Still searching for an interface for all your shop floor applications? Predator Desktop™ allows you to initiate DNC transfers, view secure web documents, launch 3rd party applications, manage CNC code, collect data for your MRPII/CAPP/ERP solution, monitor machine activity, queue work for resources, and more...
After creating the most advanced interface we added all the Productivity Plug-ins™ including network printing and network email. Then we added the data collection options; Microsoft Access™, Microsoft Excel™, HTML logging, and more...
Includes the following features:
- Support up to 256 CNC's simultaneously.
- Fully integrated and secure web browser.
- Remote Request™ eliminates walking back and forth.
- Includes the Predator Editor.
- Includes Plug-ins™ for specialized operations including:
- Network and Local Printing
- Email Messaging
- Microsoft Access™ and/or Microsoft Excel™ Integration
Please Note: Software only licenses assumes that standard PC serial ports or Predator compatible hardware will be used.
DNC up to 256 CNC's with Predator Desktop™
Have an entire shop floor of CNC machines? Predator Desktop™ supports up to 256 CNC machines per PC for simultaneous send, receive, and DNC file transfers. Organize your CNC's by grouping them per building or cell. Connect your PC’s and create an entire shop floor network.
Frustrated with hard to use software? Predator Desktop™ keeps things simple with it’s Microsoft Office® and Windows® 95/NT Explorer compatible user interface. Desktop Explorer™ is the Universal Shop Floor Interface with Microsoft Internet Explorer seamlessly integrated! Secure browsing is a reality now. Desktop Explorer™ includes standard features features for drag and drop, shortcut menus, cut, copy & paste, object based menus, toolbars, tool tips, and online help. And like DNC Explorer™, the entire interface allows you to completely customize exactly how you want users to interface with the software, how the CNC's are physically configured, and much more...
Integrated Document Viewing
Need to view shop floor documents but worried about security? Predator Desktop™ comes with support for viewing Microsoft Word™, Excel™, Powerpoint™, PDF, RTF, DXF, DWG, TIF, JPEG, GIF, and other popular file formats.
Concerned about shop floor productivity? Predator Desktop™ is capable of collecting data in a totally new way, the way you want. You can set up exactly what you want to collect based on an unlimited number of events initiated by operators or Predator itself. Examples include start and stop events, part quantities, job status, cycle times, and more. Best yet, you can store this information in MS Access, MS Excel, MS SQL*, ORACLE*, or any other ODBC complaint database.
* Microsoft SQL Server and ORACLE are available as optional links.
Need feedback during lights-out operation or improved workflow reporting between departments? Predator Desktop™ includes the most powerful email capabilities that work directly with your existing MS Exchange™ or other POP3 email infrastructure. Unlike other 'custom built' email utilities, Predator Desktop™ allows you all the benefits of your current email system without limitations. With this option users and operators can email key personnel vital company information automatically or manually with Remote Request™.
Tired of walking back and forth between your CNC and your PC? Remote Request™ allows the operators on the shop floor to send, receive and DNC CNC programs directly from their CNC controls. This is where any similarity between Predator Desktop™ and other DNC packages stops and the Power of Predator begins. Predator's Remote Request™ supports Remote Autoname™ for simplified uploading of NC code remotely from the floor, Remote Feedback™ for visibility back to the DNC server PC when errors occur, and an unlimited number of possible Remote Commands for each and every CNC you create in the Desktop Explorer™ interface. Best of all, this power is included at no extra charge.
100% Network Compatible
Want to store CNC programs on a network server? Predator Desktop™ with Remote Request works as a DNC gateway between your CNC's and your Novell, Windows NT, Unix, VMS or Lantastic network server. Like any other Windows® compatible application, if Windows can see the data, Predator can see the data. Please contact our sales department via email if you have more specific questions regarding network compatibility.
Server Safe™ DNC
Concerned about network reliability? Predator Desktop™ includes Server Safe™ DNC configurable for error free DNC transfers even if the network server should crash or fail during DNC communications. This is just one of the powerful features Predator was first to release to the industry. Like the saying goes, your system is only as strong as the weakest link.
Drag and Drop DNC™ - Another Predator First!
Need to keep it simple? Predator Desktop™ makes it even easier with enhanced drag and drop operation. Add a new CNC from the CNC library with one Drag and Drop. Send or DNC single or multiple CNC programs with one Drag and Drop. Import thousands of CNC programs with one Drag and Drop. Re-organize CNC programs with one Drag and drop operation. Exactly like you would expect from any Windows® application.
DNC in the Background
Restricted by your existing DOS system? Send, receive and DNC to any RS-232 or RS-422 compatible CNC machine. Because Predator Desktop™ has always been a native 32-bit Windows® application, both multi-threaded and multi-tasking, you can run multiple applications on a single PC for maximum return on investment (ROI).
256 Character Filenames
Limited with 8 character filenames? Take advantage of long 256 character filenames per CNC program. Even use spaces and special characters.
High Speed Machining - Up to 256k Baud!
Is your bottleneck DNC performance? Predator Desktop™ supports up to 256,000 baud for even the most demanding high speed machining throughput. Please contact one of our sales representatives to arrange for an on-site demonstration.
Desktop Plug-ins™ - The most powerful DNC innovation to date!
Need special high speed error correcting DNC protocols? How about productivity features such as email, printing, or data logging. Predator Desktop™ is based on our very own DNC Object Architecture; features, functionality, and communication protocols for Bridgeport Easylink, Fanuc Protocol A/Expand A, Kermit, Okuma B, Mazatrol, Xmodem and many others. Check out more detailed listing of DNC Objects™ available from Predator Software.
Custom Communications Protocol Builder - Unique to Predator DNC
Have a custom, old, or unique CNC control? Predator Desktop™ includes a configurable DNC protocol builder to completely customize sending and receiving CNC programs, fixture offsets, and tooling offsets to your CNC. Configure over 100 different parameters and options for every open architecture DNC protocol.
Predator File Manager™
Swamped with too many CNC programs? Can’t find the latest CNC program? Predator Desktop™ includes a configurable file manager with complete drag and drop support. Organize your jobs by customer, job or CNC. The file manager uses shortcuts or aliases to manage your CNC programs independent of your PC or network file structure.
Note: DNC Explorer, DNC Objects, Remote Request, Remote Autoname, Remote Feedback, Server Safe, Drag and Drop DNC, CNC Templates, Predator File Manager, and Predator Editor are trademarks of Predator Software Inc. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of AutoCAD Inc. Microsoft, Access, Excel, and Internet Explorer are Registered Trademarks or Trademarks of Microsoft. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective holders.