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How often do you back up your control system programs?

A production line is rarely an unchanging system. In fact, various devices get added and removed, and production processes get altered, leading to changes to control system programs.

Still, there are many enterprises that back up their control systems irregularly or not at all. In fact, the more often you modify your PLC programs, the more important it is to back them up. It is also essential that new program revisions are described and their authors are known, as those can be a variety of different people – including colleagues, subordinates and suppliers. If, then, a control system fault or failure occurs and you do not have a backup, you lose your PLC program. How much time and money will you have to invest to recover it?

Prevent human error in manual backup

Automatic PLC program backup is safer than manual backup, as manual backup involves the risk of human error. With automatic backup, you always have a full history of all the recent program changes at your disposal, enabling you to restore the device program to a particular version – and thus safeguarding your plant's operation against such situations as when the PLC program cannot be found or has been overwritten.

How to Go About It

Octoplant is a modular platform for managing and backing up industrial devices and IT systems. The solution can be tailored to the needs of your plant.

The Octoplant program was created in 2021 by merging VersionDog and MDT AutoSave. Both programs have helped thousands of companies standardise their automated backup and version control systems.

Thanks to FOXON, you can now buy it also in Czechia and Slovakia. FOXON has been the exclusive Octoplant distributor and integrator for Czechia and Slovakia since 2020.

Why Use Octoplant for Backup?

  • Automatic backup represents a standardised way of managing changes to control system programs, simplifying training of new staff
  • Program backups are available anytime – in the case of an unexpected failure and a control system program loss or overwrite
  • Control system program recovery following PLC repairs or replacement becomes cheaper
  • Automatic backup reduces the downtime necessary for program recovery
  • All program revisions are stored in one system, so you do not need to look for them anywhere else
  • You get a detailed insight into program changes and can compare them
  • Improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) through standardisation, synchronisation, increased visibility and system integration

FOXON offers

  • The design and implementation of the right Octoplant solution for your company
  • The design and implementation of a solution for connecting devices to be backed up to the Octoplant program
  • The implementation of automatic backup for local (networked) as well as remote (non-networked) devices
  • ROI calculation showing return on your investment in the Octoplant solution
  • Analysis of the benefits of deploying the solution
  • Training for your staff and the creation of user guides
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    1. Octoplant

    In addition to functionalities for securing your production, Octoplant provides a BI solution where information for production, maintenance and management is displayed as dashboards. Data from multiple Octoplant servers can be linked, evaluated and analysed.

    2. System Dashboard

    The System Dashboard provides information and transparency about the degree of utilisation of Octoplant. Questions such as “How many jobs are active/deactivated?” and “Which jobs led to an error?” can be easily answered here.

    3. Admin Dashboard

    Dashboards and reporting functionalities with overviews of users, clients and licences are available in the admin dashboard.

    4. Job Log

    The Job Log lists the history of all job results. It provides a graphical analysis of job results (equal, different, error, etc.) and enables interactive filtering and sorting needed for analysing the history of specific jobs.

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