Onsite Services Special

Technician soldering cables for onsite servicesLooking to improve communication to your CNC machines? We are offering onsite services to fine tune your existing DNC system. We constantly have special discounts for our services.

Add cabling to a new machine, trouble shoot, move the system to a more reliable PC, or provide onsite training and consulting. We will make sure everything is set up properly and that your shop floor workers are trained before we take one step out of your shop and label the job as “done.”

We also have remote assistant services available, if you don’t have the time or current resources to bring one of our friendly techs to your shop. We have many references, via our Customer Testimonials page. We also have many customer success stories you can watch on YouTube. Call us toll free at (877) 611-5825 if you are ready to go!

What some customers have to say about Shop Floor Automations:

Your team did an excellent job getting us out of a jam with recent damage to our Extreme DNC PC which got zapped by lightning. Within minutes after its arrival, only about 14 hours after my phone call to your tech named Guy, my guys had it working to load programs into our CNC machines. -Matt Slay, Jordan Machine Co.

I am very happy with the software and it is having a positive impact on our productivity. Shop Floor Automations had been somebody that we worked with really before we acquired it 13 years ago. We had Predator and some of the software you supplied. Recently, we added the Scytec DataXchange stuff a few years ago, and you guys are just good problem solvers for us! There was minimal startup cost and it requires little software management on the user end. Significant increases in machine utilization, better information flow between engineering guys and programming guys, quality guys, shop floor guys, and us as owners! Knowing what’s happening on the shop floor. I would recommend you, and I have – we’re big proponents of the software and you have been a really good resource for us. We’re happy to use cloud-based solutions like Scytec DataXchange! -Jerry Halley, Tech Manufacturing LLC

Our Predator DNC system is running so well, that after over 2 years, I have moved the keyboard and monitor off my desk and into a corner. It requires no maintenance and provides us with a trouble-free system. – Mark Chambers, Tech Manufacturing

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – March 2011

The following is an archive of the Shop Floor Automations newsletter - march 2011 The following is an archive of the Shop Floor Automations Newsletter from March 2011.

Our focus is building lasting partnerships with customers and striving to understand what customers manufacture, what production tools and methods they currently utilize, and in what ways we can help improve their manufacturing processes.  Are you ready for us to help you with our shop floor solutions?

* Onsite Service Special *
Looking to improve communication to your CNC machines? We are offering onsite services to fine tune your existing DNC system up to 50% off our normal rates.  Add cabling to a new machine, troubleshoot, move the system to a more reliable PC, or provide onsite training and consulting. Visit our website and complete the online form or call us for details.

* Add Ethernet to your CNC*

The LANCNC controller brings Ethernet functionality to any CNC machine tool with serial capability. Program files can be sent to/from the LANCNC data server and any CNC. Large files that will not fit in the memory of the CNC can be drip fed (DNC) directly from the data server.

LAN Connect

Control and manage which files are available to operators on the shop floor from CNC programming stations or Engineering department. Works with Microsoft’s  Windows Explorer. Setup with ease and connect to virtually any CNC control on the market.
* Upcoming Events*
Shop Floor Automations (SFA) will be presenting our latest solutions at the following trade shows next month.AeroDef Mfg – April 5-7, 2011 Booth #1219

Houstex – April 18-20, 2011 Booth #1231
Got PC Based Controls?

PC based controls have become the standard for new CNC machines and for good reason.  For the first time, PC based controls allow CNCs to be truly integrated into a manufacturer’s overall enterprise in the same way that other PCs already are. The advantages of integrating CNC controls into an enterprise network are many, but so are the possible issues.

Link to original newsletter HERE

Add Ethernet to your CNC

LAN Connect Remote SFA add Ethernet to CNCThe LAN Connect Controller brings Ethernet functionality to any CNC machine tool with serial capability. Through the regular and Remote models, program files can be sent to/from the LAN data server and any CNC.

Large files that will not fit in the memory of the CNC can be drip-fed (DNC) directly from the data server. Control and manage which files are available to operators on the shop floor from CNC programming stations or Engineering department.

Works with Microsoft’s Windows Explorer. Setup with ease and connect to virtually any CNC control on the market. This will help you add Ethernet to your CNC.

Call us toll free at (877) 611-5825 to learn more. More info on our Ethernet Connect solutions:

Your CNC machines have RS232 ports & SFA can connect them to your network. With our Wired CNC Connect, Wireless CNC Connect & LAN Connect, you have many options available. Leverage your current IT infrastructure on the shop floor & replace the long RS232 runs of older style hubs. Take advantage of your company’s wireless network & get rid of cables all together!

The benefit to using Ethernet is that it allows multiple PCs to be able to access machines on the shop floor. Ethernet can go longer distances, which keeps the RS232 connection short, & that means more reliable DNC communication. Wireless CNC Connect devices stay mounted to the machine – confirm you have a dependable wireless signal, move your CNC machine, & it is always connected to the DNC system.

Corporate networks expand beyond front offices & engineering departments on a daily basis. Network backbones are found on 80 percent of manufacturing shop floors.

If you are looking for a wired Ethernet Connect solution, we have this option available in 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 surge protected ports. We also have Wireless Connect solutions, if you are interested in getting rid of wires.