The Schneider Electric North American Operating Division has opened its Automation and Control Innovation Center in Raleigh, N.C. The new hands-on demonstration center will showcase Schneider Electric’s automation and control solutions for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end-user customers.
“The Automation and Control Innovation Center is the first of three Schneider Electric Innovation Centers that will open throughout the country,” said Andy Gravitt, vice president, industrial automation and control, Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. “The center in Raleigh is unique in that it will be the only one focused entirely on automation and control solutions. It will showcase the innovation, knowledge and industry-leading technology that defines Schneider Electric.”
Using state-of-the-art technology, Schneider Electric product and services experts will customize the entire Innovation Center to showcase specific solutions appropriate to customers’ needs and challenges in eight industries: heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), pump, semiconductor, transportation wash, packaging, conveyance, automotive, and crane and hoist. Customers who visit the Innovation Center will experience individually tailored, live demonstrations to show how Schneider Electric’s technology, knowledge and products can solve their specific problems.
The Automation and Control Innovation Center will be located in the same facility as the engineers and experts who work on customer projects. Having the Innovation Center and an engineering lab in the same building will provide a collaborative environment for Schneider Electric experts to work with customers. The process of project management, from inception to implementation, will be all under one roof.
Within the Innovation Center are included the OEM Technology and Solutions Center, and the Industrial Solutions Center. Each of these includes dedicated teams of engineers and experts who can serve as a single reference source for OEMs or end-user customers.
The OEM Technology and Solutions Center will support system integrators and control panel builders who have customers in material handling, HVAC, pump, crane and hoist, packaging, elevator/escalator and transportation wash industries. On the industry side, the Center’s 50 engineers, industry specialists and project managers have experience in the food and beverage, oil and gas, automotive, logistics, water/wastewater, power, mining, metal and mineral industries.