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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Virtual Machine

Virtual Machine — Machine Simulation & Verification

Predator SoftwareProduct Description

Predator Virtual CNC and Virtual Machine integrates CNC verification and machine simulation within a single Windows-based product. Predator Virtual Machine is designed to accurately simulate the CNC, the machine and the machining process.

How it Works

Predator Virtual Machine works just like a machine tool. It requires CNC programs, offsets, stock material, tooling, and fixturing details. A 3D virtual machining environment is displayed to the user with VCR buttons to control the simulation. Unlike a machine tool, Predator Virtual Machine will safely detect machine crashes, broken tooling, CNC programming errors, and numerous other problems.

Initial setup requires the user to design a machine with any major CAD/CAM system. By leveraging the strengths of today’s solid modelers, machine design is faster and easier then ever before. The machine’s base and moving parts are imported into Predator Virtual Machine and the kinematics are defined. A library of machine types such as VMCs and HMCs simplify the kinematic definitions. CNC specifics are configured down to the G-code & M-code level. A library of 150 CNC controls that can be edited by the user, dramatically simplify initial configuration.

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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

For more information about our Predator Software related services, read below:

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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PDA Connect for Palm Pilots

PDA Connect for Palm Pilots

Shop Floor Automations (SFA), one of the largest independent CNC Automation Suppliers for the CNC Machine Tool Industry has released a new software product to run on portable PDA Units.

PDA Connect for Palm Pilots is an application that allows you to transfer files back and forth between most CNCs. Using standard XON/XOFF communication protocol, this simple to use interface allows you to backup or quickly load G-code programs. An unlimited number of machine templates can be used to store baud rates, data bits, stop bits and parity for different CNC controls. Edit programs within the unit for a quick change to a feed rate or any other G-code. PDA Connect also allows any file from your desktop computer to your PDA to be transferred.

The transfer is binary, so an exact copy of the original file is stored on your handheld. Other uses for the software include backup of parameters, uploading files to CNC machines, collecting data from probes, or transferring files between remote computers!

Unlike other software, there is no 4Kb limit on the file size, so you can copy large files to your handheld. Files remain in their native format after copying, so no special synchronization software is needed. The benefit to the software is ease of use, while using small portable PDA devices. The software is compatible with many units including PALM IIIe, m130, TX, T3 and more.

For more information, contact our sales department.