Another Success Story

Stryker Reduces Errors with Predator Desktop

A Nice, Tidy Operation

Predator SoftwareNowadays, joint replacements are expected to meet greater demands and be in service longer than ever before. This means ever-increasing demand on design and production, ensuring maximum joint mobility; whilst minimizing wear, through the use of materials such as ceramics, titanium, and polyethylene.

Also, to meet the ever-widening range of issues, preferences, and patient demands, surgeons must have an equally wide range of choices and options so that the right joint is readily available whatever size the patient.

All this puts pressure on companies like Stryker Corporation, which specializes in manufacturing medical equipment. It has to deal with numerous design variations and batch changeovers daily, whilst maintaining traceability and effective production within the bounds of strict regulation.

Not easy by anyone’s standards; there are many opportunities for operator error, especially when changing one batch of components for another – which may look exactly the same, but embrace dimensional changes too small for most to see. Such errors prompted senior information technology analyst Walter Switzer of Stryker’s facility in Cork to seek a solution.

He found it in a bespoke DNC installation developed in conjunction with Predator Software Europe. The first two parts of the proposed three-part installation have been a huge success: the possibility of downloading the wrong file has been obliterated, and productivity significantly improved. In fact, the system now manages everything associated with making products on the machines and is currently being implemented across the American plants as a result. Read more below.

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IMTS 2002 Report

IMTS 2002 – A Preview Into 2003

Although attendance was down from previous years and several DNC vendors downsized, no-showed or partnered with others to stay alive, Predator became “visible” from above, keeping it’s level of success. This year, Predator’s 20×30 booth and hanging banner could be seen from the bridge as attendees enter the Lakeside Center Pavilion. Many customers were encouraged they could depend on a vendor to develop easy, yet powerful products like no other since 1994. Several new resellers and OEM partners stopped by the booth to see the latest technology from the leading developer in the market.

If IMTS is a preview into 2003, then things are looking positive. Attendees of the show were serious about investing in new technology for the shop floor and Predator Software stood out as the #1 choice in shop floor automation.

Predator Software Suite – Like No Other

While many visited other vendors at the show looking for solutions to help automate the shop floor, only Predator could offer a suite of modules to build upon in the future. Customers were seeking modules that could be integrated together to provide the network “backbone” to communicate across any shop floor or production facility. Once in place, other Predator applications can be integrated either stand alone, or as part of a working suite, to provide vital productivity components that enable production facilities to operate efficiently, including network security, document viewing, Internet and intranet browsing, data collection and machine status, tool and gage management and electronic work instructions. Read more below.

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New Predator Software Releases and Product Updates

Predator SoftwareShop Floor Automations announces Predator Software Updates for:

-DNC Version 3.2.052

-CNC Editor 5.2.9

-Virtual CNC 4.12

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Founded back in 1998, Shop Floor Automations, Inc. (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 some decades now.

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