Use Predator Secure DNC to Enhance Ethernet CNC Machine Connectivity 

Use Predator Secure DNC to Enhance Ethernet CNC Machine Connectivity Allowing your CNC machines to communicate effectively is essential for maintaining strong shop floor operations. However, strict network security can make that task harder with firewalls and other security measures. Thankfully, by implementing Predator Secure DNC at your facility, you can eliminate the requirements of your corporate domain.

If you aren’t sure if Predator Secure DNC is right for your facility, keep reading to learn more!

What is Predator Secure DNC?

Predator Secure DNC is a Windows-based Predator application that helps make secure program transfers easier and safer across Windows-based CNC controllers. By allowing your CNC machine tool to interface with your network more easily, you can eliminate the requirements of corporate domains, workgroups, and Windows Shares for DNC transfers. This software allows you to securely transfer files to and from CNC machines through firewalls, which is important for shops that have strict network security.

Benefits of Utilizing Predator Secure DNC

There are many reasons that shops install Secure DNC, but one of the biggest reasons is the fact that there are so many benefits that come with the software. If you have an older CNC that is running a legacy operating system, Secure DNC eliminates the need for costly controller upgrades. With Predator Secure DNC, you can integrate all of your legacy equipment and create a common application between all equipment. It also creates transparent CNC network security and standardizes communication protocols to make it easier for your IT Department.

Shop Floor Automations Can Reduce IT Department Struggles

Connecting machines to a corporate network always comes with challenges. Not only does your IT department have to worry about increased security risks with connecting machines to the corporate network, but they also face other challenges including unsupported O/S, workgroups, homegroups, domains, NETBUI, FTP, IPS/SPX, and Windows Shares. Plus, there is time and money associated with maintaining the equipment. Thankfully, when you contract with Shop Floor Automations to implement Secure DNC, we can bridge the gap between your IT Department and the shop floor.

Contact Shop Floor Automations today to learn more about using Predator Secure DNC at your facility!

If you are interested in implementing Secure DNC, Shop Floor Automations can help. For over years, we’ve been helping clients with their machine monitoring and shop floor automation projects. Whether you are looking to implement Predator Secure DNC on some machines or need help automating your entire shop floor, trust the experts at Shop Floor Automations. Since , we’ve been working to help clients improve shop floor efficiencies and we’d be happy to offer our quality and affordable services to you as well. Call us today at (619) 461-4000 or email us at info@shopfloorautomations.com to request service.

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Eliminate Old Technology on Your CNC Machines with USB Connect

If you are working with outdated technology on your CNC machines and other shop floor equipment, it’s time to look into USB Connect.

What are the benefits of USB Connect?

Eliminate Old Technology on Your CNC Machines with USB ConnectUSB Connect solutions can eliminate the old technology on your CNC machines. They can also increase storage at the machine and allow you to store large part programs and use drip-feeding and other controls. By eliminating older technology like floppy disks, you can increase the efficiency of your shop floor and improve overall productivity.

USB Connect Solutions

There are a few different types of USB Connect solutions that we offer at Shop Floor Automations. These include:

Floppy Drive Emulator: Our Floppy Drive Emulator plugs into any floppy power connector and eliminates your need for floppy disks. It works with both computers and CNC machines and supports Wired EDM, Mills, Lathes, Lasers, Robots, and other equipment.

Portable USB Connect: Portable USB Connect allows you to drip-feed with single button repeat operation. This portable and rugged aluminum piece of equipment connects via RS232 serial port and has a 4-line LCD display which allows you to move around the shop floor.

Pendant USB Connect: The USB Connect Pendant can mount right to your CNC machine and supports any type of machine. It is easy to install, comes with a USB thumb drive, and allows you to upload, download, and drip-feed.

USB Connect Pendant – Mazak: This USB Connect Pendant adds a USB port to Mazak machines. It comes with Mazatrol CMT support for conversational programming and allows you to send and receive EIA, G-Code files.

USB Connect Pendant – Switchbox: This USB Connect comes with built-in Switchbox capability. It does automatic switching and works with any DNC system as a backup system. Should your main system fail, you can walk up with a USB drive and transfer files to the CNC.

Contact Shop Floor Automations today for assistance installing USB Connect on your CNC machines!

If you are interested in taking advantage of the benefits offered by USB Connect, Shop Floor Automations can help! Since , we’ve been working with clients in California and Texas to help them improve their shop floor efficiencies.

Whether you’re looking to implement a Floppy Drive Emulator to remove the need for floppy disks or want to install Portable USB Connect so you can reduce the need for expensive memory upgrades, call Shop Floor Automations. For over years, we’ve helped countless clients and we would be happy to offer the same quality and affordable services to you as well. Call us today at (619) 461-4000 to learn more or request service.

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How Machine Monitoring Can Improve Your Shop Floor Efficiency

How Machine Monitoring Can Improve Your Shop Floor Efficiency Improving shop floor efficiencies is essential in today’s competitive market. Thankfully, you can take advantage of machine monitoring in Dallas TX to take your productivity to the next level. By utilizing machine monitoring, you can view in real-time what your shop floor equipment is doing and make informed decisions.

Selecting the right machine monitoring software might seem difficult, but there are really only two options to consider; Scytec DataXchange and Predator MDC.

Scytec DataXchange

When it comes to machine monitoring software, Scytec DataXchange is one of the best options. This software is available in an on-premise or cloud-based package and starts at just $45 per month. With Scytec DataXchange, you can view real-time overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) on a dashboard specifically designed for manufacturers. That means you can monitor machine overrides and downtime remotely, and collect data on equipment status.

Scytec DataXchange also allows you to track multiple types of cycle time and you can utilize hardware adapters like MTConnect or FANUC FOCAS to ensure machine compatibility. By implementing this machine monitoring software in your Dallas TX facility, you can improve your shop floor efficiencies.

Predator MDC (Machine Data Collection)

Predator MDC is another top option when comparing machine monitoring solutions in Dallas TX. This machine data collection software allows you to monitor up to 4,000 machines and includes access to over 30,000 reports and charts. You will have the capability for automated and manual shop floor data collection and can track everything from cycle time, idle, and setup, to tear down and equipment downtime.

With Predator MDC, you will have access to real-time information on how your shop floor equipment is operating. This allows you to not only organize real-time data into actionable metrics, but you can also compare continuous improvement results for your lean manufacturing efforts. You’ll no longer have to rely on spreadsheets, as Predator MDC puts everything in an easy to read dashboard and provides access to charts and reports that give you the insights and information you need.

Trust Shop Floor Automations with Machine Monitoring in Dallas TX.

At Shop Floor Automations, we have over years of experience implementing machine monitoring in Dallas TX. Whether you are looking to install Predator MDC to monitor up to 4,000 CNC machines or want to implement Scytec DataXchange for on-premise and cloud-based machine monitoring in Dallas TX, you can trust Shop Floor Automations to get the job done in a quality and timely manner. We’ve automated thousands of manufacturing machines and helped countless companies take advantage of machine monitoring and we’d love to add you to our list of success stories. Contact us today at (619) 461-4000 to learn more about our machine monitoring services in Dallas TX.

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What’s New With Predator DNC Software v11 Release?

What’s New With Predator DNC Software v11 Release?Predator DNC v11.0 was just released, updating its v10 predecessor. The latest version of Predator DNC comes with a bevy of updates that are intended to improve the software’s functionality.

Why Upgrade to Predator DNC v11.0?

This version of Predator DNC is designed to improve communications with Ethernet-based CNCs, CMMs, 3D printers, robots and PLCs. The Ethernet-based Predator Secure DNC technology is intended to support a wide array of Windows-based devices and also includes improvements to FTP, Fanuc Focas, and more. Predator DNC v11 also comes with a new user interface that makes the software easier to use.

What’s new with v11.0?

Predator DNC is updated with new features regularly. With Predator DNC v11, there are numerous updates and new features, including:

Windows 10 Support: Microsoft Windows 10 has been added to v11. This update also includes support for both the x64 and IoT Enterprise edition. With the announcement from Microsoft that support end in January 2020 for Windows 7, this is a critical time to migrate system remained patched and secured on the shop floor network.

Secure DNC: You can also take advantage of the latest Predator DNC software by transferring to your legacy machines with older Windows operations system using Predator Secure DNC. Predator DNC Software allows you to network all CNCs, EDMs, robots, and PLCs on one network. Major CNC protocols like Mazatrol (CMT), Okuma B, and Xmodem are all supported and you can send and receive drip-feed to up to 4,096 devices. With highly flexible interface options, you can easily communicate with your shop equipment via wireless, wired, USB, and Ethernet.

Unlimited File Size Support: You can also take advantage of the latest Predator DNC software by transferring unlimited size files. The software was thoroughly tested with 32GB files.

Mori Seiki Terminator: With Predator DNC v11.0 you can also get the new Mori Seiki Terminator. This allows Mori CNCs to integrate directly into Predator DNC v11 without the need to manage and maintain the Mori Server Software.

These are just some of the benefits that you can get by upgrading to v11. If you are interested in learning more about the update or scheduling installation, contact Shop Floor Automations!

Contact Shop Floor Automations today to learn more about Predator DNC v11.0

If you want to learn more about Predator DNC v11 and how it can help improve your shop floor efficiencies, we can help. Since , we’ve been working to assist shops with equipment automation and machine monitoring. If you are interested in having Predator DNC v11 installed at your facility to take advantage of the updates and new features offered, contact us today at (619) 461-4000.

To learn more about the shop floor automation services we offer at Shop Floor Automations, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.