Fall 2018 Newsletter

shop floor automations newsletterThe following is an archived copy of our Fall 2018 newsletter.

Decisions to make for Q4

Fall has begun, and before you know it, Winter will be here. Then, surprise, it’s suddenly Q1. Where did all that time go?!

Take a moment to think if you have any of the following issues on your shop floor:

    • CNC communication failures?
    • Old revisions running on machines, with programs floating all over the shop floor?
    • Still using a CNC floppy drive instead of USB?
    • Old cabling causing too much of a hassle?

Check out DNC software combined with shop floor hardware from Shop Floor Automations. These investments are more affordable than you would assume, and the ROI is exceptional!

If excessive downtime is a concern, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for information about running a machine monitoring trial!

Want even more info on DNC and hardware? Check out articles about our solutions in publications such as Modern Machine Shop, Moldmaking Technology, CNC West, MFG News & more –

IMTS 2018 is a wrap!

We were completely floored by the number of people who visited us in Chicago! Many of whom were prospects who have quickly become customers, as well as our valued existing customers coming to pay us a visit.

Did you make it into one of our photos on our photo album from the show?

Didn’t get to go? Watch our video from IMTS 2018 on YouTube!

Check out our post-show report

What is your OEE?

If you do not know your true rate of utilization, how can you truly be on the path to improved productivity?

Ask us about a machine monitoring trial! It’s affordable, flexible and illuminating on how productive your equipment really is.

Request info on a DataXchange Machine Monitoring trial

Call (877) 611-5825 for more info! 

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IMTS 2018 Newsletter

The following is an archived copy of the Shop Floor Automations IMTS 2018 newsletter. Add us to your IMTS schedule!

IMTS 2018 NewsletterWant improved productivity and increased profits? Stop by Booth 133240 at IMTS! 

Shop Floor Automations has software solutions that help improve CNC communications and increase machine utilization by delivering OEE metrics using machine monitoring software. Our hardware solutions include wireless, ethernet, and USB technology to replace floppy disks, PCMCIA cards, and serial ports on your machine tools.

Solutions we will have on-hand at IMTS 2018:

  • Scytec DataXchange – Machine monitoring has become a crucial element for manufacturing productivity. Evaluate your machine tool performance and give your machinists an easy method to communicate shop floor issues. See the latest features, such as the addition of work orders and the new operator data interface. Ask how we can add the MTConnect protocol to your equipment!
  • Go wireless – Tired of serial cables and slow baud rates to your equipment? Use our Wireless CNC Connect to interface to any age, brand or type of connection on your shop floor. See this hardware in action with Predator DNC software!
  • Replace floppy disk drives – Floppy disks are obsolete. Replace them with a USB thumb drive. We have specific models for Haas, Mazak, and Okuma machines, as well as a universal model to eliminate any floppy drive on any equipment. Just provide your machine’s make and model of the current floppy drive info, and we will have you up and running.
  • Add USB ports to any machine – If you want an economical way to add memory to the machine control and to modernize all of your CNC machines, ask us how we can transform your RS232 port into a USB port!
  • Standardize on Ethernet – Do you still have legacy CNC’s with serial ports and you’re looking to standardize on a network connection similar to your new machine tools? Stop by and check out our LAN Connect device. Simplify your file transfers and modernize your shop floor!

Shop Floor Automations has been in business helping manufacturers since 1998. Call (877) 611-5825 for more information.

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SFA Newsletter – June/July 2018

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter The following is an archived copy of the SFA newsletter from June/July of 2018. We focused on a machine monitoring trial, IMTS, and the Portable USB Connect for this issue:

Machine Monitoring Trial

Do you know your machine utilization rate? Most manufacturers have an idea, but knowing your true OEE can help to supercharge your productivity!

Shop Floor Automations (SFA) and DataXchange are working together to offer a machine monitoring trial. Trials are 30 days long and will help you capture, understand and analyze machine data.

If you want to increase OEE and make more profits, the first step is knowing where to improve your manufacturing process. Get in touch today!

IMTS is Coming!

It’s never too early to start planning for IMTS. If you’ve never been, we recommend checking it out this year!

Held in Chicago IL, the International Manufacturing Technology Show is held every two years for manufacturers, machinists, developers, and tech enthusiasts. We will once again be displaying DataXchange machine monitoring and our hardware solutions.

Mark Twain once said – “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them.” That was back in 1883, so the city has become even busier, even without IMTS going on!

More info on SFA and DataXchange at IMTS – Booth 133240 

Portable USB Connect Sale

Having problems drip-feeding to your machines? Tired of carrying a laptop around your shop to transfer programs? Had enough of outdated technology such as PCMCIA cards?

Check out our Portable USB Connect! Compatible with hundreds of CNC controls out on the market today, it’s a time saver and helps machinists be more productive. This device adds a USB port without putting in hours of drilling and setup time. Use it on multiple machines throughout the shop floor!

Normally $700, our newsletter readers have an exclusive Summer discount on this device. Use promo code “portableusb” to get $50 off! Quantities are limited – the sale begins Monday, July 16th and ends Friday, August 31st.

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May 2018 Shop Floor Automations Newsletter

The following is an archived copy of our May 2018 newsletter sent May 22nd. Want to subscribe? Subscribed, but not receiving newsletters? Get more info on this page!

shop floor automations NewsletterDoes getting your shop floor paperless, organized, ready for an audit, and functioning sound impossible? Trust us. It’s not.

The Predator Software Suite contains a solution called PDM, or Production Data Management. You can use PDM to organize programs, safety procedures (such as lockout/tagout and other OSHA standards), setup sheets, quality documents, and more. Use PDM to help obtain revision control, as well as to finally go paperless.

Every department can find a benefit from PDM. Whether they work in engineering, programming, or quality – everyone on the shop floor has a reason for document control. Especially when auditors will be checking if you have management and sign-offs for your processes and files, this solution is especially crucial.

PDM will integrate with other pieces of the Predator Software Suite, such as DNC (CNC networking software), CNC Editor, MDC (Machine Data Collection), and Tool Tracker. It will also integrate with ERP and MES software systems.

Seeking out CAD/CAM software for your growing manufacturing operation? Especially one that can integrate with our solutions?

BOBCAD is a CAD/CAM company we have been working with for quite a few years. Especially since it integrates with some of our most popular solutions, such as DNC software, machine monitoring software, and our USB Connect hardware. Yes, it will even integrate with the PDM software mentioned above!

Shop Floor Automations is the number one reseller/integrator of Predator Software. Call (877) 611-5825 for a quote and more information. Link to original newsletter

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – March/April 2018

shop floor automations newsletterThis archived issue of the Shop Floor Automations newsletter was first sent to subscribers April 24th of 2018.

A Place to Belong

There are quite a few organizations out there who are working to close the manufacturing skills gap. They are also teaching a trade to those who not only need the guidance but the steady career path that manufacturing provides.

Shop Floor Automations (SFA) wanted to share with our audience a local organization called Rise Up Industries.

Trainees of the program become machine operators by trade. They are also taught to overcome obstacles from their past to become productive members of society through various life skills classes.

Their motto is “a place to belong” and we were very touched by our visit to their shop recently. We invite you to check out what they are doing over in Santee, CA!

LAN-USB Connect

You have heard it from us before – you can add USB to your CNC of any make, model, and age. You may have also heard we can add Ethernet to your machines. Why not both?

We present to you the LAN-USB Connect. This hardware packs a one-two punch. It’s easy to install, as it connects to your machine’s RS232 port. You can drag and drop files from, and to, your CNC machine memory. Use the Ethernet connection via FTP, and best of all, no special software is required to install and use the device!

Mazak West Event

SFA will be at Mazak West from June 5th to the 8th, 2018. We will be exhibiting Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring software, showing attendees how to collect real-time data from their Mazak machines.

Ask the MTConnect experts in attendance at Mazak West how the protocol benefits you, how to integrate your legacy machines, and how information collected from your machines can help improve both capacity and productivity. Implementing machine monitoring has many benefits – we can’t wait to show you!

Hardware solutions for new and legacy machines will also be on display. Using wireless, wired and USB solutions will increase your shop floor productivity.

For more information, please call (877) 611-5825 or fill out our contact form.

Mazak West 2018

mazak westCome see Shop Floor Automations at Mazak West 2018 this year!

DataXchange will be with us to show attendees the latest in real-time machine data collection and productivity hardware.

Where & When: June 6th and 7th, 2018. 9 AM to 5 PM. The Western Technology Center, 1333 West 190th Street in Gardena, CA.

Quick Info: We invite you to come see demonstrations of DataXchange software. Ask about how our customers have seen benefits of real-time utilization monitoring. We will also have our USB Connect and Wireless Connect hardware solutions on-hand.

Register for this event! If you are going, or wish you were, we also recommend you subscribe to our newsletter list so you can learn more about this event, updates in the manufacturing industry and other solutions from SFA.

Why you should visit SFA at Mazak West: Come for a preview of new technology from Mazak. If you want to make your current Mazak equipment more productive, come visit us at the open house! See how as little as $45 per month, per machine, can help increase your shop floor productivity and OEE. Upgrade your legacy machines with USB and Ethernet connections, and eliminate serial cables by going wireless. We are celebrating 20 years in our industry, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you!

Can’t make it to the event, but want free insight on hardware or software? Visit our Webinars page and sign up to learn about our various solutions, or schedule an on-site visit with one of our manufacturing integrators.

Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form for more information.

March 2018 Shop Floor Automations Newsletter

The following is an archived copy of our March 2018 Shop Floor Automations newsletter.

shop floor automations newsletter20 years is a long time. Granted, there are companies in the manufacturing industry who have been around much longer, but for us, we just want to humbly say “thank you.”

In 1998, we began as a reseller of Predator Software for the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. By 1999, we were the Number One Reseller of the software.

Soon, we picked up other brands such as Scytec DataXchange and Ascendant Technologies. We also began to engineer a wide variety of hardware products to help customers across all industries to increase productivity, regardless if they had legacy machines or the latest CNC machines with Ethernet. SFA has helped thousands of customers with manufacturing solutions.

We have welcomed new employees of all ages over the years, and will never forget the loss of our co-founder, Shawn Dunne, who passed away in 2011. Our employees have had milestones of their own, such as getting married and having children. We have attended tradeshows across the country, extended our reach across the United States, and have even taken on some International customers.

To celebrate 20 years of business, enjoy discounts up to 20% on our online store! Better jump on it, as this sale will end May 1st.

We invite you to grow with us! Call (877) 611-5825 for info on how to increase productivity and OEE.

Existing Customer?

We would like to say an extra “thank you” by inviting you to take part in a contest! Prizes range from free support to free software. Visit our 20th-anniversary page for more information and for details on what winners will receive!

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SFA Newsletter – February 2018

shop floor automations newsletterThe following is an archived copy of the Shop Floor Automations newsletter from February 2018.

If you manufacture aerospace parts, there are two questions you need to ask yourself: Is your revision control as solid and secure as it should be? Do you know your utilization percentages? Knowing the answers could help you keep customers and grow revenue.

Production Data Management (PDM) and Machine Data Collection (MDC) are two solutions that are critical to your operations. To learn how to improve your machine utilization/OEE and prevent old programs from running on your shop floor, visit our website.

For example, Airbus – this major player in the aerospace division requires that new suppliers provide “a proven track record of operational reliability and delivering on shared commitments.” Even existing suppliers must “meet quality requirements, on-time and on-cost.” On top of performance records, the Defence & Space department of Airbus specifically requires detailed document control (per Ref. ADS.E.0570 Issue 2, page 10 of 28).

As you can see, aerospace companies such as Airbus have high standards for accepting and maintaining suppliers. Having data via machine monitoring software can help to provide proof of uptime, while PDM allows for document control.

The Predator Software Suite provides both MDC and PDM, and Shop Floor Automations is the number one reseller and integrator of the software. Call (877) 611-5825 for pricing and integration information. 

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Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – JAN/FEB 2018

shop floor automations newsletterThe following is an archived copy of the January/February 2018 issue of the Shop Floor Automations newsletter.

Estimated OEE vs Real OEE

A good number of our customers were able to contribute to the phenomenal growth in the manufacturing industry last year because of OEE information gathered by machine monitoring software.

Often the first overlooked step in improved production is not properly tracking utilization and OEE. Our customers at R&D Manco in Phoenix definitely agree with this statement.

We spoke to them recently and discovered that before implementing Predator MDC software, it was assumed that their machines were running at 50 percent utilization. Within a short period of time using the software, they found utilization was more around 30 percent. Uptime is critical to their operations, especially with lead times of 8 months to 1 year for the parts they run.

In a recent issue of Modern Machine Shop (MMS), the company credits machine monitoring from SFA (via Predator MDC) as an essential resource for increasing capacity.

MFG 2017 Review & 2018 Outlook

There is no doubt that 2017 was a fruitful year for manufacturing in America. Confidence in our industry, as well as positivity in future prosperity, is at an all-time high.

There are some concerns going forward to keep the momentum going in 2018. Industry 4.0, IIoT and automation are some of the concerns that we address.

Check out our 2017 Review for USA manufacturing & an optimistic outlook on 2018!

Okuma Floppy Drive Replacement

If you have an Okuma machine with a floppy drive that is about to bite the dust, the time to upgrade is now.

Even if your floppy drive is still functioning, floppy disk technology has been outdated for about a decade and it is best to adapt to new technology now before the worst happens. Best to be prepared than be stuck with a dead floppy drive on your machine.

The best part is that when you send back your old floppy disk drive core from the Okuma within 15 days, we will give you a $695 credit!

Get more information on Okuma Floppy Drive Core Replacements

Get in touch with our sales department by calling (877) 611-5825 or fill out a request for information

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter – January 2018

shop floor automations newsletterThe following is an archived copy of the January 2018 Shop Floor Automations newsletter.

In 2018, you could increase your productivity by 25 percent, as well as take on lights-out manufacturing and make more profits without buying new machines. How?

Machine monitoring can help you increase utilization and take an active role in making sure your machines are being used to their potential. Regardless of the manufacturing equipment you use or the industry you are in, your goals are the same: OEE, Productivity, and Profitability.

2017 was a monumental year for the manufacturing industry. Help the Made in America movement thrive by making sure your shop floor is as productive as possible.

Shop Floor Automations is holding a machine monitoring webinar focused on DataXchange January 10th. Be sure to request to be part of this free event, while you still have time!

DataXchange is the ultimate machine monitoring option for the manufacturing industry, and Shop Floor Automations is the number one reseller and integrator of the software. Call (877) 611-5825 for DataXchange pricing, which includes affordable Cloud-based options and on-premise solutions. We also encourage you to get in touch with our Sales department with further questions.