Predator MDC

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Predator MDC Software Overview

What is Predator MDC?

Predator MDC is real-time machine monitoring software that automatically collects, reports, charts and processes real-time shop floor manufacturing data including OEE, cycle time, idle time, setup time, teardown time, machine downtime and more. Predator MDC improves manufacturing by supplying accurate shop floor productivity metrics to improve operations and to make better decisions.

Choose from two editions

  • Predator MDC Express
  • Predator MDC

Why use Predator MDC?

  • Automatic and manual data collection
  • 1 Network to monitor all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands
  • Real-time machine, job and part dashboards
  • Real-time slideshows and digital signage
  • Multiple plant support
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • 1300+ Reports and Charts
  • Real-Time OEE Dashboard, OEE Charts and OEE Reports
  • Supports Wireless, Ethernet, RS-232 and Parallel I/O
  • Open API and database architecture
  • Includes Predator MDC Executive
  • Includes Predator MDC for DOS
  • Includes Predator DNC for Send, Receive and Dripfeed
  • Use your existing ERP and MES bar coded paperwork
  • Upgrade to Predator SFC

Predator MDC Software workflow

Automatic and manual data collection

Predator MDC supports automatic, error-free, and unattended machine monitoring for events such as job start and end, setup start and end, cycle start and end, to name a few of the events that can be monitored. This type of data is collected automatically using software, hardware, custom macros and other methods without requiring operator training or input.

Predator MDC also supports manual monitoring of events that are initiated by machine operators such as machine logon/offs, downtimes, and scrap reasons. Predator MDC can be used to manually collect data using several methods including Remote Requestâ„¢, swiping bar codes, touch screen PCs or standard PCs.

Manual Data Collection New Events

Monitor all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands

Predator MDC supports up to 4096 CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE Test Stands per PC for simultaneous cycle time, setup time, teardown time, downtimes with reasons, good parts, scrap parts with reasons and an unlimited number of user defined events.

Real-time machine, job and part dashboards

Keep score of your shop floor productivity with Predator MDC. Every second is tracked per machine, job, part, operation, shift and person. Real-time dashboards displays current machine, part, job, operation and personnel status. Multiple engineers, supervisors and managers can view the dashboard from any networked PC. Leverage the power of the Internet and VPN from anywhere in the world to see the status of your shop floor.

Real-Time Dashboards for Machines, Jobs and Parts

Real-time slideshows for digital signage

Dedicate one or more large screen monitors on the shop floor for real-time digital signage. Create slides of charts, dashboards and reports with specific filters and details. Eliminate manual posting of paper reports and charts. Provide a focal point for standup shop meetings while enforcing productivity and manufacturing metrics that management, engineering and quality departments care about.

Multiple Plant Support

Predator MDC supports an unlimited number of plants or buildings right out of the box. Multiple plants can share a single database for enterprise wide reports and charts or each plant can have a separate database. Compare plants or compare buildings to improve productivity. Organize your machines by grouping them per building or cell. Network PCs, CNCs, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands to create an entire real-time shop floor machine monitoring and data collection system.

Unlimited number of data collection events

An unlimited number of data collection events such as cycle start, cycle end, good part, scrapped part, etc. can be collected via 16 different methods designed to maximize automatic machine data collection and minimize manual data collection.

Predator MDC Adapter

NOTE: The Predator MDC Adapter pictured above converts electrical input from any machine into text messages. To date CNC machines, manual machines, robots, PLCs, ATE test stands, band saws and many other machines types have leveraged the power of the Predator MDC Adapter.

1300+ Reports and Charts

Over 1300 reports and charts provide unique insight into the productivity and efficiency of each manufacturer. The flexibility of the reporting and charting options within Predator MDC converts the volume of data collected into concise reports and charts to identify issues and drive improved productivity.

MDC Reports and Charts

NOTE: Custom reports and charts can be created with Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, SQL Reports and Oracle Reports.

Real Time OEE Software

Eliminate manual OEE driven data collection and OEE spreadsheets. Predator MDC supports real time OEE data collection with an OEE Dashboard, OEE Performance ranking charts, OEE Trend Analysis charts and OEE Reports.

Supports Wireless, Ethernet, RS-232 and Parallel I/O

Data collection via 802.11 wireless, Ethernet, RS232 and even parallel inputs are supported with Predator MDC.

Open API and database architecture

Integrate your ERP and MES system with Predator MDC’s open APIs (application programming interface) with 300+ methods all fully documented. Develop ERP and shop floor validation, flow part and job numbers from ERP directly into Predator and numerous other automation projects can be completed with C#, C++, VB.Net, VB6, VB script, Windows Script, Delphi and other compatible programming languages.

Predator MDC is based on an open architecture client/server database standard. Select from Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle.

Includes Predator MDC Executive

Predator MDC Executive is an easy to use browser based dashboard which provides an executive overview without having to install Predator MDC software.

Custom Dashboard Browser Based

NOTE: Supports Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.

Includes Predator DNC Enterprise

Every Predator MDC/x license includes Predator DNC Enterprise/x for integrated Send to CNC, Receive from CNC and dripfeed operation.

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