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12/21/2016

HMI Accommodates Multiple Ethernet Protocols

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The Predator Touch human-machine interface (HMI) from Shop Floor Automations (SFA) features a large-button interface designed to make it easier to send and receive machining programs.

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The Predator Touch human-machine interface (HMI) from Shop Floor Automations (SFA) features a large-button interface designed to make it easier to send and receive machining programs. Other features include data collection, various access options, consolidation of automation platforms and button customization.

While Touch HMI is the front end for machinists, multiple Ethernet protocols can be used on the back end. FANUC Focas enables file transfers to and from CNC memory without ever needing to touch the CNC control, and can be leveraged for machine monitoring in the future without the added cost of hardware. It can also prove to be a safer API than others, the company says. Predator SecureDNC facilitates encrypted file transfers directly into the CNC control’s memory, enabling the user to add any Windows-based machine tool to the network. Users can load Touch HMI directly onto select CNC controls. Common controls include Mazak and Okuma, plus certain Haas and DMG MORI controls. The HMI can also use FTP, a common protocol for file transfer.

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