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SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC'S LEXINGTON, KY,
manufacturing plant is a leader in the production of
high-quality load centers and safety switches that serve
as a basis for commercial and industrial power systems.
Having attained ISO14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001,
ISO 50001, and SEP Silver Status certifications, plant
management prides itself on its record of worker safety,
process efficiency, and responsiveness to customer
requirements.
The 500,000-sq.-ft. facility relies on 400 employees
and state-of-the-art technology to produce more than
16,500 finished goods every day. That includes nearly
9,000 load centers and more than 6,000 safety switches.
The plant is vertically integrated. Work performed on
site includes taking raw rolls of steel and stamping them
into properly sized sections, painting the shaped-metal
enclosures, melting plastic pellets to make the interiors,
stamping in the metal bus bars, electroplating bus bars,
and assembling the final product.
"Our processes are complex and, as with any aged

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EcoStruxure IIoT
architecture breaks
down data silos, allowing
personnel at all levels to
make informed decisions.

facility, there are multiple applications that have evolved
from necessity. Often, these legacy applications made
data sharing and analysis difficult as proprietary systems
tend to silo valuable information," said Mike Labhart,
the company's Innovation Leader for North American
Smart Factories. "In order to drive higher levels of efficiency, we recognized that those data silos needed to be
unlocked," he said.
For Labhart, deployment of Schneider Electric's open
EcoStruxure architecture serves as a lynch pin for breaking down data-sharing barriers, visualizing information
more quickly, and enabling predictive analytics for
operational-efficiency improvement.

EcoStruxure IIoT
architecture provides
a collaborative
workspace connecting applications and
analytics to machines
on the shop floor,
allowing teams to
view combined
intelligent dashboards in real time.
Photo courtesy
Schneider Electric

IIOT ARCHITECTURE
EcoStruxure is a vendor-neutral, IIoT-enabled
architecture that includes an open but tailored stack of
connected products, edge-control level solutions and
software, and cloud-based apps, analytics, and services.
Cybersecurity for supporting applications and data

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