Predator DNC™ Software

Predator DNC software

What is Predator DNC?

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:

  • Predator DNC Express™
  • Predator DNC™
  • Predator DNC Enterprise™
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Why use Predator DNC ?

  • One network for all your CNC machines, robots, PLCs and part markers
  • Send, receive and dripfeed CNC programs
  • Supports ISO, conversational and binary file formats
  • 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™
  • Supports BTRs from multiple vendors for older NC style machines
  • 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 2x2 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.

Predator DNC with Bar Code or QR Code operation

RFID Operation

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.

DNC Explorer™

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.

Remote Request™

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.

Predator DNC Connect software

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.

Server Safe™

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.

Predator CNC Editor software

Add Predator PDM™

Every Predator DNC software license can be enhanced with Predator PDM or PDM Enterprise when paperless shopfloor control or secure revision control of CNC programs, variables, offsets, setup sheets, process sheets and other shop floor documents are needed.

Predator PDM software

Upgrade to Predator MDC™

Every Predator DNC software license can be upgraded to Predator MDC or MDC Enterprise when machine monitoring and manufacturing data collection is needed.

Predator MDC Software

Upgrade to Predator RCM™

Every Predator DNC software license can be upgraded to Predator RCM Express or RCM when operator based or robot based cell control is needed.

Predator RCM software

Predator DNC Enterprise - Part Numbers

Part # Description
20201001 Predator DNC Enterprise/1
20201002 Predator DNC Enterprise/2
20201004 Predator DNC Enterprise/4
20201008 Predator DNC Enterprise/8
20201012 Predator DNC Enterprise/12
20201016 Predator DNC Enterprise/16
20201024 Predator DNC Enterprise/24
20201032 Predator DNC Enterprise/32
20201### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096

Predator DNC - Part Numbers

Part # Description
20202001 Predator DNC/1
20202002 Predator DNC/2
20202004 Predator DNC/4
20202008 Predator DNC/8
20202012 Predator DNC/12
20202016 Predator DNC/16
20202024 Predator DNC/24
20202032 Predator DNC/32
20202### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096

Predator DNC - Popular Options

Part # Description
20209000 Predator Java Scripting
20209010 Predator Secure HID
20209020 Predator Touch HMI
20209030 Predator VB Scripting
20209040 Predator C++ SDK
20209080 Predator DNC Connect
20209090 Predator PRemote
29900000 Predator Floating License Manager - Learn more >

Predator DNC Express - Part Numbers

Part # Description
20203004 Predator DNC Express/4
20203008 Predator DNC Express/8
20203016 Predator DNC Express/16