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Products to Increase Productivity and OEE Improvement on Display

Shop Floor Automations (SFA) will present a variety of manufacturing shop floor tools, including new hardware to software updates, at HOUSTEX 2017, booth 1616.

A Predator Software reseller since 1998, SFA will feature new software versions and solutions for machine monitoring, CNC program editing, DNC communication (drip-feeding), tool management, document control and more. SFA will also feature Predator Touch HMI, which is designed for shop floors wanting to replace barcode readers, hand-held terminals and proprietary shop floor hardware. It also helps collect simplified machine data for events such as downtime, and can be accessed via a Microsoft PC, tablet or CNC control.

DataXchange machine monitoring software from Scytec will be on display. New OEE charts, a shop floor layout view in the dashboard, views from a real-time dashboard, multiple part time analysis reports and various equipment status comparison charts that analyze equipment utilization across a span of different days are all new features. DataXchange can be used via the cloud or on-premises.

The new SFA Connect Series hardware line features USB Connect, Floppy Connect, LAN Connect, Ethernet Connect and more. All Connect products help with machine file transfers. Instead of using floppy disks or PCMCIA cards, shop floor workers can now perform wireless or wired transfers of NC programs with ease as well as streamlined revision control. The newest piece of the Connect Series, Multi Connect, was created in partnership with Moxa and will be available from SFA soon. Exclusive early information on Multi Connect will be available at HOUSTEX.

WiFi USB Connect from SFA, also on display, is a wireless USB solution for the manufacturing shop floor that serves as a stress-free and frugal shop upgrade. It emulates a USB stick, allowing the sharing of data from a PC to machines. No drivers are required - after a quick web configuration, a machinist can plug it in and it is ready to go.

Floppy drive emulators and CNC machines with a USB port now have wireless capabilities. Different transfer modes to customize storage solutions are available. Operators set the WiFi USB Connect to rename, move or delete files after transfer. Data sources include network shares, email, FTP, SMB and cloud services. One of the most valuable benefits of this device is that machinists will be able to see the files at their machine on the USB as soon as they are added to a shared folder.

Data can be stored on a remote PC or locally in the device's memory, with the device itself providing up to 128 MB of storage. A wireless connection to the shared folder eliminates cabling needs for control.

For more information contact:

Greg Mercurio, President

Shop Floor Automations, Inc.

5360 Jackson Drive, Suite #202

La Mesa, CA 91942

877-611-5825 / 619-461-4000

HOUSTEX 2017 Booth #1616

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