Shop Floor Automations at Westec 2012 (Booth #2344)

WESTEC 2017Shop Floor Automations (SFA), the largest Machine Shop Solutions Provider and DNC Networking Distributor on the West Coast, today announced that it will present and demonstrate a variety of Productivity Enhancing Solutions at the WESTEC 2012 Exposition & Conference, held March 27 through March 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.SFA will demonstrate job scheduling software which helps decision makers achieve best practices in manufacturing planning as well machine monitoring software – all tools that help you achieve lower costs and improve efficiency.

A new module called Technical DataPack Direct DNC delivers electronic files directly to the correct machines and work centers. No delays, no old NC file versions, and no incomplete shop packets. Users will see a demonstration on how the software can close the communication loop to reduce errors and improve overall efficiency in the factory.

The Real Time Viewer utilizes a web based browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer to provide a real time shop floor viewer capable of monitoring machine status, part counts, downtimes, productivity, scrap codes, OEE and more. The Real Time Viewer can be viewed using most web enabled devices, such as a laptops, smart phones, PDAs or thin clients. The latest version now includes support for customized views and a rolling dashboard of favorite views based on user login.

The new Shop Floor Data Collection product using Predator Software now includes favorite reports and charts for trends, comparisons, detailed downtime, OEE and other metrics. The product also integrates MT Connect, a manufacturing industry standard to facilitate organized retrieval of process information from CNC machines along with Fanuc Focus Drivers.

The best CNC Hardware Solutions

The wireless hardware used for most serial based machines now includes connection for network based machines. As machine tool builders include network options, the controller can now be placed on the network wirelessly using SFA’s new enhanced single wireless device. A wireless shop floor means high data rates over long distances, secure data with 128-bit and WPA encryption, the ability to network more than 250 machines and mix wired DNC with wireless DNC, the flexibility to easily move machines, plus there is no need to purchase or string cable.

USB Connect, SFA’s latest solution to add a memory stick to the CNC control is changing how many users view USB on the shop floor. The device comes in two models. A “pendant” mounted unit which is attached to your control and connects through the serial connection and a “portable” unit which can be used across a wide variety of machines as a primary or backup NC program manager. One of the primary benefits of USB Connect is the ability to handle larger files sizes – up to 16GB.

About Shop Floor Automations, Inc.

Shop Floor Automations, Inc. is the largest DNC networking distributor and service center on the West Coast. SFA exclusively provides sales, service, and support for multiple product lines including Predator, JobPack, Bigfoot, Moxa, Digi and others. Based in La Mesa, California, with offices and personnel in California, Michigan, and Texas,

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – February 2012

feb 2012 Shop Floor Automations NewsletterThe following is an archived copy of the Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – February 2012.

Bloomberg: “Manufacturing in the U.S. grew in January at the fastest pace in seven months, adding to signs of a global pickup from Germany to China.” – We hope it is for you too!

Maintenance for your Equipment and Machines

What method do you use to remind yourself to change the oil in your car? Is it sticky notes, when the red light goes on or when it all breaks down in the middle of your road trip?

Bigfoot CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) can help you with everything from CNCs, fork lifts, manual equipment, HVAC, managing your routine maintenance, tracking your repairs, parts, procedures for services and reporting history and cost.

It is simple to use over the web or on your smart phone  and is billed per user with no long term commitments.

Contest for Success Stories 

We would like to hear from you! So we decided to run a contest. The best SFA success stories will win! Contact us to ask how.

Did you know…?
A spreadsheet of production orders is like a newspaper. By the time you get it, the information is out‐of‐date. Spreadsheets are a great way to maintain lists of information, but a spreadsheet can’t react to changes to the production schedule that occur every day when new orders arrive, orders are cancelled, or when customer‐requested delivery dates and quantities change. With the frequent changes that occur in manufacturing businesses today, a spreadsheet can’t respond quickly enough.
How much manual effort is used to maintain the spreadsheet? JobPack Master Scheduler, a real‐time scheduling system, integrated to your ERP system, can receive order information effortlessly, and immediately identify resource constraints caused by overloaded resources.
The ability to simulate multiple scenarios to resolve the constraints is impossible for a spreadsheet.

Just a reminder that WESTEC 2012 is coming up soon. Be sure to get it on your calendar.   Free registration online until March 22nd.

We will be unveiling some cool products including our latest Machine Monitoring Software, new Job Pack Scheduling Product and latest in Wireless Solutions.

Come by and enter our free drawings and receive a SFA mouse pad.

Link to official newsletter HERE