MPM announces the launch of its next generation of Benchmark software, Benchmark 4.0, for the Momentum Series, Accela and MPM125 Printer platforms. Supported by a new, more powerful computer and a wide-screen monitor, the new Windows 7 OS system incorporates the familiar Benchmark GUI and functionality, with added improvements in feature function that come from using Windows 7, but also incorporates a unique, empowering new Open Software Architecture, OpenApps (Patent Pending).
Revolutionary OpenApps creates new communication possibilities for easy two-way communication between the printer and, for example, the user’s own in-house Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Speedline is the first SMT equipment company to offer an open software architecture and all of the creative and process improvement possibilities that it brings.
“For customers who have an MES control system for managing and monitoring work-in-process on a factory floor, we can provide customers with the development software tools they need so that they can extract whatever machine information they want into their MES system,” said Mark Clemons, Business Unit Manager - Printers. “Customers who want their printers to talk to their MES Systems now have a way to get this functionality without lots of custom development. The development path can be quick since it is outside of our code.”
Clemons adds that there are multiple ways for customers to implement the system; they can develop it on their own, use a 3rd party developer, or Speedline can provide resources to assist in development.
“Leveraging our new open architecture for communication, we can now create custom applications that we call ‘OpenApps’ for customers to do things with machine information that they simply could not do before,” he says. “Customers can create their own apps; develop concepts of features that can be shared, and expand the development of new ideas and concepts for the printing process. In fact, Benchmark 4.0 includes several new OpenApps to help demonstrate the concept.”
Benchmark 4.0 uses the Windows 7 operating system, whose benefits include faster processing speed and better performance using 64 bit technology, less memory usage, and faster network speeds.
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge, services and manufacture of capital equipment used in the printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA, the company markets five best-in-class brands: Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support and training solutions. For more information about Speedline Technologies visit www.speedlinetech.com