About Memex

Delivering Innovative Shop Floor Productivity Solutions Since 1992

Memex was founded in 1992 with a vision to improve the way automated machine tools work and connect on the factory floor.  Over the years, the vision has since expanded to include the networking of all machine tools so that they can communicate with each other, and with the computers in the administration office. In fact, the network may be extended to the Internet, which then allows for productivity and other statistics to be emailed to a PDA or laptop anywhere in the world.

At Memex, we can transform every machine tool into a node on the corporate network in a real-time manner. That means that mills and lathes can be monitored as they work, which will help with maintenance and inventory control. By monitoring production as it happens, companies can increase their productivity by reducing downtime between jobs.

In 2005, Memex relocated to Burlington Ontario, where we maintain an active R & D department. From that location, we are able to manufacture our products, provide technical support, develop software and provide training.

Memex evolved into Memex Automation in 2006 to develop the Dynamic Computer Aided Machining patent that will someday render traditional serial DNC and memory upgrades obsolete.  From then on, Memex has been continuously improving our products to better suit the needs of the manufacturing world.


  • 1992 Co-Developed Bubble Memory Replacement for Fanuc 6/9/11/12
  • 1993 Created Fanuc 0 & 10 CMOS Memory Upgrades
  • 1994 Created the first High Speed Loader for Fanuc 6
  • 1995 First Released the popular Mx1000 BTR
  • 1996 Enabled a Network connection to Fanuc 6/11 – Invested in Spectrum
  • 1997 Started Successful Caterpillar Flexible Manufacturing Retrofit
  • 1998 Developed Fanuc 16/18 Memory Upgrades – Also Started retrofitting
  • 1999 Opened regional offices – First CNC Web Connection – Joined OMAC
  • 2000 Initial Public Offering – Bought 3 companies: Greco Systems, Spectrum and IAS – Integrated Group leveraged combined 12,000 customers
  • 2001 Became the Largest DNC Vendor in North America – OMAC adopts our XML Schema for Machine Tool Connectivity – Develop Web-based ION/Cortex for Machine Connectivity
  • 2002 Memex spins off as an R&D Company
  • 2003 Memex launches its Mx1100 Universal Machine Tool Interface
  • 2004 Memex launches the Mx1050 and partners with other companies
  • 2005 Memex goes private and moves to 777 Walkers Line
  • 2006 Memex develops Patent Pending breakthrough technology Dynamic Computer Aided Machining (or DCAM)
  • 2007 Memex Automation files full DCAM patent and also files Tool Tip Automation follow-on Patent – introduces Mitsubishi memory upgrades and Fanuc 6 firmware DNC option
  • 2008 Astrix Group of companies formed to bring all the Memex assets together, works on MTConnect Technical Advisory Group, business expanded, added additional space, and moved the head office.
  • 2009 Launch of Integrated OEE+DNC Machine Monitoring and Control
  • 2010 Memex asked to co-chair MTConnect Legacy Machine Tool working group
  • 2011 Memex releases next version of OEE+DNC package, MERLIN, incorporating the latest technology toolset, including Enterprise ready SQL, and many advance features
  • 2012 Memex enters its accelerated Commercialization Phase for MERLIN, gains significant customers
  • 2013 MERLIN selected by Microsoft as MES of choice for discrete manufacturing,
    • Mazak selects MERLIN for their plant in KY and
    • Frost & Sullivan awards Memex 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Machine Monitoring Systems
    • Memex goes public to ensure depth, stability and long term business for enterprise customers


Many sectors are represented in the Memex customer roster, including:

  • Aerospace – Boeing, Goodrich, Dowty, Parker Hannifin, Héroux Devtek …
  • Automotive – GM, Ford, Magna, Eaton, Linamar …
  • Industrial – Caterpillar, John Deere, Westinghouse, Vickers, Case, Sanmina…
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.