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 

How does Predator PDM differ from other revision control software?

Predator PDM Software - revision control softwareMost 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 the changes of multiple file revisions 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, unrelease, revise, rollback, check-in and checkout. Every wizard honors user and group permissions and includes ISO 9000-style history.

 

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

Icon PDM - send a NC file to my machineThe simple answer to “Can I send a 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 Predator PDM:

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

Integrate your ERP and MES system with Predator PDM’s open APIs (application programming interface) with 300+ methods all fully documented. Develop ERP and shop floor validation, flow part and job numbers from ERP directly into Predator; numerous other automation projects can be completed with C#, C++, VB.Net, VB6, VB script, Windows Script, Delphi and other compatible programming languages. Predator PDM is based on an open architecture client/server database standard. Select from Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle.

Machinists using Predator PDM can download released CNC programs to their CNC machines using Predator DNC with a single click. CNC programmers using Predator PDM can verify CNC programs with full 3D machine simulation using Predator Virtual CNC with a single click. CNC programmers using Predator PDM can revise, compare and backplot their CNC programs with the Predator CNC Editor with a single click.

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

How do I get a paperless manufacturing shop floor?

Predator PDM - paperless manufacturing shop floorIf 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.

What is Predator PDM?

Product Data Management PDM document controlPredator PDM is a paperless manufacturing driven Product Data Management tool designed to organize and control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, and others with complete revision control. Predator PDM supports paperless shop floor operation with integration of CNC Communications and Machine Monitoring.

Here are reasons why PDM is necessary for a shop floor:

Reason1 – PDM helps you go paperless. If you are tired of buying file cabinets and losing track of documents, then PDM is the best way to manage incoming documents paperlessly. For the rest, we suggest scanning them, making sure they are properly saved, then safely shredding them. Also, an approach of truly brilliant people that you can adopt into your routine is called the “touch only once” rule – when a piece of paper is brought to you, whether a file or a piece of mail, deal with it immediately, when at all possible, so it is off your plate.

Reason 2 – PDM makes your job easier. Using manufacturing-driven, open architecture PDM document control software can do more than you might have imagined. It is designed to organize & control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & other files with complete document control plus file revision control.

PDM can also be integrated with other software, such as DNC software and CNC editor. Keep in touch with your Quality and Engineering Departments, while feeling assured that if an audit happens, you’re covered.

Reason 3 – Simply put, it’s the law. Granted, while it is not required that you have a digitial organization system like PDM for your important documentation, you are required to keep track of the documents. If keeping tidy isn’t motivation enough, then the law definitely should be.

As a manufacturer, you need to abide by legal code 21 CFR 820.40 – establishing and maintaining procedures to control documents (more info here). As a business, you need to keep tax documents and any related records for anywhere from three to seven years. Employment records need to be kept for a minimum of a year and payroll records kept a minimum of three years.

Why use Product Data Management?

Product Data Management PDM document controlPredator PDM controls manufacturing driven processes and best practice work flows from manufacturing, quality, programming and other areas to the shop floor.  Only the approved, released and authorized files are delivered to the shop floor operators and setup personnel to ensure the proven files are machines.  For ISO9000, ITAR, and other standards demanded by customers, Predator PDM is a solution to meet the manufacturing document control requirements.

Additional reasons why PDM is a great investment:

Reason1 – PDM helps you go paperless. If you are tired of buying file cabinets and losing track of documents, then PDM is the best way to manage incoming documents paperlessly. For the rest, we suggest scanning them, making sure they are properly saved, then safely shredding them. Also, an approach of truly brilliant people that you can adopt into your routine is called the “touch only once” rule – when a piece of paper is brought to you, whether a file or a piece of mail, deal with it immediately, when at all possible, so it is off your plate.

Reason 2 – PDM makes your job easier. Using manufacturing-driven, open architecture PDM document control software can do more than you might have imagined. It is designed to organize & control CNC programs, setup sheets, safety procedures, quality documents, & other files with complete document control plus file revision control.

PDM can also be integrated with other software, such as DNC software and CNC editor. Keep in touch with your Quality and Engineering Departments, while feeling assured that if an audit happens, you’re covered.

Reason 3 – Simply put, it’s the law. Granted, while it is not required that you have a digitial organization system like PDM for your important documentation, you are required to keep track of the documents. If keeping tidy isn’t motivation enough, then the law definitely should be.

As a manufacturer, you need to abide by legal code 21 CFR 820.40 – establishing and maintaining procedures to control documents (more info here). As a business, you need to keep tax documents and any related records for anywhere from three to seven years. Employment records need to be kept for a minimum of a year and payroll records kept a minimum of three years.

What type of documents can be used in Predator Product Data Management (PDM)?

Product Data Management PDM document controlPredator PDM supports an unlimited number of documents and support for numerous file types to be managed and viewed on the shop floor.

With the built in viewing capability from Microsoft Internet Explorer, Predator leverages the built in plug-in viewers supported and allows for continued upgrade path as new versions of file types are released.

For example, if Adobe released a new format or version of PDFs, Predator automatically embraces this compatibility with the new plugs-ins from Internet Explorer.  A variety of files are supported for document control such as: Word, Excel, PDF, NC, TXT, STL, MPEG, TIFF. JPEG, and hundreds more.

As a manufacturer, you need to abide by legal code 21 CFR 820.40 – establishing and maintaining procedures to control documents (more info here). As a business, you need to keep tax documents and any related records for anywhere from three to seven years. Employment records need to be kept for a minimum of a year and payroll records kept a minimum of three years.

Getting organized is consistently on the top 10 list of New Years Resolutions. If getting organized at your shop is a concern, investing in product data management (PDM) through document control software for your manufacturing operation is crucial.

Feel bad you haven’t been keeping organized? Even a branch of the USA government can relate to having issues with tracking documentation! The US Department of Reclamation (also known as BOR) had documents scattered in a few different locations and began to make an attempt at document control. They pooled what they learned in this process into a report called “Maintain Asset Data Integrity and Reap the Benefits of the ‘Internet of Things.’”

 

What type of security is built into Predator PDM?

Product Data Management PDM document controlWhat type of security is built into Predator PDM? There are over 140 permissions for control and management of who has access to files, approval process, released, un-release, rollback or pending files.

All security follows Microsoft standards for assigning permissions to users and groups.  Two versions of Predator PDM are available for purchase, PDM Administrator and PDM Client.  Predator PDM Administrator allows for all control, configuration and assignment of the security roles.

More info on document control with PDM:

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.

Predator PDM features:  

  • 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.

Does Predator PDM include a shop floor paperless software?

Yes! Predator PDM Client is used to view the proven, released and authorized manufacturing documents to the shop floor operator and setup users.  Once a user logs into Predator PDM with the user name and password, the documents are displayed on the shop floor PC.  The operator can then deliver the NC program to the CNC machine via Predator DNC Software as well as collect real time data on machine utilization from Predator Machine Monitoring Software.  Any other files related to the part can be viewed on the shop floor terminal providing a paperless environment.