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    The connected bakery

    The art of French baking meets innovative technology

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    • The connected bakery The Maison Manival case study

      A French artisanal bakery proves that Schneider Electric connected technology can help sustain traditional businesses.

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      The challenge

      French artisanal bakeries are respected worldwide for their traditional craftsmanship. To uphold their high standards, bakers dedicate long hours to creating consistently perfect breads and pastries.

      As part of mastering the art of baking, those in the trade must also ensure their tools remain in good working order, including electrical equipment. Modern bakeries rely heavily on ovens and refrigerators, so any electrical failure spells trouble. For example, an overnight power cut to a fridge full of fresh ingredients or baked goods will result in a considerable loss.

      So the successful artisanal bakeries in today’s market are the ones that adopt innovative tools in their day-to-day operations. Embracing new technologies while preserving old-world tradition is a delicate balance, yet it’s clear that the industry needs to move forward.


      The solution

      At Maison Manival, a bakery in the heart of the French Alps, the incorporation of connected technology into traditional crafts has allowed the staff to work with greater peace of mind and efficiency every day.
      The bakery has implemented Schneider Electric Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC for round-the-clock monitoring of all electrical equipment, from ovens and freezers in the kitchen to lights in the front store.
      The latest innovation in connected switchboards, Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC is a cloud-based platform with secure remote access. Whether on- or off-site, the staff can check on equipment status using an app for smartphones and tablets.
      In the event of an equipment failure or an alarm, during or after business hours, Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC instantly informs Maison Manival’s manager via the app. This allows the manager to promptly call in assistance or remotely resolve the issue, ensuring that the bakery functions smoothly even when no staff is on-site.
      Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC also monitors equipment operation, providing an at-a-glance summary that helps staff ensure the equipment are running at the most cost-efficient level. As a result of this careful monitoring of energy consumption, energy awareness among the staff has risen.
      The working environment at Maison Manival is safer and more efficient thanks to the visibility and control enabled by Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC. With the successful deployment of the platform, Maison Manival has created an innovative operational model that can safeguard the time-honored traditions of bakeries.


      “The use of Schneider Electric technology has radically changed my life. Knowing that I have access, immediately, to the interior of my lab – it lets me be there when I’m not.”
      – Stéphan Massonat, the founder of Maison Manival, Grenoble

      Schneider Electric Solutions for Maison Manival

      • The Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC monitoring and control solution for small to mid-sized
      • The Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC smartphone application

      Key Facts

      • Installation and commissioning of the Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC system
      • Remote access to control panel from Acti 9 Smartlink ELEC smartphone
      • Notifications in the event of errors or alarms
      • Energy savings through monitoring and metering

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