Manufacturing Automation Podcast

Manufacturing Automation PodcastShop Floor Automations recently was interviewed by Manufacturing Engineering‘s Editor in Chief Alan Rooks. Our Marketing Coordinator Amanda Rosenblatt was part of the manufacturing automation podcast to talk about our industry.

“What we do is, we are a manufacturing integrator,” Rosenblatt said of the company, which has been open since 1998. The ultimate goal is to increase manufacturing productivity.

“Our customers vary in size and industry,” says the Marketing Coordinator. Examples included automotive, medical and oil industry clients. CNC machine shops, moldmakers, fabrication shops, and a wide variety of manufacturing equipment can be serviced.

Ease of use when using automation, Industry 4.0 and IIoT solutions was also discussed. “It can’t be too technologically prohibitive or people aren’t going to use it. They’re not going to get the benefit of those tools.”

CNC Shop Automation“Everything we have is really user-friendly. It really depends on what the solution is.”

She continues, “With our hardware, some of it is plug and play, while some of our solutions like our USB Pendant Connect requires about a four hour time commitment to install it.”

Rosenblatt stated a list of training materials via YouTube tutorial videos, brochures, helping customers on site, remote sessions, or programs such as DataXchange ELearning for machine monitoring training.

Automation integration, including DNC Software combined with CAD/CAM Software, was a big focus of the podcast. ” It’s going to organize those programs, it’s going to communicate them to the machines, and it’s going to do that revision control.”

The company’s involvement with the manufacturing social media community was also highlighted. “I know that’s a new concept in our industry, but we like to use that to promote the manufacturing community.” SFA are official MFG Day endorsers and are vocal supporters of Workshops for Warriors and Rise Up Industries.

Listen to the entire interview via AdvancedManufacturing.org! Be sure to call SFA for any automation needs at (877) 611-5825 or fill out an online contact form

IMTS 2018

IMTS 2018We had a great time at IMTS 2018!

Did you come to the manufacturing technology show in Chicago this year? It’s not hard to believe – attendance was up. There were 129,415 IMTS 2018 visitors versus 115,612 from 2016!

Solutions we had on display:

Machine monitoring – DataXchange real-time OEE utilization monitoring software. Cloud-based and on-premise.

Hardware – Floppy drive replacements, add USB to any CNC & more solutions.

DNC software – CNC networking and program revision control needs for the shop floor.

Shop Floor Automations We got a chance to take some photos of visitors to our booth and we put up a gallery over on Facebook! We also shot this short video from the trip.

What did you go to IMTS for this year? What does your manufacturing operation do? Are you a moldmaker? Do you work in fabrication? Or tried-and-true CNC machining?

Call us for manufacturing productivity info at (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form so we can get back to you ASAP! 

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.

Link to the original newsletter 

Legacy Blog – Edition XVI

shop floor automations blogHere are some SFA exclusives we will have at IMTS. There is also product news and MFG Day coverage. Manufacturing Tomorrow especially shared a few of our pieces.

Shop Floor Automations is once again headed to IMTS (Booth 133240). Our booth will be shared with Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring.

New features of DataXchange will be displayed, as well as their E-Learning program. Thanks to MFG Talk Radio for covering both pieces of news!

For product news, we thank Manufacturing Tomorrow for covering the news of our latest hardware release, the LAN-USB Connect, which adds USB and ethernet abilities to your machine. MFG Talk Radio also published this piece from us – a top 3 reasons list of why moldmakers need to embrace the IIoT.

Moldmaking Technology also published an article talking about how machine data collection software helps combat downtime.

Finally, it’s never too early to start talking about MFG Day (also known as “manufacturing day”). Fabricating and Metalworking shared our piece last year on shaping the Made in America movement, where we highlighted three organizations helping to make manufacturing great again.

Our newest article from Manufacturing Tomorrow on this holiday highlights three manufacturing companies SFA has worked with and how they are helping to close the skills gap.

SFA has been helping manufacturing companies increase productivity for 20 years now. Call us at (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form!

 

Machine Monitoring: Improve OEE & Ownership Costs

Did you know that machine monitoring helps to improve OEE, as well as to keep ownership costs low?

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At WESTEC 2017, Josh Davids of DataXchange spoke at a panel about how to improve equipment utilization & quality, while keeping the total cost of ownership low. In this discussion, his main focus was on how simple implementing machine data collection is – especially in terms of Cloud-based software.

“Another thing the Cloud allows you to do, and this again works with on-premise types of solutions, but basically, analyze the data,” Davids discussed. “Looking at the data as it’s collected can be something so simple. To look for trends in real-time…such as looking at the last few records that came in and displaying results, triggered text or email notifications, something so simple.”

Why Use The Cloud – Cloud tech makes adopting new technology accessible with a low entry cost and flexibility. For instance, Cloud-based machine monitoring from DataXchange has a low entry cost, no long-term commitment and it’s as low as $45 per month per machine. Since the data is not being housed on-site, it also allows for better security, as well as automatic software updates from the vendor and better quality of support. This blog explains more about what happens to your data in the Cloud, which is a common concern to new users.

How does Cloud-based machine monitoring help with OEE and ownership costs? Real-time data from machine monitoring helps machinists present accurate data for production meetings, as well as to communicate to higher-ups items needing attention. With notifications on-the-go for smartphones and email notifications, this also allows those on and off the shop floor to take immediate action when downtime occurs, which helps utilization. When utilization improves, then less raw material is wasted. Also, when machine operators are dealing less with downtime and can spend less time trying to communicate machine issues, this is less time wasted on human error and overtime.

Is machine monitoring only for CNC machines? Not at all! On the subject of machine monitoring, FABshop Magazine recently published a piece from us where we discussed unconventional machine data collection. Operators of lasers, press brakes, welders, and more equipment should look into the availability of monitoring. Our Senior Account Executive Amy Gates told the publication that “fabrication machines are becoming more common for people to want to monitor,” Gates said. “Just like with our standard CNC monitoring, customers want to know when their machines are cutting and when they are not.”

For more information on machine monitoring and OEE on the manufacturing shop floor, call (877) 611-5825. You can also fill out this contact form and we will get back to you when it is most convenient! 

 

WESTEC 2017 is a Wrap

westec 2017 WESTEC 2017 was another successful show for Shop Floor Automations.

While the show started slow on opening day, the crowds eventually filled the Los Angeles Convention Center, with a great number of people making their way over to see us at Booth 1935.

There were some worthwhile happenings to mention. Other than the great people who visited our booth during the show, there were fun networking events that happened at the end of the night for Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, we had a painter doing an original piece reflecting on manufacturing influence in Los Angeles, while Wednesday night treated us to stilt walkers and a walking/talking dessert table. Yes, it was odd, but a fun way to keep attendees involved during longer show hours.

WESTEC 2017We gave out some of our G-code shirts and lots of G-code mousepads. We also after the show raffled off some hardware to give away and a prize pack to give away on Instagram. Congrats to those winners!

We were also intrigued to find out that the next WESTEC show will be taking place in Long Beach. A change of venue for this show and this industry should prove refreshing and either way, we appreciate everyone who came by to see us during this year’s show!

shop floor automations westec 2017See our photos from the show in our Facebook photo album photo album. We will soon be uploading a video from WESTEC 2017, so be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube here to see it when it is uploaded.

Post-edit: we had to pick a runner-up winner for our Wired Connect prize, so we congratulate that winner!

Want more information on the solutions we had on display at WESTEC 2017? Send us a message or call (877) 611-5825

Must Sees at WESTEC 2017

WESTEC 2017What to see at WESTEC 2017

With WESTEC 2017 coming up fast, there will be a lot to see. To help out our fellow manufacturing peer members, here are the top 3 list of things at WESTEC 2017 in Los Angeles that we hope to see and feel you would enjoy:

1) Key note speech from Titan Gilroy – WESTEC Theater, Tuesday from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Titan and his company are the focus of the show “Titans of CNC” on the MAVTV Motorsports Network. It is building interest in American manufacturing in regards to the theme of global competition. Their YouTube channel is also full of inspiring videos, including the latest video of Titan helping out a high school aged inventor to create mass quantities of his product to keep up with the demand he is experiencing.

2) Resources for OEE & the MFG skills gap. There are many free information resources to check out at WESTEC. First, check out the MFG apprenticeship panel on Thursday (more info), info on getting California training funds on Tuesday (more info), and on Thursday, there will be a presentation on how to balance OEE, utilization, quality, and cost (more info).

3) You. WESTEC is an amazing place for the West Coast manufacturing community to network and learn from each other, whether in a panel, a workshop, or the halls of the convention center. We want you to come visit us at Booth 1935 – we love getting insight from the people who are the backbone of this industry. If you have any issues with OEE, experience downtime frequently, you have issues with CNC communication or are looking to replace old processes/media, we especially would love to see you. We will also have giveaways and promo codes, so come on over to meet Team SFA!

Coming to WESTEC? Or can’t make it, but want more info? Get in touch with us by calling (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form.

Special Edition Newsletter: WESTEC 2017

The following is an archived copy of our WESTEC 2017 email blast:

westec 2017Shop Floor Automations will be at WESTEC 2017 this year to show attendees the latest in smart manufacturing.

Where & When: Booth 1935, the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 12th through the 14th.

Quick Info: Come see demonstrations of DNC software, machine monitoring, job scheduling, and more. We will also have our USB and wireless solutions. Free giveaways of hardware, t-shirts, and mousepads will be available.

Why you should visit SFA at Booth 1935: Learn about Predator’s Manufacturing Suite of Software, which includes DNC, Document Control, Machine Monitoring, Tool Crib Management, and our integration services. 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 almost 20 years in our industry, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge.

Can’t make it to WESTEC, but want some free insight on hardware or software? Visit our Webinars page and sign up to learn about our various solutions, or schedule a site visit in your shop with one of our manufacturing integrators.

Call (877) 611-5825 for more information!

Original Newsletter Here

SFA at WESTEC 2017

Thank you for visiting us at WESTEC 2017!

Shop Floor Automations will be exhibiting at WESTEC 2017 at Booth 1935 from September 12th to the 14th, where the west coast manufacturing community will come together to learn about new solutions, network with each other, and enjoy like-minded industry company!

WESTEC 2017 Giveaways –

We will also be doing a raffle giveaway of hardware – everyone who gets their badge scanned at our booth is entered. Stay tuned for more info!

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Follow Shop Floor Automations on all of our various social media channels. You can like us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, subscribe and watch our YouTube videos, check out our Instagram posts, or connect on LinkedIn. Shop Floor Automations has been in business since 1998 helping manufacturing shop floors with OEE, productivity, and preventing expensive memory or machine upgrades. Come to Booth 1935 to see how we have made automation in manufacturing an obtainable goal for any production!

Past or Present Customer of SFA? Visit our Booth, film a video testimonial/review, and get a free SFA G-code T-Shirt! 

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At FABTECH, we anticipate presenting:

  • Hardware solutions, such as the Pendant USB Connect, Floppy Emulator & more!
  • Displaying Predator’s Touch HMI
  • Showing new Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring updates

Contact us for more info, or visit us at Booth 1935 at the show to ask us more. For WESTEC, use hashtag #shopfloorautomations so we know you visited us!

Special Edition Newsletter – HOUSTEX 2017

The following is an archived copy of our HOUSTEX 2017 email blast:

HOUSTEX 2017Come visit us at HOUSTEX 2017, Booth 1616! From February 28th to March 2nd, we will be in Houston TX at this great tradeshow.

Why you should visit Booth 1616: See the latest in Machine Monitoring, CNC Communications, Document Control, Job Scheduling, CMMS, and more software solutions. We will also have the WiFi USB Connect, the Floppy Emulator, and other hardware solutions on display for attendees.

Can’t make it to HOUSTEX 2017, but want some free insight on software? Come to our Webinars page and sign up for one of them to learn about our software solutions, such as machine monitoring or DNC software.

Call for more info at (877) 611-5825

Original Newsletter Here