September 2012 SFA Newsletter

Shop Floor Automations Newsletter

The following is an archived copy of the September 2012 Shop Floor Automations newsletter:

IMTS 2012 recap:
We met with more of you this year than ever before! Our team was
excited to answer questions about all of the following solutions:

-DNC Communication / Networking of Manufacturing Equipment
-Machine Monitoring / Data Collection
-Job Scheduling / Job Tracking / Capacity Planning
-Preventative Maintenance / CMMS
-Document Control / File Revision / Paperless Manufacturing
-CNC Editing / File Compare / Backplotting
-USB ports, Wireless, Wired and Ethernet to CNC’s

There was strong interest in Scheduling and Machine Monitoring as
well as a surprising attention to Preventative Maintenance. Many
people were also interested in learning more about MT Connect. Our
affiliation and the fact that we had the biggest MT Connect sign
helped us answer many of those questions. Attendees also found the
upcoming mobile solutions useful, allowing them to view and interact
with machines from their phone or tablet. As always, the Haas
simulator was popular as well as the USB connect devices.

There were over 100,000 attendees from 199 countries
and 1,900+ exhibitors. Visitors were treated to a variety
of new technologies and seemed to be looking forward to 2013.
There was still a concern about finding enough trained talent
for shop floors, but hopefully some of our automation solutions will mitigate that.

The weather in Chicago was so perfect that
we almost forgot we weren’t in San Diego!
Our team really enjoyed the visit. JobPack and Scytec
also had a good opportunity to showcase their Job Scheduling.

New Tagline for SFA?

Since we do so much, we have often wondered:
What is the best way to describe ourselves?
Perhaps you can help. What few words will give new
and existing contacts the best understanding of all that we do?

We are thinking about “Manufacturing Systems Integrator”
Any feedback or alternate suggestions? Please email

Book your installations NOW for service for the 4th Quarter!

The 2012 calendar will be filling up soon, so please get your orders
in ASAP (especially if you need to meet year-end budgets for 2012).
Ask your Account Executive about our year end clearances on hardware,
such as bar code scanners, as we close out our inventory levels.

SFA Monthly Survey – Win $25 – Ask us how! 

Congrats to last month’s winner – Glen Craig of Rochester Manufacturing
who won a $25 gift certificate. A randomly drawn winner receives
a $25 Gift certificate to their favorite store.
Complete the online survey for your chance to be selected at random for a gift card.

Winners of the Daily IMTS 2012 Moxa drawing

Congratulations to the daily winners:

Monday: Robert Anderson  – Consultant
Tuesday: Grant Salmon – Desemco
Wednesday: Chris Gerstner – Akebono Brake
Thursday: Rolando Jm Madrazo – Src
Friday: Manoharan Methoth – Thomas & Betts
Saturday: Oleg Twerdov – Bem Cnc

SFA is Hiring
We are looking for a qualified Field Technician in the Houston or Dallas area.
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Offer expires when a hiring has been made.

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Link to original newsletter HERE