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College Students Gets Knee Deep With Hands On Training

Goshen College ecology students literally get knee deep with hand-on training by donning waders and collecting samples in the Goshen Damn Pond. This is part of a course project that allows them to collect and analyze the bacteria levels in the local water systems.

This process usually takes hours of hand written notes and interpretation of the data. However, with software developed by Goshen-based Hertzler Systems Inc., a software development company, the students enter the information into their iPads and the software tracks and analyzes the collection data. The software is the same they sell to manufacturing companies for Statistical Process Control (SPC) or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

“Our aim for mobile was flexibility. The original design was for a cookie manufacturer, but we easily adapted it to boat manufacturing, and now the water monitoring project. We think it can work anywhere,” said Evan Miller, Hertzler Systems CEO.

"This is a great project and a wonderful opportunity for our students at Goshen College to practically apply what they learn about biology in the classroom to a real-world situation in their own backyards," said Goshen College Academic Dean Anita Stalter. "I am thankful for Hertzler Systems' significant contribution to this project which really allows technology to advance the collection and dissemination of this data about the water, so that what our students are learning can be collected efficiently and shared broadly. It has been a wonderful team effort for the betterment of the community."

The data will be collected over the next five weeks and at the end of the project, the students will form teams and present their ideas on how to best display the information to the general public via a website.

Hertzler Systems has provided SPC software for data acquisition and analysis for business enterprises for over 30 years.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Evan Miller, please call Michael Vidmar at 574/533-0571 or e-mail him at [email protected].

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