As American manufacturing grows, efficient machining is key. SFA is often asked about secure and quick CNC to PC communication. Here, we take a look at CNC remote request procedures.
Otherwise known as a CNC remote call, remote request operations provide the following benefits:
- Keeping operators at machines allows for better productivity
- Eliminates walking back forth from PC to CNC
- Machinists can send, receive & drip-feed programs at machines
- They have directory listings of CNC programs via every machine tool
Remote requests take place through DNC software. It often comes with additional features, including remote error messages, remote auto name, and the ability to send notifications to higher-ups. These messages usually target maintenance, quality or programming issues.
A followup question we get in relation to this subject is this: Can these secure, remote transfers only be done via a serial machine?
DNC software can be used wired and wirelessly. If wired is the route customers want to go, we always recommend cabling specifically made for shop floor environments for effective RS232 communications. The bottom line is that remote calls do not take place at exclusively serial-based machines.
For older Windows-based machines wishing to achieve successful PC to CNC transfers, we recommend a feature called Secure DNC. This allows secure file transfers to CNC machines through firewalls. For example, you can send directly to the hard drive of the machine without interfering with the network.
Secure DNC is great for shops with heightened security measures. It is especially useful for shop floors that still utilize older Windows operating systems because they currently can’t afford to upgrade machine tools.
A great alternative to DNC software for small shops is USB Connect hardware. Devices store programs at machines via a USB thumb drive. It is worth noting, however, that hardware will not have the same plentiful features that software does.
Want more info on PC to CNC program transfer solutions? Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out our contact form.