IMTS 2014 Huge Sucess for Memex Automation!

Dave Edstrom gives a recap of the incredibly successful IMTS 2014 from his blog Photons and Electrons.

Memex on IMTS TV

Below was the view from our booth to Lake Michigan.  We had the fountain in the middle, food on the left and beer on the right.  THE best location of ALL the 1,900 exhibitors!

The first person I must thank is Wanda Smith (Tim Smith of Memex Automation’s wife) who is an Executive Chef and came to the two houses we rented to cook for us.  Wanda made AMAZING MEALS!  Even though we were spending 12 to 14 hours a day on our feet, I STILL GAINED weight thanks to Wanda’s incredible cooking!
Above is the Memex Automation booth at IMTS E-3368 at IMTS 2014. We built it and broke it down ourselves.
It must be said that what makes ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE, is the GREAT hardware and software developers at Memex Automation that busted their butts around the clock to make this a reality!
 
Above and below was a typical day at IMTS 2014 with TONS-O-People waiting to speak to us.
 

It was like this the ENTIRE time.  It was amazing the amount of interest that we had in all of hardware and software products.

We introduced the Ax760-MTC which is for any Fanuc Controller with Serial I/O Link
  • A quick and easy way to find and monitor signals from your machine
  • The Ax760–MTC is a fully configurable MTConnect  hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNC as never before!
  • Enhance your oldest legacy controllers to today’s communications functionality, and it’s simple to install with webserver based configuration.
  • Passive listening, non-intrusive installation

Above is Whitney Brown of AMT interviewing me for IMTS-TV and she is speaking with David McPhail below.

Above we are taking customers and prospects through our Technology Preview of hardware and software products through the end of the year and well into 2015.  Everyone was very impressed!Above is Peter Eelman’s IMTS balloon that he purchased that is always at IMTS.Above is me holding the Oculus Rift.

Above is my getting ready to use the Oculus Rift.Above is me actually using the Oculus Rift and nearly following over.  Interesting technology.  It is not quite yet ready for prime time IMHO.

 

Above is Dave McPhail getting ready to use the Oculus Rift.

Above is Dave McPhail using the Oculus Rift.
Above is me, Joel Neidig of ITAMCO and Dave McPhail.  Joel is the Michael Jordan of Manufacturing – a true rock star!Above is the world’s largest 3D printer that was printing an entire car out of carbon fibre at IMTS 2014Here is Doug Woods, President of AMT, driving it off the platform.

 
Above is the world’s first subtractive/additive machine tool at the DMG Mori-Seiki booth.
Above is me Dave McPhail, Neil Desrosiers of Mazak and Doug Woods President of AMT in front of the MTConnect booth at Mazak where they were also showing our MERLIN product.
Above is the key slide on one of the products that we were showing in the Okuma booth – our DNC product using Okuma’s THINC API.  Brian Sides gave us a an area where we could show off our close relationship with Okuma.  It was great for us to be in the Okuma booth!  We also showed off our MERLIN product as well.On Saturday afternoon (the last day of show) things slow down so Dave McPhail took advantage of the the slow down to checkout out some of the cool stuff at IMTS 2014.Above is a Fanuc robot moving a car frame around like it was 3 pounds.It was very cool that Kalesh, Asim and Ian of the MTInsight stopped by our booth.  The MTInsight guys are kicking butt and taking names with the best customized business intelligence platform on planet earth.IMTS 2014 was record breaking and could NOT have gone any better for Memex Automation!

Legacy CNC machines can now improve OEE with new MERLIN MTConnect hardware‏

Chicago, IL – The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS Booth E-3368) – Sept. 8, 2014 – Astrix Networks Inc. (TSX-V: OEE), operating under the trade name Memex Automation Inc., is solving the “last meter of productivity challenge” with new CNC hardware solutions that utilize MTConnect and is being demonstrated live at IMTS. MTConnect is the open, royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software applications.

For older FANUC-controlled machines that still populate about 50% of CNC machine shop floors, Memex Automation’s new Ax760–MTC is a fully configurable hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNCs utilizing the MTConnect standard. The plug-and-play hardware connects into the main FANUC I/O Link bus to transform FANUC signal into the MTConnect software protocol without disrupting the machine. The result is a machine that can passively detect data, on both the X and Y addresses from 0.0 to 127.7, as well as 16 additional digital inputs, allowing Memex’s MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) software to track a large number of data inputs that measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time, enterprise-wide, machine by machine and other operational machine information.

For any machine, the Ax9150 UMI-MTC is a fully configurable MTConnect hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNC utilizing MTConnect. Rather than buying a new controller, you can enhance your oldest legacy controllers so they can take advantage of today’s MTConnect communication standard and take advantage of MERLIN OEE benefits. In many instances, this can substitute for a machine monitoring retrofit. The Ax9150 UMI-MTC offers simple installation regardless of CNC make, model, or type.

“Increasing the utilization of both legacy and new assets is critical to a modern company and MERLIN makes that happen,” said Dick Morley, who is on the Board of Memex Automation and is known as the “father” of the programmable logic controller (PLC). “Memex Automation is clearly on the road to the future for automation and M2M. Finally, we have a company taking a leadership position.”

At Memex Automation’s IMTS Booth E-3368, visitors will see a “Technology Preview” of Web-based features of MERLIN. The software will have many advantages for displaying data on various devices as well as allowing users the ability to customize the display to meet their specific requirements. At the same time the company will be demonstrating MERLIN in a live Manufacturing Operations Platform, connecting machines at the last meter. This demonstration will be running in real-time, as well as connecting into Mazak’s IMTS booth, showing Mazak machines at their booth running MERLIN in real-time, as well as machines in Mazak’s Florence, KY, plant.

About the Company

Memex Automation (TSX VENTURE:OEE) is the leader of manufacturing Machine to Machine (M2M) productivity solutions and 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, machine by machine. On April 15, 2014, PEM awarded the Company the 2013 Plant Engineering & Maintenance Award for Best Company Under 50 Employees. Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Machine Monitoring. 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 and published a 42% increase of its machine utilization and now offers it on its price list. Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, announced in April 2014 that Memex Automation became a Partner in THINC. For more information, please visit:www.memex.ca.

For more information, please contact:

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

Press: market2world communications inc.
Paul Brent, Senior Communications Strategist
Phone: 613-256-3939
Email: paul@market2world.com

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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Legacy CNC Machines Can Now See “How the Other Half Lives” With New MERLIN MTConnect Hardware That Brings OEE Network Connectivity to the Entire Shop Floor

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Sep 8, 2014) –  The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS Booth E-3368) – Astrix Networks Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OEE), operating under the trade name Memex Automation Inc., is solving the “last meter of productivity challenge” with new CNC hardware solutions that utilize MTConnect and is being demonstrated live at IMTS. MTConnect is the open, royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software applications.

For older FANUC-controlled machines that still populate about 50% of CNC machine shop floors, Memex Automation’s new Ax760-MTC is a fully configurable hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNCs utilizing the MTConnect standard. The plug-and-play hardware connects into the main FANUC I/O Link bus to transform FANUC signal into the MTConnect software protocol without disrupting the machine. The result is a machine that can passively detect data, on both the X and Y addresses from 0.0 to 127.7, as well as 16 additional digital inputs, allowing Memex’s MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) software to track a large number of data inputs that measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time, enterprise-wide, machine by machine and other operational machine information.

For any machine, the Ax9150 UMI-MTC is a fully configurable MTConnect hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNC utilizing MTConnect. Rather than buying a new controller, you can enhance your oldest legacy controllers so they can take advantage of today’s MTConnect communication standard and take advantage of MERLIN OEE benefits. In many instances, this can substitute for a machine monitoring retrofit. The Ax9150 UMI-MTC offers simple installation regardless of CNC make, model, or type.

“Increasing the utilization of both legacy and new assets is critical to a modern company and MERLIN makes that happen,” said Dick Morley, who is on the Board of Memex Automation and is known as the “father” of the programmable logic controller (PLC). “Memex Automation is clearly on the road to the future for automation and M2M. Finally, we have a company taking a leadership position.”

At Memex Automation’s IMTS Booth E-3368, visitors will see a “Technology Preview” of Web-based features of MERLIN. The software will have many advantages for displaying data on various devices as well as allowing users the ability to customize the display to meet their specific requirements. At the same time the company will be demonstrating MERLIN in a live Manufacturing Operations Platform, connecting machines at the last meter. This demonstration will be running in real-time, as well as connecting into Mazak’s IMTS booth, showing Mazak machines at their booth running MERLIN in real-time, as well as machines in Mazak’s Florence, KY, plant.

About the Company

Memex Automation (TSX VENTURE: OEE) is the leader of manufacturing Machine to Machine (M2M) productivity solutions and 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, machine by machine. On April 15, 2014, PEM awarded the Company the 2013 Plant Engineering & Maintenance Award for Best Company Under 50 Employees. Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Machine Monitoring. Microsoft picked MERLIN to be its midmarket ERP machine connectivity solution. Mazak, North America’s largest original equipment manufacturer of machine tools, purchased MERLIN and published a 42% increase of its machine utilization and now offers it on its price list. Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, announced in April 2014 that Memex Automation became a Partner in THINC. For more information, please visit: www.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.

Contact Information

Sales:
Memex Automation Inc.
John Rattray
VP Sales and Marketing
Phone: 905-635-0590
Email: Email Contact

Press:
market2world communications inc.

Paul Brent
Senior Communications Strategist
Phone: 613-256-3939
Email: Email Contact

To see the full article, please click here.

Legacy CNC Machines Can Now See “How the Other Half Lives” With New MERLIN MTConnect Hardware That Brings OEE Network Connectivity To The Entire Shop Floor

M2M Daily – September 13, 2014 – Astrix Networks Inc. (TSX-V: OEE), operating under the trade name Memex Automation Inc., is solving the “last meter of productivity challenge” with new CNC hardware solutions that utilize MTConnect and is being demonstrated live at IMTS. MTConnect is the open, royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software applications.

For older FANUC-controlled machines that still populate about 50% of CNC machine shop floors, Memex Automation’s new Ax760–MTC is a fully configurable hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNCs utilizing the MTConnect standard. The plug-and-play hardware connects into the main FANUC I/O Link bus to transform FANUC signal into the MTConnect software protocol without disrupting the machine. The result is a machine that can passively detect data, on both the X and Y addresses from 0.0 to 127.7, as well as 16 additional digital inputs, allowing Memex’s MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) software to track a large number of data inputs that measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time, enterprise-wide, machine by machine and other operational machine information.

For any machine, the Ax9150 UMI-MTC is a fully configurable MTConnect hardware adapter that allows you to communicate with your CNC utilizing MTConnect. Rather than buying a new controller, you can enhance your oldest legacy controllers so they can take advantage of today’s MTConnect communication standard and take advantage of MERLIN OEE benefits. In many instances, this can substitute for a machine monitoring retrofit. The Ax9150 UMI-MTC offers simple installation regardless of CNC make, model, or type.

“Increasing the utilization of both legacy and new assets is critical to a modern company and MERLIN makes that happen,” said Dick Morley, who is on the Board of Memex Automation and is known as the “father” of the programmable logic controller (PLC). “Memex Automation is clearly on the road to the future for automation and M2M. Finally, we have a company taking a leadership position.”

At Memex Automation’s IMTS Booth E-3368, visitors will see a “Technology Preview” of Web-based features of MERLIN. The software will have many advantages for displaying data on various devices as well as allowing users the ability to customize the display to meet their specific requirements. At the same time the company will be demonstrating MERLIN in a live Manufacturing Operations Platform, connecting machines at the last meter. This demonstration will be running in real-time, as well as connecting into Mazak’s IMTS booth, showing Mazak machines at their booth running MERLIN in real-time, as well as machines in Mazak’s Florence, KY, plant.

About the Company

Memex Automation (TSX VENTURE:OEE) is the leader of manufacturing Machine to Machine (M2M) productivity solutions and 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, machine by machine. On April 15, 2014, PEM awarded the Company the 2013 Plant Engineering & Maintenance Award for Best Company Under 50 Employees. Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Machine Monitoring. 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 and published a 42% increase of its machine utilization and now offers it on its price list. Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, announced in April 2014 that Memex Automation became a Partner in THINC. For more information, please visit:www.memex.ca.

For more information, please contact:

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

Press:
market2world communications inc.
Paul Brent, Senior Communications Strategist
Phone: 613-256-3939
Email: paul@market2world.com

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.

Uncovering the Hidden Factory — and Connecting it to the Business

Industry Week – September 11, 2014

How do you move from the traditional “disconnected” manufacturing model to a connected digital model?

You start with data, asserts David McPhail, CEO of Memex Automation, and then you connect it to the business–that’s right: “shop floor to the top floor.”

“Start with having the data on your shop floor contextualized and put into a database,” he advises. “Have the data that the machines are creating right now, that you’re not tracking, and track it, and connect them.” That allows companies to calculate OEE and to tie profitability and productivity directly together.

“If you don’t have the data, you’re throwing darts, you’re just guessing,” he quips.

“Connectivity is the most important piece,” McPhail adds. “It enables the foundation by which all of these other applications can consume the data and create value.

Easier said than done, though Memex Automation has hardware-software solutions to help — as do other companies exhibiting at IMTS 2014.

McPhail asserts that the solution his company provides can move equipment’s OEE from 32% to “world class at 85%–it’s almost like fining an additional factory and a half in capacity.”

But it’s not all just equipment and software; it’s also about how the solution empowers the workforce.

“Typically 5% to 10% of the improvement comes just from involving the shop floor with the top floor,” explains McPhail. “Having the operator being engaged… [and] part of the solution, rather than just pointing out there’s a problem. Having the operator be proactive and be able to effect change on the shop floor. We give them the tools to do that now.”