Will Predator DNC Software work with my Fanuc CNC?

Will Predator DNC Software work with my Fanuc CNC?Are you trying to figure out how to transfer programs to your Fanuc CNCs? Many clients have experienced problems loading and saving programs to the CNCs with Windows 10 and don’t know where to get help. Shop Floor Automations is your resource to connect any version of the Fanuc CNC controller.

Why should I use Predator DNC Software with my Fanuc CNC?

The biggest benefit of using Predator DNC is that it provides a complete CNC network solution, RS232 transfer, drip-feeding, wireless, and Ethernet communication for all Fanuc CNC controller models. Predator DNC Software includes protocols to send at maximum baud rates that support up to 19,200 baud while leveraging RS232 serial communications in combination with our Grizzly RS232 industrial cabling solution. The software can be used to communicate to one or multiple Fanuc CNCs from a computer running Windows 10 or Windows 2016/19 Server operating systems.

When running a newer Fanuc I series controller, many clients have experienced problems linking their controller over ethernet using shareware applications. With Predator Software, you can connect wirelessly using our Wireless Connect device by attaching it to the RJ45 port. This allows you to transfer programs bi-directionally with ease using protocols like FOCAS, and FTP. Optionally, you can connect an Ethernet cable to your network switch/hub and use the software while leveraging user and password security. It’s critical you manage these machines like your computers and use Predator’s security features to control specific file types to the machine and not virus and executables files. While Fanuc controls with Ethernet ports are easy to add to your network, they can easily cause havoc as well if not properly managed.

Can I use my Fanuc CNC controller to remotely call part programs from the DNC Software?

The great thing about Predator DNC Software, is that the application can save you time and money with the remote request feature in Predator Software. Eliminating the need to walk back and forth between your CNC and PC allows the operator to call for the desired part program by sending a short message with the part program name. The PC receives the message from the specific CNC and returns the desired part program in seconds to the control. This can be done with any version of the Fanuc CNC controller using RS232 or Ethernet using wired or wireless connection.

Can Predator DNC drip feed my Fanuc CNC?

Predator DNC Software includes the ability to drip-feed part programs that are larger than the CNC controller memory via RS232 serial. Instead of breaking up the program into several files, the Fanuc CNC control allows the program to run in real-time like streaming music versus downloading the song to your device. Predator can also use the Ethernet port to move large files across to the Fanuc controller in seconds when file size is an issue.

Shop Floor Automations can help you implement Predator DNC Software!

At Shop Floor Automations, we can help you implement Predator DNC Software in your shop. With Predator DNC Software with your Fanuc CNC control, you gain access to a more user-friendly interface that allows you to operate the program without leaving the CNC controller as well as high-speed transfer over RS232 and Ethernet. If you are interested in learning more about Predator DNC Software and how it might be able to help improve your shop floor efficiency, contact Shop Floor Automations today at (619) 461-4000!

Will Predator DNC Software work with my Haas CNC?

Will Predator DNC Software work with my Haas CNC?Are you trying to figure out how to transfer programs to your Haas CNCs? Many clients have experienced problems loading and saving programs to the CNCs with Windows 10 and don’t know where to get help. Shop Floor Automations is your resource to connect any version of the Haas CNC controller.

Why should I use Predator DNC Software with my Haas CNC?

The biggest benefit of using Predator DNC is that it provides a complete CNC network solution, RS232 transfer, drip-feeding, wireless, and Ethernet communication for all Haas CNC controller models. Predator DNC Software includes protocols to send at maximum baud rates that support up to 115,000 baud while leveraging RS232 serial communications in combination with our Grizzly RS232 industrial cabling solution. The software can be used to communicate to one or multiple Haas CNCs from a computer running Windows 10 or Windows 2016/19 Server operating systems.

When running a newer Haas Next Generation controller, many clients have experienced problems linking their controller over ethernet. With Predator Software, you can connect wirelessly using our Wireless Connect device by attaching it to the RJ45 port. This allows you to transfer programs bi-directionally with ease. Optionally, you can connect an Ethernet cable to your network switch/hub and use the software while leveraging user and password security.

Can I use my Haas CNC controller to remotely call part programs from the DNC Software?

The great thing about Predator DNC Software is that the application can save you time and money with the remote request feature in the application. Eliminating the need to walk back and forth between your CNC and PC allows the operator to call for the desired part program by sending a short message with the part program name. The PC receives the message from the specific CNC and returns the desired part program in seconds to the control. This can be done with any version of the Haas CNC controller using RS232 or Ethernet using wired or wireless connection.

Can Predator DNC drip feed my Haas CNC?

Predator DNC Software includes the ability to drip-feed part programs that are larger than the CNC controller memory via RS232 serial. Instead of breaking up the program into several files, the Haas CNC control allows the program to run in real-time like streaming music versus downloading the song to your device. Predator can also use protocols such as X-Modem to maximize performance and reliability when transferring part programs. Baud rates are supported up to 115K as well to reduce the time to run the program.

Shop Floor Automations can help you implement Predator DNC Software!

At Shop Floor Automations, we can help you implement Predator DNC Software in your shop. With Predator DNC Software with your Haas CNC control, you gain access to a more user-friendly interface that allows you to operate the program without leaving the CNC controller as well as high-speed transfer over RS232 and Ethernet. If you are interested in learning more about Predator DNC Software and how it might be able to help improve your shop floor efficiency, contact Shop Floor Automations today at (619) 461-4000!

How Do I Run My DNC Software on Windows Server O/S?

How Do I Run My DNC Software on Windows Server O/S?Are you trying to figure out how to run DNC software on Windows Server OS? While most customers have to leave the computer unlocked, logged in with a Windows Users to run their DNC software, Predator Software has a unique feature in the application to run as Windows Service.

Why should I use Predator DNC Service?

The biggest benefit of using Predator DNC Service is that it offers a secure environment to work it. Typically, users need to leave a computer unlocked and logged into a Windows User account to get the DNC software to run properly, but with Predator DNC Service that is no longer necessary. In addition to enhanced security, Predator DNC Service also provides an easy user interface. When starting and stopping the Predator DNC Service, it is similar to Startup All and Cancel All.

What are the requirements to run Predator DNC Service?

The minimum requirements to run Predator DNC Service are Windows 2016 Server, or 2019 Server. You will also need v3.5 of the Microsoft .NET framework installed to operate Predator DNC Service. The .NET framework is included with the Predator DNC Service installation CD so you will not need to purchase it on your own.

The great thing about Predator DNC Service, is that you don’t need to install it separately. Both v10 and v11 of Predator DNC come with the Predator DNC Service as a component of the normal installation process. It is also included as a standard feature with no additional charge if you have current software maintenance.

Can Predator DNC Service be set up to start automatically?

Though Predator DNC Service is not set up to start automatically, you can enable the feature. To do so, work through the following steps:

  1. From the Start Menu select Control Panel
  2. Double click on Administrative Tools
  3. Double click on Services.
  4. Find the Predator DNC Service
  5. Right Click and select Properties
  6. Within the Startup type pulldown select Automatic
  7. Press the OK button
  8. Restart the PC

Shop Floor Automations can help you implement Predator DNC Service!

At Shop Floor Automations, we can help you implement Predator DNC Service into your operation. With Predator DNC Service, you gain access to a more user-friendly interface that allows you to operate the program without leaving the computer unlocked and logged into a Windows account. If you are interested in learning more about Predator DNC Service and how it might be able to help improve your shop floor efficiency, contact Shop Floor Automations today at (619) 461-4000!

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

Why Does it Take So Long to Download a NC Program?

Why Does it Take So Long to Download a NC Program?If you are looking to improve the efficiency of your shop floor there are many ways to do so. One of these ways is looking at your NC program downloads and seeing if there is room for improvement.

What are the typical transfer speeds?

There are different transfer speeds depending on the setup that you have. Typical transfer speeds are:

  • RS232 Performance: Predator DNC RS232 performance depends on both your file size and baud rates. The higher your baud rates, the quicker your NC program will download. For files that are 50,000 bytes, it can take between 3 minutes and 50 seconds to 29 seconds depending on your baud rates. Going up to 200,000 bytes, it can take anywhere from15 minutes and 40 seconds to 1 minute and 55 seconds.
  • Ethernet FTP Performance: Predator DNC Ethernet FTP performance depends on file size when the files are extremely large. Files between 50,000 and 200,000 bytes typically download in less than 1 second. Even a 2,000,000 byte file took less than 1 second to download.
  • Ethernet Fanuc Focas Performance: Predator DNC Fanuc Focas is also dependent on only file size. For a 50,000 byte file, it takes approximately 7 seconds to download. A 100,000 byte file takes 13 seconds to download, and a 200,000 byte file takes approximately 25 seconds to download.
  • Ethernet Predator Secure DNC Performance: Predator Secure DNC performance is also dependent on file size only. Files from 50,000 bytes to 200,000 bytes typically take 2 seconds to download.

How can I improve the speed of my NC program downloads?

Glancing at the transfer speeds above makes it clear that Ethernet performance is significantly better than the RS232 file transfer. By switching to Ethernet, you can greatly improve your transfer speeds, which frees up your time to do other things. Instead of waiting upwards of 10 minutes, with Ethernet, you can transfer files in seconds, making you more productive and your shop floor more efficient

Contact Shop Floor Automations for help improving the speed of your NC program downloads!

At Shop Floor Automations, we have decades of experience implementing Predator Secure DNC applications. By utilizing our expertise, wireless connect, and ethernet hardware, you can vastly improve download speeds and improve the speed to the CNC. If you’re interested in our Windows 10 support and improving your shop floor efficiency with Ethernet for Predator Secure, contact us today at (619) 461-4000.

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

 

Interested in DNC Software? Shop Floor Automations Offers a Free 30 Day Trial!

Interested in DNC Software? Shop Floor Automations Offers a Free 30 Day Trial! If you are considering installing DNC software at your facility to improve your shop floor efficiency, Shop Floor Automations can help!. Some clients are unsure how operators will interfact with the solution and want to make sure the product is accepted and a good fit. To make sure our solution meets your DNC communication needs we provide a free 30-day trial so you can see the benefits of DNC software first-hand.

Our Quality DNC Software Solutions

At Shop Floor Automations, we know that the same solution doesn’t work for every customer. That is why we offered tailored DNC software solutions, including:

Predator DNC Software:

  • Network all CNCs, EDMs, PLCs, & Robots with singular DNC package
  • Eliminates walking time to & from CNC to PC
  • Server / Client configuration
  • Major CNC protocols, including Mazatrol (CMT), Okuma B & Xmodem, supported
  • Send, receive or drip-feed to up to hundreds of machines from a single server/computer
  • Highly flexible connectivity options include wireless, serial RS232, Ethernet, & USB
  • Eliminate MoriServer, FileZilla, CuteFTP, NetShare and more using SecureDNC
  • Windows 10, 7 and Server 2019 and 2016 supported
  • Flexible licensing options to connect one or multiple CNCs.

If you are wondering what DNC software solution is right for your facility, contact Shop Floor Automations today to learn more!

Interested in a Free Trial of Our DNC Software?

If you’re not sure that DNC software is a good solution for your shop floor, why not test it out for 30 days? At Shop Floor Automations, we’re so sure of our products and the benefits that they provide, that we’re happy to offer a web demo and a 30-day trial.

If you’re interested in testing out our DNC software, fill out the form at on our website. After receiving the form, an SFA representative will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and how our software solutions can best meet them. Then, if you still are not sure, we can provide a 30 to 45-minute web demo where multiple members of your team can attend. This is typically done in via Goto Meeting.

After the initial meeting and web demo, we will configure a few of your machines and provide an overview of the interface. Then, you can test out the software for 30 days to see the benefits for yourself. We do charge a low hourly fee to set up the software, but other than that, the trial is completely free! Plus, there is no obligation to purchase the software after your trial period ends.

Why turn to Shop Floor Automations?

If you want to implement DNC software at your facility, Shop Floor Automations is the clear choice to help. We have over 20 years of experience, unrivaled support, a knowledgeable team, and a variety of quality products. Call us today at (619) 461-4000 to get started.

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

 

Shop Floor Automations – Your Trusted Partner in Machine Automation

Shop Floor Automations – Your Trusted Partner in Machine AutomationIf you are looking to improve your shop floor efficiency, automating your shop floor equipment is the perfect way to do so and the experts at Shop Floor Automations can help.

Why should you turn to Shop Floor Automations instead of our competitors? Keep reading to learn why we’re the best in the business!

Shop Floor Automations Has Experience You Can Trust

At Shop Floor Automations, we have over 20 years of experience. Since , we’ve been working hard to help shops of all sizes automate their equipment and improve their operating efficiency. Our skilled team knows the ins and outs of machine automation and we are committed to addressing the individual manufacturing automation needs of our customers.

Shop Floor Automations Offers Turnkey Solutions, Software & Hardware

Our experienced team offers a wide variety of turnkey solutions, including a variety of software and hardware products. These products include:

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.

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.

If you are interested in learning more about our machine automation products, contact Shop Floor Automations today for more information.

Trust Shop Floor Automations with Your Software & Hardware Needs

At Shop Floor Automations, we have helped automate thousands of machines for shops of all sizes. We don’t force the same solutions on every customer, rather we work to understand the needs of our individual customers so we can provide a solution that is tailored to their processes. If you are looking for help automating your shop floor equipment, trust the experts at Shop Floor Automations to get the job done right. Don’t wait, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to request a quote or get on the schedule!

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

 

What Are the Benefits of Installing DNC Software?

What Are the Benefits of Installing DNC Software?If you want to improve your shop floor efficiencies, DNC software is a great option. At Shop Floor Automations, we offer DNC software solutions that can help take your manufacturing process to the next level.

What are the benefits of installing Predator DNC Software?

Predator DNC is a tool that allows you to transfer files to and from your CNC machines securely. There are many benefits associated with installing Predator DNC software, including:

  • The ability to integrate the software on legacy equipment of all types
  • Transparent CNC network security
  • Reduces the costs of upgrading older equipment
  • Integrates with other applications in the future, machine monitoring, tool management, paperless manufacturing from one vendor
  • Uses a standard TCP/IP protocol that is included with Predator DNC so there are no extra costs
  • Designed for all Windows systems

If you are looking for a way to securely transfer files from to and from your machines through a strict firewall, Predator DNC is the software you need.

What type of DNC software does Shop Floor Automations install and support?

At Shop Floor Automations, we install and support the following DNC Software products:

Predator DNC Software:

  • CNC networking of all machines with one solution
  • Drip-feed, upload and download all DNC programs
  • Mid-program restart after tool breaks remotely or at PC
  • Send, receive offsets, variables, and registers
  • Improve CNC part program and CNC variable management
  • Connect wirelessly, RS-232, Ethernet
  • Eliminate walking back and forth; works from your CNC
  • Remotely see directory listing using RS-232 serial CNC
  • Streamline the processes between your CNCs
  • Add Touch HMI for customized operator screens
  • Automate methods for transfers using bar code readers
  • Support for Xmodem on Fadal and Haas controls
  • License 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, or 8 port expansions as you grow
  • Support Windows 10, 7 and Server 2019/2016
  • Compatible with Virtual Operating Systems
  • Upgrade to Predator Machine Monitoring or Product Data Management
  • Free 30-day trial available
  • To learn more about the DNC software solutions that we offer, contact our knowledgeable team today.

Why should you trust Shop Floor Automations with your DNC software needs?

If you are looking to install DNC software at your facility, Shop Floor Automations can help. We have over years of experience and a skilled team that can provide excellent support. With a wide variety of machine automation and DNC software products to choose from, you can rest assured that you are getting the best from Shop Floor Automations. To get started with your project, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000.

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

 

Shop Floor Automations Has the DNC Software and Experience You Need

Shop Floor Automations Has the DNC Software and Experience You NeedIf you are looking to improve the workflow o your shop floor, you should integrate DNC software into your equipment. At Shop Floor Automations, we can help you do just that.

Shop Floor Automations Offers Quality and Reliable DNC Software

Our trusted DNC software solutions include:

Predator DNC Software:

  • Network all CNCs, EDMs, PLCs, & Robots with singular DNC package
  • Eliminates walking time to & from CNC to PC
  • Server / Client configuration
  • Major CNC protocols, including Mazatrol (CMT), Okuma B & Xmodem, supported
  • Send, receive or drip-feed to up to hundreds of machines from a single server/computer
  • Highly flexible connectivity options include wireless, serial RS232, Ethernet, & USB
  • Eliminate MoriServer, FileZilla, CuteFTP, NetShare and more using SecureDNC
  • Windows 10, 7 and Server 2019 and 2016 supported

If you are interested in learning more about DNC software solutions and how they can benefit your facility, contact us today!

Why Choose Shop Floor Automations as Your DNC Software Partner?

If you want the best company to install DNC software in your shop floor equipment, you should turn to Shop Floor Automations. We have over years of experience, a knowledgeable support staff, and turnkey solutions tailored to meet individual customer needs. With a variety of quality products and more installation and interactions with machines than our competitors, we are the company that you should trust with your DNC software installations.

We also believe in our products, which is why we offer web demos and trials for our Predator DNC Software. Visit here to sign up for your free 30-day trial. After signing up, one of our experienced team members will reach out to you to discuss your needs and requirements, and will then provide a web demo that lasts 30 to 40 minutes. If you’re still interested after the web demo, we will configure a few of your machines, provide an overview of the interface, and let you test the system out for 30 days with no obligation to purchase the software after.

Trust Shop Floor Automations with Your DNC Software Installations

If you are looking to install DNC software in your manufacturing facility, trust the experts at Shop Floor Automations to get the job done right. With years of experience and interactions with thousands of machines, you can trust us to do a great job. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to request a quote or learn more.

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

 

Buying Guide to Machine Monitoring Software

Buying Guide to Machine Monitoring SoftwareMachine monitoring software has numerous benefits, but selecting the right software is essential. Every manufacturer has different needs, which is why it’s important to consider these 4 variables when choosing the machine monitoring software for your shop floor.

  1. Ease of Use
  2. When selecting machine monitoring software, you need to select an option that is easy to use for everyone. That includes everything from operators and executives to managers. Examine the user interfaces and ensure that whatever software you choose is easy to use for all parties.

  3. On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based Monitoring
  4. There are two types of monitoring solutions, cloud-based and on-premise. On-premise is where the data is stored on-site with your server and database. While this is often a cheaper option, there are limitations. Cloud-based monitoring allows anyone with access permissions to view the data from anywhere since it is stored in the cloud. With any internet-enabled device, you can view the data. Cloud-based monitoring also reduces the IT support required, because you do not need to buy or maintain expensive on-site servers. Whatever your preference, Scytec DataXchange offers both types of machine monitoring.

  5. Service – Training and Support
  6. Something else to keep in mind is the customer service and support that you will receive. A lot of machine monitoring platforms provide initial training and customer service for initial issues, but that’s where the support stops. With Scytec DataXchange and Shop Floor Automations, you will get continual support and service to ensure that everything works properly. Our cloud model include support in the cost, so we must win your business each month.

  7. Analytics
  8. When it comes to choosing the right machine monitoring software, you should also consider what analytics are offered. The data collected is pretty similar across platforms, but how that data is used and what reports can be produced vary widely. Be sure that the machine monitoring software you choose has the right data and analytics for your process. Your definition of a machine cycling may be different for different equipment since all machnes are not the same. Tool changes, multiple spindles, warm-up programs, and maintenance procedures also should be consider when looking at the data and how it’s acquired by the software.

What Machine Monitoring Solution Does Shop Floor Automations Recommend?

At Shop Floor Automations, we want our clients to have the best. That is why we recommend Scytec DataXchange for machine monitoring. This software is available in an on-premise or cloud-based package and starts at only $45 per month.

Overall, Scytec DataXchange offers the following specs:

  • On-Premise or Cloud-Based
  • Starts at $45 per machine, per month, via Cloud
  • We house the servers – you provide the data!
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of the machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

If you want to take advantage of everything Scytec DataXchange has to offer as a machine monitoring software, Shop Floor Automations can help! Since , we’ve been offering assistance implementing machine monitoring software and we would be happy to do that same for you. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to learn more or request a quote.

To learn more about the machine monitoring solutions and other hardware and software solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

The First Step to Industrial IoT – Machine Monitoring

The First Step to Industrial IoT – Machine MonitoringIndustrial IoT is the future of manufacturing because it allows plans to reduce costs and improve productivity and profitability without compromising product quality. However, if you want to truly take advantage of what IIoT can offer, you need to have accurate and real-time data to work with. That is why machine monitoring software is so essential to have.

What is Machine Monitoring?

Machine monitoring is the installation of machine monitoring systems connected to your equipment throughout your factory. With machine monitoring, you can bring older machines onto the network to collect data from them. The easy to use software can collect, analyze and translate data automatically in a way the provides fast and reliable information. The type of information that can be collected through machine monitoring software includes production level, work order status, quality results, the condition of the machine, and even downtime data.

Benefits of Machine Monitoring

There are many benefits of installing machine monitoring on your machines. Smart machines are the basis of IIoT and the best way to give yourself a competitive advantage in the manufacturing world.

Not only can you reduce waste with machine monitoring, but you can also improve efficiency across your entire production process. With improved communication across the organization, the manager and operator can also improve efficiencies. It’s not just immediate, real-time access to data that matters, but machine monitoring in conjunction with IIoT can also provide essential actionable insights.

What Machine Monitoring Solutions Does Shop Floor Automations offer?

At Shop Floor Automations, our main machine monitoring solution is Scytec DataXchange. Scytec DataXchange offers the following specifications:

Scytec DataXchange:

  • On-Premise or Cloud-Based
  • Starts at $45 per machine, per month, via Cloud
  • We house the servers – you provide the data!
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of the machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

To learn more about Scytec DataXchange and the benefits it can provide your shop floor, contact our experienced team.

Contact Shop Floor Automations for Scytec DataXchange at Your Facility!

If you want to implement Scytec DataXchange in your facility, Shop Floor Automations can help. We have over years of experience implementing machine monitoring solutions in Dallas TX and beyond. Whether you want to install Scytec DataXchange on a cloud-based subscription or Predator MDC on up to 4,000 CNC machines, we can help. We have automated thousands of machines and helped numerous companies improve their OEE through machine monitoring. If you are interested in implement machine monitoring at your facility, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000!

To learn more about the machine monitoring solutions and other hardware and software solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.