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 

Why am I unable to license CNC Editor software?

unable to license CNC Editor software - error - contact supportUnable to license CNC Editor software? Even if the USB SIM is in the computer, and the serial number and access codes have been verified, this problem may still occur.

There are many reasons for this, but the most common and easily solved reasons are:

1. Make sure you are opening the red “Predator DNC Administrator” icon to license your software, if you have codes that license both DNC and Editor. When Editor is licensed through DNC, the codes must be entered in DNC.

2. Make sure you are opening the orange “Predator CNC Editor” icon to license your software, if you have codes that are for licensing the Editor. Often, users will try to license using Virtual CNC (blue icon) but codes intended for Editor will license Virtual on their own, so that the Backplot functionality is included in Editor.

More about CNC Editor Software:

SFA provides customized CNC 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. Program 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. Call us for more info!

Are there limits to what COM Ports can be used with the CNC Editor?

Icon CNC - Comm Port limits with CNC EditorIn terms of COM port limits with CNC Editor – Yes, the Editor Express can only use COM ports 1-8 and the Full version of the Editor can only use COM ports 1-32.

More info on CNC Editor:

SFA provides customized CNC 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. Program 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.

Wondering about the different features for CNC Editor Light, Express & the Full package? Click here to see our CNC Editor Feature Grid!

Call for more information on CNC Editor and similar shop floor solutions at (877) 611-5825

 

Does the Predator CNC Editor support long filenames?

Predator CNC EditorDoes 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 CNC 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. Program 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.

Wondering about the different features for CNC Editor Light, Express & the Full package? Click here to see our CNC Editor Feature Grid!

 

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.

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

Predator CNC EditorWhy 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

Can I use the Predator CNC Editor on a different PC not tied to the DNC Networking System?

WHAT IS DNC SOFTWARE by Shop Floor Automations - dnc software faqThe Predator CNC Editor bundled with the DNC Networking Software is controlled by the license of the Predator DNC Software. The SIM and the serial number from the DNC will enable the full version of the CNC Editor. Currently there is no option to split the seat from the DNC Networking license. However, you may install the Predator CNC Editor on as many PCs as you wish and use the “light” version of the product for general editing purposes. A stand-alone full version is available if needed. Contact our sales department.

More about DNC Software: Manage CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets. Enjoy 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. 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. SFA offers DNC Software for CNC Communications via Predator DNC, Ascendant’s ExtremeDNC Software, and additional solutions Predator Touch HMI and Predator EditLock.

“We were looking for a system that would communicate through a wireless network, so we could get rid of the switch box and old wires running all over the machine shop. Predator DNC Software helped us eliminate our old switch box…The customer support was great. They were very supportive and fixed errors quick when we had a couple of problems.” -Rajikumar, Nell Joy Industries

I sought out SFA mainly for Predator DNC for our CNC machines. We have experienced faster, easier file transport. Would I recommend you to another shop? Absolutely. I heard initially about SFA I guess you could say through word of mouth – a Congressionally-funded project through TechSolve in Ohio. -Daniel, Benét Laboratories for the US ARMY

We were trying to control over 8000 programs, revision levels, and updates – the Predator system was recommended to help minimize the man hours and mistakes of doing this manually. We installed Predator DNC and CNC Editor, and have had no downtime with full control. CMW currently manages approximately 8000 part programs. The system seems to be indestructible – we have had no problems. -Wayne, Carroll Machine

How do I add a Predator CNC Editor custom menu?

Predator CNC EditorCreating a CNC Editor custom menu with Predator is for creating a shortcut to launch a desired program within Editor. Instead of going to your desktop or Start menu to start a common application, we can make a “bookmark” type link, which will reside in the options menu of Editor. To add a new custom menu:

  • From the File menu select New Custom Menu…
  • The New Custom Menu Wizard will appear:
Field Name Description
Menu Name Type a name for the new custom menu item.
Command Line Enter a command line to execute or click the … button to browse the Windows File System for a command line

-Examples of the command line parameter would be “PDnc.exe” for Predator DNC-

  • When finished, click Finish to save the new custom menu. It will appear under the Options menu.

At any time, click Cancel to discard the new custom menu.

A limit of four custom menu items exists. The Menu Name must be unique.

Want to try CNC Editor for free? Check out the CNC Editor Light download from Shop Floor Automations at this link 

The Predator CNC Editor free software is perfect for any programmer, hobbyist, or shop floor user to edit, save, print, and modify NC code. The free CNC Editor can be used with any CAD/CAM software to review NC programs before sending them to the shop floor. We refer to this product as the CNC Text Editor on steroids.

The text editor is completely free and you can install it on any number of computers. You can give this out to anyone you like!