Memex Automation: M2M Platform Leader

Canadian Tooling and Manufacturing Association – Winter 2014 edition – by Paul Adair

MEMEX AUTOMATION BEGAN OVER 20 years ago with an approach to better the interconnectivity of automated machine tools on the factory floor. Over the years, this vision evolved to include the intra-networking of all machine  tools, enabling communication bi-directionally between each other and with managements’ information systems in real-time.

“If you can measure it, you can manage it to be more efficient,” says David McPhail, President and CEO. “Our offerings enable manufacturers to improve production and income from operations through advanced machine  monitoring of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and DNC in real-time.”

The Memex productivity approach within the manufacturing sector uses a backward compatible machine-to-machine hardware and software solution that operates on multiple protocols, including MTConnect standard,  OPC, Fanuc, Focas and others. The MERLIN system shows management where bottlenecks are occurring and why,  empowering them to react and not lose production time.

“We offer a solution that measures plant-wide capacity utilization as OEE, in real-time,” says McPhail. “It uncovers  the hidden plant and shows manufacturers how to make more production and income using the same labour,  equipment and time.”

Receiving the 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Machine Monitoring Systems from Frost &  Sullivan, MERLIN has been instrumental in helping companies in the discrete manufacturing sector realize their full profit-potential. In many cases, MERLIN has increased plant-wide efficiency—as measured by OEE—greater than 100 per cent. As an example, at Magellan Aerospace in Kitchener, ON, OEE was increased from 36.9 per cent to 85 per cent in a three-machine cell.

Following review at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (ITMS) 2012, Microsoft chose and endorsed MERLIN as its connectivity solution between the factory floor and its enterprise resource planning suite of business  intelligence tools.

“Microsoft completed a thorough review at IMTS. Then, our team did an integration of MERLIN into Microsoft  Dynamics management and planning software in two weeks, which blew them away,” says McPhail. “The Microsoft  leadership team told us we had done in two weeks what other solution teams hadn’t done in two years.”

Memex’s facilities measure over 4,100 square feet and the company presently employs 21 workers. After raising  $1.35 million in cash from its recent public listing (TSXV: OEE), the company has structured itself to address the  global market of machine-to-machine and machine-to-management manufacturing productivity. Memex also actively supports its employees in the giving of their time, talent and money in various charitable activities.

“Our team is dynamic at work and in their communities, and we fully support them in all endeavours,” says McPhail. “I think by doing so, it leads to more meaningful work and better retention.”

Memex values its membership with the CTMA, crediting the organization with helping the company better educate manufacturers in the use of their products and allowing them to compete within global markets. “It is our view that  Canadian-based technologies, such as MERLIN, explained through organizations like the CTMA, build a more prosperous manufacturing base,” says McPhail. “We view our CTMA membership as pivotal to our broader inclusion in CTMA-like organizations globally, where we can contribute to a better understanding of the power of productivity  solutions, the role productivity plays in viable manufacturing, and the role manufacturing plays in a viable economy.”

As manufacturers hunt for new efficiencies to maintain a competitive advantage, Memex’s vision and solution seem prophetic. The company has done its homework, understands its global market niche and has written both strategic and business plans to deliver MERLIN as the M2M communication platform of choice.

“The global market is very large,” says McPhail. “According to best estimates, there are 16 million machine tools  installed globally that are islands of technology, cut off from management and their business intelligence tools. Our  vision is to be the cell phone equivalent platform of that installed base, and to be the number one bi-directional  manufacturing productivity solution.”

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Memex Automation attending NTMA TECHFEST

TECHFEST is bringing national level key note speakers and a trade show to Meadville on October 2nd.  It is ideal for business owners, Human Resources professionals,  IT professionals, and key manufacturing personnel in the industry.   The event is free and offers machine demonstrations and table displays from over 25 vendors as well as breakout sessions listed below.  Registration requested for breakout sessions and cocktail reception.

TECHFEST is brought to you by Advanced Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Northwestern PA Chapter National Tooling & Machining Association/ NWPA NTMA Education Foundation, and Northwest Industrial Resource Center.

Memex Automation’s Dave Edstrom is speaking about MTConnect and how MERLIN can improve your shop floor’s productivity and profitability, using examples such as Magellan Aerospace, iMech, and Mazak.

When and where is it?

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 12 – 4 pm
Where: Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI), located at 764 Bessemer Street, Meadville, PA 16335.

How should I get there?

You can either drive directly to the location or fly into Pittsburgh, PA and drive 103 miles north. This is a shorter drive, around 1.5 hours, than driving from Cleveland, OH.

What is the format of the MTConnect session?

The MTConnect standard enables real-time monitoring and interoperability of equipment and devices. During this session, the audience can expect to learn about the MTConnect standard and hear from an end user who has achieved significant efficiency gains by monitoring its shop floor using MTConnect. Two MTConnect solution providers will also talk about the results their customers have seen through real-time actionable production information and data-driven manufacturing.

The session will consist of an MTConnect overview by the MTConnect Institute, which will take 5-8 minutes, followed by three 15 minute presentations by the members of the MTConnect community.

Who will be speaking during the MTConnect session?

  • Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Product Manager, AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology
  • Lem Linder, Software Engineer, Applications Engineer, Mazak Corporation
  • Dave Edstrom, Chief Technology Officer, Memex Automation
  • Kevin Fiejdasz, Account Manager, System Insights

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Modern Machine Shop Highlights MERLIN and Caron Engineering’s Productivity Partnership

Burlington, ON, Canada – September 29, 2014 Astrix Networks Inc., operating as Memex Automation (TSX-V: OEE) (“Memex” or the “Company”), the global leader of manufacturing M2M productivity solutions, is pleased to announce MERLIN is profiled in the September issue of Modern Machine Shop alongside Caron Engineering’s multi-axis adaptive control manufacturing methods.

The article: Tool Monitoring for Multitasking Machines, describes Caron Engineering’s five multi-axis adaptive control machining methodologies and MERLIN’s ability to monetize the improved processes in real-time.

Caron’s adaptive control methods are highlighted as improving production within the machining envelop.  MERLIN is highlighted as improving production within and outside of the machining envelop by calculating capacity utilization plant-wide.  As a result, MERLIN gets the Caron voice of process and the plant’s capacity utilization data to the engineering and management teams in their respective business intelligence tools, on any device.

“Making tool data available to third party software applications such as shop floor machine monitoring opens doors to many possibilities such as plant-wide data-driven decision making and integrated automation,” said Mr. Caron.   “With Caron and MERLIN, manufacturers can understand plant capacity in real-time, down to the accelerometers measuring vibration in spindle bearings, servo-drives and other machine components that can adversely affect cutting conditions, by the second,” said David McPhail, CEO, Memex Automation.  “Literally, MERLIN and Caron deliver the equivalent of the holy grail of manufacturing in a way that generates up to 400% IRR,” said McPhail.

About Memex Automation Inc. 

Memex Automation (TSX-V:OEE) is the leader of the measurement of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time. OEE is the measurement of plant-wide capacity utilization. MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) generates OEE enterprise-wide, plant by plant, machine by machine. On April 15th PEM awarded the Company the 2014 Plant Engineering & Maintenance Award for Best Company Under 50 Employees.  Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award.  Microsoft picked MERLIN to be its mid-market ERP machine connectivity solution. Mazak, North America’s largest original equipment manufacturer of machine tools, purchased MERLIN to manage its plant and published in Automation.com a 42% increase in utilization of the monitored production machines.  Mazak now offers MERLIN on its price list.  Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, announced on April 1st Memex Automation became a Partner in THINC. For more information, please visit: www.memex.ca.

Contacts: 

Sales
John Rattray, VP Sales and Marketing
Phone: 905-635-0590
Email:    jrattray@memex.ca

Investors
Thomas Smeenk, VP Business Development
Phone: (905) 536-3138
E-mail: thomas.smeenk@memex.ca

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Modern Machine Shop article highlights Memex’s productivity partnership with Caron Engineering

Proactive Investors – September 29, 2014

Memex Automation (CVE:OEE) says its MERLIN product which works to improve manufacturing efficiency has been profiled in the September issue of Modern Machine Shop, alongside Caron Engineering’s adaptive control manufacturing methods.

The article describes Caron Engineering’s five multi-axis adaptive control machining methodologies and MERLIN’s ability to monetize the improved processes in real-time, said Memex.

The MERLIN device monitors production and capacity utilization on the shop floor, improving profitability, reducing waste and ensuring compliance with regulations. It enables customers to address production bottlenecks as they happen, converting idle time back into production and ultimately improving throughput and increasing income from plant operations.

MERLIN is highlighted in the article as improving production within and outside of the machining envelope by calculating capacity utilization plant-wide, through the measurement of overall equipment effectiveness. As a result, MERLIN gets “the Caron voice of process and the plant’s capacity utilization data” to the engineering and management teams in their respective business intelligence tools, on any device, the company said.

“With Caron and MERLIN, manufacturers can understand plant capacity in real-time, down to the accelerometers measuring vibration in spindle bearings, servo-drives and other machine components that can adversely affect cutting conditions, by the second,” said chief executive officer of Memex, David McPhail.

“Literally, MERLIN and Caron deliver the equivalent of the holy grail of manufacturing in a way that generates up to 400% IRR.”

Memex’s product was recently described in a case study by Mazak, which said that Merlin-related efforts to reduce downtime yielded a 42 percent improvement in utilization for the monitored machines.

In addition, Mazak also reduced operator downtime by 100 hours per month, while 400 hours per month of previously outsourced work was returned to the company.

To see the full article, please click here.

MERLIN Profiled as the Canadian Productivity Gap Eradicator

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, Sep 26, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Astrix Networks Inc., operating as Memex Automation (OEE) (“Memex” or the “Company”), the global leader of manufacturing M2M productivity solutions, is pleased to announce MERLIN is profiled in the September issue of PLANT magazine.

The cover article: The Internet of Everything: Connected technologies bridge the shop floor to the top floor and provide major benefits to maintenance, efficiency and productivity, describes how Canadian Manufacturers can eradicate the productivity gap with MERLIN.

MERLIN, which generates up to a 400% IRR upon installation in manufacturing plants, is featured alongside Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest and Apple’s, Samsung’s and Sony’s Internet of Everything consumer-based wearables.

“A sector that will truly benefit is manufacturing,” wrote Matt Powell, Assistant Editor, Plant. “Convergence is the key work here,” said Victor Woo, Cisco. “We have to bridge information within the business by connecting the shop floor to the top floor,” said Woo. “It’s true,” said David McPhail, CEO, Memex Automation. “Mazak, the world’s largest machine tool manufacturer, in the July Edition of Automation.com, described a +42% increase of machine utilization by connecting the shop floor to the top floor using MERLIN,” said McPhail. “Our clients regularly detail to us IRR’s of more than 400% because they’re using our solution to connect their plants to their management teams in real-time,” said McPhail. “This Plant article is spot on the money because it describes how Canadian manufacturers can move from the disconnected to the connected manufacturing environment; eradicate the Canadian productivity gap; uncover the hidden plant; and, generate more production and income from operations using the same labour and equipment,” said McPhail. “That’s how these IRRs are generated,” he added.

About Memex Automation Inc.

Memex Automation (OEE) is the leader of the measurement of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time. OEE is the measurement of plant-wide capacity utilization. MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) generates OEE enterprise-wide, plant by plant, machine by machine. On April 15th PEM awarded the Company the 2014 Plant Engineering & Maintenance Award for Best Company Under 50 Employees. Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Microsoft picked MERLIN to be its mid-market ERP machine connectivity solution. Mazak, North America’s largest original equipment manufacturer of machine tools, purchased MERLIN to manage its plant and published in Automation.com a 42% increase in utilization of the monitored production machines. Mazak now offers MERLIN on its price list. Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, announced on April 1st Memex Automation became a Partner in THINC. For more information, please visit: www.memex.ca.

Contacts:

Sales
John Rattray, VP Sales and Marketing
Phone: 905-635-0590
Email: john.rattray@memex.ca

Investors
Thomas Smeenk, VP Business Development
Phone: (905) 536-3138
E-mail: thomas.smeenk@memex.ca

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release

To see the full press release, please click here.