maintenance decision-making.
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