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David McPhail at OptiSaw West

David McPhail will be presenting at OptiSaw West. OptiSaw is a time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling in your operation. The focus is on the future of optimization and automation in our industry, including challenges and opportunities on the cutting edge of this side of the industry.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 14 June 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

Venue : Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
Canada

For further information and registration click here 

 

MEMEX - Real-Time Warning Alert

Trending now – Smart Manufacturing

There is no IIoT without Real-Time data. True Shop – Floor – to – Top – Floor connectivity can :

  •  Enhance all facets of manufacturing using evidence based Real-Time data collected from each machine and discreet process
  • Increase throughput & ensure efficient reporting  directly to and from ERP
  • Drive the circle of  continuous improvement & lean manufacturing
  • Create tangible, compelling business outcomes

Discover the award winning IIoT Real-Time manufacturing analytic solution by MEMEX; MERLIN, your key to the digital factory of the future.

 

Another Win for MEMEX — Sun Hydraulics Corp. Adopts MERLIN

SARASOTA, FL–(Marketwired – May 13, 2016) – MEMEX Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OEE) is proud to announce that Sun Hydraulics Corp. (NASDAQ: SNHY) has issued a Purchase Order for an additional 89 of their machines to be equipped with MERLIN MES Enterprise Edition software.

Sun Hydraulics arrived at this decision after experiencing the optimization opportunities offered by MERLIN during a pilot in which MERLIN was installed on 11 of their machines. The 100 machine multi-plant roll-out is phase 1 of a larger IIoT initiative to ensure efficiency and profitability of operations at Sun Hydraulics Corp.

“Recognition of the value that MERLIN creates by industry leaders like Sun Hydraulics Corp. pushes MEMEX towards developing more innovative solutions that successfully transform factories of today into factories of the future,” says David McPhail, CEO MEMEX.

About Sun Hydraulics Corp.

Sun Hydraulics is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds that control force, speed and motion as integral components in fluid power systems.

From its inception in 1970 and a public company since 1997, Sun sells its products globally, primarily through independent distributors, to diverse markets of mobile and industrial equipment and machinery manufacturers. Sun has been committed to being the leader in its field. They offer products that advance customers’ businesses, improving the safety and performance of the machinery in which they are used.

About MEMEX Inc.

MEMEX Inc., the developer of MERLIN, an award winning IIoT technology platform that delivers tangible increases in manufacturing productivity in Real-Time, is the global leader in machine to machine connectivity solutions. Committed to its mission of “Successfully transforming factories of today into factories of the future” and encouraged by the rapid adoption and success of MERLIN, MEMEX is relentlessly pursuing the development of increasingly innovative solutions suitable in the IIoT era. MEMEX envisions converting every machine into a node on the corporate network, thereby, creating visibility from shop-floor-to-top-floor. MEMEX, with its deep commitment towards machine connectivity, offers solutions that are focused on finding hidden capacity by measuring and managing Real-Time data. This empowers MEMEX’s customers to effectively quantify and manage OEE, reduce costs and incorporate strategies for continuous lean improvement.

Contact Information
Media Contact
MEMEX Inc.:
David McPhail, CEO
Phone: 519-993-1114
Rashi Rathore, Communication Coordinator
Phone: 905-635-3040 ext 103

Two New Devices Focus on Securely Accessing Data in Legacy Machines

April 202016 | Brett Brune | Smart Manufacturing magazine

A trio of Mazak, Memex and Cisco is beginning to sell SmartBox, a device meant to securely manage manufacturing data—information on axes, spindles, temperatures, cutting times, downtimes and part counts, for starters—culled from machines that have been laboring in a sort of silence for decades. At the same time, a pairing of Forcam and Wago plans to release a similar device it calls the PFC100 Industrial MTConnect device before July.

SmartBox uses I/O links to connect machines and produces MTConnect code in real time. It can use an adapter board from Memex and must be connected to a Cisco router, John Rattray, VP of sales and marketing at Memex, said in an interview with Smart Manufacturing magazine at the MC2 conference in Dallas. It can also use Memex’s factory- and machine-shop-floor-monitoring software, Merlin, to map existing signals and analyze and correlate the data so shops and plants can use it to improve productions.

Companies in the aerospace, defense and medical industries welcome the Cisco router requirement because it assuages their network security concerns, he added.

“We’re talking about IP connections in terms of Ethernet connections,” Rattray said. “You don’t need to have all the security in there to make the connection work. However, one customer of ours, DP Tool in New York, had experienced a situation where a guy who was maintaining a machine put in a USB stick into it and a virus on this USB stick spread to the company’s manufacturing network and whole admin network. It cost the company an enormous amount of effort and grief to get that fixed. You can run without security switches. But smart manufacturers are recognizing we need to secure and lock down our shop floor networks.”

The SmartBox has a “level three” managed switch that will shut the device down automatically if a USB stick comes its way or someone unplugs a particular Ethernet connection, Rattray added.

The emerging device from Forcam and Wago has a combined MTConnect adapter and agent inside the device, as well as a built-in security firewall for cybersecurity, Forcam USA Inc. CEO Mohamed Abuali said. He demonstrated a simulation model at MC2, saying it cost less than the trio’s device.

The Forcam/Wago product will cost less than $1,000, he said. And the Mazak/Memex/Cisco device will cost $4,000 on the low end but could be used on four machines, Mazak President Brian Papke said.

Companies using legacy CNCs will soon be able to choose between bolting their new data-retrieving device together with a Cisco network router or a “quicker solution that can connect to any network,” Abuali said. “The alternative [to these two options] is you have to retrofit the machine and upgrade the controller, which can cost thousands of dollars. In many cases, you cannot even retrofit.”

Both devices are intended to help manufacturers around the world connect their machines securely to a network. About 14.5 million machines still lack connectivity, Rattray said.

Of course, the idea is to then analyze the data to make the best decisions possible about manufacturing and machining processes. And some of those decisions can be made without human involvement, to be sure: “For instance, if a temperature sensor starts to rise above a threshold limit, the machine can send an alert and notify people before it fails,” he added.

Merlin lets companies “take data and make it manageable,” said Papke, who serves on the board for MTConnect. Otherwise, companies end up with “digital exhaust.”

“Forcam wants to define real-time production—from any machine of any age,” Abuali said. “That’s a critical state.”

Memex Chief Technology Officer Dave Edstrom is “very pleased to see more of these type boxes come out—because, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships,” he said.

But he couldn’t stop himself from making a quick comparison with the offering from Forcam/Wago: “The integration of what Mazak is doing with the SmartBox, with Memex and Cisco—making it easier to connect—will resonate very well with manufacturing. You don’t have to sell someone on Memex’s ability to connect anything. And you don’t have to sell anyone on Cisco’s ability to network a lot of devices together and do it securely. So that’s why we think SmartBox is a game-changer.”

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