A leading manufacturer (OEM) of discrete filling, bulk filling and checkweighing
equipment faced competitive pressure to offer a product which provides a central
database for collecting and analyzing production data. Faced with limited internal
staff with the necessary design and development experience to develop the
application, the OEM sought a partnership with Pyramid Software build a product
which met the requirements of the largest possible customer base.
We worked with the OEM in designing a product that not only met their initial
presentation and reporting requirements, but extended the product functionality
to include MES features such as customer management, materials management,
line management, recipe management and lot management for continuous- and batch-type
production scenarios. The product is designed to work with any OLEDB-compliant
database, provide easy integration for custom reports and allow virually any
competitors equipment to be integrated into the application.
The product was built using ActiveX/COM component technology so that multiple remote
views of the filling equipment can be run against a single data collection host. The
host is fully VBA-compliant so that other HMI products can communicate with the
devices and provide a presentation layer using the customers' prefered HMI tools.
The OEM has released the product and is currently marketing the product throughout
North America. The OEM has expanded its customer base and plans to position the product
for world-wide distribution.
Pyramid Software offers technical support and three training programs for the OEMs
Plans are to implement version 2.0 of this product in 2004.