Predator Software Version Upgrades Released

Predator SoftwareAt the end of 1st quarter of 2015, Predator Software has released v10 product suite.

Over 115,000 companies in over 40 countries rely on Predator solutions to network, monitor, revise, control, organize, verify, manage and automate their shop floor and improve productivity. Users are now able to upgrade to the latest versions to support Windows 8 and Server 20012, with enhanced support for virtual operating systems.

Predator Machine Monitoring and Data Collection included several new features: two new OEE dashboards, bar charts for good/scrap parts, 4 new components (cost centers, work center, machine type and report type), chart filters, and 125 machine time reports.

To learn more about the services Shop Floor Automations provides, which includes Predator, we invite you to check out our YouTube channel for tutorials, insights, and more. Our channel is here, and our transcripts, which include technical guides, are here.

SFA is also located on other social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, & more! Click here to see our list of resources.

DNC Software for FANUC Controls – Part 1

DNC SoftwareMany clients call us about DNC Software for FANUC controls and ask “can I DNC or drip-feed my FANUC control?” The typical response is “what model of FANUC control do you have on the machine that you want to use the DNC software with?” Many times, the specifics are not available, but solutions are available depending on the make and model of the FANUC control!

To drip-feed or DNC to FANUC controls, there are several requirements that need to be met. For this post, assume this is a FANUC older controller with a tape reader. The old model of Fanuc controls had a switch or toggle on the controller that allowed for the operator to enable tape mode, along with other modes like MDI and Edit. When in the tape mode, the part program is executed line by line (more happens but keeping this post short). The operator would load up the tape on the machine’s tape reader and press Cycle Start to cue the part program.

Today, tape readers are a thing of the past and these FANUC controls still need DNC Software to drip-feed. For an older FANUC control that needs to be drip-feed or DNC, we can supply a Behind the Tape Reader (BTR). The BTR and DNC Software will replace the old tape reader and “trick” the control to believe it executes the old tape. If you have executives tapes, no problem – the DNC Software for the FANUC control can be configured to accept this as well.

There are many options for DNC Software for FANUC controls, but the key is compatibility and ease of configuration to work with Windows 7 and 8. Our motto is to keep it simple and don’t try to find the cheapest solution. Sometimes, you will spend more time trying to troubleshoot the FANUC drip-feed problem when something elsewhere is already proven and reliable.

Find a vendor who has experience and can provide you with the complete solution for DNC Software for the FANUC control. We would love to hear from you to help you with your shop floor needs!

Del Mar Electronics & Design Show

del mar electronics showShop Floor Automations will be in Booth #561 at the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show 2015 on May 6th and 7th.

SFA will be demonstrating our software and hardware solutions to help machine shops operate more efficiently.

Tradeshows are the best time of year, as far as SFA is concerned. They proudly display which shows they will be attending, which you can see at this link.

SFA is based in La Mesa, CA –  a suburb of San Diego County (the same county where Del Mar is located). They are happy to connect with clients, potential and present, all across social media. The quickest method is to tweet @SFA_inc

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – March/April 2015

Shop Floor Automations NewsletterThe following is an archived copy of the Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – March/April 2015 issue.

Please join Shop Floor Automations and our partner Smartware Group for a webinar on one of the most modern maintenance management solutions available today, Bigfoot CMMS.

Some of the highlighted features include:

  • Schedule unlimited preventive maintenance tasks and procedures with automatic reminders
  • Create, manage, and analyze work orders with drag-and-drop feature
  • Track and analyze equipment information and history
  • Make maintenance requests from anywhere within your organization
  • Manage and track assets and parts for Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory
  • Analyze historical maintenance issues and help predict future events with built-in reporting and analysis
  • Notify personnel of maintenance events with automated e-mails and mobile access

See a demonstration of Bigfoot CMMS and learn about its simple installation process, technical requirements, and available add-on solutions and services during this informative webinar

Keep your shop floor running in peak performance and upgrade your Predator Software.  Since February 2015, several new versions have been released.

Be sure to check out our support section on our website for the release notes.  Contact your Account Manager before upgrading to confirm you have the proper license, hardware and backup in place.  If you are on a current software maintenance and version upgrades agreement, the new version is available at no charge. If not current, please contact Paula at ext. 1000.

* Predator CNC Editor v10.0.25

* Predator DNC Enterprise v10.0.0.10

* Predator Machine Monitoring v10.0.209

* Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.182

* Predator Product Data Management v10.0.222

Keep your shop floor running in peak performance and upgrade your Predator Software.  Since February 2015, several new versions have been released.

Be sure to check out our support section on our website for the release notes.  Contact your Account Manager before upgrading to confirm you have the proper license, hardware and backup in place.  If you are on a current software maintenance and version upgrades agreement, the new version is available at no charge. If not current, please contact Paula at ext. 1000.

* Predator CNC Editor v10.0.25

* Predator DNC Enterprise v10.0.0.10

* Predator Machine Monitoring v10.0.209

* Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.182

* Predator Product Data Management v10.0.222

Simplify the communications on the shop floor with our USB Connect device.

* Add more memory to your CNC

* Drip feed (DNC) large part programs

* Use any brand or size USB memory stick

* Works with any brand of CNC controller

* Either a pendant mounted or portable device

Plug in the USB memory stick with the NC program, select the button to transfer and you’re cutting chips with ease.

Did we help your company achieve its goals? Did we do a good job? Did one of our technicians go above and beyond the scope of work?

We would love to hear about it! Perhaps you could send us some feedback that we can post on our new website – and include your name and company. Just reply to this email. If you include your t-shirt size, we’ll send you a free G-Code t-shirt!

While we’re on the topic of performance, if we fell short of your expectations, we would like to hear about that as well – so we can make the necessary adjustments to our operations.

Link to original newsletter HERE

Southwest Manufacturing News – April 2015

Shop Floor Automations is a proud reseller of Predator Software, year after year. We took out an ad in the April 2015 Southwest Manufacturing News talking about the many solutions this software can give your shop floor.

Meeting document control, CNC editing, machine monitoring, DNC, and more needs, SFA is always happy to talk to customers about the advantages of this software. Contact us here, or tweet us at @SFA_inc

Our ad speaking of Predator services is located here

As we roll out our new office in Houston Texas, please see what we have to offer. Click here to see more details about our new offices.

More about Shop Floor Automations:

About Shop Floor Automations (SFA): Founded back in 1998, SFA started as a small company focused on distributing the Predator Software product line to the San Diego and Los Angeles markets of California.  Within 6 months, the company expanded to cover the entire West Coast as a reseller with the goal to be the #1 reseller in a year.

The goal was met in 1999 when SFA was awarded the status of largest distributor of Predator Software in North America. SFA has been ranked #1 in Predator Software Sales, Service and Support for the past 19 years running.