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    Efficient innovation

    High-performance materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain relies on EcoStruxure™ to cut costs and optimize energy use. That's how the company creates savings to fuel its core mission — improving lives through innovation.

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    Leverage best-in-class operational technology (OT) solutions and the latest in IT technology to unlock trapped value in your operations and uncover the true potential of the Internet of Things.

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    Saint-Gobain: Customer Story Key Figures

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    Uncover hidden energy savings

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    • Five feet from a Saint-Gobain innovation

      From the Louvre and SpaceX to windshields and building materials, you are never more than five feet away from a Saint-Gobain innovation. By focusing on buying energy smarter and using it efficiently, the company has saved millions, freeing up resources to deliver leading-edge, sustainable solutions.

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    The Challenge

    • Producing high-performance materials requires massive amounts of power. That’s why energy is one of the top five expenses for Saint-Gobain.
    • To optimize operations and costs, the company decided to centralize and streamline its energy procurement.
    • Formerly, each facility was responsible for its own energy buying. There was no standard process and the company had limited visibility into enterprise-wide consumption.
    • To achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 20% by 2025, Saint-Gobain also needed to improve plant-level efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint.

    The Solution

    Improving efficiency and sustainability with EcoStruxure

    Apps, Analytics & Services: EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, strategic energy sourcing 
    Edge Control: Modicon™ M580 process automation controllers 
    Connected Products: Altivar™ variable speed drives, Model 6 motor control centers, Premset™ MV switchgear, and Okken LV switchboards 

    • Saint-Gobain centralized and standardized energy procurement with expert support from the Schneider Electric team, including strategic sourcing, risk management, tariff analysis, and invoice auditing.
    • To track consumption and spend, the company now uses EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, cloud-based enterprise software that provides one view into energy and sustainability data, and savings opportunities
    • Within its factories, Saint-Gobain relies on Schneider Electric's edge control and connected devices that help gather the energy data necessary to optimize and actively manage consumption.

    The Results

    • Through a decade-plus partnership with Schneider Electric, Saint-Gobain has achieved savings worth millions of dollars, which the company can dedicate to research and development.
    • In a prominent example, Schneider experts identified a savings opportunity at a site in North Carolina in the U.S. and helped the facility reduce its utility costs by 14%.
    • Thanks to Schneider Electric connected technology, plant operators can track and modulate energy use based on the time of day, and trim consumption when grid-wide use and prices peak.
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    “We have to push our R&D teams to find ways to make better products with a lower carbon footprint. And energy savings have provided fuel for innovation.”

    Richard Brunel, Vice President of Purchasing in North America, Saint-Gobain