Schneider Electric has penned sponsorship towards the forthcoming CIO Africa industry 4.0 summit, slated on the 5th August 2021 from 9.00 AM EAT.
Industry 4.0, also called i4.0, is the fusion of IT and manufacturing operations, culminating in digital technology in the manufacturing industry. Laura Chite, CEO of CIO Africa says, “i4.0 is the holistic shift from centralized to decentralized manufacturing, which requires the adaptation of processes, and technology.”
i4.0 is really the biggest shift for global manufacturers since automation. It is centered around advanced robotics and automation, new ways of human-machine interaction, and massive data exchange. It has been termed the fourth industrial revolution.
Schneider Electric (SE) is a multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure, and industries, by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software, and services.
“The IT world has moved on from proprietary operating systems and now it’s industry’s turn,” said Carol Koech, Country Presiden, Eas Africa at Schneider Electric. “Fully digitalizing the manufacturing and process industries requires open automation systems that support cost-effective and flexible interoperability with enterprise IT systems across the full lifecycle and applications that can be built using proven-in-use software components, regardless of the underlying hardware on which the software will run.
She further observes that this connectedness provides the agility needed to make smarter and faster decisions to leverage businesses to benefit from IIoT. Schneider Electric she says, helps organizations discover how to achieve business excellence with its smart machine solutions.
At the one-day summit, Schneider Electric will discourse manufacturing process optimization owing connectivity, shared data, analytics, and closer collaboration along the entire supply chain becomes possible, which leads to increased efficiency, optimization, and innovation in the long run across the manufacturing industry.
Also up for discussion include automation, analytics, and machine-learning algorithms, all which are industry 4.0 technologies that not only create a more efficient and higher quality production process, but also enhances predictive and preventive maintenance and upgrades, resulting in lower downtime and less capital expenditure over time.
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