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From Cesar Garcia <>
Subject Re: [Introduction] Christofer Dutz
Date Wed, 06 May 2020 17:53:29 GMT
Hi Alls,

I am an electrical engineer, graduated from Universidad de Oriente, 50
years old, I live in Barcelona, Venezuela with two daughters and my wife.

My first computer, an Atari-800XL. :-)

My first automation work was done for the mining area. Mining is very hard
work where safety must always come first and it is the first rule that I
teach the people who have worked with me.
On weekends I had the development of Web pages as a hobby, for the company
and to learn some Linux. Much of this fieldwork was with Sy / Max teams
from Square D.

Then I went to the beverage area (Brewery), where I made my beginnings with
Siemens S5 and many of its variants, as well as many of its functions for
the development of applications in the Brewery area that are still used
(Braumat, Proleit, etc.).
Trying to promote at that time in any meeting Linux or open technologies
was or is sacrilege or heresy in that corporation.

My conclusion was that marketing rules Automation, the example is when a
colleague indicated that a KHS inspection machine started with Linux Suse.

Then with my own company, we developed a Kannel-based Gateway (Open Source)
for a telecommunications company also using many high-availability Linux
tools. It ran smoothly throughout its lifetime.

As partners with Siemens, we carry out many Automation projects for the
mining, beverages, food and Oil & Gas areas, also having training in their
tools (PCS7, Braumat, TIA, etc).
>From these works I remember another Gateway that I developed for the
Siemens Apacs and S7 (PCS7) teams, which runs in Java.
After evaluating many tools for implementation (Tomcat, JBoss, etc.) the
last one was Karaf, my brain exploded, this complies with the maxim of
automation, "keep things stupid simple !!!!".
The Gateway runs 24/7 only for scheduled maintenance.

My area of interest has always been the development of a stack of
applications for Automation (from the PLC to the end customer), from there
I come to PLC4X, where the concept of maintaining a uniform API seems
essential to me.
I hate OPC-DA for its DCOM issues and OPC-UA for its fragmentation and
implementation difficulties (a lot of Marketing again).

In specific my areas of interest: Simatic S7, PCS7, Java, Epics,
ControlSystemStudio (CSS), Karaf, S88, PackML, Security systems (SIS).

Best regards,

PS: In the brewery we had a phrase for the programs that came from Germany.
"So that you are going to be easy if you can make it difficult", jeje

El mar., 5 may. 2020 a las 7:23, Christofer Dutz (<>)

> Hi all,
> I have noticed that our tram has grown quite a bit in the last year and
> most of you I have never met personally.
> We have been discussing a lot of things here on the list and on slack, but
> I only have little background on who you folks actually are.
> So I would like to ask anyone interested to just introduce himself in this
> thread.
> I’ll start:
> My name is Christofer Dutz, I’m currently 42 years old and studied
> computer-science at the University of Darmstadt.
> I’m the son of an Electro-Engineer and therefore already had contact with
> all of this automation stuff when I was a kid, but somehow lost contact
> when I discovered my interest in computers.
> Being an IT guy living near Frankfurt (Germany) there is almost no chance
> to not work for Banks and Insurance companies. So I guess I’ve been working
> for about 12 different Banks and Insurance companies in the last 15 years.
> I always like to compare working for a bank like asking Picasso to paint a
> portrait, but to have him wear a mental-institution restraining jacket and
> have him paint with a brush in his mouth. End of the first quarter of 2017
> it was getting so unbearable for me, that I was thinking about giving up my
> profession as an IT specialist and even starting to learn something new. I
> was already looking for companies looking for an apprentice as carpenter,
> when I had another round of self-reflection. Even if I probably would have
> been good as a carpenter, I still love doing my job, just not for Banks and
> Insurance companies.
> I was seeing the same with a lot of my colleagues.
> It was that time that Industry 4.0 was everywhere … all the problems are
> easily addressable with open-source and a lot of the skills I have from the
> banking would have been a perfect match. So I had a look at what’s missing
> in this big picture and pretty quickly noticed the data-access problem is
> the biggest barrier and no solution being available or in sight.
> Luckily at codecentric we have something called “Innovation budget”. Here
> if you’ve got an idea, you can pitch in some shark-tank-like session with
> the board and if they like it, you get the funds for doing that. My idea
> was to build a universal protocol adapter. From the beginning I said I want
> this to be a true open-source project at Apache. The benefit for
> codecentric would be to eliminate the barriers to offering IIoT solutions
> with our large set of professionals in all areas this involves. The board
> agreed and for the last 3,5 years I have been paid by codecentric to work
> on Apache PLC4X full-time.
> Outside of the IT world, I love to do sports with others, so I’m usually
> in the gym in some workout and TaeBo courses about 3 times a week, I love
> snowboarding and everything that has anything to do with water.
> Another huge passion of mine is melodic electronic music, so usually I
> travel around the Europe visiting different electronic music festivals.
> I live in a town called Ober-Ramstadt together with my girlfriend Tanja,
> where we just moved into a house I inherited from my grandpa and which we
> renovated in 2 years of hard work … and still the work doesn’t end … so
> some-times I fall off the face of the earth for a few days cause I’m
> probably digging trenches for the foundation for some wall, or my
> rain-water system, or … or … or …. Guess the digging never stops.
> Ok … so I hope this gives you a little impression on who I am and what
> drives me … it would make me happy to see some of you folks also introduce
> yourself. And I would even more love to have a beer with you (Or, as I’m a
> hessian … a big glass of apple wine) 😉
> Chris

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