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Machine Data Collection for Manufacturing Automation

Predator Software reseller Shop Floor Automations (SFA) has annouced updates to Predator MDC (Machine Data Collection).

The on-premise machine data collection software solution features and benefits include:

  • Monitoring options: Track activity from any number of machines on the shop floor. Equipment can be interfaced over wireless, ethernet and RS232 cabling to extract rich data. "The software features thousands of charts and reports for users, who can then make informed decisions to improve plant performance based on observations. View machine data live on dashboards across the production floor, or do a presentation in the conference room. Seeing machine data not only helps to make better operating decisions - users can also pursue goals of lean production, continuous improvement and overall quality enhancement," said a company spokesperson.
  • This software includes Predator DNC, which allows for better machine program communication and part program revision control. Predator DNC also includes state-of-the-art networking tools for legacy, Windows-based controllers called Secure DNC. The solution can also be integrated with ERP and MES software. Operators can replace bar code readers and handheld terminals for simplified data collection with Predator Touch HMI, which is a big button interface that can be integrated with Predator MDC. This software allows for several protocols such as MTConnect, FANUC FOCAS, Okuma THINC, OPC UA and more to communicate with a variety of equipment.
  • In December of 2018, Manufacturing News published a case study in which Arizona manufacturer R&D Manco shared its experience with using MDC. The 30k sq. ft. manufacturing company has a large number of machines that need to be running at optimal efficiency. After just five months of measuring MDC results, spindle uptime increased 10% with month-over-month gains.

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

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