Customer Perspective on Benefits of OEE

There is always interesting new benefits of OEE from a customer perspective especially as it relates to a positive experience for operators and people on the shop floor. A recent interview dug up these golden nuggets:

“We now have a tool to communicate to the people on the shop floor that our performance can improve.”

“The OEE data provided improves human as well as machine-to-machine communications.”

“We believe we can use Memex data to motivate employees with a shared understanding of how we can be more productive, and that’s what it’s all about.”

“Our biggest differentiator is productivity and OEE helps us identify areas to improve our efficiency.”

“Machines are islands of unconnected information – like having a group of office PCs, each with different software – now we can network machines together, just like networking an office.”

“We had passive OEE with manual clip boards and now we have active OEE, visible in the plant.”

“The key to better productivity is not just to track performance, but to act on problems in real-time.”

“Machine connectivity unites the islands of machine automation, establishing a fully-connected, enterprise-wide manufacturing nervous system that gives real-time visibility of production and the ability to adapt and control each machine.”

“Customers can see and believe in what we’re doing to improve on time delivery because we have traceability of machine operations through OEE.”

Memex Sells its Products Globally

As an international company, Memex sells its products to customers all around the world.  From Australia, Thailand, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, the Middle East, South America, Africa, Europe and of course North America customers utilize Memex Automation products.

Our memory upgrades are in high demand and in some cases for certain machines we are the only supplier in the world. The Memex connectivity tools bringing machines onto the corporate network are highly useful, and coupled with our machine monitoring capabilities we offer exceptional increases in productivity to make our customers more efficient in manufacturing. With over 250 dealers and a strong internal support network, backed by a full warranty, Memex is dedicated to ensuring successful deployment of machine tool utilities.

See us at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, September 13-18, 2010, booth E-3868.

Memex Automation participating at IMTS since 1992

Memex Automation invites you to meet us at IMTS 2010, at our booth in the Automation Center, East Building.
Memex is participating at IMTS, as it has for the last 18 years, since 1992, in Chicago for September 13-18, 2010, booth number E-3868 at McCormick Place.

Memex has a medium sixe 20 ft by 20 ft booth and is showcasing it’s advanced OEE+DNC software, Ax9150 Universal Machine Interface, Mx1053 Universal Network Interface for Serial to Ethernet communications and Ax2200 HS-FS File Server hardware.

Showcase and Plant Tour at Héroux Devtek with CTMA

CTMA Western Ontario Chapter Plant Tour & Dinner Meeting

Date: May 20, 2010
Time: Tour – 4:00pm / Cocktails & Dinner – 5:30pm
Location: Héroux Devtek, 1665 Highland Road, W., Kitchener, Ontario
Price: $60 Members / $75 Future Members

Join us for a tour of Héroux Devtek that manufactures landing gear and aerospace structural components. The tour will highlight Héroux Devtek’s world-leading capabilities, with demonstrations of real-time machine monitoring and control with OEE+DNC, and the interconnection of these tools with the corporate network.

Cocktails and dinner will follow at the Holiday Inn – Kitchener with a presentation on “Shop Floor to Top Floor Information … in Real-Time” by David McPhail and John Rattray of Memex Automation Inc. This presentation will show how their breakthrough approach to managing the shop floor can yield significant gains in productivity.

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CEO Level Podcast of Internetworking the Factory Floor

Listen to Memex’s vision in a podcast from IMTS08 trade show (13 minutes, 56 sec)

Memex discusses at a CEO level the merits of “Internetworking the Factory Floor”, applying the Internet model to allow machine to machine communication on the factory floor. Memex suggests the timing is right for changes so as to automate the automation and poses the question about what would it take to have a third shift run unattended and therefore increase efficiency and profitability.

At Memex, we can transform every machine into a node on the corporate network in a real-time manner, providing the power of the Internet in a machine to machine communication efficiency.

Memex Founder Nominated for Design Engineer Hall of Fame

The original founder of Memex was nominated to the Product Design & Development magazine Design Engineer Hall of Fame.

He is described as the “Steve Jobs” of the factory floor.  Combining hardware and software, he leads a team of developers that make high-end technical solutions for the metalworking industry in optimizing CNC controls and processes – connecting machining centers with the front office.  He has traveled, written and spoken on the coming “Embedded Universe” that will impact how machines communicate, share information and transform production technologies.

Visit Product Design & Development magazine’s website for additional information.

Memex OEE+DNC Increases Productivity and Lowers Costs for U.S. Aerospace Customers

Memex announces that many new aerospace consumers in the USA and throughout North America have chosen our products to monitor and control their machines on the shop floor. They are utilizing Memex’s complete system to address their OEE and DNC requirements. This gives them the ability to monitor production status, run time, down time reasons, reject causes in real time and automatically report on OEE accurately. They have control of their part programs with Memex’s newly re-designed, state of the art DNC software, called AxDNC. Work orders on the floor are managed through Memex’s OEE+DNC and can be integrated to their ERP systems as well as their CAD/CAM part programs and HR reporting.

Aerospace Customer Chooses Memex Complete OEE+DNC System

Memex announces a new aerospace customer that has gone live in production to monitor and control the machines on the shop floor in its plants in North America. They are utilizing Memex’s complete system to address their OEE and DNC requirements. This gives them the ability to monitor production status, run time, down time reasons, reject causes in real time and automatically report on OEE accurately. In addition, they have control of their part programs with Memex’s completely re-designed, state of the art, new DNC software, called AxDNC. Work orders on the floor are managed through Memex’s OEE+DNC and are integrated to their Baan ERP system as well as their CAD/CAM part programs and HR reporting.

This project has taken over 1 year to deploy due to the number of plants and machines as well as the development of enhanced integrated OEE+DNC functionality. This customer uses Memex’s entire mainstay solution of hardware, firmware and software system, including configuration utilities, to monitor their plant and depends on Memex’s file transfer capabilities to reliably transfer all of their metal cutting programs to the shop floor. The benefits to the customer are significant in terms of efficiency of operations, with potential improvements at the shop floor of up to 20%. Connectivity of their machines to the enterprise network allows them to do many more operations as well as the machines now have on-board OEE+DNC with additional memory and functionality. Corporate level visibility of OEE and production ensures effective management of operations assisting in delivering quality products on time for their customers.

Memex Launches Ax9150 Universal Machine Interface (UMI)

A Platform for Manufacturing Plant Wide Productivity:
Connect any Machine to Monitor & Control with OEE + DNC

Memex Automation introduces CNC connectivity with Machine Monitoring & Control OEE+DNC which will deliver productivity enhancements and can reduce operating costs and increase profit.
Ax9150 UMI is the first product to utilize this revolutionary way part programs are managed on your factory floor.
Easy installation on any control with configuration utility and our proven, patent-pending, Dynamic Computer Aided Machining (DCAM) is incorporated in the Ax9150 UMI.
Software for OEE+DNC can be in the package.
Old machines can now perform at today’s standards with features like: Local CNC Memory; SD + Flash Memory; support for all makes + models of machines; powered by machine (12-24V), magnetic mount; 8 – 24 Inputs + 4 Digital Outputs.
Integrated OEE+DNC for Virtual Manufacturing, Connects to any ERP business system, with extensive reporting, including web based viewing and alerts to your email, PDA or Phone.
Onboard DNC & extensive firmware, Embedded OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), Ethernet connectivity, OPC capable connections all for Machine Monitoring & Adaptive Control.
If you can Measure it — then you can Manage it

In The News: A New Communication Medium

As one of the first in our sector to have a web site (August 1994), Memex has always been trying to leverage new technology to the fullest.  This overhauled website for instance is made in an open source Content Management System called Joomla and is carefully tended to by the Memex team. For most of the life of Memex we have cared for the website and tried to convey the excitement of our long journey lead by a vision of the future.

Memex intends to revolutionize shop floor connectivity and truly “Automate the Automation”.

Back in the 90’s we had a part of our web site called “In The News” and there I reported on the weekly (and sometimes daily) advances we had made towards success. It was fun and allowed dealers and customers a glance into the passion and dedication the staff had towards the realization of our vision. I am hoping that this blog will serve such a purpose. We are “up to something” and the journey is more important than the destination I suspect.