Monday, December 10, 2007


I recently purchased a sony Vaio VGN-SZ430N. Aside from the typical problems of getting windows vista off of there, I encountered another problem. The touchpad (mouse) occasionally works in reverse. Yes up is down, left is right. I searched this problem online and found many people with the same issue on different Vaio's. Not just this model. SO I went to Best Buy to bring it back seeing as I only had it 2 mos and also purchased the $400 anything happens warranty. That is bull by the way. I was told when I purchased it that if I do anything to this laptop bring it back and I will get a new one. Yeah if I send it back more than 3 times for the same problem at 3 weeks a pop. WHAT GOOD IS THAT? So my $400 was a prepay for shipping? There is no fix I told them, but the Clingon at Geek squad just did not get it. I guess I wasted my money. SO I called Sony. Answer... We acknowledge the problem but have no fix. We hope to have a solution soon this was 12/10/2007 for those of you with the same problem. The tech said give it a month or so. What a bill of goods I was sold. "This is the best laptop" "dude you crack the screen, drop it whatever, bring it in, we'll replace it" . Bull Crap. Best Buy and Sony you both lose my vote!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Scale Calibration Software System Launch

Well all, it has been a while since our last post. Mostly due to lots of activity. I would first like to mention that we will be going live with a FREE scale calibration system. Yes, free. Just remember us when you need a custom scale or bar code system. It is a SQL based scale calibration system for scale companies. It has many features like repair tracking as well. It is meant for a PC and runs well on the new portable Vista units (about 7 - 8 in wide and about 5 in tall) I needed it so I wrote it over several months and figured some scale companies out there would like to have a copy. Please give me lots of feedback though so we can keep improving. If you need a copy let me know and I will ship you a CD. 203-792-2854


Automatic calibration sticker printing
Weight serial number tracking
Maintenance tracking
Calibration procedures embedded in system
Unlimited scale calibration points
Peripheral Tests

Also our soft indicator just launched with a 30 run trial. Download a demo of our software based scale indicator

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Metal Scrap Tracking System

With so much news of all this stolen copper and aluminum, I thought it handy to inform the metal scrap dealers of a metal scrap system our associates have produced. It has photo ID image capture, inventory control, pricing history and more. Follow the link above to see more information. Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Getting Listed Favorably On Google

When considering organic placement on search engines such as Google, many SEO companies tell you that the ONLY thing they do is to get all the right keywords into your site. That is just the first step. As a software engineer and an internet consultant, the message is clear. Its a popularity contest. Let's say you are Google and someone types in "Scale Systems" well I have 4,000,000 matches or keywords I have found. What is my tie breaker? Well how about unbiased votes for that site? Meaning, who links to that site without a reciprocal link back? Those are the votes I want, and how popular are those sites that are voting for it? (Google Page Rank). Although there are said to be hundreds of factors, link popularity is number one. Go ahead and prove it. Go to Google and type in "click here" who is number one? Is it Acrobat? If you go there is the word click here pasted everywhere? No. But everyone in the world votes for it as a link "click here" to download acrobat so you can view my PDF. That touches a little bit on the next bit of business. The really critical keyword is the text used as the link to your page. The "click here" became what that page was associated with.

So, how do you beat the system? Don't try. Especially joining some silly link farm or link strategy, those ultimately end up in failure. You may see short term results until the engine has you figured out and you get an unfavorable listing. What you need to do is be a cowboy with a white hat. Get out there and talk about your site on every blog, industry site, and bulletin board that has something to do with your site. Again please don't enlist some unknown company to do this for you unless you know they are not going to spam your site wherever they can until you have negative repercussions. If you need assistance let us know we will be glad to help.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Murray’s Chicken Plant Goes Hi-Tec

Long been the big name in free range poultry products, Murrays Chicken of Fallsburg , NY is growing fast. At an average of 45,000 birds a day, and a thriving live bird business, Murray’s could no longer live by its old paper system. They needed to automate. Dean Koplik, VP of Operations of Murrays Chicken called in Progressive Software Solutions to help. Progressive has been in the scale and software integration business for many years and had already been supporting Murray’s scale and label systems for years. Koplik knew of some of the systems that Progressive offered but was delighted to hear of the extent to which Progressive could help.
Progressive installed the Provision Processing System a meat processing software and hardware system( built especially for meat processors. For Koplik, the benefits are numerous.

With the current climate in the meat processing world, first and foremost is the ease of lot tracking. All the scales in the Murray’s plant (up to 10 at any time) are programmed to automatically generate lot numbers along with their barcode labels. Scales are also tied into a SQL server over an ethernet network and tied to the SQL database for automatic data capture, product look up and inventory . The scale labels are later used in shipping for the shipping module. Thankfully, Murray’s has not had to do a recall yet, but they rest assured that at the touch of a button they can track lots to customers and dates within seconds.

Orders were once taken by hand, written down and walked back to production. At over 100 orders a day, Koplik’s shoes were getting worn out! Now Koplik and 4 others are taking orders over the phone. Orders can contain future ship date, notes about how to pack items, view on hand, how to deliver etc… After entering the orders on their networked desktop PCs, orders are immediately delivered to the warehouse using a networked document printer. The warehouse fulfills orders using the scale labels previously generated and a wireless barcode scanner. Koplik is saving a fortune in shoe repairs.

Shipping Tickets are produced as a result of boxes scanned. Tickets contain Skid numbers, case weights, order number, customer shipping information, and much more. What’s great for Koplik is that every shipping ticket goes into a Quickbooks cue for billing and is also removed from inventory. At the click of a button, all invoices are complete. This alone is the greatest time and money saver due to previous handwriting and accuracy issues. Perception is reality to Murray’s clients and having a hand written report with marker on boxes was keeping Murray’s from closing some major accounts. Now with the printed shipping reports and the UCC/EAN 128 bar coded labels, Murray’s sales staff feel confident they can fulfill the needs of the most demanding clients and has brought in some significant business.

Until now inventory was a visual process. Shrinkage became a problem as well. With the Provision Processing System, Murray’s has a “to the second”, handle on what is produced and what is getting shipped to who and most importantly what is not getting shipped.

Using the SQL reporting tool included with SQL server 2005, Brian Kessler (IT Manager) is able to create on screen reports, for all aspects of the business such as Inventory levels, production time studies, lot reporting, re-works and much more.

Murray’s is now using Progressive in many aspects of their business including custom printed labels and inserts as well as plant automation. Murray’ s continues to grow and Koplik maintains that he will bring Progressive and the Provision Processing System along with him.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Easter Everyone! Aside from being pummeled with the easter bunny theme, this was a great Easter for me and I learned a lot this year about the significance of the holiday as I sat with my two boys at several masses this weekend. Anyway, I thought I would add a few things I accomplished this week. We were written up in for our meat processing software system. We will see what that brings. I also spent some time making a word wrap function for when I have to print a large ingredient field to an Eltron Label printer but need to split it up into several lines. The following code is in and breaks a string up into lines using a space as the defiining end line character. I can’t say its perfect but here you go anyway

Private Sub splitingredients(ByVal ingredients As String, ByVal port As Object, ByVal lines As Integer, ByVal cpl As Integer)
'this procedure takes the ingredients variable and makes it so many lines by so many characters(cpl)
'it also sends it out the port of choice
Dim length As Integer
Dim pointer As Integer = 1
Dim linepointer As Integer
Dim currentline As String
Dim currentcharacter As String
Dim linelength As Integer = lines
Dim linenumber As Integer
Dim backcount As Integer
Dim header As Integer

ingredients = "INGREDIENTS: " & ingredients
length = Len(ingredients)
While pointer <> length
currentcharacter = Mid(ingredients, pointer, 1)
currentline = currentline & currentcharacter

If linepointer = cpl And linenumber <= lines Then
header = Asc(currentcharacter)
Do While header <> 32

pointer -= 1
currentcharacter = Mid(ingredients, pointer, 1)
header = Asc(currentcharacter)
backcount += 1

currentline = Mid(currentline, 1, (Len(currentline) - backcount))

linenumber += 1
port.Write(currentline & vbCrLf)

linepointer = 0
currentline = ""
backcount = 0

End If
linepointer += 1
pointer += 1

End While
port.Write(currentline & vbCrLf)
linenumber += 1
If linenumber < lines Then
Dim tmpint As Integer
Dim i As Integer
tmpint = lines - linenumber
For i = 1 To tmpint
port.Write(" " & vbCrLf)
End If

End Sub

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Howdy everyone. Just wanted to touch base. We just recently brought 3 new programmers on board as a result of our great feedback from teh seafood show, and are cranking out some nice custom programs. But what I am most proud of is our poultry processing system for any meat packing plants. I now have it in 3 separate installations and have many quoted. My customers love it because it provides fast lot recall capability, scale integration, bar code shipping and labeling and best of all...Quickbooks Invoicing! Hey man I dont toot my own horn very often but this is a great system. My customers run their entire businesses on this system. I now have from 10 to 150 employee companies running this. Check it out if you want. meat and poultry processing systems and software Look for our article coming up in your favorite poultry magazine

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

High Speed Food Grading

As you may or may not know, we have done a lot of scale systems and barcode systems in the past at and countless Rice Lake 920i systems. Well,recently Rice Lake asked us to develop a high speed Lobster and food grading system for the Boston International Seafood show. It was a challenge to get the scale to weigh accurately as fast as someone could throw a lobster on the scale. Using series of timers and averages, we were able to accomplish just that as well as add a few bells and whistles such as data reporting and PC networking. If you are in the area March 11,12,and 14th, 2007 come and see us at the Rice Lake Booth. I will be the guy with the toy lobsters in his hand.