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Customer Success Story: Dispense Works and Kwik Mark

by Don Bunt 28. August 2018 10:34

I want to share with you one of our ongoing success stories: a nearly 20 year partnership with Dispense Works and Kwik Mark. Emil Cindric operates both companies out of the same facility in McHenry, IL. Dispense Works manufactures robotic dispensing equipment and Kwik Mark manufactures dot peen marking machines. These two companies have manufactured thousands of machines over the past 20 years.

When we started working with Emil in 1999, most of the systems were driven by stand-alone PC’s. When the PC was driving the machine, it was locked up and could not be used for any other purpose. Recognizing the need for embedded processors in these machines, we set out developing motion control software that would drive the machines independently of a connected PC.  The software that we developed runs on an inexpensive x86 embedded processor and drives stepper (or servo) 

motors using a technique called “bit banging”. Using advanced algorithms, this software can drive up to four axis of coordinated motion simultaneously; while controlling the velocity and acceleration. This software includes a G-Code parser with over 200 commands. Over the years, the machine control software has become quite powerful and it includes the ability to do high speed rastering, automatic tool changes, complex filling and capping routines. It supports hundreds of digital and analog I/O lines. The software can communicate via RS-232 as well as TCP/IP.

We also helped develop standalone Arduino based controllers and software to support keypad/display units and multi-channel tri-color led light controls. These custom designs along with various other boards are actually assembled on a dispensing / SMT pick and place machine developed internally, that is now offered for sale.

All of the machines manufactured at Dispense Works and Kwik Mark can be programmed using PC software that we authored called KwikPro. This software supports import of HPGL and AutoCad DXF files which are convert to G-Code. Gerber files can be import for dispensing and SMT pick and place operations. The software also supports configuration and setup of the robots. There is a Software Development Kit (SDK) that can be used to integrate the machines with other systems.

We developed PC-based vision software with support for multiple USB cameras. This software is tightly integrated with the robots and allows for ultra-precise positioning relative to a part. It handles both X and Y part offsets as well as rotation.

Recently, we completed the development of a programmable ratio Pump Controller. It's Raspberry Pi based and has a touch screen. It commands two servo driven pumps at desired ratios while controlling both acceleration and velocity. It monitors input and output pressures, level sensors and heaters. 

Dispense Works and Kwik Mark capabilities lie in the following areas:

  • Dot Peen Marking & Engraving 
  • Robotic Dispensing, Spraying, Filling, Potting, Capping 
  • Assembly, Pick and Place 
  • Laser Marking, Cutting, Engraving 
  • PCB Solder Paste & Solder Mask Dispensing 
  • Surface Mount Component Pick and Place 
  • Custom Desktop and Large Format Robots


Thru a close partnership, Bunt Software has helped Dispense Works and Kwik Mark become leaders in their fields. 

Bunt Software can be found at http://www.BuntSoft.com

Dispense Works can be found at http://www.dispenseworks.com

Kwik Mark can be found at http://www.kwikmark.com

 

Merchant Link TLS Shutdown

by Don Bunt 8. May 2018 12:01

As of today, we are just 53 days from the Merchant Link TLS shutdown. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard version 3.1 has identified that all versions of SSL and early versions of TLS are vulnerable to attack.

For that reason Merchant Link is shutting down support for SSL v3 and all versions of TLS prior to v1.2. This means that all SMPLink customers will need to upgrade to SMPLink v3. Any site that doesn't upgrade will find that they can no longer process cards after June 30, 2018.

SMPLink™ has been installed in 925 sites and has processed over 300 million transactions since 2010.

SMPLink™ is the ONLY credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

Dead Again? Panasonic sunsets the SMP software for the second time

by Don Bunt 30. March 2017 12:36

After spending several years and lots of money bringing the System Manager Pro software back to life, Panasonic has decided to kill it again. I want to start with a little background...

System Manager Pro was first released for the QSR market in 2004 and was discontinued for the first time in 2009.

In 2014, Panasonic hired Bunt Software several years ago to bring SMP back to life and to create SMP 4.0 and OWS 6.0. The software was released in 2016.

Here is a list of the features that we added during the creation of SMP 4.0: 

● Added support Windows 7/8/10, both 32 and 64 bit

● Added support for SQL Server Express 2014 

● Added support for OWS 6.0

● Removed vulnerable credit card services and replaced it with SMPLink™ 

● Fixed numerous bugs

Here is a list of the features that we added during the creation of OWS 6.0:

● Added support Windows 7/8/10, both 32 and 64 bit

● Added support for POS Ready 2009, Windows Embedded 7/8

● Added Freedom Pay EMV interface

● Added ability to run off the shelf OPOS drivers

● Added support for several Panasonic tablets including the FZ-R1

● Fixed numerous bugs

When the SMP business didn't pick back up as expected, last year Panasonic went off and bought a Canadian pos software company called Quickservice Technologies along with their iQtouch software. The software is installed in thousands of sites in Canada. I wish Panasonic luck in bringing the software to market in the US.

Now, for all of the SMPLink™ sites that were looking forward to upgrading to SMP 4.0 in order to gain EMV support; you are now out of luck. 

We hope that we can offer some comfort in knowing that Bunt Software will continue to support SMP and SMPLink™, just as we have for the past 8 years.

SMPLink™ has been installed in 910 sites and has processed over 200 million transactions since 2010.

SMPLink™ is the ONLY credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

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About Bunt Software

Bunt Software develops innovative software solutions on a project or time & material basis. Our turnkey software development services include Commercial Product Development, as well as Software Architecture, Design and Development.

 

Our experience and expertise spans a wide array of industries/markets, including:

 

·     Retail

·     Financial

·     Manufacturing

·     Telecommunications

·     Security 

 

 

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