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 versiondog. The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making versiondog one of CERN's standard technologies.
Due to the needs of its service area, the new healthcare campus doubled in size. With the vast size difference between the old and new hospital, Parkland had to address several issues — the most critical being adjustments in the day-today patient care provided by its clinical staff. The sheer size of the patient floors — nearly the length of two football fields — was a challenge. That size drove caregivers from a centralized care model to a decentralized one — creating the need to change how communication and collaboration happens.
While on-site in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, the DAQRI team of Business Development and Solutions Architecture personnel worked closely with KSP Steel’s production leadership to understand the steel production process, operational challenges, and worker pain points.
The Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute at Hyundai Motor Company develops future mobility technologies. Rather than provide conventional vehicle products to customers, this research center creates new mobility devices with a wide range of speeds for a variety of people, including the elderly and the disabled. As our society ages, there is a greater need for systems that can aid mobility. Thus, we are developing wearable exoskeleton robots with NI embedded controllers for the elderly and patients with spinal cord injuries to use.
Developing a system that can handle complex control algorithms to capture data remotely from various sensors simultaneously and perform real-time control of multiple actuators for a wearable robotics device for walking assistance.
The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics highlighted an issue facing much of China: infrastructure construction is not keeping up with population demand. China is one of the fastest growing vehicle markets in the world with an estimated 20,000 new vehicles hitting the road each day. The problems at the Olympics were exasperated by an increase in tourist traffic and a need to quickly and easily install an intelligent transportation system powerful enough to handle Beijing’s tough traffic problems.
The systems created for the Olympic Games needed to be highly accurate and reliable. Detection devices also had to accurately detect traffic over eight to 10 lanes. Inductive loops take too long to install and were unreliable and unable to adapt to changing traffic patterns.
Global energy leader ENGIE is implementing an ambitious digital transformation strategy that is vital to the Fortune Global 500 company’s plan to confront the major challenges posed by climate change and promote people’s access to reliable, innovative, socially responsible, low carbon, and decentralized energy. To do this, ENGIE plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Providing machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless connectivity to deliver vital traffic information to local municipalities and their motorists to improve traffic safety.
When complex systems are developed for a customer and commissioned with a particular delivery state, a data management system can make it easier to archive commissioned versions and track subsequent changes made by the customer.
The LHC was commissioned in 2008 to carry out cutting-edge research into particle physics. versiondog 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.
versiondog 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. versiondog helps us do that."
Parkland surveyed its nursing staff to gain feedback on various mobile devices. They selected Zebra Technologies’ MC40-HC enabled with Zebra’s Workforce Connect Voice client. The decision was based on performance, capability, durability and compliance with Parkland’s infection prevention program.
Employing DAQRI SMART HELMET™ and visual markers at process-observation points, KSP Steel engineers could access two new capabilities.
1. Just-in-place AR data visualization: Workers could safely access necessary information at the point of need, without wasted travel time or an interruption of situational awareness.
2. Portable Process Data: Workers can select an AR data visualization for a given observation point and pin it to their AR display, independent of the unique marker. This decouples the dependence on installed physical infrastructure and allows the user to safely take information with them, providing exponential improvements in process flexibility.
Using the LabVIEW RIO platform, including a CompactRIO embedded system and a real-time controller with an FPGA control architecture provided by Single-Board RIO, to acquire data from various sensors and control peripheral units, high-speed communication devices, and actuators; and using LabVIEW software to acquire reliable data by conducting real-time analysis and applying various robot control algorithms to dramatically reduce development time.
SmartSensor HD was selected for the project because it proved to be more accurate than video detection, and much easier to install than loops or other non-intrusive devices. Min Der Day, director of Asia ITS for Wavetronix, said HD’s ease of installation came in handy because, with the high amount of work needed to prepare for the games, the ITS system had to be deployed in the overnight hours. The end result saw more than 200 HD units installed at strategic locations around the city with self-sustaining solar power and wireless communications. The sensors provided real-time traffic information for some of the most important roadways in Beijing, including the newly-constructed Airport Expressway; the Badaling Expressway that leads to the Great Wall; the Beijing-to-Chengde Expressway; and internal Ring Roads Two and Five – major routes between Olympic venues. Data was used to update variable message signs for real-time traffic information as well as for television, radio and Internet traffic information.
After a thorough review process, ENGIE selected C3 IoT as its strategic partner to provide the technology foundation for its enterprise-wide digital transformation. Since the joint press conference in Paris announcing the agreement in June, ENGIE and C3 IoT have initiated an aggressive roadmap enabling ENGIE to immediately leverage C3 IoT’s high-performance, integrated, enterprise-scale IoT analytics and application development platform. In addition to using C3 IoT’s pre-built SaaS applications, ENGIE will develop and deploy custom applications on the C3 IoT Platform across all of ENGIE’s 24 business units worldwide.
This unified application suite and shared IoT platform will accelerate business integration and leverage economies of scale by capturing functional best practices and expertise within and across business lines and providing the ability to benchmark, rationalize, and share the benefits of comprehensive data across geographies and industries.
Additionally, ENGIE and C3 IoT are partnering to establish ENGIE’s Digital Factory, a global Center of Excellence that unites highly skilled data scientists, developers, and business analysts to create a self-sustaining group of 100 experts knowledgeable in analytics and data – as well as ENGIE’s organization and operations – to propagate techniques and expertise across ENGIE worldwide.
C3 IoT is training a dedicated ENGIE team to become expert implementers of the C3 IoT Platform and applications in order to meet ENGIE’s goal of increasing shared functional expertise, unifying product strategy, and delivering operational data consistently across ENGIE’s lines of business.
During a recent visit to C3 IoT’s headquarters, ENGIE CIO and Chief Digital Officer Yves Le Gelard sat down for a video interview to explain ENGIE’s mission and why C3 IoT is an essential partner enabling ENGIE’s digital transformation.
Web-based, wirelessly enabled, intelligent traffic signs — including radar speed display signs and variable message signs powered by KORE Global Connect. With multi-national customers using web-based interfaces, All Traffic Solutions delivers global access to local traffic data in real-time. The data and statistics collected by these devices are what helps customers determine safety benchmarks, traffic pattern flows and ultimately change the flow of traffic in a city for the better. And by coordinating with KORE, All Traffic Solutions is able to manufacture every device they deploy with wireless connectivity, knowing that global services are available and can be implemented quickly and easily when requested by their customers. This single source solution allows municipalities to take advantage of the wireless connectivity without having to order different equipment. Since every device is installed with this capability, they have the opportunity to decide to use it or not.
Schauer uses versiondog primarily for the versioning and archiving of customer projects. "Basically, complex logistics systems are developed for the customer and commissioned with a certain delivery state," Schauer explains. "versiondog compresses the versions and ensures that older versions do not get lost." In the past, archiving was a laborious task involving various combinations of numbers and letters. Now the intelligent data manager takes care of this automatically. As an interesting aside, versiondog only saves the changes, so the volume of data is kept to a reasonable level. "This is all particularly useful when customers also have access to the source code during a project," reveals Schauer. The Watchdog allowed Knapp to carry out online/offline comparisons at all times. "Whenever the customer made changes, we always knew about it," says Schauer. The option to directly compare programs also means that versiondog can rescue data in no time at all. When components fail, the system enables controlled and reliable restoration without delay. The data either remains on-site on the company's own servers or in a cloud environment. At Knapp, the data is stored on internal servers that are backed up on a regular basis. "This means that only Knapp and the customer have access to the data," says Schauer. [PLCs: The following devices are integrated] 3S CODESYS (Beckhoff TwinCat, WAGO, ELAU, Hitachi, Indramat), AEG, B&R Automation Studio, GE Proficy ME*, IBHsoftec S7 for Windows, IBHsoftec S5 for Windows, Mitsubishi GX Works2, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rockwell Automation RSLogix5, Rockwell Automation (RSLogix500, RSLogix5000), Schneider Unity, Schneider Concept, Schneider Modsoft, Siemens STEP 7, Siemens STEP 7 TIA, Siemens STEP 7 S7 for Windows, Siemens STEP 5, Siemens Simotion
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).
To reach it, it is first necessary to descend 100 m underground. Then you would need a bicycle if you wanted to follow the 27 km circumference of the collider. Doing so, you would pass several thousand electromagnets, some as big as a freight container, masses of cables, gigantic detectors and many computers. All this to do research on the smallest particles in nature. To help answer questions about the origin of the universe. And other questions, such as why is there far more matter than antimatter in the universe? Inside the ring, elementary particles are accelerated by the electromagnets to speeds close to that of light, i.e. in the region of 300,000 km per second. Then they are smashed together at predetermined collision zones. This causes a shower of particles, the trails of which can be traced and analysed by huge detectors. The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) was developed to handle the enormous quantity of data produced. Dispersed across the globe, this computing and data storage network can deal with data volumes in the order of 30 Petabytes.
"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 versiondog 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.
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KSP Steel, the first Kazakhstan Company producing steel seamless pipes for oil and gas sector, was founded in early 2007. Republic of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the official opening of KSP Steel’s plant in the city of Pavlodar in December 2007. The total area of the company production facilities amounts to approximately 133 ha. Over 7,500 well-trained specialists work there. The company’s head office in Almaty coordinates the operation of the plant.
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ENGIE provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of nearly €70 billion in 2015. The global power company plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Located in State College, Pa., All Traffic Solutions is consistently recognized as a leading innovator in the traffic safety market for speed displays, message signs and imaging products, delivering groundbreaking levels of service and product capability. By integrating cloud technology into all of its products, All Traffic Solutions allows customers to manage all their equipment and data remotely, through a browser.
From beta tester to satisfied user – Graz-based company Knapp AG has been using versiondog for data management since 2009. And now the “digital watchdog” will also be used at the company's other locations in Leoben and Sweden.
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The control programs of CERN's auxiliary and utility systems (cryogenics, cooling systems, air conditioning, gas supply, electricity, interlocks, etc.) undergo a continual process of development and modification. The cryogenics have a particularly important role to play here because when the LHC is in operation, the magnets have to be kept at a constant temperature of 1.9 Kelvin (-271 degrees Celcius).
Things have improved a lot since versiondog has been on the scene. All changes, no matter when they are made, where, or by whom, are detected then saved and documented centrally. Plain to see for everyone. All members of staff now go to the same place to access the same control software. The most recently approved and released version is always available. It is backed up regularly and changes made by colleagues can no longer be missed, overwritten or lost by mistake. There are already 10 teams managing around 500 control systems with versiondog. In the near future, around 1,500 components in use at CERN are set to be integrated into the versiondog system.
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Management of the various individual processes and control systems is the responsibility of a number of different departments. Within this structure, Ortolá's department provides CERN wide support service. It was with the goal of standardising processes across departments in mind that the versiondog system was introduced. Staff now have a much clearer picture of processes and their current status. Any and all changes are comprehensible and visible to everyone. And they can be undone if necessary. Furthermore, a backup of all data is performed once a week.
Parkland’s decision to implement a mobile solution enabled the nursing staff to focus on what’s most important — patient care. The solution gives nurses the ability to communicate in real-time, access right-now information, and take the right action with that information.
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Increased Efficiency in the consistent flow of the process
Municipalities around the world can receive vital traffic and
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as well as the reduce traffic congestion.
The parallel server licence means that company locations in Leoben and Sweden will soon follow suit. Whether in Sweden or Austria, it does not matter to the Watchdog. He keeps an eye on everything and makes sure no data gets lost.
"Errors made while modifying programs have been reduced to an absolute minimum since we have been using versiondog," explains Ortolá. "Centralised data storage guarantees that we are always working with the latest and most recently approved and released program versions." But if for some reason a system goes down, the latest version is immediately available. What’s more, the system checks that the version running on a control system (the online version) really does correspond to the latest version that was saved on the server (the offline version). Before versiondog, changes could go unnoticed. Regular online-offline comparisons ensure that this can no longer happen. If a discrepancy is detected, the system informs the appropriate administrator by email. All this means that versiondog has led to an improvement in quality and an increase in the level of work process standardisation at CERN.
Parkland’s leadership can track all patient activities from positive patient identification, specimen collection, laboratory specimen tracking, and pharmacy medication administration. Additionally, hospital staff communication with voice and secure texting, along with patient alerts and alarms — this all helps increase patient safety, care and satisfaction.
Decreased Downtime due to early detection of possible machine failure
Predictive Maintenance with alert systems
Increasing information flow through a variety of sensors available for data collection (tampering, cameras, speed, traffic patterns, etc.)
Every worker has their own personalised access, simply by using their Windows username and password.
The technology solution also helps the hospital escalation process. Instead of multiple staff members responding to a specific call, the process allows someone to accept a response and complete the job without potentially three or four nurses responding to the same call.
Data Aggregation for studying patterns and calculating the OEE.
Research and development in a facility such as CERN never comes to an end. Ortolá is continually adapting the versiondog system to the changing needs of the Organization. When he needs support, he gets it directly from the data management specialists AUVESY. There he can find the help he needs with individual elements of configuration and with broader adaptations of the system to new conditions.
HD is able to accurately detect traffic on up to 22 lanes of traffic, is easy to install and is highly reliable over time.
At Knapp, versiondog now monitors some 1,429 projects with over 5,720 versions – and this is just with their initial licence.
Ortolá sums up: "versiondog makes it possible for us at CERN to safeguard our control system data and store it centrally, which is a crucial element for the Organization."
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