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Software Additions and Improvements for a Better User Experience

Shop Floor Automations (SFA) has announced new features from Predator Software in Predator DNC Networking Software. The recent Version 11 update has new features and enhanced functionality connecting Ethernet based FANUC controllers.

Predator DNC Software is 100% compatible with FANUC CNC controllers. Depending on the make and model of the specific control, Predator DNC provides a complete industrial network to handle RS-232 serial communication, drip-feeding, wireless and Ethernet communications for virtually all models of FANUC series controllers.

The software has built-in FTP Client/Server, FOCAS, DataServer and high-speed communication protocols to help ensure error-free CNC program transfers, parameters and variables. By design, the application can send to multiple FANUC controls simultaneously and run as a true Windows service.

"While most shops are familiar with the concept of DNC Software, a feature often overlooked is something called Remote Request," said an SFA spokesperson. "Remote Request eliminates walking back and forth between a CNC and a PC to transfer part programs. Remote Request allows the operators on the shop floor to dripfeed, download and upload CNC programs directly from their CNC controls regardless of the age of the CNC. Predator DNC software supports a number of remote features, including Remote Autoname for simplified uploading of NC code remotely from the floor, Remote Messaging for visibility back to the CNC when errors occur, an unlimited number of commands to improve communication using emails, printing and more.

While Remote Request is commonly implemented for serial machines with RS-232 ports, new methods are available for Ethernet based CNCs to maintain the same process. Using a new add-on utility from SFA, the operator can request the file from the machine tool connected over Ethernet to pull the file into the controller or automatically save the file to the server.

Predator Secure DNC provides Ethernet connectivity to Windows based CNC machines while removing them from the corporate domain while leveraging the power of Ethernet. Predator Secure DNC supports Windows 95 or newer and is included with Predator DNC. The added value of this application eliminates USB drives, administrator user access, SMB, CIFS, Windows shares, anti-malware, password changes, group policy and domain requirements.

"Whether you are a current customer using Predator DNC Software or working with your IT team to make these connections, Shop Floor Automations offers a one hour free consultation to help secure your CNCs and manage all of equipment with one application using Predator Software," said the spokesperson.

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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