Data Management Best Practice: Leave No PLC Forgotten

thyssenkrupp Automotive Systems turns to versiondog to avoid Future Downtime

thyssenkrupp versiondog case study logothyssenkrupp Automotive Systems specializes in the construction of axles. Its facility in Hambach, Germany is responsible for the production of Smart front and rear axles (including the motor). A Smart car is produced every two minutes and the axles must be delivered every 32 minutes.

One day, the maintenance team at thyssenkrupp learned a data management best practice lesson the hard way. The front axle production line came to a standstill for three and a half hours. For a facility whose single production minute costs 7,000 euros, this unplanned downtime was catastrophic.

data management best practice no PLC forgottenTheir current troubleshooting plan involved disconnecting central PLCs for the power supply, which resulted in the loss of actual values. Controllers were only backed up manually ever six months and there was no backup of the latest version. Maintenance staff tended to save current versions on their local computers and PLCs weren’t always connected to the production network.

After this incident, it was clear that a robust version control system for automated production was desperately needed to prevent downtime from occurring in the future. Read the entire case study to learn more about why thyssenkrupp Automotive Systems choose versiondog to help them with data management and version control.