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, tear down 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 three editions

  • Predator MDC Express
  • Predator MDC
  • Predator MDC Enterprise

Click here to compare the three editions.

Why use Predator MDC?

Predator MDC creates a continuously up to date knowledge base of your manufacturing performance. It quantifies how well your machines, people and parts are produced. Predator MDC can establish and compare continuous improvement results for lean manufacturing efforts. Predator MDC organizes your real-time data into actionable metrics for availability, quality and performance. Metrics for specific machines or rolled up metrics for an entire department across multiple plants are available with a few mouse clicks. Refer to the following major features:

  • Automatic and manual data collection
  • 1 Network to monitor all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands
  • 15 Real-time Dashboards for digital signage
  • Real-time Slideshows for digital signage
  • Multiple plant support
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • 25,000+ 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 CNC Service
  • Includes Predator MDC Executive
  • Includes Predator MDC for DOS
  • Includes Predator DNC for Send, Receive and Drip feed
  • Use your existing ERP and MES bar coded paperwork
  • Upgrade to Predator SFC
  • 250+ Online help topics

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 log on/offs, down times, 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, ATE Test Stands, band saws, dot peen markers and other equipment per PC for simultaneous cycle time, setup time, tear down time, down times 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 stand up 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.

Predator MDC Adapter – Only $400 per Machine

Hardware based data collection for older CNCs, manual machines and other equipment are supported. Predator MDC Adapters are din rail mounted and are wired into signal lamps, light towers, extended M functions or any digital input or output. Predator MDC Adapters are available in 5, 12, 24, 48, 110 and 230 volt editions. Domestic and international editions simplify installation and configuration.

Predator MDC Adapter

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

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 20+ different methods designed to maximize automatic machine data collection and minimize manual data collection.

25,000+ Reports and Charts

Over 25,000 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 Enterprise’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.

Automatic Data collection Interfaces

Predator MDC includes automatic data collection interfaces including MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, Fanuc Robot, Okuma THINC, OPC, Haas and XML. 20 different methods of data collection provide enough flexibility to support every CNC machine, robot, PLC and test stand on your shop floor.

Includes Predator MDC Executive

Predator MDC Executive is an easy to use browser based dashboard which provides an executive overview of one or more sites. Designed for touch based tablets and PCs with the ability to drill down into different departments, locations and cells. An unlimited number of Predator MDC Executive browser clients are included with the purchase of Predator MDC Enterprise Administrator. Predator MDC Executive does not require any browser plugins, flash support or client installation.

Predator MDC Executive supports the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

Predator MDC Executive Dashboard

NOTE: Predator MDC Executive requires Microsoft IIS v7.0 or greater.

Includes Predator DNC Enterprise or Predator DNC

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

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