Schneider Electric joins ERDi i4.0 TestLab

Published 28/6/2021

The UWA ERDi I4.0 TestLab are excited to welcome our newest member Schneider Electric (SE).

Schneider Electric are global leaders in process automation technologies and over the past several years have made a significant investment in evolving their industrial automation products to support open standards, culminating in the latest release of the EcoStruxure Automation Expert product range now supporting IEC 61499 for interoperability and portability.

SE have also been significant contributors to the O-PAS™ standards via the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), which are enabling the alignment of a range of standards required to unlock value across all aspects of the process automation and OT and the traditional IT/OT boundary.

The core objective of all the i4.0 TestLabs in the Australian i4.0 TestLab network is to enable Australian industries and technology suppliers to take advantage of I4.0 approaches as soon as possible, as such strengthening Australia’s competitiveness across these areas and opening up international opportunities for our Australian technology OEMs.

With global industrial automation OEMs such as Schneider Electric supporting open standards-based interoperability in their products, Australian small and medium technology suppliers can now enhance their products to support these standards enabling them to more easily have their specialised products integrate with the likes of SEs EcoStruxure Automation Expert suite.

“We are excited to be working with Schneider Electric in the TestLab and look forward to conducting collaborative projects to showcase and demonstrate the value of interoperable multi-product, multi-vendor interoperable solutions with our industry partners and members and provide a sandpit in which our members can get hands on with these approaches, technologies and architectures´ said John Kirkman from the ERDi TestLab.

“The adoption of connected devices in greenfield projects and aging asset modernisation are rapidly providing the data required for robust models to optimise power, process and maintenance.  We are looking forward to collaborating with ERDi and its members on applied industry problems, as automation and control on the edge and in the cloud can drive the industry to the next level.” said Jess Maddren from Schneider Electric

If you are interested in finding out more about the Lab and the opportunities with Schneider Electric, please contact Cameron Bowden at


About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. 

 Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. 

 We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

 We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

 ABOUT UWA ERDi i4.0 TestLab

The University of Western Australia’s Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability Industry 4.0 TestLab has been established to work with industry to develop new technologies as part of the fourth industrial revolution (known as Industry 4.0).

Industry 4.0 Testlabs are a strategic initiative of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, which was formed in 2016 with the support of the Australian Government. The Taskforce is also working in close collaboration with the German Labs Network Industrie 4.0, the key organisation driving the development and deployment of Industry 4.0 Testbeds in Germany.

I4.0 aligned architecture and technology components will deliver the next step change in operational performance for the Energy and Resources sectors. I4.0 interoperability standards are critical in unlocking this value. The ERDi Testlab is a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the rapid realisation of these benefits through research, development, trials, testing and education.

About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian state of Western Australia. The university's main campus is in Perth, the state capital, with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere.

 UWA was established in 1911 by an act of the Parliament of Western Australia and began teaching students two years later. It is the sixth-oldest university in Australia. Because of its age and reputation, UWA is classed one of the "sandstone universities", an informal designation given to the oldest university in each state. The university also belongs to several more formal groupings, including the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities.


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