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Version control and data management for HMI/SCADA software zenon

COP237 - Version control and data management for HMISCADA software zenon - HNNewport, July 12, 2016
COPA-DATA and AUVESY cooperate:
With immediate effect, the automation specialist COPA-DATA and AUVESY, Registered Partner of the COPA-DATA Partner Community, are facilitating a close interaction of the HMI/SCADA software zenon and data management system versiondog. When companies apply COPA-DATA’s technology in collaboration with versiondog, projects and data generated from zenon are clear and simple to use for both versioning and documentation.
Automated production places a huge challenge on flexibility and performance of manufacturing processes. This in turn has an influence on the engineering and the software applications: administration, optimization and maintenance are becoming more and more intricate and complex.
In industrial automation, modern software structures therefore depend on simple and clear versioning and documentation of project data and visualization applications. In this way, it is always traceable  which user has made what change to a project or an application and which program version is currently in use. This is an advantage for production companies and for machine and equipment manufacturers and system integrators.
Ensuring transparency and security
versiondog from AUVESY is a standardised solution for consistent version control and data management for automated production. versiondog can help companies secure their data and projects from zenon in an automated manner, control versions and document project states, as well as efficiently handle data systematically using Lifecycle Management.
“Companies today need to have a consistent strategy and solution for their data management. If our customers use zenon in conjunction with versiondog, they can profit from transparent version administration, enabling complete traceability of any project changes,” explains Reinhard Mayr, Project Manager at COPA-DATA.
Added value and reduced costs
Users can optimise their daily tasks and workflows thanks to the standardised administration and structured storage of automation projects and data from zenon. The user saves time  traditionally spent searching for current, valid software versions because the last released versions of the software are always provided.
A consistent data management allows companies to rapidly operate production equipment using zenon. It does so in a targeted manner and can quickly restore optimal states and avoid downtime.
Security and stability of production processes are also increased by identifying intended and unintended changes and thanks to cyclical inspection, it is insured that the active software corresponds with the last released version.
Furthermore, companies can comprehensively document their projects, data and applications and easily prepare activity logs. “versiondog serves as a kind of binding force that holds the complex world of automation processes together. A world where a huge variety of different robots, field equipment, control programs, drives, file formats and software applications must interact optimally,” adds Dr. Tim Weckerle, Development Manager at AUVESY GmbH & Co. KG. “Thanks to the transparency versiondog achieves, companies that use the HMI/SCADA software zenon can also reduce their costs and engineering efforts.”