ZONTEC INC., a developer of statistical process control (SPC) software, announced an update to its Synergy 2000™ Multi-function Toolbox. “We believe that data automation should be transparent to the customer,” stated president Warren Ha. “Because each customer’s needs are unique we designed the Multi-function Toolbox to be flexible.”
The Multi-function Toolbox automatically collects data in real-time from PLCs (programmable logic controllers), CMMs (coordinate measurement machines), and similar plant hardware. The multi-function toolbox also allows companies to transfer legacy data from other applications or databases, seamlessly; integrate data from manufacturing applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), laboratory management systems (LIMS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems; as well as serve as a communication bridge between open platform connectivity (OPC) servers and the Synergy 2000 OPC client. “For those in the automotive industry, the Multi-function Toolbox also supports the AIAG Quality Measurement Data (QMD) specification as an open exchange format into Synergy 2000 from standard gauging devices,” noted Ha.
Customers are anticipating the new enhancements as well. “We are excited about the release of version 2.0 of the Synergy 2000 Multi-function Toolbox,” stated Cary Williams, process leader for Amantea Nonwovens LLC. “The Synergy 2000 Multi-function Toolbox has made it easier for us to look at our data over time. It has facilitated our continuous process improvement efforts.”
Highlights of the new features include: ability to connect to multiple OPC servers; save selected tags as a group in OPC client; import data from any database through Open Database Connectivity (ODBC); and setup data transfers for multiplecomma-separated values(CSV) files. Also, the new Multi-function Toolbox is updated to the latest version of Microsoft Net 4.0.