The Passing of Shawn Dunne

 On October 27th 2011, we lost our dear friend and Co-Founder, Shawn Dunne to cancer. Shawn spent the last 13 years helping to build a remarkable company here at Shop Floor Automations and a business culture that was focused on providing the best solutions to our customers.

He cherished his relationships with all of his customers and enjoyed learning about the wide variety of industries we serve. He will be missed by all of us.

More about Shawn, from his obituary:

He will be deeply missed by his wife Belinda Dunne, sons Adrian Mendoza, Joshua Reynolds, James Dunne, Jacob Dunne, and Shawn J. Dunne, daughters Aubrianna Morris and Bella Dunne, granddaughters Kylee Reynolds and Eliana Morris, parents Gabriel Rivera III and Sandie Rivera, brothers Bill Dunne, Mike Doyle, Thom Dunne and Gabriel Rivera IV, sisters Sue Doyle, Chris Doyle and Kathleen Gettinger, grandmother Katy Zolman, and extended family and friends.

Shawn lived his entire life in El Cajon where he graduated from Grossmont High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in European History at the University of California at San Diego.

Shawn spent most of his life in youth ministry leadership and was an ordained pastor. He had a passion to reach junior high and high school students because he knew what a critical time that is in a young person’s life. He developed strong relationships and influenced many with his genuine love for people and the Word of God.

Shawn always had an open door policy at his home – everyone was welcome to hang out. His best times were spent serving others – whether it be taking close friends on trips across the country, hosting barbeques or one of his famous game nights at his home, officiating a friend’s wedding, playing DJ for special events, or spending hours working on church camp videos.

Shawn excelled at remembering the little things that most people forget. When someone casually mentioned that they liked something, Shawn would remember that and make sure they received it as his gift for their next birthday or Christmas. Shawn was a dedicated and active member of Foothill Christian Church in El Cajon.

He was a brilliant businessman and business owner. One of his highest priorities was to treat his employees as friends. He felt a deep responsibility to be a good steward of his business and the people who worked with him.

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – October 2011

Shop Floor Automations NewsletterThe following is an archived copy of the Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – October 2011.

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to share our excitement for 2012. Shop Floor Automations has added new solutions to our product line to improve automation and productivity on your shop floor.

* CNC Editors *
Tired of manually editing G-code on your CNC? The Predator CNC Editor is the most popular 32-bit CNC code editor on the market. It includes hundreds of features to improve the day to day productivity of CNC machine tools, yet is extremely easy to use. Four editions are available including a free version.  Features include:
  • CNC Editing
  • Unlimited File Size
  • File Compare
  • CNC Communications with drip feed
  • Backplotting

* Network Serial Hardware *

Designed for manufacturers with multiple buildings and existing Ethernet infrastructure. The hardware eliminates PCI cards plugged into computers and directly links to the network backbone. You can network up to 256 machines to your Windows based PC. The hardware supports transfers of your CNC programs, offsets and parameters.
This solution supports a wide range of CNC protocols for drip feeding, downloading, and uploading via RS232. Models are available in a 1, 2, 4, 8, or 16 port configuration and include a 5-year warranty from Shop Floor Automations.
* CASH For Clunkers *
Do you have an outdated, unsupported DNC System from a software company who has been out of business or not updated their product since Window NT or 2000? Now is the time to consider a software upgrade with our trade-up program.  For orders placed in 2011, we will provide up to 25% of credit towards the purchase of a new system from Shop Floor Automations. Call us now at (877) 611-5825 Toll Free!
  • Support for Windows 7, Vista,
    Server 2008
  • Wireless or Wired System
  • Upgrade from switch boxes
  • Simple upgrade path
For all existing customers, please remember to backup your systems.

Consider a spare hub, PC or even our backup portable USB device in case something goes wrong. Downtime is costly and a small investment now can save thousands later.

Tell your colleagues about Shop Floor Automations and receive up to a 5% or 10% referral reward when they become a customer. Fill out our contact form with the company information and details or contact your Account Executive.

Link to original newsletter HERE

CASH For Clunkers

Do you have an outdated, unsupported DNC System from a software company who has been out of business or not updated their product since Window NT or 2000? Now is the time to consider a software upgrade with our trade-up program.

New technology with a good support system is how to stay ahead in this industry. Don’t let your shop floor fall behind. We can help!

For orders placed in 2011, we will provide up to 25% of credit towards the purchase of a new system from Shop Floor Automations.

Give us a call now (877) 611-5825 Toll Free!
• Upgrade from switch boxes
• Support for Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008• Wireless or Wired System
• Simple upgrade path

More about Shop Floor Automations:

Many of our clients know us as the DNC Communications and Data Collection / Machine Monitoring experts and we look forward to helping your company in these areas and with our new product solutions.

The founders of SFA have many years of experience providing effective solutions to manufacturers large and small from coast to coast. Their expertise in designing and implementing DNC and Shop Floor Networks allows them to take the best hardware and software products to the next level. That level is a fully implemented, turnkey solution tailored specifically for a customer’s requirements and environments.

Shop Floor Automations is appropriately positioned to provide our customers with a complete technology environment. Customers are not looking for products so much as they are seeking solutions to their business problems. Our total solution approach for manufacturing customers provides hardware and software packages, installation and support services, and expert consultation where required. Our principal goal is to help customers save time and make money.

CNC Editors

CNC EditorTired of manually editing G-code on your CNC? The Predator CNC Editor is the most popular 32-bit CNC code editor on the market.

This software includes hundreds of features to improve the day-to-day productivity of CNC machine tools, yet it is extremely easy to use. Four editions are available, including a free version.

Features include:
• CNC Editing
• Unlimited File Size
• File Compare
• CNC Communications with drip-feed
• Backplotting
For additional information and the free editor download – Click here

From our CNC Editor Landing page:

SFA provides customized CNC Editor Solutions for everyone, from small job shops to the largest manufacturers. Dozens of CNC intelligent editing commands make changes to your CNC program quickly & easily. Edit confidently with the ability to undo & redo all changes. Microsoft® Word-compatible menus, toolbar, & shortcut keys make these systems easy to learn.

In addition, editing multiple CNC programs at the same time is supported, with the ability to cut, copy, & paste between them. Program includes a side-by-side file compare that identifies all G-code & M-code differences, then fixes them with a single click. Our editing & backplotter packages are developed under the most rigorous testing.

These extremely versatile but easy-to-use packages are designed to simplify your work & will also improve productivity.