Predator MDC™ Software

Predator MDC Software

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, teardown time, machine downtime and more. Predator MDC improves manufacturing by supplying accurate shop floor productivity KPIs and metrics to improve operations and to make better decisions. Choose from three editions:

  • Predator MDC Express
  • Predator MDC
  • Predator MDC Enterprise

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Why use Predator MDC?

Predator MDC creates a continuously up to date knowledge base of your manufacturing performance. It quantifies how well your machines are utilized, the productivity of your people and the rates of production. Predator MDC can establish and compare continuous improvement results for lean manufacturing efforts. Predator MDC organizes your real-time data into actionable KPIs and metrics for availability, quality and performance. KPIs and metrics for specific machines or rolled up KPIs and 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 CNC machines, robots, PLCs & ATE test stands
  • 18 Real-time Dashboards for digital signage
  • Real-time Slideshows for digital signage
  • Multiple plant support
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • 100+ KPIs and Metrics
  • 30,000+ 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 Dripfeed
  • Optional MDC for Android application Learn More >
  • Use your existing ERP and MES bar coded paperwork
  • Upgrade to Predator SFC
  • 10 International Languages
  • 250+ Online help topics
  • Made in the USA - Learn more
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 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 tablets or standard PCs.

Manual Data Collection New Events

NOTE: The above example supports a Twin Spindle VTL with a dedicated window for each spindle. Support for multiple spindle gantries, 1 man 2, 1 man 3 and any combination is supported to simplify manual data collection.

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, 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, operation, shift and person. Real-time dashboards displays current machine, part, job, operation and personnel status. Multiple engineers, supervisors and managers can view dashboards 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

Custom or shop specific dashboards can be created in just minutes. They are completely configurable with unique KPIs, metrics, colors, images and sizes with support for all screen resolutions and sizes.

Custom shopfloor dashboards

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 standup shop meetings while enforcing productivity and manufacturing KPIs and 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.

30,000+ Reports and Charts

Over 30,000 reports and charts provide unique insight into the productivity and efficiency of each manufacturer. Identify issues and drive improvements via flexible reporting and charting. Predator MDC converts volumes of raw data into 100+ actionable KPIs. Multiple pie, bar, pareto and trend charts can be combined to create custom dashboards organized within a collection of favorites.

Multiple MDC Charts

Create and manage multiple trend charts with ease with real-time updates.

Multiple Trend Charts

Still need more dashboards, reports and charts? Get creative and create your own with Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Reports, Oracle Reports or hundreds of other BI applications.

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.

Wireless, Ethernet, RS-232, Parallel, RFID, Digital I/O and Analog I/O

Data collection support via a wide range of industrial and computer technology standards provides extensive compatibility and implementation flexibility for your existing equipment.

ERP and MES Integrations

Predator MDC provides multiple methods to integrate your ERP and MES systems with Predator MDC Enterprise. Integration consulting services and implementation services are also available to ensure the integration process is successful. Standard integration options include CSV, JSON, MTConnect, OPC-UA, Predator APIs, TSV and XML. In addition, Predator Software can provide a complete database schema for direct database style integration.

The Predator MDC Export Service includes 40+ tags per machine and is designed to export Predator MDC data in real-time via JSON, MTConnect, OPC UA or XML. Example tags include current machine status, utilization % and OEE % per machine. The Predator MDC Export Service provides real-time productivity data to one or more ERP, MES or business applications 24x7x365.

Predator MDC's APIs (application programming interface) include 300+ fully documented methods with examples. Develop ERP, MES 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 Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access.

70+ Industrial Machine Monitoring Protocols

Predator MDC includes automatic data collection interfaces including MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, Fanuc Robot, Okuma THINC, Modbus, 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. Refer to the following standard 70+ industrial machine monitoring protocols that are included with Predator MDC Enterprise:

Protocol Interface Application
ASCII - Simple Serial, Ethernet & Parallel CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
ASCII - Custom Serial, Ethernet & Parallel CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Allen Bradley SLC Ethernet PLC
Binary - Simple Serial, Ethernet & Parallel CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Binary - Custom Serial, Ethernet & Parallel CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Bostomatic Serial CNC
Brother Dialog Serial CNC
Bridegport Easylink Serial CNC
BTR Parallel NC & Other
Camate Serial CNC
Cincinnati Laser Ethernet CNC
Cognex Dataman Ethernet Bar Code Reader & Other
Danobat Ethernet CNC
DMG Mori Seiki MAPPS Ethernet CNC
DMG Mori Seiki Celos Ethernet CNC
EIA358C Serial CNC & Other
Elexa Ethernet CNC
Excellon Serial CNC
Fadal Checksum Serial CNC
Fagor 8020 Serial CNC
Fagor 8050 Serial CNC
Fanuc A Serial CNC
Fanuc Expand A Serial CNC
Fanuc Cassette Serial CNC
Fanuc DPRNT Serial CNC
Fanuc FOCAS Ethernet CNC - Learn more
Fanuc Robot Ethernet Robot - Learn more
FTP Client Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
FTP Server Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Haas 143 Serial CNC
Haas DPRNT Serial CNC
Haas Ethernet CNC - Learn more
Heidenhain Serial CNC
Heidenhain Ethernet CNC
Highland BTR Serial CNC
Kauffman Serial CNC
JSON Ethernet Other
Kermit Serial CNC, PLC & Other
Linatrol Serial CNC
LSV2 Serial CNC
Mazak DPRNT Serial CNC
Mazak Mazatrol Serial CNC
Microsoft Access Ethernet Other
Microsoft SQL Server Ethernet Other
Mitsubishi DPRNT Serial CNC
Modbus TCP/IP Ethernet PLC & Other - Learn more
Motoman Yaskawa Serial Robot
MTConnect Ethernet CNC, Robot, CMM & Other - Learn more
Okuma A Serial CNC
Okuma B Serial CNC
Okuma THINC Ethernet CNC - Learn more
Okuma User Task 2 Serial CNC
OPC DA Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other - Learn more
OPC UA Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other - Learn more
Oracle Ethernet Other
Parpas Ethernet CNC
Predator HHT Serial Other
Predator MDC 3G Ethernet PLC
Predator MDC API Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Predator Secure CM100 Ethernet CNC
Predator Secure DNC Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Predator Secure Gerber Ethernet CNC
Predator Secure HID Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Predator Secure OPC Ethernet PLC
Predator Secure Siemens Ethernet CNC
Predator Siemens OPC UA Ethernet CNC
RS244B Serial CNC & Other
SMB Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Starlink Serial CNC & Other
TCPIP Client Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
Text File Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
XML Ethernet CNC, PLC, Robot, CMM, 3D Printer & Other
XModem Serial CNC, PLC & Other

Includes Predator MDC Executive

Predator MDC Executive is an easy to use browser based dashboard with multiple screens and charts which provides an executive overview of your shop floor. Designed for touch based mobile phones, tablets and PCs. A site license for Predator MDC Executive is included with the purchase of Predator MDC Enterprise Administrator or Predator MDC Administrator. Predator MDC Executive does not require IIS, Apache, browser plugins, flash support or client installation.

Optional advanced browser security features including HTTPS and IWA are included. Predator MDC Executive supports all modern browsers including the following:

  • Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
Predator MDC Executive Dashboard Click to view a live real-time instance of Predator MDC Executive

NOTE: Predator MDC Executive requires Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. Support for Microsoft Access is coming soon.

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 dripfeed operation.

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Predator MDC Enterprise - Part Numbers

Part # Descriptions for Microsoft SQL Server licenses
20561000 Predator MDC Enterprise Administrator for SQL Server
20561001 Predator MDC Enterprise/1 for SQL Server
20561002 Predator MDC Enterprise/2 for SQL Server
20561004 Predator MDC Enterprise/4 for SQL Server
20561008 Predator MDC Enterprise/8 for SQL Server
20561012 Predator MDC Enterprise/12 for SQL Server
20561016 Predator MDC Enterprise/16 for SQL Server
20561024 Predator MDC Enterprise/24 for SQL Server
20561032 Predator MDC Enterprise/32 for SQL Server
20561### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096
20561910 Predator MDC Enterprise Client for SQL Server
20561915 Predator MDC Enterprise Shop Floor for SQL Server
Part # Descriptions for Oracle licenses
20581000 Predator MDC Enterprise Administrator for Oracle
20581001 Predator MDC Enterprise/1 for Oracle
20581002 Predator MDC Enterprise/2 for Oracle
20581004 Predator MDC Enterprise/4 for Oracle
20581008 Predator MDC Enterprise/8 for Oracle
20581012 Predator MDC Enterprise/12 for Oracle
20581016 Predator MDC Enterprise/16 for Oracle
20581024 Predator MDC Enterprise/24 for Oracle
20581032 Predator MDC Enterprise/32 for Oracle
20581### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096
20581910 Predator MDC Enterprise Client for Oracle
20581915 Predator MDC Enterprise Shop Floor for Oracle

Predator MDC - Part Numbers

Part # Descriptions for Microsoft SQL Server licenses
20562000 Predator MDC Administrator for SQL Server
20562001 Predator MDC/1 for SQL Server
20562002 Predator MDC/2 for SQL Server
20562004 Predator MDC/4 for SQL Server
20562008 Predator MDC/8 for SQL Server
20562012 Predator MDC/12 for SQL Server
20562016 Predator MDC/16 for SQL Server
20562024 Predator MDC/24 for SQL Server
20562032 Predator MDC/32 for SQL Server
20562### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096
20562910 Predator MDC Client for SQL Server
20562915 Predator MDC Shop Floor for SQL Server
Part # Descriptions for Oracle licenses
20582000 Predator MDC Administrator for Oracle
20582001 Predator MDC/1 for Oracle
20582002 Predator MDC/2 for Oracle
20582004 Predator MDC/4 for Oracle
20582008 Predator MDC/8 for Oracle
20582012 Predator MDC/12 for Oracle
20582016 Predator MDC/16 for Oracle
20582024 Predator MDC/24 for Oracle
20582032 Predator MDC/32 for Oracle
20582### Increments of 8 up to maximum license of /4096
20582910 Predator MDC Client for Oracle
20582915 Predator MDC Shop Floor for Oracle

NOTE: Predator MDC licenses do not include licenses for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or Microsoft Access.

Predator MDC - 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
20562920 Predator MDC for Android - Learn more >
20209930 Predator MDC Export Service
29900000 Predator Floating License Manager - Learn more >

Predator MDC Express - Part Numbers

Part # Descriptions for Microsoft SQL Server licenses
20563000 Predator MDC Express Administrator for SQL Server
20563910 Predator MDC Express Client for SQL Server
Part # Descriptions for Oracle licenses
20583000 Predator MDC Express Administrator for Oracle
20583910 Predator MDC Express Client for Oracle
Part # Descriptions for Access licenses
20573000 Predator MDC Express Administrator for Access
20573910 Predator MDC Express Client for Access