If the supply of a service such as water or electricity is interrupted, then in addition to serious economic impact, there can be severe disruption to daily life, both on an individual and a national level. Maintaining supply is heavily reliant on sophisticated IT control systems, both in large plants and remote areas. versiondog and AutoSave are in use worldwide to safeguard automated processes of supply facilities and infrastructure, to control risk of service disruption and safety hazards to employees.
Support in adhering to national legal requirements for critical infrastructure IT security (CRITIS)
Reduction and prevention of system failures as well as fast disaster recovery and cornerstone of an effective cybersecurity strategy
Safeguarding of industrial control systems (ICS), among other things, to secure the supply mission
A firefighting mentality is one where organizations are frantically rushing to solve unexpected problems, making impulsive decisions, and applying short term “band-aid” solutions to restore production as quickly as possible. Production plants are particularly susceptible to this mentality. Why? Plants are up against a wide variety of risks to productivity and product quality. Human error, equipment failure, cyber attack, and natural disaster all have the potential to cause significant downtime. When every minute of downtime can cost thousands, it is critical to resume production as quickly as possible.
Nevertheless, very few production plants are adequately prepared for worst-case scenarios or even everyday issues. A proactive approach to data management for automation could save time, money, and effort.
This white paper will discuss how better data management can transform your industrial automation for increased productivity with fewer problems. First, it will explore the causes and concerns of a reactive “firefighting” approach to maintenance in automation. Then, it will propose data management tools and best practices to help break these habits.