How do you do a remote request from Predator DNC?

How do you do a remote request from Predator DNC?

Remote request through Predator DNC: In 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 to 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. For more remote request info, check out this video from our YouTube channel

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 on how to license Predator Software applications.

Predator Software can also help with data-driven decision making in manufacturing. More about the concept here:

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 

Shop Floor Automations has been a yearly #1 reseller of Predator Software since 1999. For more info, click here

 

Do Predator v10 applications work in Windows 10?

Is there Predator Software v10 Windows 10 compatibility?

Yes. While official support will come with Predator Software v11 applications, several clients are currently running Windows 10 with Predator Software v10. 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 programs, 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 processes 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 Software Products* Call (877) 611-5825 for more info 

How does Predator PDM differ from other revision control software?

Why is Predator PDM different from revision control software?

Most revision control software packages use a database for the backend to store “links” or flags to shared files and reference the actual file.  The problem with this system is that while you might have the NC program and can place it in a database for check in and check out, there is no control with these systems. Whoever saves the file last wins!

Most revision control software packages use a database for the backend to store “links” or flags to shared files and reference the actual file.  The problem with this system is that while you might have the NC program and can place it in a database for check in and check out, there is no control with these systems. Whoever saves the file last wins!

With a true PDM system, complete revision control, lockout, and access only can be obtained by a single user until completed.  This eliminates changes of multiple file revisions – they will be unapproved.

More on Predator PDM:

  • Paperless manufacturing-driven Product Data Management
  • Designed to organize & control CNC programs
  • Master your setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & more
  • Complete revision control
  • Integration with DNC, CNC Editor, Virtual CNC, MDC & Tracker.

Predator PDM includes best practice workflow wizards for release, unreleased, revise, rollback, check-in, and check out. Every wizard honors user and group permissions and includes ISO 9000-style history.

For more info on why PDM is crucial on your shop floor, click here for a quick blog about the product

Can I send a NC file to my machine from Predator PDM?

Can I send a NC file to my machine from Predator PDM?

The simple answer to “Can I send an NC file to my machine from Predator PDM?” is yes, as long as you have the permission setup for each user. If you need more help with setting up your Predator PDM software, contact us.

More info on document control from Predator Software:

SFA offers manufacturing-driven, open architecture Product Data Management (PDM) document control software designed to organize & control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & other files with complete document & file revision control. Go paperless with your shop floor operation via integration of DNC, CNC Editor, Virtual CNC, MDC, & Tracker.

Organization & control of various documents in the manufacturing process can be a struggle. Auditors check if you have control, management, & sign-offs of processes & files. Don’t find yourself left behind in getting the next order. Predator Product Management starts simple with NC programs & work instructions – start easily & quickly while drip-feeding the system to your Departments, such as Engineering, Quality, & more.

Integrate your ERP & MES system with open APIs (application programming interface) via 300+ methods.

  • Best practice workflow
  • Multiple file vaults & secure viewing
  • User & group permissions
  • Stored in a database
  • Microsoft Access, SQL Server, or Oracle options
  • C#, C++, VB.Net, VB6, VB Script, Windows Script, Delphi, & other compatible programming languages.

For more info, call (877) 611-5825.

How do I get a paperless manufacturing shop floor?

If you want a paperless manufacturing shop floor, Predator PDM will help you accomplish this goal.

Within Predator PDM, you will be able to pull up your Job and any file that connects to that job. PDF’s, SolidWorks, eDrawings, MS office files, and images.

More info on Predator PDM:

SFA offers manufacturing-driven, open architecture Product Data Management (PDM)  designed to organize & control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & other files with complete document & file revision control. Go paperless with your shop floor operation via integration of DNC, CNC Editor, Virtual CNC, MDC, & Tracker.

Organization & control of various documents in the manufacturing process can be a struggle.  Auditors check if you have control, management, & sign-offs of processes & files. Don’t find yourself left behind in getting the next order. Predator Product Management starts simple with NC programs & work instructions – start easily & quickly while drip-feeding the system to your Departments, such as Engineering, Quality, & more.

Document Control:

SFA offers manufacturing-driven, open architecture Product Data Management (PDM) document control software designed to organize & control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & other files with complete document & file revision control. Go paperless with your shop floor operation via integration of DNC, CNC Editor, Virtual CNC, MDC, & Tracker.

Organization & control of various documents in the manufacturing process can be a struggle. Auditors check if you have control, management, & sign-offs of processes & files. Don’t find yourself left behind in getting the next order. Predator Product Management starts simple with NC programs & work instructions – start easily & quickly while drip-feeding the system to your Departments, such as Engineering, Quality, & more.

Integrate your ERP & MES system with open APIs (application programming interface) via 300+ methods.

Does the Predator CNC Editor support long filenames?

Does the Predator CNC Editor support long filenames?

Yes, the editor 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

More about CNC Editor software

SFA provides customized Editor Solutions for everyone, from small job shops to the largest manufacturers, with 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!

In addition, editing multiple CNC programs of unlimited file sizes at the same time, even while other applications run in the background, is supported. Cut, copy, & paste between them. Software includes a side-by-side file compare that identifies all G-code & M-code differences, then fixes them with a single click. Our editing & backplotter packages are developed under rigorous testing.

These extremely versatile but easy-to-use packages are designed to simplify your work & will also improve productivity.

We carry a full editor, an “express” version, and a free version. Many shop floors and hobby machinists love to start out with our free version, but please be aware that you will not get any support on our free CNC editor software. Upgrade to the full package in order to get the most out of CNC editor.

Wondering about the different features for CNC Editor Light, Express & the Full package? Call (877) 611-5825

 

Can the Predator CNC Editor communicate to multiple machines?

Can the Predator CNC Editor communicate to multiple machines?

Yes, Predator CNC Editor supports an unlimited number of different machines and can communicate with multiple 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?

Does the Predator CNC Editor support Remote Request?

No, 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.

Why does the Predator CNC Editor say it is still sending even though the transfer has completed?

Why does the Predator CNC Editor say it is still sending even though the transfer has completed?

If you are using the CNC Editor to transmit a CNC program, and the control receives the complete file, but Predator is still trying to send, check the end of the CNC program to make sure there are no spaces or other invisible characters after the % sign. Predator CNC Editor stops sending the program when it detects that the last character of the program is a % sign.

More about CNC Editor: Benefits of Predator CNC Editor CNC Intelligent Editing with Undo and Redo, Unlimited File Size, File Compare, DNC send, receive, and drip-feed, 3D Backplotting and Verification, and CNC Templates.

What is included?

Our web price includes the following:

  • Predator CNC Editor software
  • 30 days Technical Support
  • Two hours of 1 on 1 Training via the web with a dedicated instructor

Windows Requirements

· Windows 10 (v11 and newer only)
· Windows 2012 Server
· Windows 8
· Windows 7
· Windows 2008 Server
· Windows Vista
· Windows 2003 Server
· Windows XP

“We were having issues with translating a program from our CAD/CAM software, to our USB drive, to the CNC, which was taking time for a slow download…we would absolutely recommend you to other shops because it was easy, the explanation had no problems, no hangups, and it’s easy to use.” -Steve & Marty, Machinists at Terumo Medical Corp