A new application of Microsoft technology will help MetalForming Inc. (MFI) roofing customers improve their efficiencies and their communications.
PEACHTREE 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, OnLink, 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
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
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 OnLink.
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 OnLink at
the International Roofing Expo, in New
Orleans this February,” Wilkins said. “The customer
response was overwhelming and positive. OnLink
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.”
For more information, please visit www.metalforming-usa.com.