The Critical Path for Highly Regulated Industries – Digitalization

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The impact that Life Sciences and Chemicals markets have on the global ecosystem is profound. Whether with typical consumers or professional corporations, the products from these highly regulated industries are used, worked with, and relied upon daily.

And their dominance is not going away; if anything, demand is only increasing at an accelerated rate—but the supply chain stress, an aging workforce, and regulatory expectations are creating unexpected challenges.

To achieve their business objectives and maintain shareholder value, Life Sciences and Chemicals segments are diversifying their approach from traditional manufacturing processes to embrace new digital solutions for enhanced operational efficiencies.

Digitalization is core to business longevity

Fluctuating commodity prices, increased competition, and antiquated procedures add more to the societal and economic pressures facing heavy process industries. Fortunately, there is an opportunity with digitalization to overcome them.1

We know many of our customers acknowledge this enabler and are deploying digital technologies to maintain their company’s presence in the market, as well as to safeguard future growth in a sustainable way. At Schneider, we see digitalization as fundamental to the future of industry – one that is agile, sustainable, efficient, reliable, and powered by next-generation automation. Through adopting digital – the collective technology for our industry – many business outcomes can be actualized.

We exhibited at ACHEMA 2022 where we demonstrated key digital solutions to implement in your industrial operations. Check out more here!

Why industrial sustainability is an output of digitalization

There are many ways to define sustainability – such as environment, people, or operations. For heavy process industries like Life Sciences and Chemicals, each definition can be used as a measure. The manner of achieving this varies, but fundamentally it is derived from efficiency. And digital solutions–or a digitized approach—can enable that.

  • Efficiency with environment: capturing the power of data, and digital tools that unify previously siloed systems in an industrial plant can lead to reduced energy consumption or emissions. An example of this is Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™ Power and Process.
  • Efficiency with people: web-based technology that easily deploys training for the workforce, remote or onsite, increases the scale and speed for the next-generation workforce to be fully operational. AVEVA™ Process Simulation delivers this capability and much more.
  • Efficiency with operations: to accurately satisfy the special requirements in high-rate, differentiated batch processes, a process control system that monitors and controls recipe-controlled batches is essential for optimal execution. Plant Batch iT from ProLeiT—a Schneider Electric company—is such a system

The efficiencies derived from digital tools demonstrate the positive impact on industrial sustainability across these three measurement areas.

Digital solutions on display – ACHEMA 2022

We demonstrated these technologies and other solutions at ACHEMA 2022, the world-leading show for process industries. Experts were onsite to speak with owners, operators, and engineers from Life Sciences and Chemicals segments to hear their challenges and discuss what solutions they can deploy for efficiency, speed, and flexibility. Explore more about our time at Achema – visit the web page.

1A strategic guide to digital transformation in industrial manufacturing, AVEVA White Paper

This blog has been updated following the event.

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