FKI Selects Aonix PERC VM for BOSS Material Handling Control System HMI

Aonix(R), the provider of the PERC(R) technologies for embedded Java(TM) developers, announced that FKI Logistex(R), a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, has selected the Aonix PERC Ultra virtual machine to implement the Human Machine Interface (HMI) of their BOSS(TM) material handling control system. The BOSS HMI provides its users with real-time system status, alarms and performance information. The standard BOSS HMI also includes extensive diagnostics, data collection/logging functions and productivity-monitoring tools to keep the system running at peak performance.

“FKI Logistex chose to write the BOSS HMI in J2SE Java for the language’s safety, security, reusability, and scalability. Our search for a reliable Java virtual machine ended with the selection of PERC Ultra,” said Jason Johnson, Manager of Controls and Software Development at FKI Logistex. “We chose PERC for its deterministic performance, real-time attributes, and excellent customer support.”

“Java is increasingly seen as an ideal approach for meeting the performance and productivity needs of industrial automation applications such as the BOSS HMI,” said Dave Wood, marketing director for Aonix. “The selection of PERC Ultra by FKI Logistex is one of a string of successes proving our leadership in supporting Java developers deeply into vertical embedded market segments traditionally served by less productive C/C++ solutions.”

First introduced nine years ago, PERC Ultra is the most widely used real-time virtual machine available for Java(TM) developers, with fielded installations in industrial automation, telecommunications, telematics, avionics, deep space exploration, and office automation applications. PERC supports most major real-time operating systems and a variety of target processors including PowerPC, XScale, ARM, and Intel x86 architectures.

PERC is a clean-room virtual machine expressly created for demanding embedded and real-time systems requiring J2SE(TM) support. PERC delivers the ease and efficiency of Java(TM) Standard Edition support without sacrificing integrity, performance, or real-time behavior. It offers AOT and JIT compilation, remote debug support, deterministic garbage collection, standard graphics and extended commercial RTOS support.

PERC Ultra is the ideal solution for embedded applications of high complexity, thanks to PERC Ultra’s predictable performance and its extensive support of off-the-shelf J2SE libraries and components. Its sister product, PERC Pico, meets the needs of resource-constrained hard real-time applications, featuring performance and footprint characteristics comparable to C. PERC Pico is smaller and faster than any other real-time virtual machine, yet it preserves key virtues of Java(TM) such as portability, reliability, and scalability.

Shipping and Availability
PERC Ultra is available for Linux, Windows, and Solaris hosts and supports a wide variety of processor architectures and real-time operating systems. PERC development tools are available at no charge. Maintenance contracts start at $3000 for a single user.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex(R) is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world’s largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For general sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at +1.877.935.4564 in North America, +44 (0) 870 350 3055 in Europe, or +86 21 52372255 in Asia. Contact FKI Logistex by e-mail.

About Aonix(R)
Aonix offers mission- and safety-critical solutions primarily to the military and aerospace, telecommunications and transportation industries. Aonix delivers the leading high-reliability, real-time embedded virtual machine solution for running Java(TM) programs deployed today and has the largest number of certified Ada applications at the highest level of criticality. Headquartered in San Diego, CA and Paris, France, Aonix operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe in addition to offering a network of international distributors.

Aonix, PERC, PERC Ultra, and PERC Pico are registered tdemarks and trademarks of Aonix. Java(TM) and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.