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Manufacturing News – November 2020

Shop Floor Automations’ ad in Manufacturing News this past month of November 2020.

Please take a look and see what else is going on in the Manufacturing News Nov. 2020 issue.

There are some foundational abilities that a Shop Floor needs to have to compete in 2021 and beyond.


That includes the following:

  • DNC
    • Send to Machine
    • Receive from Machine
    • Remote Request
    • Subroutines & Sub Programs
    • Tool Restart after tool break
  • Machine Monitoring
    • Accountability and Traceability
    • Real-time signage
    • Improve productivity
    • Impartial metrics
    • Reward results
  • Production Document Management
    • Paperless mfg
    • Revision control
    • Reduce the # of documents
    • Controlled documents
    • Product mix avoidance
    • Resolve CAPA’s

SFA has become the industry leader in Shop Floor Communications and Machine Monitoring Solutions. Totally redefining what “Shop Floor Automation” solutions should be.  We have thousands of customers from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Monitor Machines in addition to CNC’s such as Plasma Cutters, Ovens, Grinders, Autoclaves and more

Shop Floor Automations (SFA), has been a leader in the realm of working with CNC machines to connect them to DNC or to add Machine Monitoring to them. Since many shops have a wide variety of machines to handle various needs, it is important to know what we can connect far more than just CNC’s.

The core benefits of machine monitoring still apply to Plasma Cutters, Ovens, Grinders and more.

  • Uptime reporting
  • Operator assignment stuff
  • Other things that still apply to non CNC’s

With LAN-USB, network outage protection also occurs via a local server to CNC connection that is independent of the shop floor’s network. The USB function of the device allows it to act as an interface between commercially available USB sticks and any CNC control with a functioning RS232 port. Machine programs can be sent from the CNC memory to the USB stick, USB to CNC memory, or can be drip-fed (DNC) from the USB.

Flexible CNC communication firmware is built into the unit. This allows for a connection to a large variety of machine tool controls. The device buffers the entire program at the machine, and acts as a dedicated computer that responds instantaneously to data flow changes from the CNC.

Positioning this device on the control allows the machine to run at its maximum baud rate. This will prevent a machinist from having to walk back and forth from the DNC PC to the machine in order to initiate machine operation. This important feature allows the LAN-USB to increase your shop floor efficiency by maximizing productivity and reducing downtime.

Find out if we can connect all of your machines.

You can call us at (877) 611-5825 or email us at info@shopfloorautomations.com or complete the form below and we’ll contact you. Once we help you add monitoring to your machines, we’ll support you with our industry leading support team!

 

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New Device from Shop Floor Automations Combines Ability to Add USB & Ethernet To Machines

New Device from Shop Floor Automations Combines Ability to Add USB & Ethernet To MachinesShop Floor Automations (SFA), a notable Automation Supplier for the CNC Machine Tool Industry, has released a new hardware product to add USB and Ethernet connectivity to any machine. This new hardware, LAN-USB Connect, packs a one-two punch by providing the user the ability to drag and drop files to and from the CNC machine, utilizing an Ethernet connection via FTP protocol. No logon is required because you can use anonymous logins or configure security. Even better, these functions are achieved with no special software required.

With LAN-USB, network outage protection also occurs via a local server to CNC connection that is independent of the shop floor’s network. The USB function of the device allows it to act as an interface between commercially available USB sticks and any CNC control with a functioning RS232 port. Machine programs can be sent from the CNC memory to the USB stick, USB to CNC memory, or can be drip-fed (DNC) from the USB.

Flexible CNC communication firmware is built into the unit. This allows for a connection to a large variety of machine tool controls. The device buffers the entire program at the machine, and acts as a dedicated computer that responds instantaneously to data flow changes from the CNC.

Positioning this device on the control allows the machine to run at its maximum baud rate. This will prevent a machinist from having to walk back and forth from the DNC PC to the machine in order to initiate machine operation. This important feature allows the LAN-USB to increase your shop floor efficiency by maximizing productivity and reducing downtime.

More benefits of this device come with the financial freedom of keeping an older machine in operation longer, rather than retrofitting a machine with new controllers or replacing a machine altogether. The hardware replaces cost-prohibitive measures of adding OEM memory or USB to the machine in a proprietary manner from the machine tool builder.

The LAN-USB Connect works with the majority of CNC controls on the market with a serial port. It has been tested with Haas, Mazak, Hurco, Fadal, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, Okuma, Siemens, and other brands. This device is also available in a “headless” version, as well as a low-cost wireless version.

Interested in the LAN-USB Connect? Contact Shop Floor Automations Today!

If you are interested in adding the LAN-USB Connect to your shop floor equipment today, contact Shop Floor Automations. With over years of experience, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to get your equipment set up with the LAN-USB connect so it can easily interface with your CNC controls. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to learn more or get the order process started!

Machine Monitoring: More than Utilization Numbers

Machine Monitoring: More than Utilization NumbersWhen most people think of machine monitoring, they think of increasing utilization, but there are other benefits to consider as well. Monitoring can provide valuable information to help with preventative maintenance, can act as a communication tool between the shop floor and management, and it can be used on all types of shop floor equipment.

Here are three benefits of OEE monitoring systems that often get overlooked:

    1. This system can integrate with other software to help optimize machine capacity.

For example, ERP systems are a great fit for machine monitoring. Also, CMMS systems paired with OEE monitoring helps to provide a more realistic PM schedule. Actual run times on your machines are monitored and the data feeds into the CMMS to create an accurate PM schedule. For manufacturers without a CMMS, a simple spreadsheet with PMs to complete sometimes is enough. The software also integrates with protocols such as MTConnect and OPC UA to make shop floor data more universally available.

    1. Machine monitoring is not just for CNC machines.

Manufacturers with autoclaves, manual machines, press brakes, PLC-driven machines, and more can monitor their productivity. Those in the fabrication and mold making industries can benefit heavily from utilization monitoring. The software is also not limited to looking at shop floor monitors or your desktop PC on location because notifications on the go via text alerts, emails, or viewing dashboards via a mobile device or tablet are all available.

    1. Machine monitoring helps operators working at machines convey important information to those not working on the shop floor.

Via data entry screens and tablets at the machines, machinists can enter notes and let back-office employees know why certain machines are down. It also helps with machine maintenance since there are notes on what causes downtime for machines. In addition, machine repairs can be anticipated so there can be planned downtime, which allows employees to map out a more streamlined process.

The Bottom Line

Machine monitoring is not only a method for knowing machine utilization, nor is it only for CNC machinery. It helps the people who are making parts at machines communicate issues that need attention in an easily understandable manner. It enables a shop floor to know what equipment needs attention in order to be more productive.

If you are interested in adding machine monitoring software to your shop floor, call us today at (619) 461-4000!

Top 3 Solutions for Improved, Secure CNC Networking

Top 3 Solutions for Improved, Secure CNC NetworkingYour programs are your livelihood on the shop floor. They make the parts that keep you in business. You want to make sure no one is stealing them or changing them without authority, and that they are securely loaded into your CNC machines. What measures are you taking to make sure your machine programs are on track for success? Let’s take a look at Shop Floor Automations Top 3 list of solutions for better CNC networking.

DNC Software

If controlling program communication for over 4,000 devices sounds impossible, you’ll be surprised. One network for all the equipment on your shop floor is more than a pipe dream. DNC is available for many controls, including Haas, DMG, Mazak, Fagor, Okuma, Fanuc, and more. Communication can be achieved wirelessly, via ethernet, and through RS232. Another benefit of Predator DNC is Remote Request. Using this feature through the software helps machinists improve productivity, as they can send, receive, and drip-feed programs at the machine. Since they have directory listings of programs at their machine tool, they no longer need to walk back and forth from the PC to the CNC.

Secure DNC

Some companies are prioritizing hiring new workers to fill in the manufacturing skills gap as the previous generation of workers retires out. When old machine tools can’t always be replaced right away, older, Windows-based controls can instead use a Predator feature called Secure DNC. Secure file transfers can take place through firewalls for these machines. You can send programs directly to the hard drive without interfering with the shop’s network or adding them to the domain. This exclusive Predator feature has been sought after especially by companies that have concerns about cybersecurity in their shops.

CNC Revision Control

A critical element to manufacturing productivity, CNC Revision Control is often overlooked for the processes of hand-coded programs and programs floating around the shop on portable media. No control over shop programs leads to old programs running at machines or inaccuracies in the part, which can generate wasted raw material, man time, and unhappy customers. Our customers have stated that implementing revision control helps with better throughput, saved money, improved margins, and more accuracy in delivery times. Predator PDM (Production Data Management) can help with achieving these goals.

Are you ready to implement any of these solutions? Contact Shop Floor Automations today at (619) 461-4000 or info@shopfloorautomations.com!

Boost Shop Floor Efficiency With Manufacturing Software in Fort Worth TX

Boost Shop Floor Efficiency With Manufacturing Software in Fort Worth TXIn today’s competitive environment, it’s essential to take action to make your process as efficient as possible. If you are not using manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX, you are putting yourself behind the competition. Thankfully, with the help of Shop Floor Automations, you can take your shop floor efficiency to the next level. We offer a wide variety of manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX that can help improve your process.

Shop Floor Automations Offers a Full Suite of Manufacturing Software in Fort Worth TX

There are many types of manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX that can help improve the processes at your facility. These include:

  • Machine Monitoring: Scytec DataXchange & Predator MDC (Machine Data Collection)
  • DNC Software: Predator DNC Software & Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software
  • CNC Editor: Predator CNC Editor Software, Predator CNC Editor Express Software, Ascendant XYZPRO32 EditPlus & Predator CNC Editor Light Software
  • Document Control: Predator PDM Software
  • Tool Management: Predator Tracker Software
  • MTConnect

If you are not sure what manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX is right for you, the experts at Shop Floor Automations can help!

Which Manufacturing Software is Right for Your Shop?

When it comes to manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX, Shop Floor Automations has what you need. There are many options when it comes to turnkey machine automation software, but Predator, Scytec, and MTConnect are some of the best in the game. Keep reading to learn what these software solutions have to offer:

Predator Software

  • CNC Editor: NC file editing, backplotting & file compare. Basic RS232 CNC communication. For your G-code editing needs.
  • DNC: Shop floor connectivity. Security, management, & reliability for any CNC make/model. Drip-feeding of large programs. The ultimate manufacturing automation software.
  • MDC: Data collection of shop floor productivity metrics. Improve operations & decisions. Increase OEE & track machine trends.
  • PDM: Manufacturing documentation management. Sign-offs, instructions, requirements, & processes are in a secured vault with revision control. Go paperless and obtain shop floor management through PDM!
  • Tracker: Keep track of tooling, gauges, & other valuable tools on the shop floor.

Scytec DataXchange

  • Cloud or on-premise. Real-time machine monitoring for improved OEE
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

MTConnect

  • A universal factory floor communication standard
  • Enables the efficient transfer of data between devices & manufacturing shop floor software applications.
  • We provide MTConnect Adapters for a variety of machines, plus implementation services.

We Offer Reliable Manufacturing Software in Fort Worth TX

Shop Floor Automations is a leader in the manufacturing software industry. With a variety of options for manufacturing software in Fort Worth TX, you can rest assured that our experienced team will hook you up with exactly what you need to boost your overall shop floor efficiency. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to speak about our manufacturing software options and how they can benefit your operation.

To learn more about the machine manufacturing software and machine automation services that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

Utilize Manufacturing Software in Los Angeles CA to Improve Your Overall Shop Efficiency

Utilize Manufacturing Software in Los Angeles CA to Improve Your Overall Shop EfficiencyIf you want to take your shop floor efficiency to the next level you need to utilize manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA. Manufacturing software can reduce your downtime, improve your ability to make informed decisions, and transform your entire manufacturing process. At Shop Floor Automations, we offer a variety of manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA.

Shop Floor Automations Offers a Full Suite of Manufacturing Software in Los Angeles CA

At Shop Floor Automations, we know the importance of utilizing manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA. We offer a variety of manufacturing software solutions, which include:

  • Machine Monitoring: Scytec DataXchange & Predator MDC (Machine Data Collection)
  • DNC Software: Predator DNC Software & Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software
  • CNC Editor: Predator CNC Editor Software, Predator CNC Editor Express Software, Ascendant XYZPRO32 EditPlus & Predator CNC Editor Light Software
  • Document Control: Predator PDM Software
  • Tool Management: Predator Tracker Software
  • MTConnect

To determine what manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA is right for your facility, give us a call!

Which Manufacturing Software is Right for You?

Shop Floor Automations carries the top brands of manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA. From machine automation to drip-feeding, we have you covered. Keep reading to learn what these various manufacturing software solutions have to offer:

Predator Software

  • CNC Editor: NC file editing, back plotting & file compare. Basic RS232 CNC communication. For your G-code editing needs.
  • DNC: Shop floor connectivity. Security, management, & reliability for any CNC make/model. Drip-feeding of large programs. The ultimate manufacturing automation software.
  • MDC: Data collection of shop floor productivity metrics. Improve operations & decisions. Increase OEE & track machine trends.
  • PDM: Manufacturing documentation management. Sign-offs, instructions, requirements, & processes are in a secured vault with revision control. Go paperless and obtain shop floor management through PDM!
  • Tracker: Keep track of tooling, gauges, & other valuable tools on the shop floor.

Scytec DataXchange

  • Cloud or on-premise. Real-time machine monitoring for improved OEE
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

MTConnect

  • A universal factory floor communication standard
  • Enables the efficient transfer of data between devices & manufacturing shop floor software applications.
  • We provide MTConnect Adapters for a variety of machines, plus implementation services.

We Offer Reliable Manufacturing Software in Los Angeles CA

When it comes to manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA, Shop Floor Automations has you covered. We offer only the top brands in the industry and know the ins and outs of all of the systems. With over years of experience, you can trust us to help you implement manufacturing software in Los Angeles CA. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to obtain a quote or get started!

To learn more about the machine manufacturing software and machine automation services that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

Implement Manufacturing Software in Houston TX to Boost Shop Efficiency

Implement Manufacturing Software in Houston TX to Boost Shop EfficiencyAre you looking for ways to improve your shop floor efficiency? If that’s the case, Shop Floor Automations is here to help. We can implement manufacturing software in Houston TX shops that can help take your efficiency to the next level. Whether you need machine monitoring DNC software, a CNC editor, or other manufacturing software, we have you covered.

Shop Floor Automations Offers a Full Suite of Manufacturing Software in Houston TX

At Shop Floor Automations, we know the importance of utilizing manufacturing software in Houston TX. That is why we offer a variety of manufacturing software solutions, including:

  • Machine Monitoring: Scytec DataXchange & Predator MDC (Machine Data Collection)
  • DNC Software: Predator DNC Software & Ascendant eXtremeDNC Software
  • CNC Editor: Predator CNC Editor Software, Predator CNC Editor Express Software, Ascendant XYZPRO32 EditPlus & Predator CNC Editor Light Software
  • Document Control: Predator PDM Software
  • Tool Management: Predator Tracker Software
  • MTConnect

If you need help choosing the right manufacturing software in Houston TX, Shop Floor Automations is here to assist!

Which Manufacturing Software is Right for You?

When it comes to manufacturing software, Predator, Scytec, and MTConnect are some of the best names in the game. That is why we carry them! Keep reading to learn what these various options for manufacturing software in Houston TX have to offer:

Predator Software

  • CNC Editor: NC file editing, back plotting & file compare. Basic RS232 CNC communication. For your G-code editing needs.
  • DNC: Shop floor connectivity. Security, management, & reliability for any CNC make/model. Drip-feeding of large programs. The ultimate manufacturing automation software.
  • MDC: Data collection of shop floor productivity metrics. Improve operations & decisions. Increase OEE & track machine trends.
  • PDM: Manufacturing documentation management. Sign-offs, instructions, requirements, & processes are in a secured vault with revision control. Go paperless and obtain shop floor management through PDM!
  • Tracker: Keep track of tooling, gauges, & other valuable tools on the shop floor.

Scytec DataXchange

  • Cloud or on-premise. Real-time machine monitoring for improved OEE
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

MTConnect

  • A universal factory floor communication standard
  • Enables the efficient transfer of data between devices & manufacturing shop floor software applications.
  • We provide MTConnect Adapters for a variety of machines, plus implementation services.

We Can Implement Reliable Manufacturing Software in Houston TX

When it comes to implementing manufacturing software in Houston TX, Shop Floor Automations is the best in the game. Not only do we sell and install the best brand names in the industry, but we also know the ins and outs of all of those systems. If you are interested in installing manufacturing software in Houston TX, contact us today at (619) 461-4000 or info@shopfloorautomations.com!

To learn more about the machine manufacturing software and machine automation services that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

Utilize Machine Monitoring in Los Angeles CA to Improve Shop Floor Efficiency

Utilize Machine Monitoring in Los Angeles CA to Improve Shop Floor EfficiencyIf you are looking for a way to boost your shop floor efficiency, machine monitoring in Los Angeles CA is a great option. Machine monitoring can not only help you improve your lean manufacturing process, but it also provides real-time production data for cycle time, idle time, machine downtime, and more. If you are interested in implementing machine monitoring in Los Angeles CA, Shop Floor Automations can help.

We Can Implement All Types of Machine Monitoring

Machine monitoring has a wide variety of benefits. At Shop Floor Automations, we offer a variety of types of machine monitoring in Los Angeles CA, including:

What Machine Monitoring Software Does Shop Floor Automations Offer?

At Shop Floor Automations, we only offer the top names in the industry. If you are wondering what options for machine monitoring in Los Angeles CA that we offer, keep reading to learn more:

Scytec DataXchange

  • Cloud or on-premise. Real-time machine monitoring for improved OEE
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time
  • Use hardware adapters with protocols such as MTConnect or FANUC FOCAS
  • Report on utilization and efficiency metrics
  • Run reports on and compare different sets of cycle time

Predator MDC

  • Automatic and manual data collection
  • 1 Network to monitor all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands
  • 15 Real-time Dashboards for digital signage
  • Real-time Slideshows for digital signage
  • Multiple plant support
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • 30,000+ Reports and Charts
  • Real-Time OEE Dashboard, OEE Charts, and OEE Reports
  • Supports Wireless, Ethernet, RS232, and Parallel I/O
  • Open API and database architecture
  • Includes Predator CNC Service, Predator MDC Executive & Predator MDC for DOS
  • Includes Predator DNC for send, receive, and drip-feed
  • Use your existing ERP and MES bar coded paperwork
  • Upgrade to Predator SFC
  • 250+ Online help topics
  • Integrates with Predator Touch HMI

We Offer Reliable Solutions for Machine Monitoring in Los Angeles CA

When it comes to having machine monitoring installed in your facility, Shop Floor Automations is the only company you should call. Since , we have installed machine monitoring in Los Angeles CA facilities and we would be happy to assist you as well. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to request service or obtain a quote!

To learn more about the machine manufacturing software and machine automation services that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

Machine Monitoring in Houston TX Can Boost Your Shop Floor Efficiency

Machine Monitoring in Houston TX Can Boost Your Shop Floor EfficiencyIn today’s competitive environment, you need to do everything possible to increase your bottom line. Thankfully, with machine monitoring in Houston TX, you can vastly improve your shop floor efficiency. Machine monitoring allows you to boost your lean manufacturing process, view real-time production data, make informed decisions, and drive improvements. If you are looking to implement machine monitoring in Houston TX, Shop Floor Automations can help.

We Can Implement All Types of Machine Monitoring

There are many different types and facets of machine monitoring in Houston TX. At Shop Floor Automations, our offerings include:

What Machine Monitoring Software Does Shop Floor Automations Offer?

At Shop Floor Automations, we only offer the best machine monitoring in Houston TX. Scytec and Predator are two of the top brand names in the business, each with their own unique offerings.

Scytec DataXchange

  • Cloud or on-premise. Real-time machine monitoring for improved OEE
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time
  • Use hardware adapters with protocols such as MTConnect or FANUC FOCAS
  • Report on utilization and efficiency metrics
  • Run reports on and compare different sets of cycle time

Predator MDC

  • Automatic and manual data collection
  • 1 Network to monitor all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands
  • 15 Real-time Dashboards for digital signage
  • Real-time Slideshows for digital signage
  • Multiple plant support
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • 30,000+ Reports and Charts
  • Real-Time OEE Dashboard, OEE Charts, and OEE Reports
  • Supports Wireless, Ethernet, RS232, and Parallel I/O
  • Open API and database architecture
  • Includes Predator CNC Service, Predator MDC Executive & Predator MDC for DOS
  • Includes Predator DNC for send, receive, and drip-feed
  • Use your existing ERP and MES bar coded paperwork
  • Upgrade to Predator SFC
  • 250+ Online help topics
  • Integrates with Predator Touch HMI

We Offer Reliable Solutions for Machine Monitoring in Houston TX

Whether you are still in the decision phase or are ready to implement machine monitoring in Houston TX, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000. With over years of experience, you can rest assured that Shop Floor Automations has the knowledge and expertise to implement quality machine monitoring in Houston TX. We look forward to working with you!

To learn more about the machine manufacturing software and machine automation services that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.