The High Performance HMI is not a brand new concept or a piece of hardware, it is an ISA standard for automation that has been around more than 5 years. The concept highlighted below is a methodology for developing graphics for the Human Machine Interface (HMI) that facilitates Operator Effectiveness. Diagram 1: High Performance HMI example provided by
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) requires long term education because technology concepts build on one another. A dozen or more years of schooling cannot reasonably be picked up through typical on the job training programs. Studies show if you weren’t stimulated or interested early in life, it’s extremely difficult to move into a technology career path later. Indeed, STEM education is an antecedent long before
Freescale Coldfire – Whitepaper
Applied Sciences Group (ASG) was contracted by an electronics manufacturer to develop the board support package (BSP) for a Freescale Coldfire-based single board computer. The embedded Linux solution had to support multiple peripherals as well as a high-speed monitoring application running on top of the Linux operating system.
Applied Sciences Group, Inc. has been under contract to develop the software for an ingestible, wireless capsule that measures pressure, pH and temperature as it traverses the gastrointestinal tract. The information is used to provide gastric emptying time, combined small and large bowel transit time, total transit time, pressure contraction patterns from the antrum and
Custom Software Development
ASG has supported projects requiring knowledge of gravity measuring techniques used in mineral and oil exploration. ASG has been involved in all software aspects of these projects: real-time instrument monitoring, calibration and stabilization software, data communications, data analysis, operator interfaces, data collection and archiving, failsafe operation, low-level interrupt services,
Real-Time Information Portal and Recipe Management System
Customer’s Manufacturing Challenges
Applied Sciences Group (ASG) was contracted by a medical manufacturer that produces slides for medical diagnostics. The slides have a proprietary coating placed on a substrate film material. Processes at the facility include formulation (batch processing), coating (continuous web processing), slitting and chopping (packaging). The entire process must comply with 21 CFR Part 11
Project Description: Our Client engaged a third party to duplicate a Digital Gauge attached to an oxygen tank used for patient care. The new Gauge was to be lighter weight (plastic) and was designed to use a LED instead of a power-consuming backlight. Otherwise it was expected to be functionally a duplicate. ASG had been exposed to the previous code and was well equipped to walk through the new code on the new device. ASG
While attending a recent New York State Center of Excellence event we learned that: Fuze Hub recently announced the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, a Manufacturing Innovation Grant that is available to non-profit organizations in New York State, quarterly. Applicants must demonstrate industry partnerships through which the project will benefit companies, especially manufacturers or early stage companies with projects relevant to the manufacturing sector. Non-profit
As a continuation from our Software Development Approaches blog post, we would like to further discuss the benefits and differences between Waterfall and Agile (AKA Rapid Prototyping) Software Development strategies. Understanding the differences between each development strategy will allow you to better plan and communicate the development of your project. Waterfall Model for Software Development
Managing software projects and maintaining budget expectations requires effort and planning. As originally discussed by QSM, a quantitative software management firm, there are “9 Keys to Effectively Managing Software Projects.” We agree with the findings from QSM and wanted to share the following lessons learned that can guide business leaders when managing software projects. #1: Software Development is not Manufacturing Unlike a planned manufacturing
If you snore consider signing up for a pre-launch of BreatheSimple, a smartphone app that promotes better breathing. Applied Sciences Group has been involved with some of the sophisticated algorithms and programming that went into the development of this app. This application provides sophisticated metrics of your breathing habits, after regular use, to help guide you towards improved sleeping habits! We
Niagara Country hosts an annual Technology & Homeland Security Conference which focuses on today’s rapidly changing technology and how it is used to drive productivity and collaboration, while dealing with security and regulatory requirements, and adapting to new products, needs and threats. Applied Sciences Group attended the various presentations provided to the forum visitors. 5
In honor of the 43 North competition, and start up week, we would like to share our two cents on the subject of development stages for startups. When building a startup, there are many aspects of business that must be worked out in order to succeed, but you will certainly see the following pieces discussed in any start up pitch.
- Technology (Concept, IP Protection and potentially a
Women Developers at Applied Sciences Group have volunteered as mentors for WNY STEM’s Girls Coding Project. The event kicked off on July 29th with a dinner to meet and greet with the female students to start talking about their coding projects, which followed a two-week summer camp in coding basics. Teams were built to identify a real-world coding challenge for which they will design their best solution. Starting September 17 until December 8, 40 middle
We have to think that the Automotive industry is doing particularly well thanks to the current low in Oil/Gas prices. In Western New York we are seeing all the local factories upgrading their control systems and investing in their plants. Some of the systems we are replacing have been in place for more than 15 years. If you have an
We are honored to announce that ASG has been awarded as the Winner of InfoTech WNY’s BETAS (Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase) for Best Tech Team in WNY Professional Services. The BETAS is an annual technology event that recognizes organizations and individuals that set the standard for technological innovation, implementation and workplace culture.
If you are a NYS manufacturer, or your division has a plant in NYS, you are eligible for a Federal grant program, which will cover 50% to 75% of a project that will improve your competitiveness in the global economy. It may sound too good to be true, but it is a real program that has already spent $53M and we are just learning
We are proud to announce that Applied Sciences Group is a finalist for InfoTech WNY’s BETAS in the category of Best Tech Team in WNY for Professional Services. ASG was formed in 1993, as an engineering services firm that develops software solutions for industrial automation, machine control, and custom software applications. We provide engineering services on a project-by-project basis to augment your engineering team to complete
Working with a company that provides the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to a wide variety of tasks in your field can help pique, drive and build your interests and expertise. As an engineer, I was fortunate enough to find these benefits at Applied Sciences Group, Inc. ASG is not just focused on the development of the company, but also the progress and development of its employees and clients. In the past year, I
When talking technology, is it important to clear through the hype of new software development trends and stick to the essentials. Hype is hype, and trends are just trends when it comes to the way that we think, look, and perform. Much of this is true when it comes to technology. As ever changing and emerging techniques, skills, and methods are developed, many are on the curve to use and perform the latest and “greatest”.
Applied Sciences Group, (ASG) recently completed an industrial control system upgrade project for a local manufacturing company. The original equipment manufacturer’s machine was designed as a tandem machine with two identical machines operating from one controller. The control system upgrade utilized a GE RX3i PLC and GE PACMotion 4-Axis Motion Controller. Each machine was equipped with an existing GE iFIX operator interface. By
- 1/21/16: Automatech (GE) is presenting a Workshop on Virtualization
- 4/12/16: Annual ISA Niagara Frontier Section Trade Show (Usually at the Buffalo Marriott)
- 4/19/16: National Instruments will be presenting a hands-on Session here in Buffalo
ASG recently completed an industrial control programming project for a local original equipment manufacturer. The control system utilized an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC and a PanelView Plus HMI terminal. The equipment will ultimately be installed and used in the oil refining industry. Due to the nature of the final application, it was not possible to run the system and test under actual conditions prior
Each year, Buffalo Business First researches the top companies in Buffalo and reports their company ranking, within industry categories, in the Book of Lists. Applied Sciences Group is honored to be featured in Business First Book of Lists for 2015-2016 in the categories of: Life Sciences Companies, Cloud Computing Companies, and Technology Companies- Services. Business professionals like to work with reputable companies and take
Even though it’s a fait accompli (an irreversible trend) today, the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing was long overdue. PC-based 64-bit operating system software has been available for both Windows and Linux since 2001. Most commercial and industrial software packages matured long after this, but with the advent of Windows Server 2008 – which was a 64-bit only operating system – the rollout of software
MEDTECH2015 is less than one month away and we can’t wait! Join Applied Sciences Group’s Paul Buckley (MedTech Board Member) and ASG staff on October 14th – 15th at MedTech Association’s annual conference #MEDTECH2015: “Convergence – Building Momentum for Growth!”This year’s conference will be located at the new Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER located in Buffalo, NY. This is a relatively unique forum –
We are aiding and abetting the enemy with our bad habits. How is the buzz related to Cyber Security affecting our business? It is certainly getting a lot of discussion and leading to some overdue changes in the industry. We have all our industrial control vendors such as Allen Bradley, Siemens, GE doing webinars and recommending best practices. Our clients are asking for suggestions. The Buffalo chapter of the FBI is
Paul Buckley, President of Applied Sciences Group, is at Gorbel Medical with their product, SafeGait360. Gorbel has over 35 years of experience with cranes and lifting. Applied Sciences Group was the software development partner that automated the software for SafeGait360. Watch as Paul tries SafeGait360. First the first time in months, Paul is able to put weight on his severely injured/healing foot! Click to watch this video on
At Gorbel Medical’s Grand Opening event in July 2015, Applied Sciences Group received special recognition for our partnership with Gorbel Medical. Betty, General Manager of Gorbel Medical, named ASG to be one of the most significant partners that Gorbel Medical had throughout their development journey, creating SafeGait 360°. Following the event, Betty wrote a very nice letter to Paul Buckley, President of Applied Sciences
Applied Sciences Group works with a local manufacturing plant that runs 24/7. A particular plant process was in need of a control system upgrade, but the plant operations personnel were only willing to shut-down production on this equipment for a 24 hour shift, giving ASG’s software engineers a 24 hour installation window. During this 24 hour installation window, ASG successfully performed a PLC-migration. The
Businesses need to keep up with technology if they are to remain competitive in their market. Within our lifetimes technology has evolved so rapidly – and continues to do so – that “keeping up” has transitioned from a casual stroll to a stressful, breakneck experience. We suffer from a technology churn that barely provides product comfort before it’s time to move on to something else.
It is not news that Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft. What does this mean? You will no longer receive security updates or technical updates for Windows XP operating system. This means that you are exposed to vulnerabilities that might be exploited by malware and malicious attacks on your computers and systems. It is important to update your operating system and make
Municipal Engineering is important for the community as it supports many elements to urban life. The demands on municipal utilities are staggering: The community expects and demands that water and other utilities be provided every minute of every day, no exceptions. These systems must be reliable, robust and secure. ASG specializes in Water Management system concept development, design, and project management of your control
ASG’s experienced engineers are capable of enhancing an existing product development. Many of our client’s projects have started the development process, but are in need of extra
“We are excited to strengthen our team and welcome new staff to ASG” said Ben Casto, ASG Sales Manager. ASG’s team is focused on integrating software solutions with the people who use them. New members to ASG’s
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, will be New York State’s Largest Trade Show for Industrial Automation, Technology & Process Control, and ASG will be there! The ISA Tech EXPO 2015 will be located at Marriott Inn, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, New York from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. This ISA Tech Expo will include attendees and vendors from industries including; manufacturing, energy,
As software engineers, we offer automation solutions for your products or services. Having tools, like robots, to support your factory automation process can offer a benefit in production and efficiency of your process. Many wonder if investing in robots is a smart economic decision. We have gathered some information from ABB Robotics that will help you understand the reasons why production facilities are bringing
One of Applied Sciences Group’s clients, Gorbel Inc., has recently received a lot of press around the excitement of a newly developed balance and mobility trainer that is designed to improve patient care. ASG is excited for Gorbel as they have expanded industries served and have developed a technology that will help many people improve their quality of life while
Custom Mobile Software
ASG Mobile Software Development Projects:
- An industrial gas company requested a mobile app to track their Gas Distribution. Gas Tank tracking is handled from various distribution centers around the country. The app works by allowing their truck drivers collect information when they are loading and unloading. The gas truck driver uses a Windows mobile
Applied Sciences Group was contracted to provide the project management, software design, testing and lead all engineering efforts for development of a system that automates the administration of “fresh gas” and anesthetic drugs to patients more efficiently and with less medical staff.
The project was a collaborative effort between four corporate teams with specific skill sets to contribute
ASG has developed a number of USB solutions for several clients. USB drivers are typically developed and configured to run in either device (“gadget”) or host mode. ASG has developed drivers for both modes of USB.
The typical client technology hurdle was to develop a custom driver to support a
Cardiac Monitoring System
Applied Sciences Group is under contract to develop a Cardiac Monitoring System (CMS) using a dual balloon esophageal catheter to measure cardiac performance. A medically trained operator inserts the catheter through the nose into the esophagus, and uses an Electronics Unit (EU) attached to the catheter to position and inflate the balloons behind the left atrium and aorta.
Analytical Instrument Development
An Analytical Instrument Company asked us to develop a fully integrated product. The Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is a highly specialized optical technique for determining refractive index changes at surfaces. This surface is typically an interface between a solid support phase and a liquid phase.
Machine to machine (M2M) communications and the growth of software designed to automate M2M processes are exploding as the Internet of Things reaches maturity. M2M’s benefits lie in the ability to rapidly move and aggregate data in a way that allows us to gain knowledge and efficiency like never before. If you are part of an organization that collects device data but haven’t embraced the
Barry Boehm was one of the early pioneers in the software cost estimating field with the publication of Software Engineering Economics(1981). In that book he refers to the uncertainty of software cost estimation concept as following a “Funnel Curve”. Years later Steve McConnell, a renowned author in the field of Software Engineering, referred to Boehm’s funnel curve concept as the “Cone of Uncertainty” in his book Software
At the core of providing any software services to a client is the need to deliver a reasonable estimate for the level-of-effort required to perform a task. The level-of-effort is typically measured in work hours, which is usually the biggest cost driver in a software development project. The ability to accurately estimate the level-of-effort depends on where in time you are in the
One of the most interesting projects I have worked on at Applied Sciences Group (ASG) was the St. Lawrence Seaway project. We were able to experience the power of water up close. Our work was focused on the Welland Canal section of the seaway. The entire seaway consisting of 15 locks
We are very excited to congratulate the winners of the 43North Business Plan Competition. It has been a long haul for everyone, starting with 6,932 applications from 96 countries and all 50 states. We are especially thrilled to congratulate Medical Conservation Devices and Programmable Equipment Company for their success within this competition.
Since 2009, National Grid has already provided over $1 million in grant funding in WNY for the Manufacturing Productivity Program. National Grid’s Economic Development Grant Program maintains a strong focus on site development, urban revitalization, strategic marketing, and facilitating customer growth through infrastructure assistance, energy efficiency and productivity improvement. The Program reflects an increasing emphasis on sustainable development, the efficient use of existing energy infrastructure, and the strategic deployment of renewable generation technologies. It has
Clearly, there is a greater sense of optimism in Western New York today than there has been in a long time. Decades of political squabbling, of finger-pointing and mismanagement at many levels is slowly being replaced by success stories and a rebirth of the local economy. No doubt we have a long way to go, but the change in local attitude is pervasive. Walk around the