How a 65-year-old Factory Became one of the Smartest on Earth

Discover the lessons learned and the proven path to transforming any factory into a smart factory.

December 12, 2023

12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CT / 9:00 AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 hour

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In 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower made history as the first president  to appear on color television, Jack Kilby invents the integrated circuit at Texas Instruments (the birth of the microchip), Congress created NASA, and an electrical equipment company in Lexington, Kentucky, began making circuit breaker boxes with about 250 employees. More than half a century later, that Schneider Electric/Square D plant is thriving, achieving World Economic Forum Global Lighthouse recognition as a model for technology, efficiency and sustainability. So, don't let anyone tell you that only greenfields can be great. 

Six factories within Schneider Electric's global manufacturing network have gained the WEF's Global Lighthouse recognition, two in North America — the Lexington plant and one in Monterrey, Neuvo Leon, Mexico, built in 2017. These factories, built 60 years apart, were both capable of reaching this status. 

Joins us for this webinar to hear how Schneider transformed an aging brownfield site into a world class leader. The journey to a smart factory can be viewed along three stages of development, beginning with the basics, and culminating with the advanced tier. While no two paths are identical, in Schneider Electric's experience, every journey passes through these stages of maturity: 

  • Stage 1: Digitize the Core
  •  Stage 2: Digitize at Scale
  •  Stage 3: Advanced Digitization


Kenneth Labhart

Director of Innovation & Smart Factory | Schneider Electric



Sheetal Jain

Director of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) | AVEVA


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