Software allows control of meters/controllers via Windows

Software allows control of meters/controllers via Windows

Compatible with Microsoft[R] Windows 98, 2000, XP, and Vista, Smart DDE software enables users to communicate with Brooks digital mass flow meters or controllers, including SLA series, using Windows applications such as Excel. It allow users to access configuration data in device and take measurement data. Communication protocol between devices and software is based on HART(TM) command set and can take place over RS-232 or RS-485.


HATFIELD, PA (March 14, 2008) – Brooks Instrument is pleased to announce the release of an enhanced version of its Smart DDE software which has been updated to be fully compatible with Microsoft[R] Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Brooks Smart DDE software for Microsoft[R] Windows(TM) is a translation program, or driver, that makes it easy to communicate with the Brooks line of digital mass flow meters and controllers through other Windows applications which support Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE). This enables users to communicate with one or more Brooks digital mass flow meters or controllers using commonly available Windows applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel).

Smart DDE is designed to allow users to access the configuration data in the device, take measurement data from the device and, in the case of the mass flow controllers, send setpoint values using the Windows DDE facilities. The protocol used for the communication between the mass flow meters and controllers and the Smart DDE software is based on the HART(TM) command set and can take place over either RS-232 or RS-485, whichever is appropriate to the flow instrument.

How is this version of Smart DDE different from past versions?

o Smart DDE is now fully compatible with the latest Microsoft[R] Windows products including Windows Vista

o It is now fully compatible to support Brooks’ SLA (Smart Link Advantage) Series of thermal mass flow meters and controllers

o The link between Smart Service and Smart DDE has been improved

For more information about the updated Smart DDE software, please reference the user manual located on in the Documentation section of under “Software Tools”.

About Brooks Instrument

Brooks Instrument is a world-leading flow measurement and control instrument provider, with headquarters in Hatfield, PA USA, and manufacturing locations, regional sales, and service offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Brooks products include glass and metal tube variable area meters (rotameters), thermal mass flow meters and controllers, Coriolis mass flow meters, controllers and transmitters, pressure control products, and a variety of flow accessories. Since its founding in 1946, Brooks products have supported the growth of dozens of industries from biopharmaceuticals, oil and gas, fuel cell research and chemicals, to medical devices, analytical instrumentation, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. Throughout the world, Brooks customers rely on a highly trained network of local representative specialists to help solve unique or unusual flow applications. For more information, go to

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