Software Collects Machine Data on the Shop Floor
Predator Software reseller Shop Floor Automations shares updates about Predator Machine Data Collection (MDC), an on-premise machine data collection software solution which enables users to track activity from machines on the shop floor.
Predator Software reseller Shop Floor Automations shares updates about Predator Machine Data Collection (MDC), an on-premise machine data collection software solution which enables users to track activity from machines on the shop floor. Equipment can be interfaced over wireless, ethernet and RS232 cabling to extract rich data. The software includes 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 with the software can help to make better operating decisions so a company is able to pursue goals of lean production, continuous improvement and overall quality enhancement.
The software includes Predator DNC, which enables for better machine program communication and part program revision control. Predator DNC also includes state-of-the-art networking tools for 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, a button interface that can be integrated with Predator MDC. The software enables several protocols such as MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, Okuma Thinc, OPC UA and more to communicate with a wide variety of equipment.
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