July/August 2016 SFA Newsletter

Shop Floor Automations NewsletterThis is an archive of our July/August Shop Floor Automations Newsletter.

Shop Floor Automations at IMTS 2016

SFA will be attending the IMTS trade show in Chicago again this year.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the biggest
industrial trade shows and a must-see.

During IMTS, SFA will be premiering a new product called the Multi
Connect. It has already received media buzz, and you can come to the
booth for an exclusive in-person look and information.

Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans

Shop Floor Automations recently attended an NTMA event where they did
an open house at an organization called Workshops for Warriors.

Military veterans from all over the USA come to Workshops for
Warriors in San Diego so they can gain nationally recognized
certifications and get careers in the manufacturing industry.

Get a DNC Safety Net

It goes without saying that your machines are your biggest asset on
your shop floor. New employees can be trained, generators can be used
when the power goes out – the list of safe alternatives goes on and on.

What happens when the DNC goes down? There are numerous ways this can
happen, but instead of running nightmare scenarios in your head, how
about a backup plan instead?

Toll Free: (877) 611-5825

SFA at IMTS 2016

IMTS Tradeshow

Shop Floor Automations loved exhibiting at IMTS 2016 at Booth E-3240 from September 12th to the 17th, where the brightest minds in the industry came together to learn, shop and network! Check out our main blog about how the event went, which includes a YouTube video from the trip, photos & more!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR IMTS 2016 CONTEST INFO! We will also have a $25 off promo code exclusive to IMTS 2016 attendees who visit our booth. 

SFA is part of the MTConnect Institute tour at IMTS 2016! Get more info here

Follow Shop Floor Automations on our various social media channels. You can like us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, watch our YouTube videos, check out our Instagram shots, or connect on LinkedIn. Shop Floor Automations has been in business since 1998 helping manufacturing shop floors improve operations, decrease downtime, and prevent costly replacements with our Software and Hardware solutions. Come to Booth E-3240 to see how we have set the standard for the automation of shop floors!

 UPDATE: We are officially out of free passes for IMTS 2016. Thanks to those who contacted us for one – we will see you at our booth this year! Be sure to enter our IMTS 2016 contest, when you’re at the show! Past or Present Customer of SFA? Visit our Booth, film a video testimonial/review, and get a free SFA GCode T-Shirt! You will also be entered into our raffle contest. 

At IMTS, we will be presenting:

  • Version 11 of Predator Software
  • Displaying Predator’s Touch HMI
  • Showing new Scytec DataXchange updates
  • Plus our new product called the Multi Connect from the Connect Series!

We have more info here, plus you can contact us for more info, or visit us at Booth E-3240 at the show to ask us about it. For IMTS, use hashtags #shopfloorautomations and #theMultiConnect so we know you visited us!

Manufacturing News – June 2016

Shop Floor Automations was featured in Manufacturing News this past month of June 2016. In the article, we spoke about Touch HMI Software from Predator, as well as our Floppy Drive Emulators.

“Touch HMI has the ability for wired and wireless support, as well as configuration to communication with CNCs, CMMs, test stands, and other devices,” we stated, of Touch HMI software.

In regards to the Floppy Emulator, which was once called the FD Connect but is now part of our Floppy Connect line, we wrote: “a CNC control that still uses a floppy drive can easily switch to using a USB drive.” The Floppy Connect line is off-the-shelf compatible with Haas, but it is also compatible with other machines, with the help of our technicians.

Click here to read our piece, plus the whole issue!

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.

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.

April & June 2016 NTMA San Diego Events

ntmaShop Floor Automations is proud to be an associate member of the National Tooling & Machine Association as part of the San Diego Chapter. Here are some NTMA events that SFA was part of in April and June of 2016!

The Business Expo, Hosted by Associate Members Shop Floor Automations, Champion Risk, & Silvergate Bank, took place at the Belching Beaver Brewery.

Congratulations to Eddie Escobar, winner of the grand prize Portable USB Connect! As a part of Aerotek, a manufacturing staffing firm, Eddie is a perfect candidate to receive this prize and put it to good use. We hope you enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing everyone at the next one.

Our Grand Prize was a Portable USB Connect External with a retail value of $700! This device includes 2 GB USB flash memory drive,  portable unit with USB connector, display, RS232 cable and power supply.

See more photos from the event via our Facebook page here

On June 23, 2016 SFA attended a Chapter Meeting at Workshops for Warriors

We saw how this organization wants to rebuild America’s advanced manufacturing workforce, one veteran at a time. Workshops for Warriors’ 16-week classes result in nationally recognized, third party credentials from the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS), SolidWorks, Mastercam, and the American Welding Society.

We wrote a blog about the visit and how to use their resources here.

SFA YouTube Transcriptions

shop floor automations youtubeFor those who are hearing impaired, or just wanted a little more comprehension on our YouTube Automation Insights and Solutions, we at Shop Floor Automations have taken the liberty to not only personally caption our own videos, but to provide transcriptions here.

In a hurry? Contact Support by clicking here.

The very first transcription best symbolizes what our company is all about, and we encourage you to read more after the page break:

CNC Automation Software for Manufacturing Industry:  Shop Floor Automations sells, installs, and supports software and hardware solutions for the manufacturing industry. We have a variety of solutions that will increase the efficiency and productivity of a shop floor. They range from machine monitoring, DNC software, job scheduling, document control, and more! We also offer hardware solutions to help a shop go wireless or convert to USB.

Our off-the-shelf products are completely customizable, scalable to grow with your company, and able to the meet the needs of any company, small to large, in any industry. If you want to optimize performance throughout your shop process, Shop Floor Automations is ready to help.

We’ve been in business since 1998 and we cover the entire United States, parts of Canada, and Mexico. We have a singular focus in providing preeminent automation tools with world class service. We take great pains to know your products, machines, and methods, inside and out, to build lasting customer relationships and allow us to develop superior customized solutions to help you run a more efficient shop. Shop Floor Automations helps keep you connected to your shop, so you can keep your shop connected to the world! READ MORE BELOW
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Don’t Miss This at IMTS

IMTS 2016The True Focus of IMTS 2016

In mere weeks, IMTS 2016 in Chicago will pull in the best & brightest that our industry has to offer. With opportunities for networking & business deals, a company must question if the most worthwhile products & solutions are being brought to the table.
For the International Manufacturing Technology Show, we focus on travel reservations, booth dimensions, ad campaigns, scheduling – but the heartbeat of it all is what we have to offer. Stop by Booth E-3240 to discover how the latest technology from SFA will offer continuous improvements for your shop. Learn more about how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) & MTConnect can benefit you.
At IMTS, SFA will present:
  • Multi Connect – an All-in-One Device for IIoT
  • Predator machine monitoring & DNC program updates
  • Real-time OEE Dashboards with your Shop Floor layout from Scytec
  • Touch HMI simplifies communication & data collection using tablets & PCs!

Contact us for more info at (877) 611-5825


More about IMTS: The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 2,407 exhibiting companies and 115,612 registrants. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago.

IMTS 2018 is shaping up to be one of the largest IMTS shows ever. Over 1,100 companies have already submitted applications. Don’t delay, space is filling up fast.

Via our Social Media resource page: Shop Floor Automations is passionate about bringing your legacy machines up to date – that being said, we also realize that social media is a growing and helpful tool in the manufacturing industry. We would love to connect and be added by you on our major social media channels!