Legacy Blog – Edition XIV

shop floor automations blogIn this Legacy Blog, we share media coverage that Shop Floor Automations has been lucky to receive recently.

MFG News published a piece from us that lists 4 reasons medical manufacturers can benefit from machine monitoring software. Moldmaking Technology also published a piece touching on how DNC software is crucial to moldmakers. MFG Talk Radio published a piece on our new hardware product, the LAN-USB Connect.

Our 20th anniversary of being in business has been graciously covered by many publications in our industry. We thank these publications for helping us continue our success: Modern Machine ShopCNC WestModern Metals, Cutting Tool Engineering, Fabricating & Metalworking, FabShop, FFJournal, and many others!

In need of a laugh? Check out our latest Shop Floor Man comic strip, in which his recent absence is explained.

Otherwise, if you need solutions to increase productivity, call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form to get in touch with us! 

DNC Software Customers Featured on IMTS Site

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                   Photo from IMTS.com

We are proud to share that our customers over at XL Machine in Michigan have been featured on the IMTS 2018 website! The manufacturing company, who uses DNC software through us, was highlighted for their efforts to help close the manufacturing skills gap.

“On any given day, 86 people at XL Machine work on upwards of 200 different jobs, turning out high-tolerance components for automotive, life sciences and other industries,” the piece from IMTS proclaims. “Boasting 19 horizontal mills, 33 vertical mills, 20 CNC lathes, two mill/turns and a CNC grinder, Modern Machine Shop magazine named XL Machine a 2017 ‘Top Shops’ winner in the category of machining technology.”

Chris Orlowski, the general manager over at XL Machine, insisted that the company aggressively seek out an apprenticeship program. They initially worked very closely with two different committees in Kalamazoo County to help bring talent into the shop.

“The companies within the Burke Porter Group are passionate about educating our young workforce in the STEM fields,” Betsy Grant, Global Marketing Communications Manager, is quoted. “We align with IMTS that way, especially the hands-on activities that are part of Smartforce Student Summit.”

Shop Floor Automations (SFA) began working with XL Machine back in 2014, when we implemented DNC for their machines. Their main concern at the time was running out of paper tape – SFA was able to remove paper tape functions from 14 machines. Now they are able to send CAD/CAM files to and from the machine with DNC software.

For more information on XL Machine, visit their website. For more information on DNC software and other productivity solutions, call (877) 611-5825 or send us a message

Legacy Blogs – Edition XIII

shop floor automations blogDocument control. Gcode editing. Machine utilization. Documentation of any variety is important to us at Shop Floor Automations, and not just for our customers. We welcome you back to our Legacy Blog series, where we archive past press coverage.

We appeared in the October 2017 issue of MFG News, with a piece reviewing the top three benefits to machine monitoring appearing from us. Updates to DataXchange and an overview of Touch HMI features were also in the issue. We were also in the August 2017 issue of MFG News.

The benefits of cloud-based machine monitoring are reviewed in this piece from us, published in Modern Machine Shop this past January, plus we were mentioned in this piece on R&D Manco. Speaking of Modern Machine Shop, we were also in the February issue with an ad and an article. We have photos of our appearances in this issue on Instagram, too, so be sure to network with us and the #instamachinist movement!

Finally, in the January 2018 Production Machining Magazine issue, we were part of the annual product directory. You can find us under Software>CAD/CAM, Software>ERP & Other Shop Management, Software>Data Collection Devices, and the general directory.

For more information, we would love to start a conversation with you for your productivity needs. Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form so we can get back to you on your time. 

SFA Legacy Blog – Edition XII

shop floor automations blogWhile a big focus of Shop Floor Automations is to help customers access crucial, real-time data, we also know how important it is to look at important information of the past. Here is another edition of our Legacy Blog where we cover past media coverage.

MoldMaking Technology covered our upcoming 20th Anniversary.  Speaking of event-related news, MFG Talk Radio shared our piece about MFG Day 2017, as well as Manufacturing Tomorrow sharing it.

Our solutions and how they go hand-in-hand with safety in the manufacturing process was mentioned on the WitzShared blog, which is part of the WarehouseFlow Advisors. Gear Solutions posted our piece on the benefits of machine monitoring software.

In an amusing piece of news – our Marketing Coordinator won a manufacturing talent contest last summer for performing a spoof of a Beetles song. AMT also wrote about our comic strip Shop Floor Man in a past updateFabricating and Metalworking also shared our piece on why spreadsheets are deadweight.

If you would like any further information on our solutions or any articles mentioned above, please contact us. Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form

2017 MFG Review & Looking Ahead

American manufacturing2017 was quite a year for American manufacturing. From the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Fourth Quarter survey from December of 2017, the numbers were astounding.

94.6 percent of those surveyed said they were positive about their company’s outlook, whereas it was only 89.8 percent in September  – it’s even shocking to see confidence was only at 56.6 percent in Q1 of 2016! According to NAM, companies expect their production to increase 5 percent, with an anticipated 5.2 percent growth in sales, and an expected 2.2 percent increase to employee wages.

While 58.7 percent said they feel American manufacturing is heading in the right direction, those who felt it is going in the wrong direction were in the minority at 21.4 percent. There was a baffling 32.2 percent who told NAM they were “unsure,” but it is often in our nature to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Read on!

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Modern Machine Shop – January 2018

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Our customers at R & D Manco were highlighted in a feature piece from Modern Machine Shop (MMS) in their January issue. A big focus of the piece was about machine monitoring software from us, here at Shop Floor Automations.

“Machine monitoring has been another important factor in R&D Manco’s success,” states MMS editor Peter Zelinski. “Gathering basic data on machine status, and studying the data to diagnose and remedy the causes of non-cutting time, has been the shop’s most powerful resource for realizing machining capacity improvements.”

“For older machines or for machines from builders not providing this openness [of Windows-based control], the company has retrofitted the controls with MTConnect adapters from Shop Floor Automations in order to also get these machines into the shop-wide machine monitoring system.”

We encourage you to read more about how machine monitoring is allowing R&D Manco to increase productivity.

For more information on machine monitoring, please get in touch with us! We are the #1 reseller of Predator Software. Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form.

SFA Legacy Blogs Edition XI

Shop Floor Automations Blog – Legacy Edition 11

shop floor automations blogWelcome to another edition of the Shop Floor Automations legacy blog. Here, we take great measures to archive recent and past media coverage of our solutions, or our two cents on the manufacturing industry. Here is what we have to share for Edition 11:

In the October 2017 issue of Modern Machine Shop, a case study we did with one of our customers is featured. FabShop Magazine also featured us in their “MFG etc.” section, talking about machine monitoring for fabrication machines plus other unknown monitoring benefits in October 2017.

Here is a throwback: last year, Aerospace Manufacturing and Design published a piece about the hardware and software we had on display at IMTS 2016. We also remember when Industrial Machinery Digest first wrote about our comic strip called Shop Floor Man. We were also grateful when Manufacturing Global wrote about Shop Floor Man, proclaiming it was a step to “make an impact on a younger generation of manufacturing professionals.”

Fabricating and Metalworking wrote about how DataXchange and MTconnect were two great combined solutions on the shop floor to increase OEE. The same publication spoke about what we would have on display at FABTECH 2016 last year. Speaking of FABTECH 2016, Robotics Tomorrow also wrote about our exhibition at the show.

That will do it for this edition of the SFA Legacy Blogs. If you have any questions about combatting shop floor downtime, please give us a call at (877) 611-5825. You can also fill out a contact form and we will get back to you when it is most convenient. 

October 2017 Shop Floor Automations Case Study

Our favorite part of the job is learning the results our customers get after integrating our productivity solutions.

In this new Shop Floor Automations case study, our customers at Stollen Machine talk about how our hardware helped combat downtime.

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Thanks to Stollen Machine’s Instagram Account for this photo of the MMS article

In this October 2017 case study published in Modern Machine Shop, Doug at Stollen Machine says his inferior cabling was causing communication issues with his machines. After researching and weighing the pros/cons, he decided to go with our Wireless Connect devices in his multi-generation shop.

Investing in six hardware devices from Shop Floor Automations helped to replace an old system that wreaked havoc on Stollen Machine’s shop floor. The study found that they were able to get back 15% more time daily, which is invaluable in the manufacturing process.

Hardware isn’t the only way we help customers, either. Another customer of ours, Tech Manufacturing, attributes using machine monitoring through Shop Floor Automations for helping with overall productivity just by monitoring utilization. With many other solutions on hand, we look forward in the future to sharing more of these case studies with the manufacturing industry.

Check out our other case studies, or if you would like to share your story of how we helped your productivity, participate in a case study today. For more information, call Shop Floor Automations at (877) 611-5825

A little info about Shop Floor Automations: SFA was established in 1998 and will soon be celebrating our 20th anniversary in business. We have attended trade shows such as IMTS, WESTEC, FABTECH, and more. We support efforts to fill the skills gap, such as MFG Day and writing about organizations who focus on this cause. Our focus is to help the Made in America movement by supplying tools and support to combat downtime, increase OEE, organize your shop floor, and help with machine communication issues. Contact us today!

SFA Legacy Blogs – Edition X

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SFA Legacy Blogs – Edition X

Shop Floor Automations is always grateful to manufacturing trade publications that take the time to publish our press releases on new products, technology or industry news.

Here is the 10th installment of our SFA Legacy Blog series, with past instances where we have been published.

Fabricating and Metalworking has published us three times within the past few months. They talked about what we were going to display at FABTECH. They also published a piece about our Wi-Fi USB Connect and updates to one of our hot-selling products DataXchange.

Canadian Metalworking published a blurb about the Wi-Fi USB Connect. For product coverage, Touch HMI was covered by Today’s Medical Developments and Modern Machine Shop covered Predator MDC updates

Going back a bit, Today’s Motor Vehicles published a piece on what we had on display at IMTS while Business Review USA also spoke about our presence at IMTS, as well.

To further stay in touch with Shop Floor Automations, we would love to chat with anyone on social media about our solutions. We are located on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

For more information on solutions from Shop Floor Automations, please contact us here or call (877) 611-5825.

SFA Legacy Blogs – Edition 9

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SFA Legacy Blogs – Edition 9

The Shop Floor Automations blog is dedicated to preserving the history of our company. An important part of this history is the press coverage we are always grateful to receive. Here is the latest news we would like to share:

WESTEC 2017 is around the corner and we will be at Booth 1935. We would like to thank  MFG Talk Radio and Today’s Medical Developments for posting pieces about what we will be up to at our booth.

Our popular piece about millennials in manufacturing jobs continues to make its way through our industry. Haas Technical Education Centers published the piece on their blog recently.

We also have some vintage news pieces we would like to share. This piece from Manufacturing Engineering Media (from SME) in 2014 features an interview with our company President Greg Mercurio. This piece from June of 2012 by MFG News was from a time when our floppy drive emulators were still fairly new. American Machinist also published this piece in December 2016 about how recent Scytec updates meant even more MTConnect compatibility.

We were also honored to be in the following recent publications: the CNC West April/May 2017 issue (pages 69 and 73), the MFG News March 2017 issue (in each edition – page 53 Midwest, page 65 West, etc), and the MFG News June 2017 issue (in all editions – page 76 Southwest, page 71 Midwest, etc.)

If you would like more information about how to increase productivity on your shop floor, call (877) 611-5825 or fill out our contact form. Want to see some reasons why customers have stayed with us? Check out our reviews!