New episode of Farnell podcast series The Innovation Experts featuring Schneider Electric now available

Schneider Electric joins Farnell on Series 2 of The Innovation Experts podcast to discuss the importance of aligning business strategy with sustainability and partnerships to advance the adoption of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing.

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 Farnell, an Avnet company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has today released the second episode in Series 2 of the global podcast series, The Innovation Experts, featuring Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital automation and energy management.

This season’s podcast series investigates how some of the world’s leading electronic component and solution manufacturers are enabling technological innovation Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart manufacturing. Each episode in the series will enable buyers, design engineers, facility managers and other industry professionals to take advantage of the concepts behind Industry 4.0 and embrace optimisation. Valuable insights on the latest trends, challenges, products, tools and applications will also be shared.

In this brand-new episode, Schneider Electric provides an exclusive overview of the company’s innovative approach to developing new technology solutions for IIoT, including how key learnings are passed directly onto customers. Mark Yeeles, Vice President Industrial Automation of Schneider Electric UK & Ireland advises that engaging in strategic partners and deploying pilot projects ahead of full system integration is critical to creating fully optimised facilities. Engineers and facility managers will be able to make smarter, often autonomous decisions that can streamline processes and achieve a successful digital transformation at a much faster rate.

Simon Meadmore, Vice President of Product and Supplier Management at Farnell said: “To maximise investment opportunities in the IIoT, companies must first understand what determines success in the transition to Industry 4.0. By exploring Schneider Electric’s hands-on approach to their own global manufacturing operations, we learn how to set clear benchmarks and identify patterns at all stages of a company’s digitisation journey and map new business opportunities.”

With new episodes released every few weeks, The Innovation Experts – Industry 4.0 and the Future of Manufacturing will cover topics including intelligent factory trends and how to demonstrate return on investment, the industrial revolution’s synergy with electrification, the crucial role of developing strategic partnerships and much more. The first episode in Series 2 focused on how process and manufacturing companies can adopt Industry 4.0 principles by embracing digitisation. Omega Engineering showcased innovative ways to upgrade existing facility systems using critical solutions, such as sensors and new digital smart probes, to capture real-time information. Listeners developed an understanding of edge monitoring, big data harvesting and analysis, and the steps to take ahead of full system installation.

Schneider Electric is committed to driving innovation in the industrial world. With technology, innovation and partnerships at its core, Schneider helps industrial businesses achieve new levels of efficiency, resiliency and sustainability. Schneider was named the most sustainable corporation in the world in 2021 and has an end-to-end network of smart factories and distribution centres. Four of these facilities have been designated by The World Economic Forum as Advanced Lighthouses. Schneider’s mission is to make all industries of the future eco-efficient, agile and resilient through open, software-centric industrial automation.

Farnell offers a full range of market-leading industrial test, tools and production supplies from stock to support electronic design, maintenance and repair, with no minimum order value. Customers have free access to online resources, data sheets, applications notes, videos and webinars with excellent customer and technical support available 24/5 in local language.

The Innovation Experts podcast is freely available from major podcast providers including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Upcoming episodes will feature exclusive interviews with Advantech, Eaton, ABB and Red Lion Controls. 

The second episode, featuring Schneider Electric, is available now on Farnell’s Technical Resources Hub.Add text here.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localized websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe; Newark in North America; and element14 throughout Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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