Machine Tool and M2M Tech Dreamteam: Caron and Memex

Wells, ME – November 12, 2013 – Caron Engineering Inc., a leader in tool monitor adaptive control, has signed a joint technology and marketing agreement with Memex Automation (TSX-V: OEE) to take advantage of Memex’s real-time machine connectivity and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metrics. Together the two companies offer the world’s manufacturing plants unprecedented outside-in and inside-out control of machine tool productivity.

Memex Automation’s flagship product MERLIN is a Manufacturing Execution System application that tracks manufacturing operations bi-directionally from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) work order to each machine’s detailed operations. MERLIN is able to connect to all machines on the shop floor using various protocols, MTConnect adapters or network connectivity devices. MERLIN tracks up to the second detail about every event at a machine, all automatically.

“What MERLIN does so well is to connect and monitor machine tools on the outside, and we do incredibly well on the inside of those tools,” said Rob Caron, Caron Engineering’s founder and President. “We offer Tool Monitoring and Adaptive Control (TMAC) for simultaneous operations on even the most complex CNC machines. Our 4,000 customers worldwide can now utilize MERLIN’s interface and connectivity to deliver TMAC-MP’s in-machine metrics from the shop floor right on up to the top floor of a manufacturing CEO’s office, mobile device, or anywhere else the Internet is readily available.”

“TMAC-MP uses specialized strain sensors and accelerometers to both measure and adjust vibration, tool condition, and a variety of other in-machine performance characteristics,” said Memex Automation’s CEO Dave McPhail. “On even the most complex, multi-tool CNC machines, such as Swiss type lathes and multitasking machines, Caron Engineering’s technology adjusts the machine internally in real time.”

“MERLIN now unites that internal information across the shop floor through hardware connectivity,” added McPhail. “Then MERLIN’s software dashboard presents TMAC-MP data along with the more than 400 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) including machine tool downtime, rejects, job status on every machine in every plant, in addition to labor tracking. This is the ultimate machine tool automation technology pact that we want to introduce to our company’s 12,000 customers.”

About Memex Automation

Memex Automation [TSX-V:OEE] is the leader in real-time shop-floor-to-top-floor technology solutions. Memex’s flagship product MERLIN delivers Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metrics in real-time, enabling manufacturers to enhance production and increase income and profits from operations. MERLIN has earned the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. Since 1992, Memex has partnered with 280 dealers worldwide to provide a variety of manufacturing connectivity products and services to over 12,000 customers globally. For sales information, call +1 (905) 635-1540, email salesgroup@memex.ca, or visit http://www.memex.ca

About Caron Engineering

Founded in 1986, Caron Engineering, Inc. is an aggressive, energetic company where keeping current with today’s emerging technologies is not just a business, it’s a passion. Caron Engineering offers manufacturing and engineering companies a single source for the custom development, design and assembly of Tool Monitoring, Adaptive Control, Laser Tool Setting and Machine Tool Probing. For more information about Caron’s products and services, contact the company at (207) 646-6071 send an e-mail to marketing@caroneng.com or visit the corporate company website at http://www.caroneng.com

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