Version control of Siemens equipment and controllers with Versiondog

Version control of your Siemens automation layer as it should be; easy, intuitive and open - and at the same time endorsed by Siemens.

 

Have you ever found yourself looking for the latest version of the code or configuration?

Most of us have a some point been looking desperately after some configuration or code file after a power outage or a simple human error where someone unintentionally have erased something. Many have probably also been calling around to integrators that have been working on the systems to get information or code. Another story we hear a lot is that someone by mistake changed a parameter or default value and there is no documentation on the value that you had before. All these situations are handled by the Versiondog package and it’s endorsed by Siemens, see the industry mall.

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The questions that Versiondog has the answers to

As you probably already realized there is a number of situations you’ll find yourself in, where an answer would be great to have. The Versiondog software package is the answer to many of those challenges and as soon as you got it you will never stop using it. Since Versiondog takes care of all these situations it’s perfect for regulatory industries and it has of course full audit trail capabilities.

The power of the Versiondog offering – The SmartCompare

Smartcompare is unique for Versiondog in the way it connect, store and compare code, documents, configurations and other types of files. The core of the Versiondog offering lays in the way you connect and compare the code, configuration or data. In Versiondog there is a connector to each device type, which makes it possible to work without using the vendor software package. With that connector you are able to take out all information from the device and compare that against your stored data. The compare is the other part of the connector that is unique for Versiondog, it takes the compare functions to the next level. It’s the SmartCompare!

Support for almost any Siemens device, from Robot to PLC

It doesn’t matter if you have SIMATIC or SINUMERIK the connection is ready to be used! The list includes software like WinCC and the Tia Portal as well as control systems like PCS7, SIMATIC S7 and SIMATIC S5, but also CNC and Motion like SINUMERIK and SIMOTION. The list continues with support for motor control systems like Tiaster MCC eller SINAMIC. The reason for this great coverage is that Versiondog have since it was released in 2007, had a great cooperation with Siemens. Siemens endorses Versiondog as the preferred tool for version control. See the industry mall.

Versiondog functions and set up

The Versiondog package is easy to install, after that the only thing you need to do is to install the connectors to your different systems to start using its full potential. The core function is of course to keep track of the current version of each asset and who should have the right to have access, or change the different assets. Afterwards the next task you need to do is to decide what frequency of back-up or check you want, or if you want to have alarms sent to you when things have changed. The configuration is easy to do and after some simple training you are capable of doing all these things by yourself. As also stated before, all the tasks can be under the control of a full audit trail system.

Support for multiple vendors and devices

Versiondog today supports most automation vendors, most common PLC, DCS, SCADA packages and a long range of Robot and Motion manufacturers. So even if you primarily uses Siemens, all your other equipment can be served by this solution as well. The same goes for that older equipment where we usually find a way to incorporate it, one way or the other, even if it isn’t the automatic download approach. We believe that the data should reside in one tool, to really get a full view of the plant.

Join the family of Versiondog

The users of Versiondog is very diverse and we have small companies monitoring only a couple of assets, up till multinational global players in their field - using the software every day. Versiondog is today the most used CMS software in the automation area. With the best set of connectors and the never ending addition of new connectors in each version, the tool becomes more capable every year. Look at some of the references below, download a story and if you can’t find your industry please contact us and we will show you one option that fits.
 

The solution behind the Versiondog offering

Released in 2007, the story behind Versiondog is not that long, but since then 1000 projects in 30 countries have been delivered much due to the extensive experience in creating similar systems elsewhere before. The Versiondog software is a client/server based product that keeps everything in a central storage. Each client, both user or device, connect to this database to back-up, restore, compare or document code, configuration files, documents or any other type of files you want to keep track of. The company behind Versiondog is called Auvesy and in situated in Landau, Germany where they have their +50 employees today. They ensure that the product are modern in its look and feel and secures that you will get new functions and features on a regular basis. Auvesy have always been committed to quality and the company have been ISO9001 certified and are, due to its customers in the regulatory industry, audited on a regular basis.
 

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Document: Supported Devices/Software

The list of devices shows all currently supported devices and software for Versiondog.

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