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RS Components and Schneider Electric unveil interactive motor control configurator

Digital collaboration aims to streamline the product selection process

LONDON, UK, 11 January 2022 – RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, has introduced an interactive digital motor control configurator, designed in partnership with industrial automation and energy management supplier Schneider Electric.

The Ask the Expert digital motor control configurator is an intuitive graphics-based product selection tool that helps automation engineers to configure motor control systems quickly and easily. A talking avatar called Stan guides engineers through a simple stepwise process of inputting required parameters, such as power supply voltage, motor power and contactor coil voltage. Ask the Expert then presents matching product options that allow engineers to make a full system selection, including relevant inverter drives, contactors and motor starters.

The Ask the Expert motor control configurator is the result of an ongoing digital partnership between RS and Schneider, where both companies work in collaboration towards inventive digital tools to streamline the sometimes challenging process of accurate product selection.

“Digital innovation lies at the heart of our product strategy,” said Anthony Locke, eCommerce Global Accounts Director at Schneider Electric. “We are always seeking new ways to make product selection simpler, faster and more accurate for our customers. Co innovation with partners like RS enables us to develop digital tools that help engineers find what they are looking for quickly and easily.”

Kristian Olsson, Global Vice President of Automation & Control, RS Components, said: “The development of Ask the Expert demonstrates the potential of digital interactive tools in simplifying product selection. It is another step on our journey to transform the lives of industrial engineers through digital experiences. We look forward to strengthening our ongoing digital collaboration with Schneider Electric to encompass a wider range of products and solutions in the field of automation and control.”

You can access the Ask the Expert digital motor control configurator at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=schneider-ask-the-expert

About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions for designers, builders and maintainers of industrial equipment and operations. We stock more than 650,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of product and service solutions to over 1.2 million industrial customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship c. 60,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the year ended 31 March 2021 reported revenue of £2.0 billion. Electrocomponents plc has nine operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA, Synovos, Needlers and Liscombe.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

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