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Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.13

Charlotte, N.C, January 16, 2017 -
Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.13. In this release we have fixed a number of small bugs, introduced a new Dashboard Calendar/Filter tool, and added an option to create Static Custom Functions.

A summary of new features;

OEE Dashboard:

  • New Calendar/Filter Tool
     

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The screenshot above shows the Advanced Calendar/Filter Tool on the OEE Dashboard. This filter will return all records for the current Month which have the LotName = ‘Lot_113’

OEE Manual Entry:

  • New Calendar/Filter Tool
  • OEE Reports:
  • Added the ability to create Static Custom Functions. A Static Custom Function allows you to create a column on the Report whose values are derived from a Conditional Statement applied to another column. For example, IF value in MachineName column = ‘AssemblyMC1 THEN Static Function = X, ELSE IF value in MachineName column = ‘AssemblyMC2’ THEN Static Function = Y.
     

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The screenshot above shows the Custom Static Function ‘OEE Target’ used to format the ‘OEE’ Column. The ‘OEE Target’ column takes a value 22.0 when the MachineName is ‘AssemblyMC1’, and 28.0 when the MachineName is ‘AssemblyMC2’.
 

Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.12

Charlotte, N.C, September 2, 2016 -
Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.12.

In this release we have remodeled how Mode Data is stored in order to support a range of new Change Over Analysis Functions. Modes are no longer displayed on Dashboards or Views broken down hour by hour. Of course it is still possible to report downtime and other KPIs hour by hour when required. This change allows us to generate reports which facilitate a comparison of the actual duration of the Mode (eg a Change Over) versus the Target time for the Mode.

We have also added a French Translation.

A summary of new features;

OEE Report Wizard Features:

  • New Change Over Analysis Functions.
  • More Custom Formats for Time based Functions.
  • New Chart Option – Stacked Bar Chart. Formerly we only offered the Percentage Stacked Bar Chart.
  • Ability to add Data Labels to Reports.

OEE Manual Entry Features:

  • Changed the way Modes are entered. Modes must now be entered with the precise start time and duration.
  • Add a Downtime Log Time Bar Chart to the Manual Entry Dashboard.

OEE Admin:

  • Added Plant (ie Site) Labels. This improves the users ability to manage multiple sites in a single instance of EES.
  • Add Standard Loss Labels. Standard Loss labels can be applied to each Mode or Count and facilitate a comparison of losses across Machines, Areas and Plants.
     

Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.11

Charlotte, N.C, March 15, 2016 - Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.11. Various enhancements and bug fixes have been included in this release.

Read on for a summary of new features;

Event Module Features:

  • Aggregate Reporting. It is now possible to create Simple Group Reports where aggregate functions are applied to grouped data sets. For example you could count the incidents of alarms of a specific type over a given period, or you could get the standard deviation of trended values over a given period.
  • General Features:
  • Single Sign-on Support. Up to version 4.11 we supported Active Directory Integration, we now support Single Sign-on from SAML 2.0 applications such as Okta.
  • User Activity Log Report. We expanded the range of System Reports to include one on User Activity. This offers the Administrator an insight into how various users are interacting with the application.
  • HTML Only Emails. Some email clients do not support combined HTML & Plain Text Emails. We now offer the option to have HTML only emails.

We hope you will find these new features very useful. For more information see the v4.11 release notes within our support center at the following link

If you have any suggestions or comments for future versions please share them with us
 

Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.10

Charlotte, N.C, October 30, 2015 - Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.10. This release of EES begins the re-design process for the Plan Adherence Module and addition of the new drill down feature for OEE Reports. 

A summary of new features;

OEE Report Wizard Features:

  • Report Drilldown. It is now possible to drill down on Period Fields in an OEE Report. For example if the report contained a record for every day in a month, by clicking on the control beside a particular month you would have the option to display that day’s data by Shift or Hour.


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  • Custom Function. It is also possible to include Parameterized Functions in a Custom Function. This will enable our users to generate complex functions based on selected Modes or Counts.
     

Plan Adherence Features:

  • Planned Start Date. Plan Adherence Lots are now entered by expected/planned start date. In previous versions the Lot start date was taken to be the end date of the previous Lot. Now it is a defined calendar date.



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  • Change Over Time. It is now possible to add planned Change Over Time to the Planned Lot. The Planned and Actual Change Over Times will be displayed on the Plan Adherence Reports.
  • Planned v Actual. Plan Adherence Report now display Planned Lots versus Actual Lots. Planned Lot data is anchored to the actual calendar date the Lot was expected to be produced. Actual Lot data is anchored to the date the Lot was actually produced.
     

General Improvements:

  • System Reports. A series of system reports has been added to the EES Administration sections. These reports are to help administrators manage EES effectively.
  • Filter Controls. Filter controls are no longer case sensitive. It is no longer necessary to enter the exact character case to locate matches.
     

Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.9

Charlotte, N.C, July 7, 2015 - Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.9. This version of EES expands upon the enhancements in v4.8 by adding support for conditional formatting to the presentation of tables within both the dashboard and production reports.


A summary of new features;

 OEE Module Features:

  • Conditional Table Formatting. In version 4.8 we made it possible to assign background colors to the columns in EES Reports and Views. We now give you the ability to apply conditional formatting to the background color. For example you can chose grey as your normal background color, but also specify that if the OEE value is greater than 32% the background color should be green, and if it is less than 25% is should be red.
     

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  • PDF Report Multi-page Headers. Customers who generate multi-page reports will be pleased to find that we now provide the option to repeat the Table Header on each page. Thus multi-page tabular reports become far easier to read.
  • Regional Number Formats. We have completed our implementation of regional number formatting in Reports/Views and Operator Entry Pages. Now, for example, if you chose the Spanish Regional Setting you will see decimal numbers appear with a  ‘,’ to mark the decimal point, rather than the ‘.’ you would see if you set the US Regional Setting.
  • Shift and Mode Comment. We have updated the EES Realtime Interface and OEE Dashboard to allow you to enter Shift and Mode Comments.
  • FlexFields and Comments applied to selected record only. We have modified the code in the Dashboard to allow you to update FlexFields or Comments for the selected record only – ie they are not repeated in proceeding records. This is useful if you want to add a comment which is only relevant to the selected record. Fields whose DataSource is set to ‘NA’ and whose ‘Display’ is set to ‘Modify’ will appear on the Dashboard and can be modified – but the value will not be repeated by the OEE Mon Service.


General Features:

  • Database. We have increased the time allowed to generate a backup to 15mins. Some customers with large databases and slow servers were experiencing timeouts on backup.
  • EES Database Management Tool. We expanded the ability of the ProvDBMgt Tool to allow you to manage database instances that were not created by EES. Thus if you have mounted the EES Database on an instance of SQL installed independently of EES, you can now avail of the features of ProvDBMgt Tool to simplify the administration of the database.
  • Licensing. We have changed the licensing requirements of the ProvKPI-to-OPC and ProvPlanAdherence Plug-ins. It is no longer necessary to license these components for every Machine in your configuration. From now on you need only license these components for the Machines with which you wish to use these plug-ins.

If you have any suggestions or comments for future versions please share them with us.

 

Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.8

Charlotte, N.C, March 5, 2015 - Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.8. This version of EES enhances the presentation of charts and graphs within both the dashboard and production reports “The updated report generation utility dramatically increases the ease of use, while reducing report design time.  The custom functions allow companies to further sculpt reports to suit their unique needs.” said Kevin O'Connor, Technical Application Consultant.”


A summary of new features;

OEE Report Wizard Features:

  • Multiple Area Machine Selection. It is now possible to combine Machines from several Areas on the one Report. Up to now this feature was only available in the OEE Plant Rollup Report.
     
  • Enlarged Field Selection. It is also possible to include a large number of Fields in your reports which were only available via our WebService interface in the past. For example it is easy to include Fields such as PartName, PartDescription on your Report. In addition we have implemented a simple Drag-n-Drop facility to enable you to quickly arrange the Fields in your preferred order.
     
  • Field and Function Formatting. We have added the ability to set a range of format options for Fields and Functions. For example it would be possible to format a function to have 3 places of decimals, and to have a green background.
     
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  • Custom Functions. We have added the ability to allow you to create Custom Functions. Using a simple Drag-n-Drop Function Generator you can easily generate a Custom Function Formula. For Example fnCustomThrougput = (Good Parts + Defect Parts).
     

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  • Rollup Reports Tabular Data. The option to include tabular data has now been included in the Rollup Report.
     


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Software Toolbox Announces Release of New EES Version 4.7

Charlotte, N.C., October 1, 2014 - Software Toolbox,
a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced the release of EES version 4.7.  This release incorporates the function to scale the graphs to maximize the use of the available screen ‘real-estate’. We expect this function to be especially beneficial to users of the Live Real-time Display. Additional improvements have been made to the chart graphic.
 

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