A new application of Microsoft technology will help MetalForming, Inc. (MFI) roofing customers improve their efficiencies and their communications.
CITY, Ga. – A new
application of Microsoft technology will help MetalForming, Inc. (MFI) roofing
customers improve their efficiencies and their communications. Designed with the
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), MFI’s newest network, OnLinkTM,
will bring the remote service capability of the company’s top European-designed
machines to a new advanced level.
“The impact on the roofing industry will be similar to what satellite
technology has done for the car industry,” said Bill Wilkins, MFI executive vice
president and chief information officer. “It will offer a variety of
communications tools such as voice, video, health monitoring and productivity
reporting from the machine directly to MFI’s unified communications (UC)
infrastructure. This will allow MFI to provide instantaneous servicing,
training, and troubleshooting support for its broad customer base.”
This technological advance is made possible by next generation software
based on the Microsoft.Net 3.5 framework. The system allows total compatibility
and connectivity to a wide range of other computers and software.
Through its Microsoft Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 R2 platform, MFI is able to
work with Level 3 Communications, a leading international provider of
fiber-based communications services, to perform Direct SIP Trunk testing (using
the SIP over TCP protocol)
Level 3 Communications’ network services are supporting the launch of
OnLinkTM. MFI has also become a Microsoft Metro Program developer to allow
further beta development and testing of Microsoft’s Wave 14 OCS platform, its
next generation UC product.
“We recently asked some of our customers to view a beta version of
OnLinkTM at the International Roofing Expo, in New Orleans this February,” Wilkins said. “The
customer response was overwhelming and positive.
combined with a high-quality Level 3 infrastructure now provides the needed
competitive differentiator that has reinvented the stand-alone machine into a
fully networkable and remote servicing system,” Wilkins noted.
MFI is a major provider of machinery for the
architectural metal roofing industry throughout North
America. MFI has grown successfully by providing high tech folding
and forming machines coupled with innovative solutions designed on a
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