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Case Study - versiondog in use at Warsteiner

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Case Study - versiondog in use at

CASE STUDY Warsteiner Brewery Refreshingly efficient Data management system versiondog, an indispensable instrument in operaons engineering at Warsteiner Prevenve maintenance has long been the norm at the Warsteiner Brewery. And yet, unplanned maintenance acvity can sll occur. It is therefore of great importance that the latest update version for each and every PLC be stored centrally. In this industry, there is no me to waste trying to conduct a search. Dipl.-Ing.Thomas Wenthaus works at the Sauerland based family enterprise, the Warsteiner Group, in the operave engineering department. The “Automators”, a term which Wenthaus lovingly uses to describe his department, help to manage the exisng process systems for the system control, opmise processes and develop new processes in cooperaon with the company’s other departments, especially in the cases of addional producon facilies or new producon lines. Plant maintenance and restarng machines and plant components are also part of the good management of plant processes. It used to be that different departments of the company each had their own system of maintenance, repair and operaons, and that access to each of these was organised differently. Since then the company has switched to the version control soluon product versiondog. Wenthaus had already worked with an earlier version control system, “VersionWorks”. “Even then”, he says, “we were searching for a way in which to ensure that PLC projects were safeguarded and versioned.” At the beginning, each individual department used to save the current data for each PLC. Gradually, a versioning and data management system was introduced across more and more departments unl it had been incorporated by all of them: “Today, it’s impossible to imagine working without it. Having a centralised data storage system means that there is a complete change history to which all 60 users have access from whichever department they may be in,” says Wenthaus. Indeed, in addion to the brewery in Warstein yet another brewery belonging to the enterprise group has integrated versiondog. From now on, the management of PLC programs from all other locaons will take place centrally in Warstein. All that versiondog requires is a lile bit of discipline. Everyone is required to meculously document their work. They happily do this because they recognise the benefits. Is such soware cost-effecve? In response to this queson, Wenthaus shares an account from his own work day: “All of our machines are connected to each other via the network. If one of the machines were to come to a halt, it would affect the enre filling and boling process.” In this context, being cost-efficient means avoiding wasng me. “Thanks to versiondog, we Page 1/4

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