Copia Automation delivers modern developer tools for industrial automation. Our Git-based source control solution for PLCs streamlines workflows for faster delivery and maximized uptime.
For most every manufacturer, downtime is inevitable, whether planned or not. However, many sites have not adopted modern practices for managing operational technology (OT) and do not have a disaster recovery plan in place. With real-world hazards from fires and floods to cyber attacks on the rise, and more than just production at risk, it's more important than ever to implement better workflows, protect assets and secure a backup plan.
Adopting a proper source control solution for PLC programming is perhaps the easiest first step, as it enhances traceability and recoverability, ensuring teams can quickly identify, access and implement the last working version of code. Currently, PLC code files are typically managed with archive folders, with projects named and saved by the individual engineer. Aside from displaying file name changes, there is no context about changes made within archive folders. Reliable version control systems integrate directly with a computer’s file system, so users do not have to copy and paste files to store backups. They’ll automatically pick up on and store meaningful changes, and back up files in a central repository.
The standard for version control for software development is Git, a distributed system that’s used by millions of developers around the world. But, due to the visual nature of PLC programming and the variety of development environments, these processes are difficult for industrials to adopt. Copia is changing that by delivering a modern, Git-based source control solution tailor-built for controls and automation engineers.
Whether facing an adverse event or planned downtime, implementing modern practices for PLC programming secures a robust backup plan while also streamlining workflows, resulting in faster delivery and maximized uptime for industrial manufacturers.
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