How do you do a remote request from Predator DNC?

Predator DNC - remote request from Predator DNC - drip-feedIn many cases, a CNC machine may be located a good distance away from the computer, or perhaps a number of machines are connected to a central computer. In either case, the last thing you want is machine operators running or shouting across the shop, or crowding around the computer.

If your CNC machines are based on a modern operating system, then they might be connected to your company’s Ethernet network and thus able to browse through a remote server’s files. In most cases though, the NC control just doesn’t have any networking capability and are unable to do anything like that.

One thing most CNC’s can do, however, is send and receive files via RS232. They can’t request files from computers, but they can send files to computers. So, what we can do is create a small program on the CNC, write our request into that file, and sent that file to the computer. As long as the computer, in this example running the software Predator DNC, is expecting such a file, it would see the incoming data, read the request, and complete whatever action was contained within. In this example, Predator DNC has been programmed to expect such simple file requests from pretty much any CNC as long as the CNC is capable of punching out a CNC program through the serial port.

Before you can use the server mode within Predator DNC, you need to set it up and enable it. We’ll explain that in a moment. First, we’ll give an example of what you can do with it. In our examples, we’ll describe usage with a machine like a FANUC because there are lots of other makes and models of CNC which adhere to the same ISO data standards. We can also show you a couple of alternatives, so you can adjust this method to suit other machines.

In the CNC control, we first create a small program using a program number that isn’t used by the machine. We call this program the Remote Request, because we use it to request a program from the PC remotely. Let’s use program number 7 as our Remote program (O7777). You can, of course, use any program number you want. In our example we want the PC to send program number 1234 into the machine. On a FANUC we’d create a small Remote program like this:-

%

O7777

(LOAD 1234)

M30

%

That’s it: just those five lines. When you’re ready, send (“Punch”) the Remote Request to the computer and quickly switch the CNC into “Input” / ”Read” mode. When Predator DNC receives the request it opens the file, sees the command (LOAD) and the following text (1234) and knows that the CNC is waiting for program 1234. Predator DNC pulls the file from the machine’s default folder, loads it up, and sends it to the CNC.

Keep the Remote program stored on your CNC, so you can use it again. Next time you use it, just edit the text between the parentheses to request any other program.

How do you license Predator Software Applications?

How do I license Predator Software Applications?

Predator uses the Sentinel Hasp Key (ex: SIMs & Dongles). They are typically plugged into the USB port on the workstation or server to license the product. If you are in a virtual operating system, we have hardware that will allow this USB key to be seen. Contact our sales team for more info.

Predator Software can also help with data driven decision making in manufacturing. More about the concept here:predator software square 2017 - license predator software applications

Manufacturing is all about numbers and measurements. Without both of those factors, a manufactured piece would not come out correctly and quotas would not be met. Numbers and measurements are also at the heart of Data Driven Decision Making, and it is a method more American manufacturers can, and should, easily embrace.

Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) is simply the process of making operational decisions based on information that can be backed up via tangible data. Many of the big companies live the DDDM philosophy, and when you use data to make decisions about HR, logistics, marketing, and territories to expand into – why not use it for the manufacturing process?

“Big data, small data, internal, external, experimental, observational — everywhere we look, information is being captured, quantified, and used to make business decisions,” says Walter Frick of the Harvard Business Review

More info at the article HERE 

 

Do Predator v10 applications work in Windows 10?

Is there Predator Software Windows 10 compatibility?

Yes. While official support will come with v11 applications, several clients are currently running Windows 10. Do contact our support team for assistance prior to upgrading.

More on Predator Software:

Are you an existing customer using Predator Software?  Maybe you are using an old copy the CNC Editor inside SurfCAM, GibbsCAM, SmartCAM, ProCAM, CAMWorks, or BobCAD-CAM? Consider these options:

* Predator DNC*
Upload, download, drip-feed up to 100+ machines from a single server and eliminate walking to and from your CNCs.  We are offering upgrade specials to bring your legacy system up to speed with new hardware and operating systems with little downtime and effort.  Call us today to learn more and if you want to add your Ethernet-based CNCs, we support those too!
* Predator Product Data Management*
Predator PDM is a manufacturing driven software solution designed to organize and control CNC Predator PDMprograms, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents and others files with revision control.  The application works in server / clients environments and supports Microsoft Access, SQL or Oracle.
* Predator Data Collection with MDC & Touch HMI*

Machine monitoring is real-time software that automatically collects, reports, charts and procesPredator Machine Monitoringses real-time shop floor manufacturing data including cycle time, idle time, setup time, machine downtime and more.  Predator MDC improves manufacturing by supplying accurate shop floor productivity metrics to improve operations and to make better decisions.
* More Predator Products* Call (877) 611-5825 for more info 

I moved Predator DNC to another computer & machines won’t communicate – why?

WHAT IS DNC SOFTWARE by Shop Floor Automations - dnc software faqHere is a good DNC software FAQ: I moved Predator DNC to another computer & machines won’t communicate – why?

Migrating your Predator DNC software over to a new computer is a fairly complex process and there are many reasons your machines may not be communicating.

To make certain that this issue gets resolved, give our Tech Support line a call so we can get your shop back up and running again.

More about DNC software:

Manage your CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets with DNC Software. Enjoy a wide range of CNC communication options from your Predator PCs for drip-feeding, downloading, & bi-directional communication. Upload via parallel, RS232, RS422 Ethernet, & wireless Ethernet for thousands of CNC machines. With Microsoft Office®  & Windows® Explorer-compatible user interface (Windows 10 O/S supported), use familiar features for drag & drop, cut, copy, paste, shortcut menus, object-based menus, toolbars, tool tips, & available online help.

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.

For DNC Software, we have:

  • Predator DNC
  • extremeDNC
  • Predator Touch HMI
  • Predator EditLock

 

What is a ‘SIM Wrapper Error’ after moving Predator DNC to a new computer?

WHAT IS DNC SOFTWARE by Shop Floor Automations - dnc software faqAnother great DNC software FAQ: What is a ‘SIM Wrapper Error’ after moving Predator DNC to a new computer?

The SIM Wrapper Error is actually one of many various errors generated during licensing. If you recently moved your computer then you may have forgotten to move your USB license key to your new computer.

If you are still experiencing issues after moving the USB SIM over, or cannot find your USB SIM, give us a call and we can assist you with your licensing issues.

More DNC software information:

What is DNC Software? Aiding in the process of Direct Numeric Control (sometimes considered Distributed Numeric Control), DNC software helps with total shop floor control. Via our DNC Communications page:

Manage your CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets with DNC Software. Enjoy a wide range of CNC communication options from your PCs for drip-feeding, downloading, & bi-directional communication. Upload via parallel, RS232, RS422 Ethernet, & wireless Ethernet for thousands of CNC machines. With Microsoft Office®  & Windows® Explorer-compatible user interface (Windows 10 O/S supported), use familiar features for drag & drop, cut, copy, paste, shortcut menus, object-based menus, toolbars, tool tips, & available online help.

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.

Can the Predator CNC Editor communicate to multiple machines?

Predator CNC EditorYes, Predator CNC Editor supports an unlimited number of different machines and can communicate with multple machines. Each machine can have unique COM port, baud rate, and numerous other properties. The Editor supports switch boxes, intelligent switch boxes, and the entire line of Predator DNC and Connect AKA FlexN hardware.

NOTE: The Predator CNC Editor can only communicate to one machine at a time and is not designed for simultaneous multitasking operations to multiple machines. If this is desired, upgrade to Predator DNC, which is designed to support machines simultaneously.

About Predator CNC Editor:

Hundreds of features to improve day-to-day CNC machine tool productivity. Dozens of CNC intelligent editing commands make changes to your CNC program quickly & easily. Edit confidently with the ability to undo & redo all changes. Microsoft® Word-compatible menus, toolbar, & shortcut keys make these systems easy to learn with basic CNC communications. Also, Windows 10 O/S is supported!

  • The most popular 32-bit CNC code editor available on the market
  • Includes hundreds of features, yet is extremely easy to use
  • File Compare, Backplot Simulation and CNC communication included
  • Improve day-to-day productivity of your CNC machine tools
  • The ideal choice for a small job shop, or the largest manufacturer

About Predator DNC Software:

  • Network all CNCs, EDMs, PLCs, & Robots with singular DNC package
  • Eliminates walking time to/from CNC control & PC
  • Major CNC protocols supported: Mazatrol (CMT), Xmodem, Okuma B, & more!
  • Send, receive or drip-feed to 4000+ devices
  • Drip-feed, upload & download Wirelessly, Wired, via Ethernet, & USB
  • New features & protocols added frequently

Does the Predator CNC Editor support Remote Request?

Bar Code Reader youtube - remote request - DNC softwareNo, CNC Editor does not support Remote Request. Remote Request eliminates walking back and forth and allows operators to request files from the CNC control.

If this is desired, upgrade to Predator DNC software, which is designed to support Remote Request for up to 1024 machines simultaneously.

More info about DNC software:

  • Network everything with one solution
  • Drip-feed, upload and download all DNC programs
  • Work through various methods including wireless and Ethernet
  • Improve the revision control of your CNC program
  • Streamline the processes between your CNC program and you
  • Use all your existing MES and ERP paperwork
  • Allow you to upgrade to Predator PDM and MDC when ready
  • Automate methods for transfers using bar code readers and shop floor PCs

Predator DNC is one of the only programs that supports up to 4096 different machines. The downloading, uploading and drip-feeding is all possible at the same time, and CNCs can be grouped together quickly and easily with a Microsoft Windows Explorer interface.

One of the biggest benefits of Predator DNC is the improvement to your workflow on the shop floor. You will no longer need to carry laptops around or manual type part programs at the CNC. There’s no need to use some old-school hardware to communicate, such as switch boxes and floppy disks.

Predator DNC really is your all-in-one solution. Not only will your workflow improve, but the whole workplace will become more productive and reliable.

When you want something simple and easy to use, Explorer is the product you need. It works with Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office, which are widely used around the world.

Ask us about Secure File Transfers with Secure DNC for Ethernet-based machines. Call (877) 611-5825 to learn more about Predator DNC.

How do I add a new CNC Machine to Predator DNC?

To add a CNC to Predator DNC, a few items are required.

Available Serial Port
Available DNC License
Make and Model of the CNC Control
Copy Existing / Similar or Sample PXP

Begin by confirming you have an available serial port on the Predator DNC Hub or PC. Take note of where the new RS232 cable will connect (port number and hub).

Check the Windows Control Panel | Device Manager to determine the port number and communication port. If installed by SFA, the system will begin at COM 5 = Port 1; COM6 = Port 2. The exact settings can be determined by reviewing the Multiport Serial Adapter from the Device Manager.

Determine the number of CNCs currently configured in the DNC Networking System. If the number of CNC exceeds the current DNC License, a license upgrade will be required. While in the DNC Software, select HELP | ABOUT for the current license purchased, ie. DNC/8.

If a license is available, then proceed.

Launch the Predator DNC Administrator if not currently in this mode. Select Command | Cancel All. Next, find a similar CNC / Machine in your current PXP. Select the CNC with your mouse, right click, select {COPY}. Select the Predator Red Gear at the top of the Predator Software, right click and select {Paste}. This creates a copy of the existing machine. Modify this copied CNC to match the Communication Port number as well as the baud rate, parity, and stop bits. The machine directory and any other features can be modified by using the Predator Wizard.

What are Predator DNC objects and what do they do?

What are Predator DNC objects and what do they do? DNC Objects are software options that extend Predator DNC for special customer applications.

DNC Objects can add databases, spreadsheet and email connectivity, improve high-speed machining, offer greater lights out reliability, automatic error correction, and support for proprietary CNC controls. Predator DNC Objects support any RS232 hardware including DNC bundles, Flex series, and PC COM ports.

A DNC Object development kit is available for even further customization or integration.

NOTE: Predator DNC Clients usually do not require DNC Objects.

More info on DNC software:

What is DNC Software? Aiding in the process of Direct Numeric Control (sometimes considered Distributed Numeric Control), DNC software helps with total shop floor control. Via our DNC Communications page:

Manage your CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets with DNC Software. Enjoy a wide range of CNC communication options from your PCs for drip-feeding, downloading, & bi-directional communication. Upload via parallel, RS232, RS422 Ethernet, & wireless Ethernet for thousands of CNC machines. With Microsoft Office®  & Windows® Explorer-compatible user interface (Windows 10 O/S supported), use familiar features for drag & drop, cut, copy, paste, shortcut menus, object-based menus, toolbars, tool tips, & available online help.

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.

Does Predator DNC support long filenames?

Does Predator DNC support long filenames? Yes, Predator DNC supports long filenames, long directory names, names with spaces, shared network drives, and UNC names.

Refer to the following examples:

  •     Job 1234.NC
  •     H:CUSTOM PARTSJOB 4567.NC
  •     \\SERVER1\C\LARGE CUSTOMER\PART No 1234-5678.NC

Predator DNC can also automatically name your files when uploading to the  server. They can be “autonamed” using their O-number, a user-chosen name, the first comment in the file, and so on.

More info on DNC software:

Predator DNC Version 9.0What is DNC Software? Aiding in the process of Direct Numeric Control (sometimes considered Distributed Numeric Control), DNC software helps with total shop floor control. Via our DNC Communications page:

Manage your CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets with DNC Software. Enjoy a wide range of CNC communication options from your PCs for drip-feeding, downloading, & bi-directional communication. Upload via parallel, RS232, RS422 Ethernet, & wireless Ethernet for thousands of CNC machines. With Microsoft Office®  & Windows® Explorer-compatible user interface (Windows 10 O/S supported), use familiar features for drag & drop, cut, copy, paste, shortcut menus, object-based menus, toolbars, tool tips, & available online help.

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.