Predator DNC software is designed to network all of your CNCs, robots, CMMs, PLCs, part markers, tool presetters and test stands. Predator DNC manages your CNC programs, CNC variables, offsets and parameters. It supports a wide range of industrial communication protocols for dripfeeding, downloading, and uploading via parallel, RS-232, RS-422 Ethernet and wireless Ethernet. Choose from three editions
Why use Predator DNC ?
One network for all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and part markers
Send, receive, dripfeed and DNC programs
Mid-program restart after tool breaks
Supports wireless, ethernet, RS-232 and parallel I/O
Improve CNC program and CNC variable management
Improve CNC offset and CNC parameter management
Eliminate walking back and forth; works from your CNC
Supports RFID chips, bar codes or QR codes for Remote Request™
Add Predator PDM for secure revision control
Upgrade to Predator MDC or Predator RCM
DNC up to 4096 CNCs per PC, Server or VM
Predator DNC software supports up to 4096 CNC machines, robots, PLCs and part markers per PC, server or virtual machine. Simultaneously send, receive, dripfeed, download or upload CNC programs, offsets and parameters. Organize your CNCs by grouping them per building or cell. Network your Predator PCs to support an unlimited number of CNCs.
NOTE: Multiple CNCs per PC requires compatible hardware such as Predator Express, Flex/N, Flex/W or DR 2×2 series.
Bar Code and QR Code Operation
Reduce mistakes and avoid product mixups by mounting a bar code reader or QR code reader at each CNC machine, robot, PLC, test stand or part marker. Scan one or more bar codes and have the correct programs automatically downloaded. Support for multiple head machines guarantee that the correct programs are transferred into each head.
Reduce mistakes and avoid product mixups by mounting a RFID reader at each CNC machine, robot, PLC, test stand or part marker. Scan a RFID chip mounted on the fixture or part and have the correct CNC programs and CNC variables automatically downloaded. Support for multiple head machines guarantee that the correct programs are transferred into each head.
Supports Lot Numbers and Trace Codes
Support for high volume manufacturing workflows including lot numbers and trace codes, reduce mistakes and avoid product mixups. Unfortunately, there are no standards for lot numbers and trace codes so Predator Software developed a flexible library to support the unique requirements of each manufacturer.
Advanced Automation Operation
Predator DNC supports advanced automation with one or more Predator DNC functions automatically triggered via digital I/O, analog I/O, CNC variables or PLC registers. Refer to the following automation examples:
A proximity sensor toggles a digital I/O and Predator DNC will automatically send a specific set of CNC programs and/or CNC variables to the CNC machine.
A PLC register is used to indicate the next part number to manufacture. When the PLC register changes, Predator DNC will automatically send the matching CNC programs and CNC variables to the CNC machine.
Combine Predator DNC with Predator EditLock hardware to lock and unlock the CNC memory. This works with any CNC machine that has an edit key.
Enhance Predator DNC with Predator Touch HMI to build one or more shop floor HMIs to trigger any Predator DNC function.
Predator DNC software keeps things simple with its Microsoft Office® and Windows® Explorer compatible user interface. DNC Explorer includes standard features for drag and drop, shortcut menus, cut, copy & paste, object based menus, toolbars, tool tips, and online help. The entire user interface allows you to completely customize your machine layout and operation.
Eliminate walking back and forth between your CNC and your PC with Remote Request. Remote Request allows the operators on the shop floor to dripfeed, download and upload CNC programs directly from their CNC controls. 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 DNC server PC when errors occur, and an unlimited number of Remote Commands per CNC.
Predator DNC Connect™
Leverage existing shop floor PCs or Windows based CNCs with Predator DNC Connect to initiate downloading and uploading. Its big button interface is easy to use and supports touch screen PCs.
NOTE: Predator DNC Connect is licensed per site, not per PC, and it does not include the Predator CNC Editor.
100% Network Compatible
Predator DNC software works as a gateway between your CNCs and your Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac, VMS or Unix network server. Predator DNC extends the networking flexibility of Windows® to your CNCs, PLCs and robots. Support for wired and wireless Ethernet, hidden network shares, folder shortcuts and active directory are included.
Predator DNC software includes a Server Safe™ option for error free DNC program transfers even if the network server should crash or fail during DNC communications. This is one of many reliability features engineered into Predator DNC.
DNC in the Background
Stuck with an old DNC program that won't multi-task? Predator DNC can support up to 4096 CNCs, robots, PLCs and part markers simultaneously. Background operation even includes an option for running Predator DNC as a Windows Service. Predator DNC's multi-threaded design leverages hyper-threading and multi-core CPUs to balance the number of CNCs, PLCs and robots.
DNC Objects™ – Industry Leading Flexibility
Over 110 DNC Objects are included with the Predator DNC program. These can be combined to automate a number of shop floor processes. Options include email, printing, VB scripts or tracking in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle. Often Predator DNC Objects are used to support CNC communication protocols for Bostomatic, Bridgeport Easylink, Fanuc Protocol A/Expand A, Fagor, Heidenhain, Kermit, Okuma B, Mazatrol, Xmodem and many others.
Includes the Predator CNC Editor™
Every Predator DNC software license includes an integrated Predator CNC Editor for intelligent CNC editing, side-by-side file compare and 3D backplotting.