Memex Automation Universal File Server Improves CNC Machine Tool Productivity Introduced at IMTS

Originally published on the site AvaLAN Wireless.

Manufacturing shop floor productivity will take a much-needed step forward at the Manufacturing Technology Show IMTS2010 being held September 13-18, 2010.  IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show, Booth E-3868) is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 116 countries.

IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members’ products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

Memex Automation will unveil a universal file server that improves CNC machine tool International productivity, thereby allowing machines to operate more efficiently which will help companies increase profitability.  In today’s manufacturing world with individual machines being the islands of automation, they very often do not have ready and quick access to the manufacturing programs needed to run the machines. This is very often caused because of lack of network connections of the machines to the powerful CAD/CAM servers that store the programs and the latency in downloading very large programs even if there is a connection. In many cases operators are running around the shop floor trying to get the correct programs where the machine is waiting, not being utilized, often many hours per day.

Memex’s new Universal File Server, Ax2200HS-FS provides for large file storage directly at the machine as well as an Ethernet to serial Bridge to connect directly to the machine. This is much more robust and shop hardened than a PC located at the machine, and is easily one quarter of the cost. By assisting manufacturers to be more productive on a day by day operating basis, Memex is assisting the North American manufacturing sector to be more competitive on a global basis.

About Memex Automation Inc.

Memex Automation Inc., a unit of Astrix Networks Inc., was created to leverage the research and development of Memex Electronics, which was founded in 1992. Memex continues its tradition of serving the discrete manufacturing sector, supplying component hardware, memory upgrades, and visionary shop floor communication technology. Memex Automation products are “Automating the Automation” allowing a manufacturer to increase productivity and decrease costs. Memex Automation focuses on delivering value with Real-Time Machine Monitoring and Control, which utilizes OEE+DNC solutions that boost efficiency by up to fifty percent with minimal capital investment. Memex Automation is based in Burlington, Ontario.

Memex, Inc.
www.memex.ca
John Rattray
jrattray@astrixnet.com
1-866-573-3895

Memex Automation Delivers Real-Time Shop Floor Data to Héroux-Devtek

Original article posted in SBW!RE. Link to original article here.

While many systems say they automate shop floor data collection, Memex Automation does it automatically, directly and in real-time. Operator bar code scanning of work order status and keying in part counts, reject counts, reject classifications and down time reason codes are all inefficient and prone to error.

According to John Rattray, a senior executive with Memex Automation, “Success with Memex Products and Services uniquely increases efficiency to monitor and control machine tools. We are delighted to share immediate visibility of production status and comprehensive data collection to Héroux-Devtek which realize a competitive advantage. Memex Automation understands the need to be more competitive – by automating the information flow companies can manage productivity.”

Sébastien Caron, Plant Manager with Héroux-Devtek raved about Memex Automation noting, “Our biggest differentiator is productivity. We had passive OEE and now we have active OEE (overall equipment effectiveness.) The key to better productivity is not just to track performance, but to act on problems in real-time. We now have a tool to communicate to the people on the shop floor that our performance can improve. Customers can see and believe in what we’re doing to improve on time delivery. The OEE data provided improves human as well as machine-to-machine communications. We believe we can use Memex Automation data to motivate employees with a shared understanding of how we can be more productive, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Memex Automation Delivers Increased Plant Floor Efficiency

Memex Automation Typically Delivers Twenty Percent Increased Plant Floor Efficiency

Originially published on PlantAutomation.com

Companies are currently managing productivity by
• Sending ERP or scheduled work orders and/or CNC programs direct to the machine.
• Receiving actual real-time status and Shop Floor results immediately back to the Top Floor.
• Increasing efficiency with information – measure it, then manage it.
• Dashboard for the Top Floor to have real time visibility of the Shop Floor.

According to John Rattray, a senior executive with Memex Automation, “Our mission is to save manufacturing by increasing efficiency…usually five to twenty percent. By using our patent pending technology, we can uniquely increase efficiency to monitor and control your machine tools.”

• OEE (Overall Equipment Effectives) can monitor ANY MACHINE in real-time; reporting on cycle time, parts produced, reject analysis, labor tracking and more, all to reduce downtime and improve efficiency for any and all machines.
• DNC can control machines and load programs fast, with special features, all increasing efficiency.
• Component hardware (Memory, Connectivity, File Servers, BTR) make machines perform faster.

Immediate visibility of production status and comprehensive data collection is vital for a competitive advantage. Rattray insists, “Memex Automation understands the need to be more competitive – by automating the information flow companies can manage productivity.” Data Collection is a Manufacturing Productivity Tool enabling Increased Productivity and is cost effective; practical and proven; applicable to all machines – CNC, non-CNC, PLC, Presses, Injection Molding, etc.

While many systems say they automate shop floor data collection Memex Automation does it automatically and directly in real-time. Operator Bar code scanning of work order status and keying in part counts, reject counts, reject classifications, down time reason codes all are inefficient and prone to error. Memex Automation has a Universal Machine Interface that automatically tracks this information – freeing up the operator to manage the machine. This information is then automatically disseminated from the Shop Floor to the Top Floor for visibility, management, accountability, historical auditability and available for time study analysis.

Memex Automation
http://www.memex.ca
John Rattray
jrattray@astrixnet.com
1-866-573-3895

All Machines on Plant Floor Benefit from OEE

Original article posted in SBW!RE. Link to full article here.

John Rattray, a senior executive with Memex Automation, recently discussed Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) as a key performance indicator: “OEE Indicates whether a machine is running at optimum capacity and producing quality output and OEE measurements can help companies avoid downtime and reduce lost production…it can be applied to work cells, lines, areas, or plants.”

While many systems say they automate shop floor data collection Memex Automation does it automatically, directly and in real-time. Operator bar code scanning of work order status and keying in part counts, reject counts, reject classifications and down time reason codes are all inefficient and prone to error.

Benefits include:

  • Real-time production visibility for everyone in the plant – including alerts through email or paging.
  • Accurate key performance indicator with OEE metric
  • Identify problems Fast
  • Production data collection and reporting
  • Downtime and reject cause analysis
  • Labor productivity tracking
  • Usage-based Preventive Maintenance
  • Visual production scheduling
  • Connecting production floor to ERP
  • Assess Operator Productivity