Latest Predator News - 2014

December 28th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.174 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.174 has been released. This new version adds several new features while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added new paused state for Fanuc Focas and Okuma 15 protocols
  • Added support for Spindle 1 and Spindle 2 on appropriate Okumas
  • Added more log entries for Okuma protocols
  • Improved performance for fast query values for all protocols
  • Improved local:// support for checkmark validation (with OPC)
  • Improved and validated Parpas support
  • Improved performance when loading Predator CNC Service Manager
  • Improved Fanuc Focas cycling status queries
  • Improved Fanuc Focas to honor the CNC Alarm checkbox for all queries
  • Improved install to prevent installation on Windows 2000
  • Fixed intermittent crash with Fanuc Focas and CNC Alarms
  • Eliminated Fanuc Focas Feed and Speed override option

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.174 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

December 4th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.171 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.171 has been released. This new version adds several new features while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added new Parpas CNC support
  • Added new green check confirmation for all Ethernet addresses
  • Added Feed and Speed override option for Fanuc Focas
  • Added Fanuc Focas Program Override support for existing states
  • Added Fanuc Focus Program override support for custom events
  • Added threshold tag support for OPC
  • Added threshold style XML support
  • Improved user interface defaults and terms across multiple protocols
  • Improved Fanuc Robot support with a new status tab
  • Improved Fanuc Robot with 10 additional digital I/Os
  • Improved Fanuc Robot performance and compatibility
  • Improved MTConnect default path support
  • Improved MTConnect defaults for error and unavailable responses
  • Improved Windows 8 and Server 2012 support
  • Fixed a bug with Fanuc Parts Counter
  • Fixed several small bugs

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.171 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

November 1st 2014 - Predator MDC v10.0.202 is released

Predator MDC v10.0.202 has been released. This new version makes a few improvements while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Improved Online Help with new and improved topics
  • Improved MDC Service performance
  • Improved MDC Service shift processing and automatic importing
  • Improved automatic incrementing of alphanumeric revisions
  • Improved fix data collection errors
  • Improved delete machine wizards with additional error messages
  • Improved French, German, Japanese and Italian language support
  • Improved Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish language support
  • Improved SetupMDC.exe automatic Windows OS detection
  • Added a new -ignorestartup command line option for debug purposes
  • Fixed a MDC Service bug with backwards time reporting
  • Fixed a bug with several report and chart filter dialogs
  • Fixed a bug while resizing favorites to zero
  • Fixed a bug when adding view customer status to my favorites
  • Fixed a bug when adding downtime summary reports to my favorites

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.202 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator MDC should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

September 26th 2014 - Predator CNC Editor v10.0.16 is released

Predator CNC Editor v10.0.16 has been released. This new version primarily replaces backplotting with a light version of Predator Virtual CNC. It also adds several new features and improvements. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added Windows 8 support
  • Added new Predator Virtual CNC for backplotting
  • Added option to upgrade to higher levels of Predator Virtual CNC for solids, CAD Compare, 4 Axis, 5 Axis, Mill/Turn and machine simulation
  • Added backplot dialogs to simplify Virtual CNC preferences, job properties, machine configuration, OpenGL graphics and many more
  • Added backplot support for sub programs and subroutines
  • Added backplot support for branching (IF, THEN, GOTO, DO and WHILE)
  • Added backplot inspection support
  • Added backplot option to save the Predator Header
  • Added backplot option to Check Code
  • Added -hiderememberpassword command line arg. - Enterprise Only
  • Added -hidedatabase command line argument - Enterprise Only
  • Added importing new components - Enterprise Only
  • Added importing new reference attachments - Enterprise Only
  • Added -trace command line argument
  • Added new external resource files
  • Added new PEDITOR.INI file for backplot integration via Virtual CNC
  • Added new bar code label configuration for Summary Info Report
  • Added new command line variable \Template for the current template
  • Added new command line variable \FileFullName for the current file
  • Added new French language support
  • Added new German language support
  • Added new Portuguese language support
  • Added new Polish language support
  • Added new Spanish language support
  • Added new Installation that eliminates the pvcnc.ocx dependency
  • Improved New Template wizard
  • Improved Edit Template wizard
  • Improved backplot graphics quality and performance
  • Improved Windows 7 and Vista installation
  • Improved splitter bars and scroll bars
  • Improved Summary Info report with a new barcode
  • Improved active window border
  • Improved help about dialog
  • Improved component editing
  • Improved history report
  • Improved error messages
  • Improved online help

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.16 of Predator CNC Editor from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator CNC Editor should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

September 19th 2014 - Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.306 is released

Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.306 has been released. This new version adds lots of new features and improvements while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • New Preview mode which does not require stock, tools and offsets
  • New green sphere display for the tool position within Preview mode
  • New Preview button added to the Job Properties dialog
  • New Check Code button added to the new Preview mode
  • New ignore unknown G & M code option with the current reverse post
  • New Fagor N style repeat support
  • New offset name support
  • New parameter DISPLAY_WARNINGS which defaults to OFF
  • Improved tool animation speed to be more consistent across models
  • Improved error log dialogs, error processing and keyboard input
  • Improved processing of undefined G & M codes
  • Improved command line operation
  • Improved rotary motion with cutter compensation
  • Improved macro support within the reverse post
  • Improved register panel when processing cycles
  • Improved backplotting arc performance
  • Improved OCX with new GetAxisPos method
  • Improved OCX with new EnableFeature method for mouse panning
  • Improved Fanuc Lathe support for G10P0 via ChangeProgramOrigin
  • Improved the maximum length of material names to 64 characters
  • Improved Fanuc G54.1P# and G54-G59 style work offsets
  • Improved Fanuc G10 support with L2 and L20 modes
  • Improved tooling setup in job properties to display more details
  • Improved numerous online help topics
  • Improved RVP file format to include version number
  • Improved command line operation to eliminate extra spaces
  • Improved M code support
  • Improved rectangular pocket support
  • Fixed a bug calculating dwell time
  • Fixed a bug when cutter compensation is missing a D value
  • Fixed a bug when the reverse post returns specific offset values
  • Fixed a bug with manual fixture changes
  • Fixed a bug with backplot and backstep
  • Fixed a bug with stock display within SetupSheet HTML
  • Fixed a bug with canceling cutter compensation
  • Fixed several bugs with incorrect tab orders in certain dialogs
  • Fixed a bug with cutter compensation with vertical moves while mirroring
Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.306

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.1.306 of Predator Virtual CNC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator Virtual CNC should contact their local us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

August 10th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.149 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.149 has been released. This new version adds several new features while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added MTConnect support for multiple heads/spindles/paths
  • Added MTConnect support for local test files
  • Added OPC threshold based tag support for numeric values
  • Added Fanuc Focas v4.2 support
  • Improved Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server support
  • Improved DLL sub folder support with automatic path updates
  • Improved MTConnect support when the Agent/Adapter is not correct
  • Improved Fanuc Backup macro variable reset support
  • Improved Fanuc Backup variable support for very small & large values
  • Improved Fanuc Backup macro variable comparison
  • Fixed a MTConnect bug with counters and overrides
  • Fixed a rare Fanuc Focas bug with machine alarm reporting
  • Fixed a rare network connection bug
  • Fixed Fanuc Focas bug with Windows 2012 Server by removing an API call

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.149 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

July 15th 2014 - Predator MDC v10.0.193 is released

Predator MDC v10.0.193 has been released. This new version makes a few improvements while fixing several bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added typing non-visible PCs in the Select PCs per Machine wizard
  • Improved all dashboards sorting, refresh and active filters
  • Improved the fixing of errors within the Fix Data Collection wizard
  • Improved the Delete Collected Data wizard
  • Improved international language resources
  • Improved the performance of the Predator MDC Service
  • Improved Predator MDC standard edition reports to match licensing
  • Improved My Favorites when permissions prevent access
  • Fixed several bugs with the Fix Data Collection wizard
  • Fixed a rare processing bug within the Predator MDC Service
  • Fixed the MDC Service bug introduced with v10.0.185

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.193 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator MDC should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

June 20th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.142 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.142 has been released. This new version enhances our MTConnect support while improving our logging and error handling options. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added MTConnect support for Feedrate Override and Rapid Override
  • Improved API error logging
  • Improved COM error handling
  • Improved logging when operating under a restricted Windows user
  • Fixed a bug with international Windows OSes and XML
  • Fixed a bug with the OPC protocol stack

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.142 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

May 13th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.139 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.139 has been released. This new version adds additional CNC support while improving a number of new features. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added new Windows Event logging
  • Added international Windows OS support
  • Added -trace command line argument to the CNC Service Manager
  • Improved Fanuc support, reliability and compatibility
  • Improved Heidenhain support
  • Improved XML support
  • Improved CNC Service and per machine log files
  • Improved test mode
  • Improved install
  • Fixed a couple of minor UI, install and uninstall bugs
Predator CNC Service for Fanuc v10.2.0.139

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.139 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

April 24th 2014 - Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.292 is released

Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.292 has been released. This new version makes 90 major improvements in the following areas:

  • New machine CNC property tabs for Patterns and Parameters
  • New lathe tool nose and turret selector within job properties
  • Improved CNC panel via new dual cursors and interactive highlighting
  • Improved Fanuc, Fagor and Siemens CNC support
  • Improved graphics performance and image quality
  • Improved simulation and inspection
  • Improved reverse post processor
  • Improved solid modeling
  • Improved ActiveX control
  • Improved Examples and master reverse post processors
  • Improved Online Help with additional topics and updates
  • Fixed several bugs
Predator Virtual CNC v10.0.1.292

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.1.292 of Predator Virtual CNC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator Virtual CNC should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

April 17th 2014 - Predator PDM v10.0.213 is released

Predator PDM v10.0.213 has been released. This new version makes several new improvements while fixing a couple of bugs. This latest release makes the following enhancements:

  • Added -events command line argument within the Enterprise license
  • Added v3.5 of the .Net runtime Installer
  • Added v7.6.6 of the Sentinel Protection Installer
  • Improved Online Help with additional topics and updates
  • Improved International language resources
  • Improved New and Edit Vault wizard
  • Improved New Vault Item wizard
  • Improved New Events dialog within the Enterprise license
  • Fixed a bug Edit Attachment Notes dialog
  • Fixed a couple of bugs with the Revise wizard and shared files
Predator PDM Software v10.0.213

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.213 of Predator PDM from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator PDM should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

April 14th 2014 - Predator MDC v10.0.181 is released

Predator MDC v10.0.181 has been released. This new version makes a few improvements while fixing a couple of bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added support for fixing downtime reasons in the Reprocess wizard
  • Added support for fixing scrap reasons in the Reprocess wizard
  • Added drilldown to My Favorites & Slide Shows for Trend Analysis Charts
  • Added v3.5 of the .Net runtime Installer
  • Added v7.6.6 of the Sentinel Protection Installer to the install
  • Improved online help with additional topics and updates
  • Fixed a bug with View Measurements
  • Fixed a bug with the Reprocess wizard
Predator MDC Software v10.0.181

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.181 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator MDC should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 28th 2014 - Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.127 is released

Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.127 has been released. This new version adds additional CNC support while improving a number of new features. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added new Fanuc HSSB support
  • Added new Fanuc Backup support
  • Added new Heidenhain support
  • Added new install
  • Added support for Jog/Handle mode
  • Added support for up to 9999 variables
  • Added new trace log option
  • Improved test mode
  • Improved logging
  • Improved MTConnect support
  • Improved feedrate overrides, spindle overrides and rapid overrides
  • Improved CNC Service Manager to be easier to use & fixed several bugs
  • Improved digital input/output support
  • Improved advanced machine connection support
  • Upgraded runtime requirement from .Net v2.0 to v4.0
Predator CNC Service for Heidenhain v10.2.0.127

NOTE: Support for Windows 2000 has been dropped. Customers must upgrade to newer Windows versions to run Predator CNC Service v10.2.0.127.

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.2.0.127 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time.

February 26th 2014 - Predator MDC v10.0.177 is released

Predator MDC v10.0.177 has been released. This new version improves lots of features while fixing a number of bugs. This latest release makes the following improvements:

  • Added manual font size adjustments for My Favorite Charts
  • Added RulerFontSize for Automation files, slide shows and My Favorites
  • Improved View Job Status display on different screen resolutions
  • Improved New Measurement Dimension wizard
  • Improved Edit Measurement Dimension wizard
  • Improved Hours Summary Chart Title
  • Improved Cycles and Parts Chart Title
  • Improved Trend Analysis Chart Title
  • Improved Custom Commands within New Events
  • Improved refresh performance with New Events
  • Improved New Events to allow 2 second refresh rates
  • Improved the Machine Dashboard to allow 2 second refresh rates
  • Improved dashboard resizing and layout with different sizes
  • Improved Online help with additional examples and new topics
  • Improved Predator MDC Service with new configurable transaction logs
  • Improved Predator MDC Service with faster transaction performance
  • Improved View Machine Status performance
  • Improved View OEE Status performance
  • Improved Report Machine Status performance
  • Improved Predator MDC Service to only allow one instance per network
  • Improved Predator MDC Service with improved error handling
  • Improved Windows's Event reporting
  • Improved real-time processing when shifts span midnight
  • Fixed a bug with help button/F1 issues on several dashboards
  • Fixed a rare bug with Fix Data Collection errors
  • Fixed a bug to allow closing several dashboards via the File menu
  • Fixed a bug to allow Select Criteria on all reports
  • Fixed a couple of bugs with the Machine Timeline chart
  • Fixed a bug with saving the Show Idle Time option
Predator MDC Software

Customers on software maintenance can download v10.0.177 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v9 or older of Predator MDC should contact us atupgrades@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 10th 2014 - Predator Software acquires Sharper Solutions

Portland, Oregon & Steubenville, Ohio — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 10, 2014 — Predator Software Inc. has completed the acquisition of Sharper Solutions, one of the US’s leading suppliers of DNC, MDC and PDM manufacturing software. Sharper Solutions will provide additional field service, application support and sales expertise.

“Predator Software brings to Sharper Solutions increased financial strength, unparalleled expertise in shop floor control and automation with a 20 year history of making technology accessible to manufacturers worldwide. Through sharing our expertise, this transaction will improve how we service and support manufacturers. We are excited to come together and further the vision, development and implementation of Predator technology for digital manufacturing,” said Glenn Sharp, Sharper Solutions owner and founder.

Headquartered in Steubenville, Ohio, Sharper Solutions adds 6 experienced individuals to the Predator team. “The acquisition of Sharper Solutions is an important step in Predator Software’s continued expansion and commitment to the manufacturing and fabrication marketplace. Together we look forward to accelerating the development of a more comprehensive SFC solutions,” said Jim Abbassian, president of Predator Software. “We welcome the Sharper Solutions employees, customers and partners to Predator Software.”

About Predator Software

Since 1994, over 115,000 manufacturers in over 40 countries rely on Predator solutions to network, monitor, control, revise, verify, organize, manage and automate their shop floor and improve productivity. Predator software and hardware products assist manufacturing companies achieve their JIT, Lean Manufacturing, OEE, Six Sigma and ISO 9000 goals. Find out why so many manufacturing companies rely on Predator every day. For more information visit www.predator-software.com

© 2014 Predator Software Inc. All rights reserved.

January 1st 2014 - Predator Software Turns 20

Back in 1994, Jim Abbassian and Tim Anderson founded Predator Software to automate the shop floor of manufacturers with world class applications. A lot has changed in the last twenty years, but the vision remains the same.

Today we are an industry leader in shop floor control or SFC. Predator's SFC technologies include CNC networking, machine monitoring, document management, data collection, machine simulation and verification, tool and gage crib management, traveler management and robotic cell manufacturing.

Predator Software, located in Portland, Oregon, is focused on the development of applications and solutions that empower manufacturers to be leaner, more competitive and productive. From our experienced and dedicated staff to our own internal systems for development, testing, sales, and support, Predator Software is committed to investing in the resources it takes to remain the recognized industry leader in shop floor automation technologies.

We are very proud of turning twenty and for the many accomplishments made during the last two decades. We are very grateful to our customers, employees and vendors who helped us get here. We look forward to the next 20 years.

Sincerely,

Team Predator

Predator Software Employees

Pictured from left to right: John, Ken, Joshua, Jim, Bob, Dale, Len, Daniel, Mike, Jerry, Mark, Morgan, Dale, Cheryl, Jennifer and Mike.

NOTE: Not pictured: Tim, Steve, Josep, Arthur, Ray, Neil, Kevin, Mark, Glenn, Joe, Sarah and Elizabeth.