Modern Machine Shop March 2013

Shop Floor Automations in Modern Machine Shop

See our latest Shop Floor Automations ad on eXtremeDNC in Modern Machine Shop featuring our own Tech, Joshua.

More info on SFA’s DNC Communication options:

Manage your CNC programs, machine parameters, & offsets. 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.

Predator DNC Software

  •  Network all CNCs, EDMs, PLCs, & Robots with singular DNC package
  • Eliminates walking time to & from CNC control & PC
  • Major CNC protocols, including Mazatrol (CMT), Okuma B & Xmodem, supported
  • Send, receive or drip-feed to up to 4,096 devices
  • Highly flexible interface options include wireless, wired, Ethernet, & USB

Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software

  • Simultaneously push/pull files to CNCs from PC/Remotely
  • Reliable RS232 communication via Wireless & Wired
  • Support for all major CNC protocols including Mazatrol, OkumaB, & more
  • Self-Install & SFA install (Remote or Onsite) available
  • Support for Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003/2008R2 – 32bit & 64 bit systems
  • Originally written for Windows NT 3.5 (“C” Language) for future compatibility

Call (877) 611-5825 for more info!

SFA official membership with AMT

AMTAssociation For Manufacturing Technology

Shop Floor Automations is pleased to announce our official membership with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. We at SFA continue to provide new technology, services and resources to promote a strong manufacturing industry.

We love to see the MFG industry grow daily. That is why we provide many free services via our site.

We have a blog full of topical posts on manufacturing and related issues affecting our industry. We archive our newsletters. We even offer Webinars and Training Videos. We are also part of the San Diego Chapter of NTMA (the National Tooling and Machining Association).

SFA is focused on providing solutions that can be met by our knowledge, support and sales experience of the manufacturing industry.  We offer maintenance management software, job management and scheduling software, as well as DNC Communications, Data Collection / Machine Monitoring, and hardware solutions.

You can follow us on our social media channels (listed here) and call (877) 611-5825 for more information. For more on AMT, visit them online at

Feb-Mar 2013 CNC West

CNC West Magazine

Be sure to pick up the Feb-Mar 2013 copy of CNC West Magazine and see our latest ad on adding wireless, ethernet or USB to any CNC.

More about our Hardware services:

Do you have a small shop? A large shop? Regardless of your number of machines, or types of controls, SFA has you covered with a complete hardware connectivity suite. Don’t shop around & waste time trying to find the lowest prices – using our 18 years of experience & full support (onsite & digital) will pay for itself with working solutions.

We make our own cables & regularly test hundreds of models of controls with our equipment to confirm what works with wired, wireless, USB, & floppy disk drives for CNCs to eliminate downtime. Call (877) 611-5825 for any of the services listed below, as well as software needs.

  • Ethernet Connect – Link via Ethernet to your CNCs, wired & wirelessly
  • Wireless Connect – Go Wireless to any CNC, use Wireless Access Points, & additional wireless solutions
  • Serial Connect – USB to Serial, RS232 Serial Cables, RS232 Adapters, Testers, Fanuc cables, & more
  • USB Connect – Add USB to any CNC, plus Mazak or Switchbox USB solutions
  • Floppy Connect –  Off-the-shelf Floppy Emulators will replace floppy disks with USB media
  • Tape Reader Connect – Behind the Tape Reader (BTR) users will want these solutions