Version watchdog enables online/offline alignment
When complex systems are developed for a customer and commissioned with a particular delivery state, a data management system can make it easier to archive commissioned versions and track subsequent changes made by the customer.
AuvesyAUVESY GmbH is a solid medium-sized enterprise based in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The software versiondog offers worldwide a secure solution for version control and data management in industrial automation. This leading version control software is the basis to heighten production efficiency by reducing errors and downtime; and monitor and control automation projects.
Equipment & Machinery
From beta tester to satisfied user – Graz-based company Knapp AG has been using versiondog for data management since 2009. And now the “digital watchdog” will also be used at the company's other locations in Leoben and Sweden.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
Schauer uses versiondog primarily for the versioning and archiving of customer projects. "Basically, complex logistics systems are developed for the customer and commissioned with a certain delivery state," Schauer explains. "versiondog compresses the versions and ensures that older versions do not get lost." In the past, archiving was a laborious task involving various combinations of numbers and letters. Now the intelligent data manager takes care of this automatically. As an interesting aside, versiondog only saves the changes, so the volume of data is kept to a reasonable level. "This is all particularly useful when customers also have access to the source code during a project," reveals Schauer. The Watchdog allowed Knapp to carry out online/offline comparisons at all times. "Whenever the customer made changes, we always knew about it," says Schauer. The option to directly compare programs also means that versiondog can rescue data in no time at all. When components fail, the system enables controlled and reliable restoration without delay. The data either remains on-site on the company's own servers or in a cloud environment. At Knapp, the data is stored on internal servers that are backed up on a regular basis. "This means that only Knapp and the customer have access to the data," says Schauer. [PLCs: The following devices are integrated] 3S CODESYS (Beckhoff TwinCat, WAGO, ELAU, Hitachi, Indramat), AEG, B&R Automation Studio, GE Proficy ME*, IBHsoftec S7 for Windows, IBHsoftec S5 for Windows, Mitsubishi GX Works2, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rockwell Automation RSLogix5, Rockwell Automation (RSLogix500, RSLogix5000), Schneider Unity, Schneider Concept, Schneider Modsoft, Siemens STEP 7, Siemens STEP 7 TIA, Siemens STEP 7 S7 for Windows, Siemens STEP 5, Siemens Simotion
- DATA COLLECTED
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Data Management - Data Security]
The parallel server licence means that company locations in Leoben and Sweden will soon follow suit. Whether in Sweden or Austria, it does not matter to the Watchdog. He keeps an eye on everything and makes sure no data gets lost.
Impact #2 [Data Management - Data Security]
Every worker has their own personalised access, simply by using their Windows username and password.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
At Knapp, versiondog now monitors some 1,429 projects with over 5,720 versions – and this is just with their initial licence.
- USE CASES
Process Control & OptimizationProcess control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.