The GEMBox Solution
GEMBox is a software product that can be integrated very easily and in a short time with new or existing equipment control systems, to provide a GEM Standard host interface for the equipment. GEMBox offers a complete GEM and SECS-II implementation, supporting lower-level communication based on the HSMS standard using TCP/IP and Ethernet, or on the SECS-I via RS232C connections. GEMBox requires a Windows platform and can be run on the equipment control system computer or on an attached computer.
The picture below gives an impression of a typical GEMBox application:
Equipment manufacturers using GEMBox for their machines are relieved from the necessity to acquire and maintain specific and detailed know-how themselves about host interface software. GEMBox comes with complete documentation that the equipment manufacturer can pass on to his customers. PDF Solutions furthermore provides expert support for GEMBox and the underlying standards, both to the equipment manufacturer and to the end-user.
An important advantage of using GEMBox to realize a GEM Host interface, is that interfacing it with the equipment control system is much simpler than when using a standard GEM/SECS application enabler. Experience shows that complete GEM Host Interfaces can be implemented with an effort for the equipment manufacturer in the order of two man-months. On the other hand, we still offer the flexibility, e.g. regarding additional host interface capabilities, that is provided by standard application enablers.
GEMBox deployment normally requires some software configuration work for the specific machine type, and possibly also some software adaptations. Furthermore the equipment control system should be adapted to communicate with GEMBox and to fulfill some specific GEM standard requirements, e.g. regarding operator interface functions. This work is carried out by PDF Solutions, in cooperation with the equipment manufacturer. We provide complete information about the required equipment control system adaptations. Furthermore we continue providing high quality support after completion of the software to the equipment supplier and its customers.