NEW Version 9
What is Predator MDC?
Predator MDC is real-time software that automatically collects, reports, charts and processes real-time shop floor manufacturing data including 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 and PLCs
- Real-time machine, job and part dashboards
- Multiple plant support
- Unlimited number of data collection events
- 1300+ Reports and Charts
- 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
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 Request™, swiping bar codes, touch screen PCs or standard PCs.
Monitor all your CNC machines, robots and PLCs
Predator MDC supports up to 4096 CNC machines, robots and PLCs 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, opeartion, shift and person. A real-time scoreboard displays current machine, part, job, operation and personnel status. Multiple engineers, supervisors and managers can view the scoreboard form any networked PC. Leverage the power of the Internet and VPN from anywhere in the world to see the status of your shop floor.
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, PLCs and robots 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.
NOTE: The Predator MDC Adapter pictured above converts electrical input from any machine into text messages. To date CNC machines, manual machines, robots, 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.
NOTE: Custom reports and charts can be created with Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, SQL Reports and Oracle 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.
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.