Why did Nestlé need versiondog?
When something went wrong in Nestlé’s extensive automated production process, finding the cause was a stressful and time-consuming job. With 380 people working to produce coffee at the Mainz plant, it was often a challenge to find out who changed what. Full-efficiency production was often interrupted for up to a week if program validation was required.
That’s why the process automation and quality control teams turned to versiondog.
What did the Nestlé team hope versiondog would do for them?
The Nestlé team had a clear plan for how they were going to use the versiondog data management and version control software.
The top priority was a standardized backup strategy that could be continually active and universally applicable across the plant. The team wanted a centralized backup of all the data necessary to both recover and further develop all devices and related projects. Every piece of hardware and software in the Nestlé plant in Mainz had to be included, encompassing a wide variety of field devices, control programs, drive systems, programming languages, file formats, and software applications.
The Nestlé team also needed to be able to easily identify any differences between the data on the server and the programs running on controllers. This way, they would be able to reload a valid version quickly if needed.