Schneider Electric used its time in the ARC Forum Press Conferences to announce PlantStruxure Process Expert System (PES), integrating the functionalities of Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure collaborative architecture with StruxureWare Process Expert, a single software environment that integrates control applications, supervision and field devices to configure an entire control system.

PlantStruxure PES brings together programmable automation controllers (PAC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) to form an energy-aware process automation system that meets the demands of today’s production facilities while delivering on growing energy management requirements. The system combines energy and process data in one platform. PlantStruxure PES delivers data that drives timely and accurate decision-making to reduce energy consumption and increase process efficiency.

StruxureWare Process Expert, the software component of PES, leverages a single database to enable users to directly interface with a single process element, such as a pump, during runtime operations with a single click. The software also allows object libraries built for StruxureWare Process Expert to be easily modified, streamlined and customized for individual processes and users.

“PlantStruxure PES is a leading edge offer in the field of process automation systems that brings the best from the PLC/SCADA and DCS worlds and combines this with integrated Energy Management features to deliver superior value throughout the lifecycle of a plant,” said Mary Ramsey, Senior Vice President, U.S. Industry Business, Schneider Electric. “The tight integration of the system ensures efficiency from design engineering through operation, and engineers can develop the configuration faster and more accurately, and maintenance teams can diagnose and solve problems faster to reduce the downtime of a facility.”

Historically, choices have been limited to simple PACs or more complex DCS, with no customizable option for processes with different needs. The run-time services provided by PlantStruxure PES gives operators a complete picture of the production process, and enables single-screen configuration and diagnostic access traditionally found only in a DCS operator interface.

Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure integrates both hardware and software components throughout the plant, delivering a complete process management solution. EcoStruxure connects five domains of business: Power, Datacenters, Process and Machines, Building Control and Physical Security – in an open and flexible technology architecture that delivers up to 30 percent savings in energy efficiency.

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