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Case Study - versiondog in use at Knorr Bremse

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  • Steeringsystems
  • Maintenance
  • Versiondog
  • Software
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  • Steering
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  • Marvin
  • Lindemann
  • Knorr
  • Bremse

Case Study - versiondog in use at Knorr

Case study at Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems: Maintenance made easy Maintenance made easy Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems revamps their software management with versiondog Even if a production stoppage only seems to be lasting long, it's still too long. For this reason, the maintenance department at Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems in Wülfrath decided to incorporate the versiondog software solution for managing their device programs. Now all data – including circuit diagrams, user guides and other forms of documentation about every device – is centrally available. The Knorr-Bremse Group’s Center of Competence for Steering, based in Wülfrath, Germany, was renamed in 2017 and is now officially known as Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems GmbH. The company, formally known as tedrive Steering Systems GmbH, became a subsidiary of the Knorr-Bremse Group at the beginning of 2016. In the words of the Knorr-Bremse Group: "the product synergies between Knorr-Bremse’s core competency of braking and its recently acquired expertise in steering systems is helping to lay the foundations to take the complex driving functionalities of driver assistance systems and automated driving to the next level." The Wülfrath-based production plants combine the manufacture of individual parts with a high level of vertical integration. This is what distinguishes them from other locations, who generally place greater emphasis on assembly. The machinery at the Wülfrath production plants is therefore different. New technology, such as collaborative robots (Cobots), is being tested in the appropriate sections of the plants, with maintenance always closely involved. Fig. 1: From Hebmüller, Ford, and now Knorr-Bremse, the automotive industry has played an important role in Wülfrath since 1924. © Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems GmbH The company pursues uniform production standards as a matter of course, and quality assurance has set itself correspondingly high standards. All data relevant to QA is collected into a shared data bank. In contrast to maintenance, the individual plants are still relatively self-contained. This is partly due to the substantial difference between the functions performed by the plants. Fig. 2: The high-degree of in-house component manufacture ensures optimum quality. © Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems GmbH Even before the acquisition and eventual renaming of the Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems subsidiary, Maintenance Coordinator, Marvin Lindemann, and his team were in talks about introducing versiondog. They wanted to reduce the number of stoppages and the resulting downtime. Although the number was not above average, there were two controller-related factors that were causing downtime to be longer than necessary: the search for the latest version of the control program, and the process of then comparing it with the one currently running on the controller. The team was also looking for a way to reduce incidences of personnel working on the same project Copyright AUVESY GmbH · Fichtenstrasse 38 B · 76829 Landau in der Pfalz Date: 12.09.2018 Page 1 of 3

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