SoftPLC and SL Announce Java HMI Solution

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AUSTIN, TX – June 25, 2001 – SoftPLC Corporation, the leader in PLC-like controls based on industrial computer technology, and SL Corporation, the leader in software for visualization, monitoring, and control of real-time events and processes, announce connectivity between their products. The combination of these technologies makes it possible for users to easily create a browser- based HMI/SCADA system using the embedded web server technology found in SoftPLC® based controllers and the tools found in SL-GMS J/Developer™ software.

SoftPLC Control Software offers reliable, deterministic programmable logic control in an industrial computer that provides both the real-time control found in “hard PLCs,” while also out-performing them in areas such as data handling, networking, and speed. SoftPLC provides the many benefits of open architecture, but unlike many other PC-based control software products, SoftPLC systems do not run on, or on top of, a Windows operating system.

SoftPLC Corp. does not offer its own HMI/SCADA products. Instead, customers can use virtually any HMI/SCADA product with SoftPLC, including systems developed with tools such as those found in SL-GMS J/Developer. With SoftPLC’s embedded Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java language Application Program Interface (API), SoftPLC’s can provide real-time data to systems that employ Java language technologies such as applets, Java Applications, Java Beans, Java Script, and others. Using SoftPLC’s embedded web server in conjunction with a Java-enabled user interface tool such as SL-GMS J/Developer, allows a web browser to be the real-time HMI system.

SL-GMS J/Developer is ideal for developing high-performance, dynamic graphical user interfaces driven by real-time data. Users can create highly-compact Java applets, which are optimal for Internet or Intranet based HMI systems, and take advantage of Java’s cross-platform web-support. SL-GMS J/Developer provides an easy to use application framework for real-time data communications and user interaction with SoftPLC. Dynamic graphics change their appearance in response to information found in a SoftPLC data table. In addition to a robust set of objects, from graphs to switches, users can create their own custom dynamic graphics, which can be used for rapid prototyping and in a production environment. Both data monitoring and user input functions can be enhanced by the use of SL-GMS.

“SL Corporation is very excited to provide interactive Java HMI development solutions that enable the remote monitoring and control of SoftPLC’s distributed web server technology from a standard web browser”, says Ted Wilson, Vice President of Marketing for SL Corporation.

About SoftPLC Corporation

SoftPLC Corporation, formerly Tele-Denken Resources, Inc., was founded in 1983 as an industrial control software company.

SoftPLC Corp. has extensive experience in the development of productivity enhancing PLC related software products for control system development, maintenance, simulation and also for performing real-time control. Commitment to providing solutions to industry’s control problems goes beyond supplying superior products, and SoftPLC is dedicated to a total customer support program, where customer service comes first.

About SL Corporation

Founded in 1983, SL Corporation (Sherrill-Lubinski Corporation) provides software and service solutions for the development of real-time graphical and user interfaces.  SL-GMS (Graphical Modeling System) is embedded by OEMs and Integrators in a range of highly interactive and event-driven real-time monitoring & control systems for Advanced Control Rooms and Network Operating Centers (NOCs).  SL-GMS supports a wide range of UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Java platforms.

SL-GMS has licensed over 40,000 applications worldwide (as of 2000) and is utilized throughout the process control, network management, transportation control and aerospace industries.  Customer implementations of SL-GMS technology include Compaq (NYSE: CPQ), Harris Corporation (NYSE-HRS), Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These customer collaborations also serve to stimulate the development of new functionality and enhancements to the evolving line of SL-GMS solutions.

For additional information, contact SL Corporation, 240 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Phone: 415.927.8400; Email: [email protected].

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