Manufacturing News – September 2013

See our ad in Manufacturing News West for our appearance at WESTEC 2013. The ad appears in the September 2013 issue.

“Learn how our solutions can automate your shop,” the ad proclaims. Our software and hardware solutions listed are based in the areas of DNC communications, machine monitoring, data collection, USB and floppy drives, CNC editors, and more! “Stop by Booth 2747 for drawings and giveaways!”

To see photos from the event, visit our Facebook album here. From our “About Us” page: SFA has become the industry leader in Shop Floor Communications and Machine Monitoring Solutions. Totally redefining what “Shop Floor Automation” solutions should be.  With thousands of customers from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia, SFA was called upon by other vendors to provide other solutions that could be met by our knowledge, support and sales experience of the manufacturing industry.  In 2010, SFA aligned itself with these vendors to close the loop with maintenance management software, job management and scheduling software, hardware manufacturers, and machine tool companies.

See the ad in the issue here. Call 877-611-5825 for more information about our solutions! We also invite you to check us on our various social media channels by clicking this resource page


September 2013 SFA Newsletter

Shop Floor Automations NewsletterThis is an archived copy of our September 2013 SFA Newsletter:

Add USB to your CNC Machine with Ease!

The USB Connect device acts as an interface between commercially
available USB flash memory and any CNC control with an available
RS232 port.

Machine tool files can be sent from CNC memory to the USB key, USB
key to CNC memory or drip fed (DNC) from the USB key. Flexible DNC
firmware is built into the USB Connect unit allowing connection to
just about any machine tool CNC control.

The USB Connect is available as a pendant or portable model, and supports the Mazak CMT format.


Updating Your CNC Communication System

Is your DNC System outdated, problematic and/or no longer supported
on Windows NT, 2000 or the serial hardware manufacturer’s warranty expired?

Most DNC systems are still in place from 5+ years ago and Microsoft
announced Windows XP will no longer be supported in April 2014. In
order to maintain support from Microsoft, companies will have to
upgrade from Windows XP.

Now you can swap out your communication system with a new wired
Ethernet or wireless solution. Contact us about upgrade specials for
any DNC product as a competitive upgrade saving over 25% on systems.

Our DNC Solutions are compatible with versions of Windows Operating
Systems including:
Windows 7, Vista, 2003 Server and 2008R2 Server, 32bit or 64bit


Monitor Your CNCs On Your Mobile Device

Are you wondering what’s happening on the factory floor when you

leave the office or are attending meetings offsite?

From most devices connected to the web (such as the Apple iPhone, iPad,

iPad Mini, Android tablet or phone) you can monitor your equipment

in real-time and be notified via text or email of escalation activities.


Connect any brand, age, or type of equipment using our Static Relay Controller,

MT Connect, Fanuc Focus or Macro B / User TaskProgramming.

Let our sales team help you increase your productivity by 10% or more

with our low-cost Machine Monitoring Solutions.


WESTEC 2013 is happening next month!

Visit our booth # 2747 at the Los Angeles Convention Center between
October 15-17 to see the latest in Predator’s Manufacturing Suite,
JobPack’s Scheduling System, Bigfoot’s Preventative Maintenance and
eXtremeDNC’s Software.

Celebrating 15 Years

Shop Floor Automations is celebrating our 15th year in business
providing the best in software, hardware and integration services.
We are the premier service and support center for customers
throughout USA for a variety of Software and Hardware brands. This
includes being the #1 distributor for Predator Software and
recognized as “Dealer of the Year” for 10 years running.

Let us analyze your shop for free and provide you with the best
solutions to suit your needs!

* DNC Networking
* Machine Monitoring
* Job Scheduling / Capacity Planning
* Document Control / Paperless
* CNC Editing / File Compare
* USB Solutions / Mobile / PDAs
* Wireless /  Wired Serial Hubs

SFA is Hiring 

We are looking for a qualified Field Technician in the Houston or Dallas area.

Do you or someone you know have the right skills to join SFA?

You can earn a $250 referral reward if we hire your recommendation.

Offer expires once the position is filled.


Technical Note: Predator Software is supported in a virtual environment

such as VMware or Hyper-V.  Reduce your server overhead and costs by contacting us for details.

Predator New Releases:

MDC v10.1
PDM v10.2
FLM v10.0
RCM v10.3
Tracker v10.1
Virtual CNC 10.1

(877) 611-5825 Toll Free
California: (619) 461-4000

Original newsletter link HERE