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Case Study - versiondog in use at Egger

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Case Study - versiondog in use at

Case study at Egger: More efficient maintenance through automated data management More efficient maintenance through automated data management Egger Ltd at Hexham, Northumberland, UK, manufactures chip board and associated products on highly automated production lines. The programs within numerous manufacturing systems and controllers are vital to the resulting OEE of the company and require frequent back up, version control and automatic administration. Egger standardised on versiondog software from SolutionsPT to undertake and manage this task. Egger is one of Europe´s leading wood based panel producers, with a product portfolio that ranges from decorative products, such as melamine faced chipboard, decorative MDF, laminate and edging, to construction products, such as Chipboard and OSB. Egger products manufactured at the 75 acre Hexham plant include EUROSPAN® chipboard, EURODEKOR® melamine faced chipboard and EGGER tongue and groove flooring panels. There is also another site at Barony, Ayrshire in Scotland, which also manufactures EUROSPAN® chipboard. Fig. 1: Automated manufacture of chipboard Standard solutions Egger has standardised its manufacturing technology across its entire operation, versiondog being the solution for automation program version control. versiondog has proved to be vital to the continuous operation of the plant as it automatically captures all changes made to networked controllers, and can be used manually to ‘log out’ a particular program, make changes, and then return it. This includes fully commented code which allows its use as a maintenance diagnosis tool to be much clearer and easier to work with. Version management of automation devices At Hexham all PLCs, SCADA systems and increasingly Inverter Drive programs (or parameter sets) are fully managed by versiondog. At the site they have approximately 50 Simatic S7 PLC’s, 15 Wonderware InTouch applications and numerous Inverter Drives, each having parameter sets that are important for optimum operation, which are at risk of being lost if a drive fails. Network connection is provided by a backbone fibre system with Profibus over Ethernet at the device level. All original and developed versions of program software are stored in the versiondog server. These are checked out, copied to a local hard drive, changes made and checked back into the system. Security is provided by layered password protected authorisation levels and new versions (as opposed to trials) can be marked as such. In some cases as many as 200 versions of a particular device’s program are stored. Additionally the company uses Rittal’s EPLAN electrical CAD system, drawing files being backed up and managed by versiondog. When an amendment to an EPLAN drawing has to be made the latest copy of the project is checked out from the file server via Version Dog. This automatically saves the file to a location on the local hard drive. EPLAN is then opened and the EPLAN project opened manually from EPLAN, unlike Copyright AUVESY GmbH · Fichtenstrasse 38 B · 76829 Landau in der Pfalz Date: 26.07.2018 Page 1 of 3

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