Hertzler Systems Announces Support for Handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Devices

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GainSeeker Suite now supports data collection and monitoring on PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and other handheld devices.

Hertzler Systems Inc. has announced that the latest version of their flagship software, GainSeeker® Suite, now supports data collection, monitoring, and first-level analysis via Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's), palmtop computers, and other handheld devices.

Using a handheld device to collect data and provide real-time alerts offers many benefits:

  •      The data is immediately available to the rest of the enterprise, so no one has to wait for you to synchronize your handheld.
  •      A handheld device is the most portable and least expensive platform available for entering GainSeeker data.
  •      Wireless network connectivity eliminates the need to plug cables into your handheld device.
  •      Network connectivity to gages, weigh scales, and other measuring devices with RS-232 output also eliminates the need to plug cables into your handheld device. By connecting your gage to a TCP/IP interface device, your handheld device can collect data directly from the gage.

The release of GainSeeker 7.502 also makes it possible to track the latest real-time alerts from your handheld device. This makes it easier for engineers and support staff to monitor and troubleshoot problems anywhere in the enterprise — not only from their desktop computer or at the point of failure.

Kevin Rackham, Director of Quality at Consolidated Biscuit Corporation and GainSeeker user, said “A number of times I’ve been on the floor when I received an alert to my PDA that a problem was happening on one of the lines. Before arriving at the production line, I had reviewed the control chart and the operator comments and was ready to talk to the operators and supervisor about the problem.”

According to Byron Shetler, Chief Technology Officer for Hertzler Systems, handheld device support is a breakthrough in flexibility and cost reduction. “You can buy a fully-featured PDA for only $250. At that price, you can buy and break or lose 20 PDA's before you reach the cost of one $5,000 hardened device. Not only that, but if you are in a harsh environment, you can just slip the PDA into your pocket when you’re not using it. Try that with a full-sized hardened PC!”

Technical specifications for handheld devices are available on the Hertzler Systems Technical Support web site at http://www.hertzler.com or call 574-533-0571.

About Hertzler Systems

Hertzler Systems provides seamless, accurate data acquisition solutions that drive business transformation. They have been in this business for over 20 years, with a diverse customer base in service, transactional and manufacturing environments. Their software and services enable clients to connect, collect and analyze data; building a robust data infrastructure for making data-driven decisions. These capabilities help clients to reduce costs, cycle time and errors, and increase profitability. Hertzler’s clients include Boeing Aerospace, BAE Systems, Crown Audio, IDEX Corporation, Kraft Foods, McCormick & Company, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, and Titleist & Footjoy Worldwide, just to name a few.

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