Scott Henry, Office Manager TRI-M-CO, San Marcos, CA Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication Job Shop, Machining and Assemblies Our 2014 capital improvements included implementing ShopLink wireless to distribute our programs to 17 Haas CNC's. ShopLink was easily installed and deployed by our IT staff with remote assistance from Highland. We are extremely pleased with ShopLink wireless and would recommend it to any prospective users.
Robert Pfisterer President, ELGE Precision Machining, Inc. For more than 70 years, ELGE has provided high quality precision screw machined products for all types of original equipment manufacturers worldwide. ShopLink Wireless connects all our Fanuc CNC's for NC program file transfers. ShopLink installed easily with Highland's remote installation and was deployed and working in 2 hours. We are really pleased with our choice of ShopLink wireless for our machine shop. Hats off the Jerry for providing superior customer service and a seamless install of the ShopLink system. I would highly recommend this system if you looking for a very cost effective DNC alternative.
Mike Link Manufacturing Engineer, Kenlee Precision Corporation
ShopLink wireless was installed in our shop almost a year ago and has worked perfectly. We are starting with a 16 CNC group of Fanuc mills and lathes. Installation was fast and easy. Everything you need comes in a box and Highland installs it remotely. Couldn't be easier. We hope to expand the system as needed.
Swiss Components, Inc., Melbourn Fl Abner Telebrico, President Precision Machined Plastics & Metals We Are the Precision Machined Plastic Component Specialists ShopLink wireless is performing perfectly for our needs to manage our gcode programs and wirelessly transfer to or from our Haas and Mitsubishi CNC's. ShopLink is easy to use and our operators adapted quickly. Highland makes it easy to add and configure additional CNC's as needed.
John Jones, Machining and Grinding Supervisor CeramTec North America is a world leader in ultra-high vacuum seal technologies, as well as a leading supplier of various advanced ceramic products. ShopLink was our choice for wireless DNC in 2 of our machining areas with 16 CNC's. ShopLink was incredibly easy and fast to setup and install. Everything was provided except the 2 host computers and with Highlands expert help was running in a few hours. ShopLink wireless was the only choice because of its low cost, ease of use and free remote installation.
HAMTECH INC. Big Rapids, MI Dave Hamelund, President Machining Specialists Wirelessly sending our programs to our Fadal cnc's using ShopLink DNC wireless is so easy. What a great investment and positive experience with Highland in its implementation.
Komak Manufacturing Inc, Stafford, Texas Mike Koch, President Since 1986, Komak has been a prime contractor to the Department of Defense. We have been using ShopLink Wireless for over 2 years on our Fanuc cnc's to send and receive our NC programs and it works perfectly. We would like to thank Highland for its great product and 1st class support. ShopLink Wireless cannot be beat for its functionality and price and we give it our strongest endorsement.
Clark Precision Machined Components, Blawnox, PA Bill Turek, Plant Manager Installation of ShopLink wireless went perfectly here with Highland's direction. Our Fanuc and Siemens based CNC's are connected either serially or using the CNC's USB ports. The operation at the CNC remains the same whether we are transferring programs using RS232 on some or from a flash drive on others, but now all wirelessly from our server pc. The ShopLink wireless solution was the best solution for all our CNC's for controlling our file transfer process.
Franklin Machine Co., Pell City, AL Rodney Franklin, President\Owner Custom, Comprehensive Metal Processing Source Franklin has been using ShopLink wireless on Haas, Fadal and Mitsubishi controls in 2 shop area's for over a year and we are extremely happy with its simplicity and solid performance. ShopLink wireless is a easy pick for DNC, just call Jerry at Highland and find out.
Stoll Metalcraft, Inc., Santa Clarita, CA Gerardo Prieto, IT Manager Stoll Metalcraft is a customer award winning leader in the fabrication of quality metal fabrications and electronic assemblies. Operating from an 85,000 square foot facility in Valencia, California our facility includes all the administrative, engineering, manufacturing, assembly and finishing operations. ShopLink wireless is perfectly suited to our procedures for distributing and managing part programs to our Haas CNC's. Want a ready to go wireless dnc system that is a modest investment and installs easily with free remote assistance, thats ShopLink wireless. Our operators were eager to use ShopLink because it is intuitive and effortless to use. For Haas CNC's its a perfect solution for all vintages and models.
Jonathan Hatch Engineering Dept. Masters Machine Company specializes in precision components for the medical, automotive, and electronics industries. ShopLink wireless was implemented in our milling department after the successful evaluation of Highland's demo system. We appreciated its ease of use and the plug and play installation. We can now transfer files wirelessly from our shop PC to our Fanuc and Mitsubishi mills with just a few mouse clicks.
KMG Tool & Machine; manufacturer of precision aerospace tooling. Harold G. Morgan, VP IT & CAD/CAM ShopLinkDNC wireless enables us to transfer Mazatrol & EIA programs to our various Mazak CNC's. No cables, no switchboxes. Our machine operators started using the system the 1st day, and we haven’t looked back. The price of the system is the best we have found. Support and knowledge is excellent, the one problem we had turned out to be the machine. ShopLink wireless is the perfect choice for DNC needs.
Max Machine & Manufacturing, LLC. Tampa, Florida Bruce Messerman, President We wanted a easy to use wireless DNC system for our shop. Having Haas, Fanuc, Okuma and Milltronics CNC's to connect, Highland's ShopLink Wireless was recommended by several other machine shops in our area. A year after we installed ShopLink wireless we moved into our new facility, once the CNC's were powered up they were communicating, no wire to install no connectors to assemble, no hassle, period. ShopLink wireless and Highland's support is perfect, we are totally satisfied.
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Joe Tomassoni, Specialty Development Engineer For many years we used ShopLink DNC products in our machine shop. When it was decided to make the upgrade to wireless DNC, ShopLink again was chosen for price and performance. It was absolutely convincing after the features were demonstrated using the demonstration system Highland provided. We designed our wireless ShopLink to support 22 CNC's in three departments with Fanuc and Mori Seiki controls. In addition to typical file transfers many of our mills are wirelessly drip feeding very large files to big for the CNC's memory. We achieved all our goals implementing ShopLink and look forward to our continued relationship with Highland.
David Wood, Production Engineer
Moore Fans LLC, Marceline, MO www.moorefans.com Since 1940, Moore Fans has been an industry leader in the development of high efficiency axial flow fans designed for use in air-cooled heat exchangers, cooling towers, and other industrial air moving applications. We have successfully implemented the ShopLink wireless file manager in our facility connecting all our CNC's. Our Haas, Mori Seiki, Fanuc and Mazak CNC's are transferring part programs wirelessly with our file server. Mori NLX and Mazak Matrix with only USB are connected with the USBi wireless USB drive. Highland provided 1st class installation support and we highly recommend a ShopLink wireless system.
Deepak Lall Mechanical Engineer Qualitech CNC Manufacturing Solutions Limited, Trinidad, West Indies Qualitech services the commercial/industrial community of Trinidad & Tobago by providing a comprehensive spare part manufacturing and machine shop service for any type of industrial plant and machinery. ShopLink wireless is the perfect system for communicating to our Haas CNC's. Highland performed the installation, test and training via the internet with our engineer. We are very glad we chose ShopLink.
Advantage Machine Plano, Texas Cari Manderscheid, President Advantage Machine is a custom manufacturer of high-quality precision-machined parts and components. ShopLink Wireless for over a year has been working perfectly transferring our part programs. Highland remotely installed the ShopLink app and we connected the radios with their pre-wired cables on our Fanuc controls. ShopLink just works and is so easy to use, we recommend ShopLink.
Michael Manspeaker, Manager 2m Machine Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. 2MMACHINING@USA.NET 2M Machine Corp. manufactures precision, machined components and turn-key assemblies. Our Fanuc and Brother TC32A CNC's are connected with ShopLink wireless. All the features of ShopLink are easy to use and make file management a snap. I was really impressed with all the technical help I received from Highland configuring the CNC's, especially the Brother RS232 settings.
Shawn Wentzel, President Wenteq Inc. Lodi, CA WenteQ is recognized as a premier manufacturer of build to print, precision, machined components and turn-key assemblies. ShopLink wireless was just what my shop needed. It was obvious after using the 14 day demo system that ShopLink wireless communications with the Haas CNC's and Mazak Integrex Fusion 640MT was the way to go. Our installed system is working perfectly. No more Floppy's, usb drives or wires for us. We no longer have to worry about electrical feedback damaging our equipment with ungrounded Ethernet cables.
Dave Schott, Tool Room Supervisor/Tool Engineer Federal Signal Corporation, University Park, IL Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers. We implemented the ShopLinkDNC wireless in our machine shop for file distribution to Anilam CNC's model 3000M, 3300MK, 1100 and our Milltronics 5. Highland's remote install was thorough and easy. ShopLink wireless was turnkey and exactly what we wanted.
Richard Jacobsen President, Chipmasters Manufacturing Inc. Azusa, CA 91702 www.chipmastersmanufacturinginc.com ShopLinkDNC Wireless is installed in both our Mill and Lathe departments. ShopLink is connected to all our Fadal and Fanuc CNC's and is the perfect wireless file manager. We are delighted with ShopLinks ease of use and solid performance.
Anders Blomberg Owner NML LLC. Vista Ca 92081 We are throughly pleased with Highland's ShopLink wireless DNC system. Highland provided expert training and walked us through the entire installation. ShopLink works perfectly with our Haas and Fanuc CNC's. Our Haas CNC's can wirelessly DNC programs and there are features in ShopLink for program editing and repositioning of program start. We highly recommend the ShopLink wireless DNC system.
Joseph Swatkowski, CNC Supervisor Precision Instruments Inc. www.@torqwrench.com, Des Plaines, IL. Since 1938 Precision Instruments has manufactured the torque products that industry depends on. ShopLink wireless is a perfect fit for our machine shop. With just a few mouse clicks our files are wirelessly transferred to our CNC lathes and mills. It was astoundingly easy to install and simple for the operators to use.
Scott MacIntyre, General Manager Paradise Machine Company., LLC. Conway, NH, www.paradisemachine.com "Supplier of Precision Machined Components". ShopLink wireless is a great product and real asset to our company's operations. Wirelessly communicating NC programs to all our CNC machines Fanuc controls with ShopLink file manager could not be easier, faster or more reliable. Installation was fast and simple with Highland coordinating the setup all by phone and remote access. We are completely satisfied with ShopLink wireless and Highland technical expertise both before the sale, during installation and support after installation. I highly recommend this excellent product and Highland DNC!
Tim Wagnan, General Manager
KN Machine, Jupiter Florida www.knmachine.com Founded in 2000, KN Machine is a Precision Machine shop catering to the needs of the Medical, Aerospace and Defense Industries. ShopLink wireless was selected to connect our CNC's to our file server. Just a few mouse clicks and NC files are communicated wirelessly between our CNC's and server. All our Fanuc and Haas CNC's are connected and it works as advertised. Shoplink is a affordably priced and Highland provides top notch technical assistance.
Seth Arnold Senior Machinist Michigan Scientific Corp. www.michsci.com Our Charlevoix facility houses a machine shop where we manufacture slip ring assemblies, test fixtures, prototype assemblies, transducers and a variety of other components. Our part program management system works seamlessly with the Shoplink wireless system. Shoplink was fast and easy to deploy and was quickly implemented with our Haas, Fanuc and Charmilles CNC's. We are very pleased with the operation of Shoplink and Highland's technical assistance.
Jeremy Burns Mechanical Engineer Digital Drilling Data Systems, LLC is a Houston, TX based company specializing in software and hardware systems for oil & gas drilling operations. Our Haas CNC's are now all connected wirelessy to Shoplink for part program management. It was just plug and play and works perfectly with Windows 7 and all vintages of our Haas CNC's. Highland did all the software configuration remotely so installation was fast and easy. Shoplink wireless provided all the functionality we required and an additional feature we requested was already built in.
RAD Manufacturing, Veyo, Utah Superior Motorcycle & ATV Products. Manufactured, Assembled & Anodized in the USA. We researched wireless RS232 communications and chose Shoplink Wireless to connect all our Haas CNC's to our file server. With Highland's assistance we installed the software, hardware and tested out our Haas communications in 90 minutes. Shoplink Wireless has made our Haas file transfers a very easy process. We will definitely add to Shoplink Wireless in our future growth plans.
Stanley Matczak, Owner Paul Shupe, Engineer Seals-It, Ellington, CT. Seals-it designs, builds and manufactures production parts for racing, food and drug, heavy equipment, transportation, construction, mining, and a host of other industries. All proudly made in our manufacturing plant right in Connecticut. Shoplink Wireless is used to connect all our Fanuc and Okuma CNC's to perform part program transfers. Highland helped us from start to finish and provided all the required technical know how to get everything configured and working. Shoplink Wireless is a great asset in our machine shop and was definitely the right choice for wireless dnc.
Joe Dooley Product Solutions Manager Rocker Industries, Harbor City, California Rocker Industries delivers the highest quality solenoids and solenoid valves for defense, aerospace, and commercial applications. Our machine shop CNC's are all wirelessly connected for NC program transfers using Shoplink LOW COST wireless. Shoplink wireless works with all our Mori Seiki and Fadal machines beautifully. The installation was easy, the Shoplink file manager is straight forward and Highland's tech help is superb.
Shane Waid, Machine Shop Supervisor Infinity Valve & Supply, Youngsville, Louisiana We specialize in the Oil & Gas industry providing our customers with unbeatable service & support from our new 20,000 square foot shop area. Shoplink wireless is connecting all our Haas CNC's wirelessly to transfer part programs. Get rid of the diskettes and thumb drives, Shoplink is perfectly designed to get you up and running wirelessly with very little effort and no installation costs. Everything required for a perfect installation is "in the box" and Highland does the entire install and final testing through the Internet with LogMeIn.com remote desktop. We use Shoplink every day and love it.
Robert Brunk Network Administrator SV Microwave, West Palm Beach FL Shoplink Wireless is connecting all our our screw machines of various vintages, CinCom's with Mitsubishi controls and Star's with Fanuc controls. Our machinists use the Shoplink "DNCAmin" user interface with our familiar WINCNC editor to create and edit programs on 6 shop floor PC's. Highland customized Shoplink to allow us to continue to use the WINCNC editor and our existing WINCNC formatted programs. Our goal, to have a solid wireless system with WINCNC editor compatibility, was achieved perfectly.
Clint Padgett, Shop Manager McWhorter Machine Shop, Brookshire, Texas Our decision to purchase Shoplink wireless for loading programs to our Haas CNC's was easy. We asked for and received the 14 day no obligation demo system. Highland remoted into our computer, loaded the software, configured the system, then demonstrated the wireless program transfers to a couple of our Haas CNC's, perfect. We bought the system for the entire shop. After delivery of the rest of the wireless system, Highland again remoted into our computer, finished the configuration, tested out the communications and answered every question. Highland went the extra mile and assisted in configuring "DNCAdmin" on a wireless laptop so we can control Shoplink file transfers from anywhere in the shop. It was a great experience to work with Highland and have them exceed our expectations.
George Fuller Facilities Manager Progressive Manufacturing Technology, Inc Pflugerville, Texas www.promtinc.com When we investigated wireless communications for our CNC's in our machine shop Shoplink Bluetooth wireless caught our attention. It was a total package that was compatible with our Haas, Fanuc, and Dynapath controls and was the most cost effective. I must say I am extremely impressed with Highland's products, service and technical knowledge. After our very successful initial installation we again expanded the system and remain very pleased. Highland’s technical support is outstanding. Our installation and integration went without a hitch.
Dan Stock Quickmove Systems LLC. Sioux Falls, South Dakota ShoplinkDNC wireless was easy to setup and install. Highland provided phone assistance at every step. Works with our Fadal and Haas controls like magic. Everything was included and the physical install only took a few minutes. Wow so easy at such a reasonable price. Shoplink DNC Wireless is the wireless for us.
James Wing Manufacturing Engineer Dau Thermal Solutions North America Macedon, N.Y. www.dauusa.com DAU is well known as a company specializing in solving thermal management problems, particularly for the high power electronics industry. Shoplink Bluetooth wireless communications for CNC's was DAU's choice for wireless DNC. Shoplink is an elegant solution to part program management with wireless communications. We looked at many DNC systems over the last year or two. This system is by far the price leader. The lack of proprietary overpriced hardware is what sold me on this system. I made one phone call and everything was provided from start to finish, we are very satisfied. The ability to start small with a few machines and expand as we grow was a big plus also. Where else can you get a full wireless DNC System for your small shop for under $2K. We were up and running in one afternoon. This was a “best buy” for me. I haven’t seen this kind of value in a product in some time.
Jeff Stott President Houston Mold & Tool, Incl. www.houstonmold.com Houston Mold and Tool specializes in Scanner Parts and Design for UT Weld testing used in the Oil & Gas industries. We produce a wide variety of parts for Aerospace, Military, Medical and Construction. We installed Shoplink wireless after moving into our new building. Shoplink wireless was less expensive than wiring the shop. All our Haas CNC's are communicating wirelessly with the Shoplink file manager host PC. We are also capturing in file uploads our proprietary probing data information from our Renishaw probes on our Haas CNC's. The effort to utilize Shoplink was minimal as Highland performed the installation using LogMeIn and telephone assistance. Our entire experience with Shoplink has been excellent.
Eddie Parker Manufacturing Project Leader Engineered Products Division Hartsville, TN www.muellerindustries.com Mueller Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of pipe and valves; refrigeration valves and fittings; and fabricated tubular products. Shoplink wireless is currently supporting our file transfers to 23 CNC's. We have a variety of Fanuc, Mazak and Okuma controls. Shoplink wireless was installed by us on site and installation and setup was done by Highland on the phone and remote desktop. It couldn't have been easier and Highland assisted at every step. If you are considering wireless CNC communications it should be Shoplink.
Peter O'Boyle President, www.customcncmachine.com Hagerstown, Maryland Custom Machine is an ISO 9001-2000 Registered Precision Machine Shop, specializing in close tolerance CNC Milling, CNC Turning, and Grinding. Serving the Manufacturing Industry since 1984 Custom Machine's experience ranges from space flight qualified parts for NASA to complex precision parts for the Electronic, Medical, Telecom and Optics Industries, to name a few. Custom Machine uses ShoplinkDNC wireless to transfer NC part programs to Haas CNC's in our shop. Shoplink has made it easy to keep our posted NC programs on our server and distribute them wirelessly throughout the shop. Shoplink comes with all the cables required power supplies and the friendly Shoplink file management application. Shoplink was quickly configured with Highland phone help and easily installed on the CNC's. Shoplink works great and was an affordable but essential investment. I highly recommend Shoplink wireless.
Ira Shipley Engineering Manager Tinker Machining Co., Inc. - Linthicum Heights, MD General machining, metal spinning & fabrication job shop. Our Shoplink wireless system is connected to all our Fanuc, Yasnac and Haas CNC machines. Shoplink has really simplified our file management and communications. Shoplink was the least expensive wireless solution and the most effective in our opinion. Try it you will be impressed.
Rick Seal Vice President Bay Tech Industries, Inc www.baytechindustries.com Odessa, Florida. Utilizing state of the art CNC Machines and the latest support software, our expertise in the areas of Turning, Millling, and Welding. We are able to provide all facets of machining from prototype to production. After moving into our new 11850-square-foot manufacturing facility it was impractical to "wire" the CNC's to the DNC computer. Highland demonstrated the ShoplinkDNC Bluetooth wireless system and we were sold. We have 12 Haas and 4 Fanuc CNC's all wirelessly communicating part programs using Shoplink now. It was very economical to implement and works perfectly.
Brad Doody Manufacturing Supervisor IVEK Corporation specializes in the design and manufacture of precision liquid metering and dispensing systems. IVEK Corporation, North Springfield, Vermont, firstname.lastname@example.org Working with Highland to evaluate and then implement the ShoplinkDNC Wireless sytem was a great experience. After successfully testing our CNC's which include Hurco, Okuma, and Fanuc controls, we implemented the ShoplinkDNC Wireless in our entire shop. ShoplinkDNC Wireless works perfectly and Highlands customer service was excellent. Follow up & support is exceptional. This system really solved a lot of problems for us & I would highly recommend to anyone in this business.
Dan Stoltzman, IT Engineering
www.diamond-metal.com Diamond Metal Products, Inc. offers you a total package. We are truly a one-stop-shop. Our team can take your projects from idea to completion, providing engineering through a finished product. Our 40,000 square foot facility is located in Ham Lake, Minnesota.
One of our 2011 capital improvements included the installation of ShoplinkDNC to wirelessly link 11 CNC's to the file server for easy NC program transfers. Shoplink works perfectly on all our controls (Brother S2D, Fadal CNC88, Fanuc Oi, 18,21). Shoplink wireless came with EVERYTHING included. It was a easy installation because all the cables are provided and just plug and play. It was also a very clean installation thanks to the pre-made port powered cables for the Brother and Fanuc controls that power the Shoplink BTS (CNC wireless devices). Its unbeatable in value and ease of use and we are totally satisfied with our purchase.
MTG INC. - Carson City, Nevada CARY KAIFESH, President Telephone: (775)-883-1000 - Sales@MTGGage.com - Website www.MTGGage.com Manufacturer of Internal & External Thread Gaging, and Custom Leadscrews, Thread Inspection and Custom Indicating Instruments. We upgraded our DNC to the ShoplinkDNC LOW COST WIRELESS bundle and are extremely satisfied with Highland's great phone support assisting in our installation. During the installation and setup Jerry bent over backwards to give us the “BEST” service I have gotten in the last 15 years or so. There are companies that “TALK THE TALK” but ShoplinkDNC definitely “WALKS THE WALK”. More importantly than that, the product works flawlessly. We are now wirelessly communicating to HAAS, FANUC, FADAL and YASNAC controls. The ShoplinkDNC user interface makes navigation through our embedded folder structure very easy and choosing a NC program for editing, viewing or transferring to the controls could not be easier.
Jeremy Dewitt President Independent Machine Works LLC Lakeland Florida Independent Machine Works LLC, founded in 2002, is a full service cnc machine shop located in central Florida. Our expertise covers a variety of fields including jigs, fixtures, mold tooling, die making, machine building and contract machining. The ShoplinkDNC LOW COST Wireless Bluetooth Bundle works perfectly with our Milltronics, Fanuc controls version Fanuc 10 and Fanuc 6 and was easy to install, easy to use and the price is unbeatable. Where our prior wired Predator system only worked at 4800 baud with our Fanuc 10's, ShoplinkDNC now works at 9600 baud, Wirelessly. Just installed a Highland BTR in the Fanuc 6 which allows 256kbyte programs to run, 16 times the size of what would run from memory, this is great.
Darrell Gavin Plant Superintendent Layne Christensen Company Lakeland, Florida The ShoplinkDNC LOW COST Wireless Bluetooth Bundle works great. It is installed on all our Fanuc controls, 0-iM, 0-iT, 16iM and 21iT models. Each CNC wireless device came with its own pre-made communications cable and is powered from the Fanuc control com port, a simple installation. The Shoplink application provides a straightforward method of selecting the CNC and its NC file for transfer or editing. NC programs transfer flawlessly even with nearby welding. Shoplink LOW COST wireless works as advertised and IS the most cost efficient wireless DNC system.
Matt Mentele Network Administrator J.D. OTT Company, INC. http://www.jdott.com/ J. D. Ott has been a supplier of aerospace parts and assemblies for over 60 years. Our expert staff and state of the art facility are finely tuned and uphold some of the most stringent tolerances in the industry. Our 2010 improvements included upgrading our CimWorks dnc to Shoplink DNC wireless Bluetooth on several shopfloor pc's. There was some initial concern regarding the stability of wireless transmission of programs but the Shoplink DNC wireless Bluetooth exceeded expectations and communications have been flawless. Shoplink's wireless system was plug and play on our Fanuc's, Fadal's and Okuma CNC's. The interface is very straight forward and our operators and programmers easily learned Shoplink DNC with literally no ramp up. Product support has been excellent as well. Every time I have called I was able to speak with an expert tech directly, no cue or callback. I had some feature functionality requests that were implemented within 24 hours, unheard of in today’s tech support environment. Robust communications, intuitive user interface and great product support.
Matrix Machining LLC www.matrixmachiningllc.com Clearwater, Florida Phone: (727) 581-3317 E-Mail: email@example.com The ShopLink DNC Wireless Bluetooth bundle worked out perfectly for our shop. If you are looking for a low cost efficient wireless DNC system, it is Shoplink DNC. It works on all our Fanuc controls as advertised, with solid and secure file transfers. It only takes 30 seconds to install the hardware on each Fanuc control because the adapters are powered via the Fanuc com port. ShoplinkDNC Server runs on our server and we are using 2 remote computers running DNCAdmin to initiate file transfers from different locations. The technical support from Highland DNC was excellent. Dan Hale Owner and Operations Manager
Dean Duplessis Precision Metals Manufacturing Instructor Northern Maine Community College HAAS Technical Education Center We selected ShoplinkDNC to use in our HAAS education center. All our Haas controls and some Haas trainer controls are serially connected to ShoplinkDNC using a multiport com board. ShoplinkDNC is a user friendly application for distributing part programs that my students and I have found easy to use. Highland DNC provided great communications and assistance in its implementation.
Dick Gable, Programmer ACE Tooling Inc. Muskegon, MI, PH. 231-739-1913 CNC Machining, specializing in Aircraft tooling. Our 2010 capital improvements included replacing our CimWorks DNC system with ShoplinkDNC. ShoplinkDNC is simple to use and has all the functionality we required at a great price. Highland's technical support made the installation quick and easy.
Todd Roehl Application Developer, CNC Administrator Woodward Governor Company Woodward designs, manufactures, and services energy control systems and components for aircraft and industrial engines and turbines. Woodward has implemented ShoplinkDNC Server on 50 workstations with up to 8 cnc's per running Windows 2000. We are using the Comtrol Rocketport Octa and SIIG Quartet Serial Plus com boards with a custom Web user interface using the ShoplinkDNC API. The installation and implementation was done in-house. We also use Highland's DNCMC Mazak conversational program for loading tool offsets on Mazatrol M-2 and M-32 controls.
Barry Haugh Program Manager Stanley Engineering Specializing in precision aerospace machined parts. We used the Shoplink Indexed Library system for 15 years. We upgraded to the ShoplinkDNC Server because of Highland's consistent technical assistance in fulfilling our requirements. The prior system was upgraded to a Windows XP PC running ShoplinkDNC Server using several Comtrol ethernet Devicemasters for CNC connectivity. 3 Shop terminals are connected for manual transfers although all the CNC's typically use the remote mode transfer from the CNC. Highland converted thousands of our NC programs using the prior 20 digit part numbering system to the native Windows long filename convention using their conversion program and provided professional installation and training.
David Fleck President, Fleck Machine Company Fleck Machine is a provider of precision machined parts for the bio-medical, aerospace, defense and semiconductor equipment industry. Fleck Machine having used Shoplink for 15 years, upgraded to the ShoplinkDNC Server running on a Windows XP PC using a Comtrol multi-port PCI board with Surge panel. We use the Highland editNC editor on several stand alone workstations to allow the operators to use a full strength NC program editor. We are using the remote mode feature which enables the operators to control Downloads and Uploads from each CNC or from the ShoplinkDNC Server. Several Highland BTR's on tape oriented machines are running on ShoplinkDNC Server just like before. Highland DNC did the installation and training and transitioned from the previous system to the ShoplinkDNC Server with hardly any downtime. Highland has provided great technical support and I would highly recommend ShoplinkDNC Server as your DNC system.
Bud Kuhrmann Operations Manager Micro Machining, Inc. Manufacturer of Precision Aerospace and Commercial components and sub-assemblies. We upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server from having used the Dos Shoplink with little to no down time for 15 years. We use ethernet Comtrol Hubs to connect to the CNC's and a Windows NT PC running ShoplinkDNC. Like the prior system we were able to use the Shoplink rugged terminals as the operator interface which required no retraining for the operators. The software is very flexible and user friendly. We can now upload and download all of our machines without waiting and can be editing at the same time. The new drip feed feature is easy to use and is easy to search and start anywhere within programs for ease of operation. Highland DNC, Inc. has provided excellent customer support and training which is why they are our preferred DNC vendor.
John Anderson Manufacturing CAD/CAM Manager Equipment Development Co., Inc. (EDCO) A Frederick, Maryland OEM manufacturer of concrete, asphalt, and masonry sawing and surface rehabilitation equipment.
Highland DNC installed the ShoplinkDNC Server software, connected 2 CNC Lathes and 2 CNC Mills and trained our operators. We are able to use several file transfer modes depending on the individual operator. The software keeps our files organized and keeps track of program revisions. We are very pleased with its many features, operation and ease of use. I would highly recommend Highland to anyone needing a DNC system.
Dan Hill Electrical-Electronic Analyst Timken Company-Gambrinus The Timken Company is a leading international manufacturer of engineered bearings, alloy and specialty steels. The Shoplink HubLibrary system has been in operation since 1986 reliably providing connectivity to our CNC equipment. The system was upgraded to the ShoplinkDNC Server to continue to utilize the specialized Shoplink DNC Window interfaces, BTR's and Shoplink shop hardened terminals. We implemented the upgrade using 4 Comtrol Devicemasters connected to the ethernet network with a Windows 2000 PC as the DNC Server. Highland DNC, Inc. provided on site installation and training. To the operator's on the shop floor the upgrade was transparent and the process and procedures for downloading part programs remain virtually unchanged.
Nick Roxberry CNC Mill Programmer Superior Tire We make rubber molds and poly molds for tires, trackpads, gears, and plow blades. Highland DNC, Inc. has been an invaluable partner providing solutions to our CNC communications requirements over many years. We upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server to utilize its professional editing and relocation features to drip feed multi-megabyte NC programs exceeding our CNC's on board memory. ShoplinkDNC Server is extremely user friendly and Highland provides superior customer support. Matt Armanini CNC Programmer Metaldyne Sintered Components Highland DNC, Inc. replaced our Shoplink single tasking Node with the multi-tasking ShoplinkDNC Server running on a Windows 2000 pc using a Comtrol multi-port board. ShoplinkDNC Server allowed us to continue to use 2 rugged Shop terminals to do file transfers, which didn't require any retraining for our CNC operators.
Bob Schumacher, MIS Machine Specialties, Inc. of Greensboro NC, a manufacture of precision machine components and assemblies for the Aerospace, Defense, Electronics and Medical markets upgraded from a Shoplink Hub and Library system that had been in use for 18 years. When we moved into our new 37,000 square foot machining and metal finishing facility we wanted to easily migrate from the old DOS system to a modern Windows 2000\XP multi-tasking DNC system, so naturally we chose ShoplinkDNC Server. We did the entire installation with only phone and email assistance with Highland DNC, Inc. We connected 25 CNC's to 1 ShoplinkDNC Server PC using 2 of the Comtrol Rocketport PCI 16 each using a 25KV Surge suppressed panels. We use the DNCAdmin remote control feature from 3 shopfloor PC's to initiate file transfers. Not needing the complicated features seen on other systems, and wanting to maintain the classic DNC operation, ShoplinkDNC Server was the most bang for the buck.
Joe Leitheiser Manufacturing Engineer Detroit Diesel - A DaimlerChrysler Powersystems CompanyWe upgraded our CimWorks Visual DNC to Highland DNC, Inc. ShoplinkDNC Server when we moved to Windows 2000. We have 6 ShoplinkDNC Server workstations with 2 to 7 cnc's on each, connected to Equinox 8 port boards. We installed the ShoplinkDNC Server ourselves with only a few phone calls with Highland. The cnc operators who use Highland DNC every day find it to be very user-friendly.
Kadant AES John C. Heydrick Systems Engineer, Information Services After using the Shoplink Nodes for 10 years we desired to move to a Windows XP compliant DNC solution provided by Highland DNC, Inc. We have 10 cnc's using the ShoplinkDNC Server using 2 Comtrol Rocketport Devicemaster Ethernet to serial converters. We are using the remote mode file transfer mode that allows us to upload and download from the CNC's. We also have 2 Shop terminals connected ShoplinkDNC Server to optionally provide upload and download operation from the terminals. We installed the ShoplinkDNC Server with only brief telephone assistance from Highland DNC, Inc. We felt ShoplinkDNC Server was an excellent value for all the features it provided.
Jeff Kerr Senior Engineer PBM, Inc. Highland DNC upgraded our Shoplink node system to a ShoplinkDNC system using a Windows XP station as a central server. Our operators now upload and download their programs without leaving the machine controls. Due to the flexibility of the software, all of our machines can use the same system, simplifying data storage and backup procedures. Highland's installation went very smoothly, the operators and administrators were trained the same day.
James Nunn Technical computing group Otis Elevator We upgraded our old Shoplink node to the newer ShoplinkDNC Server. The node was replaced with a multiple serial port device and the old Node Commander software was replaced by the ShoplinkDNC built-in user interface to control file transfers. We installed it ourselves with just a few phone calls to Highland DNC. We are pleased with this new ShoplinkDNC system based on the affordability and ease of use of the software, and the excellent technical service that we received.
Ray Huber CNC Programmer Osram Sylvania Our Shoplink was upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server by Highland DNC, Inc. It has proved to be everything we had expected and more. The various modes for file transfers make it extremely flexible, we drip feed, use remote file transfer from the cnc's and use terminal mode from the Highland Agie wire BTR's.
Pat Mohan, Operations Manager FS-Elliott After 10 years of operation the 2 Shoplink nodes were upgraded to the PC based ShoplinkDNC Server. We are able to continue to use several Highland BTR's, the Shop terminal mode and the new remote mode feature which allows the operators to transfer files directly from the CNC's. We are extremely satisfied with the ShoplinkDNC Server upgrade and Highlands implementation and support.
Jim Moore CNC Programmer Cincinnati Mine Machinery Co. We upgraded our CimWorks DNC system to ShoplinkDNC Server. We are continuing to use several Highland BTR's just as before but with a simpler to use and more stable user interface. After downloading the software and a few phone calls to Highland the ShoplinkDNC Server was configured and running.
James J. Thorpe General Manager, Command Technology Command Technology is an award winning supplier of machined components and assemblies. We chose to upgrade our DNC system to ShoplinkDNC Server because of its excellent reputation in machine shops in the Baltimore area and Highland DNC's great customer service. ShoplinkDNC Server enables us to send and receive NC programs directly from the CNC operator panel and provides for simultaneous file transfers and drip feeding. ShoplinkDNC is a great DNC system and we would highly recommend it.
Mike Gill President Digital Tool & Die Our DNC system was upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server. We downloaded the software from the website and configured and tested the CNC's with Highlands help over the phone. We are drip feeding and using the remote mode file access from the CNC. It's user friendly interface and remote mode operation makes sending files to and from the CNC very easy. We have many different brands of cnc controls and Highland was very familiar with every cnc control we own. They knew the answer to any question that arose and helped us out immediately.
Franco Delgado (Drill and Dry Film Operations Manager) Elreha Printed Circuits Elreha Printed Circuits is committed to being the premier circuit board manufacturer in North America. Our dedication to quality and service is a major component in our efforts to make Elreha Printed Circuits something special in the circuit board industry. During a technology upgrade the Shoplink Node system was upgraded to the ShoplinkDNC Server running on a Windows XP computer using a Comtrol multi-port communications board with a 232\422 interface panel. We continue to use the Highland BTR in Drills and Routers as before, and the new ShoplinkDNC operator interface was easy for the operators to adopt with very little effort. ShoplinkDNC is easy to configure and its user interface is intuitive with many powerful new features. Highland provided installation and assisted in connecting the new ShoplinkDNC Server PC to other network resources. The upgrade and link to our engineering dept is running very efficiently we have not had one single problem since initial installation.
John Krug, President Krug Machine Company Krug Machine is a manufacturer of precision machined parts. A recent technology upgrade convinced us to choose the Highland ShoplinkDNC Server for our CNC file storage and file transfer system. It has a very user friendly and intuitive user interface which enabled us to quickly use its many powerful features. Highland provided great installation and training and also helped with the integration of our network. We feel the system has already more than paid for itself.
Les Silies Information Systems Manager Wainwright Industries, Inc. Wainwright Industries has a long history of machining precision parts for the aerospace industry. We have also worked with Highland for 15+ years. Our long-term positive relationship made it an easy decision to upgrade our CimWorks Visual DNC to ShoplinkDNC Server. Although my skills are weak in DNC systems the implementation support from Highland was excellent. A few days after receiving the software and hardware we installed the DNC cables to our CNC work centers and had them all functioning correctly in ShoplinkDNC Server. It really was a simple installation. The quick installation pleased me and the simple intuitive interface of the server has pleased my CNC operators. We are confident we made the right choice.
Wes Berends, General Manager M&M Machine Service Co. M&M Machine specializes in the manufacture of precision machined semi-conductor manufacturing components. M&M upgraded the Shoplink Node\Hub system after 12 years of reliable service to ShoplinkDNC Server. The upgrade to ShoplinkDNC Server achieved our goals of upgrading the technology to a new Dell computer running Windows XP, networking the DNC PC to our file server, and providing the operators the new ShoplinkDNC file transfer features. Several Highland BTR interfaced CNCís now use a terminal based user interface where the remainder of the CNCís use the remote mode feature allowing the operator to initiate file transfers from the control. Highland provided professional installation and training and even repaired some damaged CNC serial interfaces.
Nick Aghera, Operations Manager Electro Circuits Corp. Electro Electro Circuits Corp. based in Baltimore Maryland is a manufacturer of quick turn specialty printed circuit boards. The Shoplink DOS Library\Hub system was upgraded to the ShoplinkDNC Server running on a Windows XP computer using a Comtrol multi-port communications board. ShoplinkDNC Server maintained compatibility with the Highland BTRís and Shop Terminal operation which required no retraining for the operators. The ShoplinkDNC configuration and operational interface is easy to use with many new powerful features and was expertly installed by Highland.
Larry Willming, Information Technology Administrator Mull Industries Mull Industries specializes in the Engineering, Manufacturing, Rebuilding and Upgrading of Rolling Mill Equipment. We have used Shoplink in our machine shop for over 10 years. Highland DNC, Inc. responded the day after our Shoplink computer failed and upgraded the replacement computer to ShoplinkDNC Server. Highlands quick and professional response was greatly appreciated.
Clarence Rossi Tooling/Production Engineer Eaton Electrical Recently, we upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server after using the Shoplink Node product for 12 years. The Nodes were replaced by Comtrol Devicemasters to which our CNC's are connected. The Shop Terminal and CNC line terminal function is virtually unchanged so the operators have had little trouble adapting to the upgrade. We now can use terminal mode on our Cincinnati 850 controls and remote mode requests on our other controllers allowing the operators to transfer files from their machines. Highland installed the upgrade and trained the operators and supervisors. The upgrade was performed without any loss of production. In addition to the technical success of the transition, we enjoyed a good experience during the process as well. Highland was thorough and spent the necessary time to work through the many controls used by our CNCís. Highland was especially careful to train our network maintenance person as well as work out final hardware details with him. Overall, I would say it was a pleasant and rewarding experience.
Pat Nolasco Technician, Electrician, Maintenance Victaulic Company of America Our facility used the Shoplink Nodes and DNC Windows for over 13 years. Our goals in upgrading were to use a Windows XP DNC server PC, thereby eliminating the Nodes and preserving the Shop terminal interface which the operators were used to. Many newer machines are now using the remote mode feature and the operators transfer files directly from the machines. We have 6 Devicemasters distributed over Ethernet throughout our facility connected to our cnc's and networked back to the PC DNC Server running ShoplinkDNC Server. Configuration and support of the ShoplinkDNC is very intuitive and overall dnc functionality has been greatly enhanced.
Mike Kierce Engineering Manager Mac Machine Mac Machine upgraded to ShoplinkDNC after successfully using the Shoplink Hubs & Library for over 15 years. ShoplinkDNC is implemented on 3 XP shop floor computers with Comtrol 8 port PCI cards, all networked to our server. Several other computers are running as shop terminals for additional operator access. I implemented the upgrade with only brief assistance from Highland and find the configuration and user interface to be intuitive and operator friendly.
Jamie Cumpian Manufacturing Engineer Fred Christen and Sons We upgraded our Shoplink hub and library to the ShoplinkDNC Server. Highland DNC provided professional installation and training. ShoplinkDNC provides many powerful features which are intuitive and straightforward to use. The Shoplink compatibility enabled our operators to continue to use the familiar Shop terminal for file transfers.
Arthur E Jahnke Network Architect Network Services S&C Electric Company S&C upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server having used Shoplink for over 10 years. We implemented a wireless system using a wireless laptop with ShoplinkDNC Server at each machine. We have 45 machines with this configuration with some Highland BTR boards on some older NC's and the ShoplinkDNC Kermit protocol running on some press brakes. The entire installation was done in house and our operators and engineering staff learned ShoplinkDNC Server and the Highland editNC very quickly.
Dave Hayden Manufacturing Systems Support Elliott Turbomachinery For more than 10 years our 4 Shoplink nodes, DNC Windows interfaces's and Edit Buffers dependably performed our NC code file transfers day after day. It was obvious that after over 10 years of operation we could benefit from an upgrade to ShoplinkDNC Server and eliminate some aging technology. We implemented the ShoplinkDNC Server upgrade on 2 Windows XP PC's and replaced the Nodes with 3 Comtrol Devicemaster RTS8. Highland DNC, Inc. performed the ShoplinkDNC upgrade on site and working with our staff assisted with the operator trainng and documentation. Most of the CNC's now use the ShoplinkDNC remote mode which enables the CNC operators to easily transfer programs directly from the CNC and the Edit Buffer's work as they did before.
Matt Giese, Programmer Apogee Designs Apogee Designs produces components, casework and precision machined parts. We upgraded our DNC system to ShoplinkDNC Server using a XP computer with a 16 port PCI card and interface. We have many different types of controls on our CNC's and ShoplinkDNC interfaced to each with ease. We drip feed on several machines and use the remote mode and built in interface to transfer nc programs. The upgrade went very smooth and the ShoplinkDNC software and ShopSetup configuration are very easy to use.
Randy Crawford Senior manufacturing engineer Lou-Rich Inc. We upgraded our Shoplink dnc system to ShoplinkDNC Server on 25 CNC's using 6 Ethernet Devicemasters. All our operators are using the remote mode for uploading and downloading. Remote mode is now much easier to use and the system is rock solid. ShoplinkDNC works so well, we set up our other two machine shops with ShoplinkDNC each using the Comtrol PCI 16 with the 16 port interface and they are also using remote mode on all those machines.
Dick Rohrer Programmer/Methods Analyst FLSmidth & Co. Shoplink was a excellent reliable DNC system for 15 years. We upgraded to Windows XP\2000 and also upgraded the DNC system to ShoplinkDNC Server. We are using the ethernet Devicemasters as hub replacements and the operators are still using the Shop and Line terminals and an edit buffer on an older NC. Highland did the installation and training and the system was upgraded with zero downtime. Very little operator training was needed since the functionality remained the same. ShoplinkDNC is working perfectly and the upgrade and install was very affordable.
Alex Belski Sr. Manufacturing Engineer Dresser, Inc Dresser, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of highly engineered energy infrastructure and oilfield products and services. Highland installed the ShoplinkDNC Server in our milling department connecting our mills to a multiport com board and panel. Several BTR's were connected to Allen Bradley 7320 controls to enable downloading and uploading. The ShoplinkDNC system has many features but was easy to configure and operate. Our operators became proficient at file transfers with ShoplinkDNC very quickly.
Brent Schmidt Manufacturing Engineer Precise Product Corp. Precise Product Corp. specializes in close tolerance precision machining for a variety of industries including Military, Medical, Instrumentation and Aerospace. Our recent ShoplinkDNC upgrade exceeded our expectations and we would be like to be included as a ShoplinkDNC Server referral. We upgraded from the Shoplink hub and library configuration to the new ShoplinkDNC Server using 6 devicemasters with 43 CNC's connected. We are using Remote mode on all the Fanuc compatible CNC's, Mazak conversational on several Mazaks and the Shoplink terminal mode on others. We are very pleased with the performance on all our different controls and the price of upgrading was extremely afforadable. We installed the upgrade ourselves and Highland was available every step of the way with outstanding customer support.
Bisko Kraska Process Development Manager SKF / TCM Actuation & Motion Control/ Ball & Roller Screws We upgraded from the Shoplink Node to ShoplinkDNC Server. The Node was replaced with a XP PC with a Comtrol 16 port interface. ShoplinkDNC is serving a varity of CNC's, Okuma's, Fanuc's and Cincinatti's. With the exception of the Cincinatti's which are using Terminal mode, the rest are using the prior Shoplink DNC Windows and BTR hardware, so the shopfloor hardly noticed any difference and very little downtime. The ShoplinkDNC uses a GUI interface and configures with just a few mouse clicks. Highland provided very competent installation, training, and an extremely affordable upgrade path.
David Reichenthal, President FlightFab, Inc. FlightFab, Inc. is a quick response aerospace fabrication and design company. Highland installed the ShoplinkDNC Server to our Haas mills and lathes using a XP computer and 16 port rocketport interface. Several operators already had experience with ShoplinkDNC and installation went fast and smooth. ShoplinkDNC has many great features including remote mode file transfers and relocatable drip feed and is very reasonably priced.
Mike Greaves, Systems Administrator ITL Circuits provides Printed Circuit Board Solutions for commercial, military, telecommunications, medical, industrial, and aerospace sectors. ITL Circuits ugraded from Shoplink nodes to the XP PC based ShoplinkDNC Server. The Shoplink nodes were replaced with ethernet Devicemasters to which were connected our Drill and Route machines utilizing the Shoplink DNC Windows interface. We did the upgrade entirely in house and only contacted Highland to inform them everything was up and running perfectly.
Scott Luchen, Vice President Coordinate Machine Company Precision machining for the aerospace industry. After years of tireless operation Shoplink and its Hubs were retired. It's new replacement was ShoplinkDNC Server using ethernet Devicemaster RTS8's running on a Windows XP PC serving 23 CNC machines. Some pre-configuration was done by Highland on the PC but the bulk of the configuration was done onsite by in house personnel. ShoplinkDNC Server maintains the great ease of use of the old Shoplink but uses new technology and a point an click configuration utility. The former terminal mode operation still works great and new features like file transfers without leaving the CNC and simultaneous port operation really makes production more efficient. The bottom line is, ShoplinkDNC works great, was very cost effective and Highland provided excellent assistance.
Rusty Kruk Manufacturing Engineer Inserco Manufacturing Inscerco Mfg. Inc., providing quality design and engineering to the mailing industry for over 40 years. Inserco had the Shoplink Library\Hub system for over 12 years. We were extremely satisfied with Highland's many years of support and decided to upgrade to ShoplinkDNC Server. Highland provided phone technical help and the upgrade was performed in house. Our 16 CNC's are now connected through 3 Comtrol Devicemasters with Shoplink Shop terminals all served by a new XP computer. Our operators adapted to the new ShoplinkDNC system quickly and the changeover of systems was very easy.
George Ciamillo, Vice President Mgw Precision Small Parts Ltd MGW manufactures custom billet accessories for Corvettes, Mustangs and Dodge Vipers and provides contract manufacturing. We are extremely pleased with Highland's products and services and the timely and responsive service since Shoplink was installed in 1990. We recently upgraded to ShoplinkDNC in 2007 and had 16 CNC's rewired and connected by Highland. The ugrade went smooth and the new features were easy to transition to.
Gary Young Manufacturing Engineer The Shoplink Library and Hubs had provided a solid DNC system for more than a decade. Highland provided great technical assistance any time it was required so Highland was the natural choice to provide an upgrade path. We upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server from Shoplink to utilize the remote mode file transfer and to continue to use the Shoplink terminals where needed. We have a networked XP pc connected to several Devicemasters connecting 16 machines. Highland performed onsite installation and training and provided excellent installation documentation. Get ShoplinkDNC Server you will be glad you did, we are.
Neil O'Connor Manufacturing Engineer Model Screw Products Inc. Model Screw Products primarily focuses on the hydraulics industry, manufacturing extremely close tolerance parts with high reliability, produced at relatively low costs on screw machines. After researching several DNC systems we chose ShoplinkDNC Server to replace our prior system. We have a Comtrol PCI 32 with two 16 port panels, enough ports for 32 machines. Currently we have 23 CNC's connected using remote mode to transfer programs. We also decided to have Highland install the ShoplinkDNC system and provide installation and training, that made the transition go really smoothly. ShoplinkDNC works great.
John A. Obbink Manufacturing Engineer B/E Aerospace, Lenexa Business Unit Our requirement to upgrade our 10 year old Shoplink technology while providing a familiar operator user interface was provided by upgrading to ShoplinkDNC Server. ShoplinkDNC Server is installed on a XP pc connecting our CNC's through three 8-port ethernet Devicemasters. Most of the CNC's are using the remote mode method of controlling the uploading and downloading of NC programs from the control, while 2 Shoplink rugged Shop terminals control our Mazak Mazatrol conversational file transfers and NC file transfers to CNC's without full keyboards. The ShoplinkDNC upgrade was the most cost effective DNC system providing the features and capabilities we required.
Robert Sorg RollShop Manager\Quality Supervisor Gautier Steel Ltd. Having used the Shoplink library and hub system for over 10 years we upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server running on a XP PC with a PCI 8 port board. With Highland technical assistance we converted our system and it has exceeded our expectations. The ShoplinkDNC is easy to use and its compatibility with the older Shoplink terminal devices, Highland BTR boards and newer CNC's allowed us to upgrade and still preserve our prior investment. Highland provided a great product with great technical service at an excellent price.
Craig D. Coe IT Administrator Tampa Bay Machining, Inc. Tampa Bay Machining, Inc., located in Tampa, Florida, is a provider of precision- machined parts for the Aerospace and Defense industries. During our recent 2008 technology review and subsequent upgrades we investigated upgrading our Dlog Dnc system to a more reliable, efficient and technology driven system. ShoplinkDNC Server was highly recommended and we chose Highland DNC to facilitate the installation and subsequent training of ShoplinkDNC Server. Our mill and lathe departments are connected to independent ShoplinkDNC Servers using 4 "Comtrol Devicemaster RTS8" ethernet to serial devices. Our 24 mills and lathes were connected to ShoplinkDNC without any downtime and Highland DNC expertly optimized the communications parameters to enable faster and flawless file transfers. All our CNC's are using the Remote mode file transfer capabilities from the CNC's or can use the ShoplinkDNC Servers pc interface. Our operators found the remote request process easy to use and adapted quickly. ShoplinkDNC Server and its point and click configuration utility worked exactly how I would’ve expected, friendly and easy to navigate. Highland DNC also provided a custom windows application that improved a process we employed to print out tool lists for our NC programs and search and display a part number\description file. The entire implementation of ShoplinkDNC was a great experience and Highland DNC delivered as promised. Contact me if you would like to hear how well ShoplinkDNC works in our shop.
Steven D Sexton Process Controls Engineer Dresser, Inc. Our mill department has a ShoplinkDNC Server dnc system which works great so we upgraded our Greco DNC system in our lathe department to ShoplinkDNC Server. All our lathes are connected to 2 ethernet Devicemasters and can use remote file transfers at the machines or using the dnc pc. Highland provided excellent installation and training and had the technical expertise to get one older lathe to transfer files properly which had not worked on the prior system.
Mark Paskoski, CNC Programmer Braswell Precision Highland recently upgraded our Cimco DNC system to ShoplinkDNC Server. Shoplink is working great and all the operators think it is easier to use. The communications setup is straightforward and so is the remote mode configuration. All our machines are transferring files using remote mode and some machines with 422 convertors are transferring at 115k baud.
Tim Yogerst, Network Administrator Phoenix Products Co, Inc. Phoenix Products provides specialty lighting and oven products for niche global markets not effectively addressed by large conglomerates. The Shoplink hub\library had proven itself reliable after 15 years of daily use, but the aging host PC needed to be upgraded. The reusability of the Highland DNC terminals and boards and the great phone support were tremendous values in addition to the competitive and affordable pricing. The new platform uses an ethernet Devicemaster to connect CNC's with the ShoplinkDNC software, an interface that is both flexible and scalable for meeting future requirements. The configuration utility and ShoplinkDNC Server user-interface is simple and intuitive to manage. Overall the new solution provides all the functionality of the previous Highland product (no re-training for operators) and has secured a sustainable workflow for years to come.
Karl Vogelsinger, IT manager BVI Precision Materials, Inc. BVI Precision Materials and its predecessors have over 100 years of experience in light & heavy metal fabrication and a tradition of engineering expertise and manufacturing excellence. BVI replaced the 1992 vintage Shoplink with ShoplinkDNC Server running on XP. The cables to the CNC's were a length that required RS422 so we replaced the Hub with a Comtrol Devicemaster RTS8. The BTR's and Shoplink terminals are still working identically on the ShoplinkDNC so the operators were comfortable with the upgrade. The implementation was done efficiently by Highland and the training on the operation and configuration of ShoplinkDNC was very easy to follow. Our requirements for Shoplink compatibility and excellent product support made ShoplinkDNC the only choice.
Janet Gumm Accounting Manager / Controller ITO Industries has been in the Printed Circuit Board manufacturing business since 1980. From our 30,000 square foot, modern manufacturing facility we provide prototype to mid-volume quantities of ďultra cleanĒ, Industrial grade Printed Circuit Boards at competitive prices. We have successfully used Shoplink with DNC Windows hardware with our drills and routers for over a decade. We upgraded to ShoplinkDNC Server after upgrading our network and server. The Shoplink DNC Windows operation was preserved without retraining the operators and ShoplinkDNC Server provided many new features which we are implementing. Highland accommodated our required schedule and performed a painless upgrade with thorough training.
T. Jeremy Keating Sr. Technical Operations Engineer Beckman Coulter, Inc. Centrifuge development and manufacturing. Having used Shoplink for 15 years in our machine shop we chose ShoplinkDNC for our new Indianoplis facility. All the Mazak, Fanuc, and Cincinatti CNC's are connected through a Devicemaster RTS16 connected to the ShoplinkDNC Server pc in engineering. The CNC operators easily learned how to input and output files to our server right from their CNC keyboards using ShoplinkDNC's remote mode process. Highland provided excellent installation and training and ShoplinkDNC completely satisfied our requirements.
Troy Monn Technical Services Manager Integrated Metal Products, Inc. Phone: 863-687-4110 Fax: 863-687-4119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.integratedmetal.com "Serving various industries and OEM's including military, power generation, petro-chemical, mining, construction, and others. Providing fabricated weldments, sub-assemblies and complete assemblies to any stage of completion in various batch size production runs." ShoplinkDNC is installed in our Lakeland FL. machine shop with wireless connectivity to all of our Haas and Fanuc controls. The wireless hardware is connected internally in all the control cabinets with only a small magnetic mounted antenna visible on the top of each machine. We use the option to initiate file transfers from our file server to our CNC machines with a simple Shoplink user interface on several shop floor computers. The wireless ShoplinkDNC has allowed us to eliminate the distribution of NC files on floppy disks, PCMCIA, and USB drives and enables file revision control by restricting our NC file source only to the file server.
Bob Ghamandi, President HighVAC Company Inglis,Fl 34449 352-447-7033 HighVac Company is setting higher standards in the manufacturing of specialty-machined parts for the semiconductor, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, food & beverage and other Industries. We chose ShoplinkDNC for file management and distribution in our new facility in 2009. Our Okuma controls are connected through Ethernet Devicemasters to our ShoplinkDNC Server PC. We use the ShoplinkDNC user interface and remote mode request from the machine controls to transfer NC files. Highland did a professional installation and provided great training for the ShoplinkDNC and editor. It was an extremely positive experience working with Highland to implement ShoplinkDNC in our shop.
Kevin Siverd, Vice President Operations Metplas Incorporated Natrona Heights, PA 15065 1.800.827.1900 - FAX: 724.295.3055 http://www.metplas.com/ MetPlas is a major supplier to the leaders of the medical device, rail and mass transit, defense and electrical industries. Our 2009 strategic planning called for a multi-million dollar infrastructure upgrade in our physical plant and support technology. Shoplink has been on the shop floor for the past 20 years providing the essential file transfer functions with excellent support by Highland. We decided the natural upgrade path was to implement ShoplinkDNC Server using 3 - 8 port Ethernet Devicemasters connecting our CNC's. Our upgrade was done by Highland with zero CNC downtime. The operators can use the 2 Shop terminals just like before but will be using the remote file transfer feature without leaving the CNC. ShoplinkDNC with all its file transfer abilities, simultaneous file transfer operation, integrated editor with file comparison, backplotter and programming tools are really a wealth of productivity enhancing features all contained in a very user friendly application at an extremely affordable price.
Glen Davis IT Systems Administrator Precision Aerospace Corporation When we received several Mazak mills for a new line of work, we had no reliable way to transfer programs to and from the controls. ShoplinkDNC filled that need for both Mazatrol conversational and GCode protocols in an easy to use interface. It is affordably priced, reliable, and technical support is outstanding.