During the first four years of business, Contec Systems was one of the few environmental software companies to provide a CEM software solution on a single personal computer that was 100% compatible with a DOS based operating system.
Requiring thousands of hours of development, Contec Systems’ first major product, dataSOFT, was an ingenious combination of source code programmed using the Assembly language, Microsoft’s C 7.0, and IBM Basic to provide a product that “time sliced” the DOS operating system. This design provided 100% data availability during all periods of operation, including report generation.
Since the DOS operating system is not a multitasking operating system (that is – cannot perform more than one (1) operation at a time), Contec’s founders provided a data acquisition program that was much more advanced than industry standards at that time.
Contec’s founders developed and engineered a data acquisition software package that defied the logical operation of a DOS operating system. Contec’s design actually controlled the DOS operating system, instructing when CPU time should be allocated to data acquisition from the PLC, and when CPU time should be allocated to the continuation of any report that was required. The result – a DOS based software package that provided 100% data availability while still generating emission reports that required a few brief minutes of CPU operating time.
Recognize by both Allen Bradley and General Electric development engineers, dataSOFT for the DOS operating system was the first time these engineers had witnessed any software application that correctly and properly “time slice” the DOS operating system, making DOS “look like” a multi-tasking operating system.
With the onset of the various Windows operating systems, Contec’s engineers have continued to develop new software applications that provide superior performance with the relatively new computer operating systems.
As the Microsoft Corporation has continued to introduce new operating systems into the personal computer (PC) market, Contec has advanced our computer source code programming from Visual Basic (VB) 3.0, to VB 4.0, VB 5.0 and is now providing our CEM application, dataSOFT SUITE, in Microsoft’s latest version of VB.NET.
With thousands of installed and certified applications in operation, Contec Systems continues to be a leader in the design and implementation of state-of-the-art software solutions.