Predator Software Top Reseller Again

Logo of Predator from SFA ResellerWe are proud to be the top reseller of Predator Software 16 years running and we are determined to continue this streak for the years to come!

“There is something happening with our business, knowing our customers are our biggest fans, referring new business to us, “ Greg Mercurio, President of Shop Floor Automations, says.  “We have close relationships with our customers, CAD/CAM partners, machine tool distributors, and other ERP/MRP that believe in our sales, service, and support staff.  They know SFA will take care of them and recommend Predator as the best solution.”

Thank you to all of our customers in making us an industry leader in manufacturing automation solutions.

Sincerely,

The SFA Team

January/February 2016 SFA Newsletter

2016 jan feb SFA newsletterThe following is an archive of our January/February 2016 SFA Newsletter. Please note that the newsletter sent out had a typo of the date “January/February 2015” in the title, but this email was sent out February 16th, 2016.

The Internet of Things for Machines

How the Internet of Things is Helping Plants with Maintenance Leverage Tablets and Mobile Devices with Touch HMI

Join us on April 14th at 12:00PM PST, to learn how machine monitoringand data collection can make predictive maintenance a reality in your operations.
Bigfoot CMMS and Scytec DataXchange will be coming together to
discuss their software applications and integration options.

This smart technology is bringing the Internet of Things closer to
the shop floor, automating processes that could only be done manually
in the past.

See real-world examples and the benefits of cloud-based machine
monitoring and asset management, and see how high your utilization
and asset management strategy can soar.

Traditionally, a machine shop operator might initiate a process or operation
by scanning a bar code or QR code. With the release of Predator Touch HMI,
simple touch screen buttons can replace these traditional methods.
With one touch, you can send a CNC program to a machine, send email notifications,
display work instructions, or trigger many more customizable functions.

This application not only saves time but allows for an easy to use
process to be implemented with no install needed!
Learn more about Predator Touch HMI and DNC software to see
how you can further automate your machine shop.

Is Your Shop Ready for El Nino?

The recent weather trends have proved problematic to many machine shops.
Lightning strikes, floods and extreme wind can easily take out the power
or cause electrical surges.  In the case of power outages due to extreme weather,
machine shops can’t afford to lose CNC communication.

USB Connect backups are the perfect way to keep producing parts
in the case of an unexpected network error.  Portable or Pendant USB hardware
is a simple solution to keep productivity on schedule during unforeseen problems.

NTMA Member Discounts, Benefits and Meetings!

Shop Floor Automations is a proud Associate Member of the NTMA in San
Diego. To show appreciation for NTMA members across the US, we offer a 10%
off discount on Software and a 5% off discount on Hardware for all
active NTMA members.

NTMA works to cultivate our industry’s community so we can come
together, collaberate and learn from each other.

Are Your Machines Actually Cutting?     

Modern Machine Shop recently released an article about one of our customers
that recently began utilizing data collection software in order to improve efficiency.

This article explains how machine monitoring can improve efficiencies
outside of the machining cycle. Data Collection gives operators and shop managers a clear visual
of what is actually happening on the shop floor. Read the full article HERE.

Link to original newsletter HERE 

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Are You Improving Operations With Data Collection?

Bigfoot and DataXchange Data Collection integration“Cloud” applications can be found virtually everywhere today, and for good reason. Join us on April 14th at 12:00 p.m. PST to learn how cloud-based machine monitoring and data collection can make predictive maintenance a reality in your operations.

The webinar will be hosted by Smartware Group, Inc., makers of Bigfoot CMMS, and Scytec, makers of DataXchange. These experts will introduce the latest technologies to monitor and collect asset data and integrate this data for actionable and results-oriented operations and maintenance management.

Register for this machine monitoring webinar to glean real-world examples of the benefits of cloud-based machine monitoring and asset management, and see how high your utilization and asset management strategy can soar.

Get more information and to register, click here.

How to Increase Machining Efficiency

Are Your Machines Really Cutting?

A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts AKA machine monitoring.

The procedures that seem efficient and the procedures that are efficient might be two different things. And telling the difference requires data.

Scytec & SFA help with machine efficiencyThe machining cycle is one area in which this idea is strikingly applied. One of those co-owners of the Wright City, Missouri, manufacturer—engineering vice president Jerry Halley—spent much of his career with aircraft maker McDonnell Douglas, which became Boeing during his time there.

Mr. Halley demonstrated that small tools used at the specific, harmonic spindle speeds that avoid chatter can cut deeply enough and quickly enough to remove material more efficiently than traditional rough cutting.

Because the equipment was “as good as its going to get,” the company had to find a way to continue winning efficiency gains so it could continue delivering cost savings. Not only did competitiveness require this, the formally specified cost-reduction targets of OEM customers required this as well.

To discover these sources of additional savings, Tech Manufacturing began measuring its entire process. The company began to measure not just its cycle time and not just the processing of individual parts, but the entire performance of its CNC machines around the clock. Implementing machine monitoring software from Scytec, the company began to measure the in-cycle and out-of-cycle time of 11 CNC machines. Now, company leaders in the office and on the shop floor all study a daily, visual printout of just how much machining time each of those machines delivered over the course of the previous workday.

The first result of doing this, says Mr. Halley, was an almost immediate 5-percentage-point improvement in measured performance. That boost was the early return on simply paying attention to this performance for the first time. And that boost hinted at an important insight, one that the company validated as it went on to find further performance gains with the data. Namely: Even in a seemingly efficient shop, there is still plenty of chronic inefficiency just waiting to be addressed.

The Scytec software is simpler than other machine-monitoring systems that Tech Manufacturing evaluated. Other systems had more capability than the management of this company thought it would use, at least at first. Scytec’s modularity makes it possible to buy up into additional capability over time. For now, though, Mr. Halley’s belief—a belief that has proven true—is that significant process improvement can be won just from the simple measurement of when the machines are and are not making parts.

At the start, that efficiency was 52 percent. Scytec told the company’s team that this is reasonably good. Shops generally assume they are far more productive than they really are. Thirty to 40 percent efficiency is common, said Scytec, and the software company has had machine-shop customers that initially measured an efficiency below 10 percent. Now, after two years of monitoring performance every day and responding to yellow events, Tech Manufacturing is consistently running at an efficiency of 65 percent.

The goal is to reach 70, says Mr. Halley. Getting there will be hard, because the reality of diminishing returns has set in. After two years of improvement, the inefficiencies remaining to be discovered relate to increasingly minor or increasingly rare events.

Shop Floor Automatons is the largest re-seller of Scytec software, specializing in DataXChange.

Read the full article here.