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Case Study - versiondog in use at Tata Steel

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Case Study - versiondog in use at Tata

CASE STUDY Tata Steel Using soware to refine the process of steel manufacture versiondog helps the maintenance department HTD at Tata Steel reduce downme It is a cold hard fact that steel producon in Europe can hardly be made economically viable unless manufacturing facilies use the very latest equipment and technology. And there is no alternave to operang 24/7. So it is clear that the number of stoppages has to be kept to an absolute minimum, and, when unavoidable, must be as short as possible. At Tata Steel, the change management and version control soware versiondog has become a proven and effecve means of combang downme and increasing producon costs. Tata Steel is one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with manufacturing plants in 26 countries and commercial operaons in more than 35 countries. In Europe, it is the second largest steel maker. Its producon facilies not only employ cut- ng-edge technology in all areas, but extremely close aenon is paid to life-cycle costs. There is virtually no other way to manufacture steel compevely in Europe. Also indispensable is a maintenance department that is able to react quickly when necessary, and is as technologically up-to-the-minute as the producon plants. The versiondog change management and version control soware has played a key role at Tata Steel for some me now. It was first used by the company in 2011 at its Ijmuiden plant in the Netherlands. At the me, this kind of soware was not completely new to the company. Since 2005, they had been using a version control product called Version- Works that was then being distributed by the Dutch version control specialist, Agilitec BV. After support for VersionWorks was disconnued in 2010, Agilitec and AUVESY decided to enter into cooperaon. Agilitec has been the versiondog distributor for the Benelux countries ever since. In the Netherlands, as in other countries, Tata Steel is structured into decentralised business units that each have their own product groups and producon facilies. They could be cold rolling plants, for example, or hot rolling plants. “Aer the switch to versiondog, we approached all Tata units in the Netherlands in order to tell them about versiondog. That’s how we came into contact with the central service group HTD,” recounts Yme Bosma, CEO of Agilitec BV. HTD (Hoogoven Technische Dienst – Eng: technical service) is the internal service provider for the maintenance departments of Tata Steel’s business units. They quickly recognised the benefits of versiondog and soon became highly enthusiasc about the system. The soware has been made available on the central network to individual business units. They can choose to take advantage of versiondog on a subscripon basis. In order to increase the maximum number of components, the versiondog system is currently set to be upgraded to a parallel server system. Page 1/4

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