FASTpress Suite - The powerful software for evaluating and analyzing your data

Operability and functional control are important features of industrial production systems for achieving a high production yield with consistent quality. Process controllers and control units perform control and monitoring functions. These devices are equipped with functions that are growing continuously more extensive and more intelligent to meet production requirements. In contrast, system planners and operators would like to place these systems in service and operate and maintain them quickly and easily. It is just these requirements that HBM addresses with the HMI* software solutions of FASTpress Suite.

* = Human Machine Interface

FASTpress Suite – powered by HBM Industrial Software

The HMI software is part of the FASTpress software suite and works together with the process controllers of the FASTpress and EASYswitch families. It can also be adjusted and expanded country- and application-specifically.

Class Library (API)

The Framework Class Library (FCL) comprises several thousand classes divided into Namespaces. The classes perform tasks such as formatting text, sending e-mails, but also generating codes. Categorization into namespaces serves to arrange the large quantity of information more manageably. The manufacturer provides the documentation of classes with the software. All the functions of the HBM FASTpress and EASYswitch process controllers are combined in the API of the MP85A Toolkit. This makes all the implementation options for required device functions available to application programmers in their own application.

System Architecture

Process controllers of the FASTpress and EASYswitch series are used as hardware platform. Their physical connection to the host system on which the user's target application is running consists of the standardized Ethernet interface. The non-real-time TCP-IP protocol runs on this interface at 100 Mbit/s. With the MP85A Toolkit, HBM has created a tool that sets up and maintains the connection to the host system and also makes a library available from which the user can create a software application for the production process.

Availability and Tools

The manufacturer Microsoft offers .NET in various versions:

  • as a simple runtime environment together with the required class libraries (framework)
  • as a free SDK for developers
  • or sold as an integrated development environment (IDE) in the form of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

Especially for beginners and students, Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions is available at no cost. It has restrictions compared to the expensive standard or professional versions. This makes it easy for both beginners and professional application programmers to get started. The HBM MP85A Toolkit also provides extensive help with numerous explanations and sample programs. These examples are available in the source code and can easily be adjusted and expanded.

Powerful production software – INDUSTRYmonitor

To make it possible to use the full performance of HBM process monitoring, a completely new user interface was created based on .NET technology. This tool is used to record process data, for visualization and to save data. In addition to the functions and information made available by the process controllers of the FASTpress and EASYswitch series, workpiece designations can also be read via bus interfaces (CAN, Profibus, Ethernet) or barcode scanners (USB). This information is displayed and saved and facilitates a clear overview and simple archiving of acquired process data. Up to 12 process controllers can be operated over the Ethernet network. Cycle times measured in seconds with display and storage of process data in the background can be implemented. This software can also be used on all target systems on which WindowsXP/7/8 is installed as the operating system.


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Precision in series: This also applies to the accuracy of the values specified in our data sheets. Ideal conditions can often be theoretically attained based on the values given, but our data sheets focus on realistic standard assumptions - such as those likely to be encountered in your application. Therefore, please consider this when comparing our data sheets with those of other manufacturers.

Case Studies

Ricoh improves toner cartridge manufacture for latest product

Ricoh UK Products Ltd has worked with Mechatronic Solutions and HBM in developing a one-piece assurance system for the automatic assembly of its latest toner product for the European market.

SCHULER: HBM measurement technology in process monitoring

The force of the pressure used for minting is crucial for the quality of a coin. SCHULER relies on HBM measurement technology for monitoring forces in coining presses.

Serving a greener automotive industry

The demands on energy efficiency and the CO2 balance of motors are constantly increasing. A manufacturer of water, oil and vacuum pumps for thermal engines therefore decided to use a complete solution from HBM.

Reducing the cycle time with FASTpress when assembling cylinder heads

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Measured force on the chain

Hoisting technology is one of the applications for the chains produced by the company Ketten Wälder GmbH. The processing of the base materials, such as steel for the chains, is a complex process, and all the sequences have to be...

Enhanced ergonomics in the car: Valeo opts for innovative operating concepts - and measurement technology from HBM

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EMG PRESSES rely on MP85A FASTpress

Ultra-modern force transducers from HBM allows French press manufacturer EMG PRESSES discovering errors that would otherwise be difficult to find.

End-of-line testing for selector controls for automatic transmissions

DURA Automotive Systems Einbeck GmbH makes selector controls for automatic transmissions. To ensure 100 % error-free functionality and consistent high quality, a test concept was developed in cooperation with a system integrator...

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