First SFA Customer in Japan

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First Japan Shop Floor Automations Customer

As a New Year is around the corner, we at Shop Floor Automations are grateful to see our customer count grow each day. We are especially happy for the rare occasions we can help International customers. While we mostly do business with parts of Canada and Mexico, we are pleased to announce that we have our first customers from Japan! 

The customers who ordered from us were shipped out 2 of our USB Connect External devices, as well as 2 Pendant USB Connect devices. While we did not get to chat much with the customers on why they needed this equipment for their shop, it is possible they could share the same predicament as our first Hawaii customers.

From an earlier blog, our Hawaiian customers needed the USB Connect External to communicate with their Milltronics control. They were also using SD cards,  no longer want to deal with the 2GB restriction, and the cards were also hard to find for them, so this device suited them best.

We offer many solutions to help machinists and other workers on manufacturing shop floors communicate better with their machines. From software to the hardware solutions we mentioned earlier, our goals are to help your shop floor eliminate downtime, increase OEE and get the most utilization out of your machines. Even legacy machines still have a lot of potential just waiting to be discovered.

If you have manufacturing shop floor needs, or you have purchased from us in the past and want new solutions, contact us here. Time to renew your Support contract with us? Call to find out at (877) 611-5825. 

 

Legacy SFA Blogs – Edition 2

Legacy SFA Blogs – Edition 2

Shop Floor Automations specializes, among many things, in legacy machines on the manufacturing shop floor. In the same spirit of preservation, we present Edition 2 of our Legacy SFA Blog Series from the Shop Floor Automations blog!

shop floor automationsIn February of 2016, MoldMaking Technology published an article about our machine monitoring solutions through Scytec DataXchange. “Scytec DataXchange software from Shop Floor Automations (SFA) is a machine monitoring software that provides detailed data collection and real-time reporting on a dashboard, enabling users to instantly track productivity, and plan for increased efficiency and time savings on the shop floor.”

You can read the whole article here. The same article was also published in the March 2016 MoldMaking Technology issue on page 47.

Recently, Shop Floor Automations made a brand new hire for a new position. Amanda came on board as our Digital Marketing Coordinator (she is now simply our Marketing Coordinator) and AMT (the Association for Manufacturing Technology).

As a bit of a throwback, Advanced Manufacturing (formerly known as Manufacturing Engineering Magazine) published this piece on us in October of 2014. Patrick Waurzyniak writes “More people than ever are looking to automate their processes, said Greg Mercurio, president of Shop Floor Automations Inc. (La Mesa, CA), a reseller of Predator Software’s manufacturing data collection suite and of the cloud-based Scytec data monitoring solution. ‘Time is money, and now there’s more in-process probing and automatic collection of data,” he add. “The key is everything is done at the machine tool.’” You can Read more.

Want more information on the solutions we offer? Call us at (877) 611-5825 or chat with us on social media

FABTECH Event Review

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Shop Floor Automations had a very productive, and fun, visit to FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas this year. We thank everyone who came by Booth C13109 to check out our solutions.

Here is a review of what we did:

Our main FABTECH video – link here

An interview we got to do with Hernan Luis Y Prado, the Founder of Workshops for Warriors, talks about the importance of filling the manufacturing skills/job gap with military veterans who have, or will be, transitioning to civilian life – link here

Our Facebook photo album from the event – link here

Need shop floor solutions? Came by our booth, but didn’t get scanned? Call us at (877) 611-5825 or contact us on social media, and we will get back to you soon!

More about Shop Floor Automations at Trade Shows: Because Shop Floor Automations works with clients all over America (even some International folks), tradeshows are an essential part of our lives as a company. This is your resource page to see where you can find SFA at upcoming shows!

SFA will be at HOUSTEX 2017 and WESTEC 2017. We commonly give away our famous G-code T-Shirt and some of our hardware solutions, as well. We always make sure that your visit to an SFA booth is informative and fun.

 

Legacy SFA Blogs – Edition 1

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We at Shop Floor Automations know that your legacy machines are important to you. We also take the same care in preserving our past press appearances, so we welcome you to our Legacy SFA Blog Series from the Shop Floor Automations blog!

In the first edition, we invite you to look back on articles and ads in:

CNC West, November 2016 – pages 88, 89 and 70 – where we had our new products appearing at our FABTECH 2016 booth, as well as an ad for our Multi Connect, which will also be on display at FABTECH.

Manufacturing News, October 2016 – page 35 (for the West issue) – In this issue, we talk about Predator Touch HMI and why it will benefit your shop floor manufacturing needs. The machine monitoring, big button interface is a program we have been excited to share with the public the past few months, and we are glad the manufacturing publications are helping us spread the word. Read the piece from MFG News.

Modern Machine Shop, October 2016 – on page 149 (and on their website) – We got to talk further here about Predator’s Touch HMI. “The HMI is designed to provide an easier way for operators on the shop floor to interact with management and Predator Software. Shop Floor Automations can customize color coding, layouts, prompts and third-party applications.” We invite you to read more.

American Machinist, November 2016 – on their website – our new WiFi USB Connect product is featured. The post states “The device serves as an easy and economic shop floor upgrade. Data can be stored on a remote PC, or locally in the device’s memory, with the device itself providing up to 128 MB of storage.” Read more.

Speaking of Modern Machine Shop, they also published a piece on our new creation, Shop Floor Man, in early November 2016! “With an eye toward a younger manufacturing audience, the company has launched a Web comic series called ‘Shop Floor Man Presents’ with the intention of carving out a space for manufacturing-related humor on social media, especially Twitter.” Read the piece.

Want more information on our hardware, software and support solutions? Call (877) 611-5825 to tell us what is going on with your shop floor! You can also fill out a contact form.

MFG Day Comic was a Success

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MFG Day Shop Floor Man Comic

One of the final posts we put up about MFG Day 2016 was a specially themed Shop Floor Man comic to celebrate the day. It received a good amount of buzz on social media, and we wanted to share it here. 

Shop Floor Automations is an official endorser of MFG Day and we realize the importance the holiday has. It is so important that future generations be involved and get interested in the manufacturing industry. Be it a machinist, a programmer, an engineer, etc. – the industry must continue to thrive. We reviewed the reasons why manufacturing makes a difference for the USA in this previous post.

Shop Floor Man is our newest creation to help exemplify the benefits of upgrading your shop floor. He is a reflection of the frustrations and crazy things that happen in this industry, and we hope you enjoy his presence on the interwebs!

More about Shop Floor Automations and how we help shop floors:

  • Check out our archived newsletters with industry topics & event wrap-ups here
  • Read testimonials & see videos of what our customers have to say about us here
  • Check out the FAQ section about our software & hardware solutions here
  • See our case studies here and we have webinars coming up here
  • We are on social media here, and you can call us at (877) 611-5825 for more info!

 

Fabtech 2016 Contest

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Shop Floor Automations will once again be attending Fabtech. With another tradeshow in our sights, you know what that means? Another contest!

When you get your badge scanned at our Booth, you will be entered into our drawing for free giveaways. Options of prizes for winners are:

Two Wireless CNC Connects – Wireless CNC info

One Wired CNC Connect (1 Port) – Ethernet connected CNC info

Many opportunities for T-Shirts each day of the show

Winners will be notified after the show and the confirmed choice of prize will be sent to them via UPS. The Hardware prizes will be on a first come, first serve basis. Cash equivalent to the value of the prizes is not an option. The cost of shipping is complimentary from SFA, however, prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes or International addresses. One prize per winner.

More about tradeshows we attend: Because Shop Floor Automations works with clients all over America (even some International folks), tradeshows are an essential part of our lives as a company. We will be attending Fabtech 2016, as well as Houstex 2017 and Westec 2017. Look into our Booth information and other details. Read our main Fabtech 2016 post.

MFG Day 2016 is Coming

 

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Shop Floor Automations (SFA) will present to our audience a week-long celebration of MFG DAY, which takes place October 7th. The National Holiday is a celebration of how the industry has evolved in recent years, with a heavy focus on pulling in a future generation to keep the job field thriving.

SFA will roll out the red carpet for MFG DAY by providing followers a day-to-day parade of content relative to the Holiday the week it occurs. Informative blogs, a video, maybe even an infographic, will be just some of the fun content to experience. We may even give out one of their hilarious G-code T-Shirts, but definitely, count on a discount to celebrate the Holiday in our online store!

Could an MFG DAY related strip from our new comic series called “Shop Floor Man” (which is pictured to the top left and may be clicked on to magnify) be coming? We are also reaching out to some of their amazing customers in the Manufacturing field to get their stories and insight from the work they do, which will hopefully be included in these celebrations.

Follow what we will be up to on Twitter at both @SFA_inc and @ShopFloorHumor. We are also on Instagram and Facebook under the username ShopFloorAutomations. Look for all of our MFG Day related content on our website blog. Fill out our contact form, so we can get in touch with you on your time.

We are also be exhibiting at FABTECH from November 16th to 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Check us out in the Center Hall of the Metalform section at Booth number C13109.

Remember – when tweeting about MFG Day, please use the tag #MFGday16 or use it to keep up with the fun events on this momentous day!

IMTS 2016 is Complete

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IMTS 2016 is Complete

Shop Floor Automations enjoyed a very successful IMTS 2016 tradeshow in Chicago IL. We loved running into so many of our customers in the Windy City, as well as meeting potential new customers that we look forward to serving for years to come. We encourage you to click the photo to your left to see in better detail a collage of some of our favorite moments of the show.

One highlight of the show was the unveiling of the Multi Connect to the public. With its sleek look in a beautiful acrylic case, a shiny black footing, and its beckoning stack light, it was definitely eye-catching. Many of our leads from the show want to know more about this fascinating piece of technology, which is specifically compatible with the MTConnect protocol, as news becomes available.

A great number of our visitors were definitely interested in Machine Monitoring, as well as Wireless DNC and our other solutions. We enjoyed educating machinists on how to make their shop floors and CNC machines run more efficiently and eliminate downtime, even with legacy machines.

imts 12016 During our time at IMTS, we were letting guests know that by getting their badges scanned, they were also entered into our drawing for various Shop Floor Automations prizes. We were giving away some of our Hardware solutions, as well as our very popular G-code T-Shirt.  The list of winners, who have been notified, is in the image to the right, which you can click on to magnify.

Other than the business we conducted, we also found rare free time to do some things of a tourist’s nature. Four of our employees went on a nighttime field trip to the top of the Sears Tower AKA the Willis Tower to take in the 103rd story views. We also ate at many great restaurants, such as the exclusive Frontera, and interacted with many interesting local Chicagoans. The architecture of this grand city during our many back-and-forth drives from downtown to McCormick Place made our commute worthwhile.

UPDATE, as of 9-27-16: We pulled three new winners for this contest since three previous winners did not get back to us in a timely manner. See the list HERE.

If you would like to see what we got to do in Chicago:

  • Check out our Marketing video from the event on YouTube HERE
  • Look at our Facebook photo album (and Like our page) HERE
  • We also posted a few shots on our Instagram page HERE
  • If you visited our Booth and grabbed a USB drive, or did not have time to stop and chat, call us at (877) 611-5825
  • Fill out our contact form

 

SFA & MTConnect at IMTS 2016

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MTConnect – IMTS 2016

The MTConnect Institute, whose goal is to “enable the ease of access to manufacturing device data,” will be on deck at IMTS 2016. They will be touring IMTS to help spread the message of their three big goals:

1) Reduce the complexity of interfacing equipment, devices, and software applications.

2) Facilitate the adoption, implementation, and expansion of this standard.

3) Create a sustainable funding strategy.

As part of their tour, they will be visiting booths that exemplify their message. Shop Floor Automations is proud to be part of that tour, and part of their Members Roster.

Visit us at Booth E-3240, where we are happy to discuss with you these possibilities for your shop floor! We will also have the Multi Connect on display at our booth, which specifically is MTConnect compatible! For more info, call 877-611-5825.

Fill out our contact form, so we can get in touch with you! More from our resource page:

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free, universal factory floor communication standard that is designed specifically for the shop floor environment to enable the efficient transfer of data between devices (such as CNCs) & software applications similar to Predator MDC & Scytec DataXchange. Some users have referenced this as the “Bluetooth” technology we currently experience with our smartphones & daily electronic devices. By establishing an open & extensible channel of communication for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices, equipment, & systems, it allows sources to exchange & understand each other’s data.  It’s like speaking a common language!

If you want propriety software & solutions, this is not for you! This new standard will bridge your factory shop floor & link you to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  Think of the equipment on your shop floor now that has limits on how they connect, can they connect, can you get real-time data from them, & what if you could make them all speak to each other?  While some equipment would be limited on what can come from it, the information can quickly be displayed on dashboards,smartphoness, ERP/MRP systems, & other equipment.

As a member for on MT Connect Technology Advisory Board (TAG), we have been part of the development and review of the standards of the solution. Many machine tool builders, such as Mazak, Okuma, DMG Mori Seki, and more, are part of the on-going development and support for this standard. We strongly recommend you purchase machines with this standard for future support of automation.This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time! Call 877-611-5825 for more information about this standard.

 

Manufacturing News – August 2016

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Manufacturing News – August 2016

SFA is proudly featured in the August 2016 issue of Manufacturing News! We not only have an ad in it, but we also have an article on the Multi Connect unveiling at IMTS 2016.

From our press release in this issue: “The Multi Connect is a turnkey device, able to continuously monitor the machine’s operating state and other necessary dat while making this information readily available over a network connection using the industry standard MTConnect protocol. The Multi Connect is compatible with a wide range of machine monitoring software packages, including Scytec’s DataXchange, Predator’s Machine Data Collection, and more!”

We again must publish a brief retraction: We will be unable to take Multi Connect pre-orders at IMTS, but we will be happy to scan badges to keep people in touch with more info on the product, as it becomes available. The tech specs and the price will definitely be worth the wait!

Other than hardware solutions, we also have many customizable software solutions to help automate your shop floor. We especially love to help shops realize the possibilities of machine monitoring! Call 877-611-5825 or chat with our sales team today to see how we can increase uptime and help diminish downtime on your shop floor.