Shop Floor Automations at Westec 2012 (Booth #2344)

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Shop Floor Automations (SFA), the largest Machine Shop Solutions Provider and DNC Networking Distributor on the West Coast, today announced that it will present and demonstrate a variety of Productivity Enhancing Solutions at the WESTEC 2012 Exposition & Conference, held March 27 through March 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.SFA will demonstrate job scheduling software which helps decision makers achieve best practices in manufacturing planning as well machine monitoring software – all tools that help you achieve lower costs and improve efficiency.

A new module called Technical DataPack Direct DNC delivers electronic files directly to the correct machines and work centers. No delays, no old NC file versions, and no incomplete shop packets. Users will see a demonstration on how the software can close the communication loop to reduce errors and improve overall efficiency in the factory. Read more below.


The Real Time Viewer utilizes a web based browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer to provide a real time shop floor viewer capable of monitoring machine status, part counts, downtimes, productivity, scrap codes, OEE and more. The Real Time Viewer can be viewed using most web enabled devices, such as a laptops, smart phones, PDAs or thin clients. The latest version now includes support for customized views and a rolling dashboard of favorite views based on user login.

The new Shop Floor Data Collection product using Predator Software now includes favorite reports and charts for trends, comparisons, detailed downtime, OEE and other metrics. The product also integrates MT Connect, a manufacturing industry standard to facilitate organized retrieval of process information from CNC machines along with Fanuc Focus Drivers.

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The wireless hardware used for most serial based machines now includes connection for network based machines. As machine tool builders include network options, the controller can now be placed on the network wirelessly using SFA’s new enhanced single wireless device. A wireless shop floor means high data rates over long distances, secure data with 128-bit and WPA encryption, the ability to network more than 250 machines and mix wired DNC with wireless DNC, the flexibility to easily move machines, plus there is no need to purchase or string cable.

USB Connect, SFA’s latest solution to add a memory stick to the CNC control is changing how many users view USB on the shop floor. The device comes in two models. A “pendant” mounted unit which is attached to your control and connects through the serial connection and a “portable” unit which can be used across a wide variety of machines as a primary or backup NC program manager. One of the primary benefits of USB Connect is the ability to handle larger files sizes – up to 16GB.

About Shop Floor Automations, Inc.

Shop Floor Automations, Inc. is the largest DNC networking distributor and service center on the West Coast. SFA exclusively provides sales, service, and support for multiple product lines including Predator, JobPack, Bigfoot, Moxa, Digi and others. Based in La Mesa, California, with offices and personnel in California, Michigan, and Texas. SFA will be attending WESTEC 2012.