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Monday, May 23 2022 - 19:00
Manufacturing Industry Undergoing Rapid Sustainability Transformation, says Schneider Electric and MIT Technology Review Report
RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

- New report from Schneider Electric and MIT Technology Review reveals 
  sustainability revolution from incidental to intentional sustainability across
  leading manufacturing firms' operations
- Leading manufacturers now seek total carbon visibility across the entire 
  supply chain in a shift from mere process efficiency

Schneider Electric [ ], the leader in digital 
transformation of energy management and automation, and the world's most 
sustainable corporation 2021 [ 
] as ranked by Corporate Knights, has partnered with the world-renowned, 
independent media company MIT Technology Review, to reveal a concerted push 
towards sustainability within the manufacturing sector, with a long-term goal 
of total carbon visibility across the entire supply chain.

The joint research, entitled 'Equipment management and sustainability', reveals 
that leading manufacturers are shifting to making sustainability the goal of 
process improvements rather than merely a by-product of responsible equipment 

Some key takeaways from the report include:

Product-specific sustainability practices on the rise: 

Leading firms are modernizing processes to enable decarbonization. This is 
achieved by improving equipment operations, reducing waste, and making products 
with less carbon-intensive inputs.

The report suggests that manufacturers are seeking increased access to 
visibility through data analytics and digitally connected supply chains. 
Embracing Industry 4.0 principles, manufacturers are using sensors and 
performance management tools to increase the flow of 
carbon/sustainability-relevant data across the firm's entire operations.

Modular processes enabling better predictions:

Technology is also being used to build better predictive processes and 
reorganize them to be leaner and modular.

It allows producers to adjust assembly lines, processes, and material inputs 
for more precise calibration. In turn, this allows for better forecasting and 
'on demand' customized manufacturing.

Organizations can now use virtual designs to stress-test new sustainability 
production models in virtual reality before committing them to the carbon 
intensive 'physical' reality, such as digital twinning to reduce energy in 
production design processes.

Purposeful design aids the circular economy:

Leading manufacturing firms are reimagining manufacturing processes in pursuit 
of 'circular economy' goals. This often involves a long-term business plan for 
managing materials and 'design for sustainability' manufacturing principles.
These include building facilities to disassemble existing products to make 
better use of spare parts and total cost of ownership (TCO) models, which link 
product design to fewer processes, more sustainable inputs, and even reducing 
the lifespan of machinery-intensive products to take advantage of iterative 
innovations in electric efficiency.

Frederic Godemel, EVP of Power Systems & Services at Schneider Electric, said: 
"Manufacturing is transitioning from incidental to intentional sustainability, 
according to this new report. Sustainability is no longer a happy coincidence; 
now, the illustrious pairing of efficient equipment management and purposeful 
green principles sees manufacturing set on a course for effective 
decarbonization in the long term. 

"That being said, the time we have to decarbonize is swiftly dwindling. 
Manufacturers must accelerate their efforts through optimal use of data and 
digital technologies if the industry is to make a significant contribution to 
international climate goals when it matters." 

To discover more about how global businesses use insight and innovation to make 
their manufacturing processes and assets carbon neutral, please see the report 
"Equipment management and sustainability: How global businesses use insight and 
innovation to make their manufacturing processes and assets carbon neutral", 
which is available now.

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