How do you reboot your control unit after a system failure?
One solution to ensure a fresh start of your system after a control system failure is to restore the last image of the hard drive onto a new PC. However, this is only possible if the PC has the same hardware and operating system.
Depending on the type of computer (office or industrial), the availability of spare parts varies between 6 months to 3 years maximum.
In fact, IT manufacturers are constantly improving their components and creating new references.
This can make it difficult or nearly impossible to get a new PC that is identical to your existing one.
This is why Novasep has chosen to use the Siemens® industrial PC since the guaranteed production life is 3 years. In addition to this, there is a 5 year guarantee for technical support and spare parts.
Updating your system is necessary to avoid prolonged production downtime. Planning ahead allows you to minimize the risk of breakdown which may have a strong financial impact.
Software companies such as Microsoft® no longer guarantee the support of older software versions (like Windows® 2000 or NT). It has, therefore, become difficult to resolve issues related to operating systems, like finding drivers for new hardware on the market (driver for printers, network card, PLC communication card, etc.)
It may not be possible to install old software like Windows® 2000 or NT onto a new computer as the new components may be incompatible.
Supervision software developed on an old operating system would not be compatible with a more recent one.
As a result, upgrading your application has become necessary.
Working with an outdated system can cost you more than you might imagine.
If your control system fails, you risk the following:
Anticipating an upgrade of your system to secure and ensure your production allows you to reduce these risks and can save you time and money.
Today’s industry standards are even more demanding in terms of productivity, security, customer service and equipment operations.
As a company grows, it sometimes outgrows its own operating systems.
These tools that were initially innovative solutions towards development can now become problematic obstacles.
In order to control cost, you must closely examine the reliability, flexibility and efficiency of your operating system and increase its life span through upgrades hence, securing your production.
The upgrade of your automated system is an essential step in improving its performance and reliability, but it can also be a tricky one.
As part of Novasep’s continuous improvement program, we:
Therefore, Novasep can help you evaluate your system’s condition to define the best upgrade solution based on its utilization and your budget.
Within the scope of your project, Novasep can propose an upgrade in several steps:
As the first step, Novasep evaluates your system in order to define the critical points:
Outdated operating systems
Outdated automation parts and accessories
For the second step, Novasep looks at the set-up currently installed on the new equipment and suggests an adapted set-up based on your needs and how your machine is used.
Base of the current set-up
Starting from this base, Novasep proposes the following possibilities:
And to take it a step further:
Any modifications to your system can be qualified by Novasep’s Quality procedures to meet cGMP specifications.
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For any other questions regarding Novasep’s offering, please contact us.
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