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Case Study - versiondog on the trail of the Big Bang at Cern

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Case Study - versiondog on the trail of the Big Bang at

ong>versiondogong> on the trail of the Big Bang ong>versiondogong> on the trail of the Big Bang Backing up and monitoring of Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, the world´s largest particle accelerator, has been entrusted to the data management system ong>versiondogong>. The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making ong>versiondogong> one of CERN's standard technologies. "We have made significant gains in certainty and quality when it comes to data availability in areas where many programmable logic controllers are in use. Implementing ong>versiondogong> has put us on a new quality level," says Jerónimo Ortolá Vidal, Automation engineer at the Industrial Controls and Safety systems Group of the Beams Department at CERN. The LHC was commissioned in 2008 to carry out cutting-edge research into particle physics. ong>versiondogong> from AUVESY is the leading manufacturer-independent software solution for backup, version control and documentation of project data for industrial control systems. It uses standardised workflow and centralised data storage, makes automatic backups and ensures easily comprehensible documentation of each step in the development process. The SmartCompare function enables detailed program comparison with the same familiar presentation as the system editor. Support is provided for audit trail documentation in accordance with ISO 900x, VDA 6.x, FDA 21 CFR 11, GAMP and GMP. ong>versiondogong> has been in use at CERN for a year. There is now a centralised repository where the project data of the control systems from Siemens (SIMATIC S7, TIA Portal, WinCC flexible) and Schneider Electric (Unity Pro) is safeguarded and managed. "We want to make all the processes of the control system and their surrounding ancillary equipment homogeneous," says Ortolá. "Our goal is to always have a clear overview of all PLCs and HMIs and all the changes that are made to their control programs. We want to be able to manage all program versions using a standardised procedure, and it is extremely important to us to be able to store and safeguard data centrally. ong>versiondogong> helps us do that." Fig. 1: The particle detector ATLAS is 46 metres long, 25 metres in diameter, and weighs about 7,000 tonnes – Image: CERN CERN - looking deeply into matter CERN was founded in 1954 as a research organisation for fundamental physics. It is located at Meyrin near Geneva. A remarkable international collaboration, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is now run by 22 member states. With an annual budget of over one billion euros, the Organization receives visits from around 11,000 scientists all over the world who are working on various projects. The main focus of their research is the exploration of the fundamental particles that make up the Universe. Powerful accelerators are used to bring particles to near light speed. The biggest is the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). © AUVESY GmbH & Co KG · Fichtenstrasse 38 B · 76829 Landau in der Pfalz Last updated: 29.8.2016 Page 1 of 5

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