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Data integrity in a steel manufacturing environment with special reference to Columbus Stainless Steel

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. E.C. Anderssen en_US
dc.contributor.author Kruger, Angela
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-05T07:29:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-05T07:29:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-05
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4506
dc.description M.Comm. en_US
dc.description.abstract In manufacturing companies where raw material is transformed into an endproduct, data pertaining to that transformation process are transported from the physical machine (workstation) to a central database and visa versa. To ensure a successful end-product creation, the company needs to ensure that the data being transported is correct, accurate and trustworthy at all times. As unreliable data seems to be a general problem for large manufacturing companies an investigation was launched to establish what integrity problems are being experienced and possible solutions to these problems in manufacturing companies such as Columbus Stainless Steel. On completion of the investigation it was found that the main causes for late deliveries and data fixes being performed was that the data being transmitted at the source was not always the same data received at the destination, hence a lack of data integrity during data transmission was identified. As it was decided to reduce or eliminate the integrity causes rather than correcting the incorrect results the data transportation process was analyzed. During the analysis the main causes for data integrity problems (errors) were identified. In the environment being investigated, data strings (messages) were created at the workstation and then transported via the use of a transporter (protocol) over an established network to the destination database. The more complex the contents of the message (data string), the more advanced features were needed within the functionality of the protocol to ensure the accurate and correct transmission and processing. Once the main causes for these data integrity errors were identified the investigation was broadened to incorporate the search for various protocols with the ability to reduce or eliminate the causes identified previously. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Data transmission systems en_US
dc.subject Computer network protocols en_US
dc.title Data integrity in a steel manufacturing environment with special reference to Columbus Stainless Steel en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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