Legacy Software Upgrade for Feed Mill

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. calls it FreshStart™, a technology upgrade program designed specifically for your Sterling Systems & Controls legacy PC-based software. A Legacy Software Upgrade!

Do you have software applications from Sterling Systems & Controls including batching, mixing, grinding and much more, designed for and operating on MS-DOS, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1?  If you currently use the state-of-the-art Microsoft .Net based software applications from Sterling Systems & Controls, great!  If not and you currently use our legacy PC-based software, the FreshStart™ Legacy Software Upgrade is for you.

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Reasons to Upgrade:
  1. Scalability. The modular design of the Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. state-of-the-art SSCI.NET based software can easily grow as your manufacturing process grows which helps reduce upgrading costs. This is not possible with your old legacy software (MS-DOS, Win XP, Win 7, Win 8/8.1 based).
  2. Various modules are available. This currently includes Batching, Transfer, Receiving, Grinding, Pelleting, Loadout, Hand-Adds, Alarm & Events, PMPlanR™ Preventative Maintenance Planning, and WebCentral™ Remote Supervisory Control and browser-based access to data.
  3. Software can run on Windows 10 Pro OS and future releases. Windows Server 2016 or later can be used. Web access can run on most modern browsers either on desktop or mobile devices. There is no chance of incompatibility issues in future releases.
  4. The latest and most state-of-the-art Microsoft and Allen Bradley technologies are used. This provides the latest security and the very best user experience and features possible.
  5. SQL Server, both the Standard and Express versions, is utilized. This allows for systems of both large (Standard) and smaller (Express) database size.
  6. Numerous options of ERP interfaces are available. ERP interfaces via flat file transfer or database interface can be accommodated, including but not limited to FMM, Brill, Summit, AgVision, MAS, ROSS, Max-A-Mix, and more.
  7. Multiple monitor support on a single application. The state-of-the-art SSCI.NET software from Sterling Systems & Controls has a modular architecture. Therefore, you can have multiple instances of it running on a single PC or multiple PC’s without conflicts or data corruption. This can be a huge benefit of flexibility over your legacy software. This complies with ISO 11064 standards for Control Center Design.
  8. The latest SSCI.NET software is a distributed architecture.
  9. This Client/Server-based architecture is great for large systems, and the standalone architecture is great for small systems. It allows the system to easily grow. Our Services, Database, WebCentral and PMPlanR software hosted on a server machine can be kept off the plant floor and located in an environment-controlled area, thus increasing reliability.The operator interface terminal can be a thin client located on the plant floor.
  10. Capable of running on virtual machines. This means the system helps to increase fault tolerance and provide high availability.
  11. 3rd party communications capable from manufacturing to enterprise tiers continue to be supported.
  12. DCS disaster recovery options are available. Any Virtual Machines that are created and used can be backed up onto a file server, cloud, or a backup server. If a second identical server on the network is used as a backup, it can take over without interruption if the first server fails. If the VM’s are backed up to a cloud and the primary server goes down due to catastrophic failure, the system can easily be recovered once the primary server is back online or replaced.
  13. Enhanced Security. Database and control transport data traveling between points are encrypted using the AES 128bit algorithm. Legacy software is written under an older platform and development software, which are all obsolete by today’s industrial standards.
  14. Enhanced Alarms and Events. Email and Text notifications can be provided in SSCI.NET software, but not in the legacy software.
  15. Operator Interface Software Conforms to ISO 11064, ISA101, ANSI, and ASM Standards and Practices for:
    – Reduced Eye Fatigue; counteracts “tunnel vision” under stress.
    – Reduced Errors and Misinterpretations; superior accuracy during abnormal conditions.
    – Data Shown in Highly Contextual Form; better and faster decision making.
    – Information is organized and Intuitive; reduces operator memorization requirement.
    – Multiple Monitors: superior operations where more than 1 person can operate/monitor the system.

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