Predator DNC Software and Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software Compared

Predator DNCPredator DNC software and Ascendant eXtremeDNC software are two great tools for CNC networking of different CNCs, punch press, water jets and other industrial equipment. They are each used to manage different types of programs. Ascendant eXtrmeDNC was the first DNC open architecture application for the 32-bit Windows operating system. It was first introduced in 1993, upgraded in 2010 to make it compatible with modern operating systems, and adapted to Ethernet, wired, and wireless hardware. It was developed for Window NT 3.5 but with the modifications, it could be applied to some modern operating systems other than a Windows based OS. It works best in a Windows 7 or Server 2008 operating systems.

However, the introduction of Predator DNC software revolutionized the CNC and DNC world. This is because of the enormous multitasking functions that can be performed on it. It has more capacity to upload, download, and drip feed. Just like the Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software, Predator DNC Software has wireless and Ethernet support. Predator DNC also uses a “object-oriented” tool library to built on functionality as the user desires. The solution also allows for a full upgrade path to other modules, such as machine monitoring, product data management and tool rib management. While eXtremeDNC has connection ports that could serve 1023 communication networks at a time, Predator DNC Software has 4096 connection and it can be used with 4096 machines simultaneously. This gives it more networking capacity.

ExtremeDNCStill, eXtremeDNC software is a useful tool, it serves different purposes for its users. It is a smart architecture compliance server which supports transmission and effective maintenance of files. If a server failure occurs or there is a loss of server networking file transmissions are not disrupted.

EXtremeDNC does not require a lot of setup and configuration. Out of the box, the product comes with several CNC templates ready to communicate to the machine tool The software enhances functions such as email notifications, it facilitates the auto tag, and renames standardization. It also enables control and easy integration of third party software. Another great aspect to eXtremeDNC Is the client/server functionality that provides true, real-time feedback as to the status of transfer. The licensing is flexible as well to purchase only the ports needed and floats without any additional modules.

Currently, eXtremeDNC Software supports different operating systems such as those under Windows XP, 7 32 and 64 bits. It does not support Windows 8. Its server operating system provides support for 2008R2, and Windows 2003. EXtremeDNC also supports Digi, Moxa, Comtrol and some other serial hardware manufacturers.

 

Pros of eXtremeDNC Software

  • It is an open system and as such, it is not an object driven.
  • Every communication protocol is embedded in the system.
  • It does not require any modular purchases such as email notification or printing.
  • Easy viewing of files anytime.
  • Its graphical application supports auto view and adobe acrobat devices.
  • Compatible with most serial and wireless hardware manufacturers

Cons of eXtreme DNC Software

  • Licensing is based on computer hardware, no dongle
  • Not compatible with Windows 8.
  • Not compatible with all operating systems.

Many people prefer the Predator DNC Software because of its versatility as it could effectively network all robots, PLCs, EDMs and CNCs. Furthermore, it is compatible with all the major Integration with databases, excel, VB scripting, and command line functionality.

 

Pros of Predator DNC Software

  • It is more compatible with Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office. It is easy to perform functions such as copying, pasting, cutting, dragging and dropping, toolbars, shortcut menus, tools as well as online help.
  • Its flexible interface feature makes it adaptable to different networking devices like USB, Ethernet, wired and wireless devices, and also different operating systems.
  • Supports several remote functions such as auto naming, remote messaging and any type of remote commands you want to perform on it.
  • It currently supports different versions of Windows Operating System such as 32 and 64-bit versions, Vista, Windows 7, 2003, 2007, and 2008, 2012 as well as Windows XP.
  • Currently, there are three editions of the software, which include the DNC Express, Predator DNC as well as the DNC Enterprise, this makes it possible to cover different types of operating systems and customer price points.

Cons of Predator DNC Software

  • Not compatible Windows 8
  • Licensing is done via dongle
  • Clients / Server is limited in functionality
  • Floating seats are controlled via separate module and additional cost

Verdict

In the end, Predator DNC gets the go-ahead over eXtremeDNC as it ensures better control of workflow and has better compatibility with modern operating systems for complete automation. Also, Predator DNC is much more flexible which is essential for both control and performance. If you looking for basic functionality, price and reliability, ExtremeDNC will meet your needs.

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Add USB to any RS232 CNC machine with an RS232 comm port on your shop floor. Eliminate floppy disks, PCMCIA cards or manual data entry methods of CNC communication by adding USB to any machine, any brand with our USB connect solutions.

Let Shop Floor Automations provide you with a simple to use, easy to connect and flexible system to transfer your CNC programs to your machines. This eliminates the downtime resulting from failing floppy disks or disk drives that no longer read the CNC programs you spend hours to create.

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We offer a model that can be mounted on the CNC control pendant so operators can quickly select the files they want to download, upload or drip feed to CNC machines. The USB connect comes with all necessary cables and includes a 2GB memory stick.

If you have several machines or need a backup to your DNC system, our portable USB device is the perfect solution. The unit can be configured to work with machines that have different baud rates and leverage colored USB sticks for specific program types.

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Using Machine Monitoring and Data Collection Software, you can improve Machine Uptime and Productivity! Every minute on the shop floor counts toward profitability and increased production.

Shop Floor Automations has been working with shop floors in the manufacturing industry since 1998 making machines more efficient and reliable.

If you could eliminate downtime and provide operators, shop managers and mid- management with real-time dashboards along with historical reports and charts, everyone becomes accountable. Shop Floor Automations provides Predator or Scytec machine monitoring and data collection systems to deliver measurable cycle times, spindle utilization and why CNC machines are idle.

We offer cloud-based CNC monitoring systems starting at $45 per month as well as on-premise solutions that run on SQL or Oracle and can be deployed in weeks. We can also make magic with solutions like MT Connect and a simple MDC adapter.

If you want to replace a paper system or whiteboards, or are just looking to learn more about how we can help you, visit us at shopfloorautomations.com or give us a call at 877-611-5825.

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DNC Networking Software for CNC Communication to Machines


Shop Floor Automations has been providing DNC software to communicate to CNC machines since 1998. We provide two leading software product lines: Predator Software and Ascendant Technologies.

Most companies have methods to deliver files to machines, but are limited to using floppy disks, USB sticks, PCMCIA cards, and tape readers—or even manual typing. Theses methods use several hours to load programs, but offer no revision control, management of proven or released files, or traceability.

With our solutions, we can implement a product that improves productivity and tracks every upload, download or drip feed to the CNC, while decreasing the time it takes to load programs. Every minute on the shop floor counts, and if we can save you 5 minutes a day, your new system could be paid for in months.

We offer wired and wireless solutions, personalized to meet your specific needs. Want to learn more? Visit us at shopfloorautomations.com or call us at 877-611-5825. More info on our DNC Solutions:

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Improve CNC revision control while using existing ERP & MES bar-coded paperwork. Eliminate time wasted walking back & forth between your CNC & PC with a Remote Request function. Consider a 32-Bit, Multi-thread, Multi-tasking, Open-Architecture DNC Software solution that works wired & wirelessly.

Simplify operations with one network for all of your CNC machines, Robots, PLCs, & part makers, grouped by building or cell.

We offer the following DNC Communication solutions: Predator DNC, Ascendant extremeDNC, Predator TouchHMI, and Predator EditLock. We also have many pieces of hardware to help your shop floor achieve wireless DNC.