Mazak Discover 2013 – WOW!

WOW is all that can be said for the Mazak DISCOVER 2013 show.  It was phenomenal.  So well organized, great people, fantastic products throughout, and Memex MERLIN was no exception and a pleasure to showcase to the world.

More than 3,000 people including metalworking professionals from all industry segments, the media and students, converged at Mazak’s headquarters and manufacturing campus in Florence, Kentucky to attend DISCOVER 2013.  With significant emphasis on education, DISCOVER 2013 gave manufacturers direct access to everything they could possibly need to expand their metalworking knowledge and optimize their operations, from today’s most advanced machining technology to the latest metalworking trends to valuable industry expert advice. In fact, more than 70 different presentations took place throughout the course of the event, highlighting topics such as additive manufacturing, improving factory utilization and U.S. manufacturing making a comeback.

Dave McPhail, President of Memex Automation, was on an expert panel that also consisted of Dave Edstrom, President and Chairman of the board of the MTConnect Institute, Will Sobel, CEO and Founder of Systems Insight and Neil Desrosiers, Applications Engineer and Software Developer at Mazak.  The panel discussed how adopting the MTConnect standard will only help improve one’s manufacturing process.  In fact, the MTConnect presentation was the largest draw attended.  The auditorium seats 230 people and the talk was so popular that there was standing room only.  Many manufacturing companies are realizing just how valuable MTConnect is in order to succeed and are lining up to get in on it.

MERLIN was demonstrated on many of the Mazak machines throughout the Kentucky production plant facility for everyone to see exactly how it functions – providing full plant visibility of any and all machines, with real-time reporting. MERLIN can deliver increased profitability and can find more free cash flow from existing capital equipment.  Thousands saw MERLIN and hundreds of representatives from various companies came by to see MERLIN live in action and have professed much interest in preceding to the next step.

It is very easy to get started; pick a few machines that have the MTConnect enabled option on them and Memex can do a remote installation so you are up and running in a matter of days.  See the benefits very quickly.  Call Memex today, or order it from Mazak directly.

Mazak Booth Screen Tech Center

Mazak Booth Screen Tech Center

John Rattray at Discover Mazak 2013

John Rattray at Mazak Discover 2013

Randy McDonald at Discover Mazak 2013

Randy McDonald at Mazak Discover 2013

Dave Edstrom, President and Chairman of the board of the MTConnect Institute, posted a link to his personal blog which raves about how well the Mazak Discover 2013 was.  He has posted some really great pictures from around the show and also mentions Memex: “…Real thought leaders in manufacturing and MTConnect.” (Thanks Dave!)

Mazak Demos MTConnect With Memex at CMTS

Mississauga, ON – Sept. 30, 2013 – Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS 2013) – Mazak Corp., one of the largest machine tool manufacturers, is conducting a live demonstration at CMTS 2013 of leading edge machine tool automation with MERLIN, real-time industrial machine monitoring and control technology from Canada’s Memex Automation Inc. The Mazak-Memex demo will take advantage of MTConnect, the open source, royalty-free manufacturing protocol that helps unite islands of unconnected information on the shop floor. Dave McPhail, President and CEO of the Burlington, ON-based Memex, is also conducting a seminar on MTConnect Tues. Oct. 1 at 3PM in Mazak’s booth #4638. Memex is at booth #7023.

The Mazak-Memex collaboration at CMTS 2013, Canada’s premiere manufacturing event for buyers and sellers, follows a decision by Mazak to co-market Memex solutions on Mazak’s product list, and install Memex’s MERLIN solution throughout the machine tool manufacturer’s recently expanded 800,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Florence, KY. This U.S. plant produces 100 different models of machine tools, including sophisticated 5-axis and multi-tasking machines. Many of these models are designed, and manufactured in the United States, then shipped across North America and also to export markets.

Memex Automation’s flagship product MERLIN, is a Manufacturing Execution System application that tracks manufacturing operations bi-directionally from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) work order, to each machine’s detailed operations. MERLIN is able to connect to all machines on the shop floor using various protocols, MTConnect adapters, or network connectivity devices. It measures capacity utilization and Overall Equipment Effectiveness metrics, and tracks up to the second detail about every event at a machine, all automatically.

“Using MERLIN’s capability, Mazak is taking another positive step in further increasing the productivity of our North American operations, ensuring the strong competitiveness of our Kentucky manufacturing,” said Brian Papke, President of Mazak Corp. “We continue to take a leadership position in propagating the MTConnect open protocol. MTConnect’s value to our customers is in the ability for them to establish extensive and open channels of communication for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices. MTConnect allows software to be universally applied between different types of machine models so that information is readily available for improving machine tool utilization.”

Earlier this month, Memex won the 2013 Frost & Sullivan North American Machine Monitoring Systems Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Frost & Sullivan awards recognize companies that demonstrate outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development.

About Memex Automation Inc.

Memex MERLIN delivers Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) metrics in real-time, enabling manufacturers to increase production and increase Income From Operations profitably. Based in Burlington, ON, Memex is a 2013 Frost & Sullivan leadership award winner and a world leader in manufacturing connectivity solutions. Memex offers Shop Floor to Top Floor Information in Real-Time and has sold a variety of connectivity products since 1992 to over 12,000 customers with the help of 280 dealers around the world.  For more information on MERLIN, call Memex Automation at +1 (905) 635-1540, email, or visit

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Jill McCubbin
Conversation Architect
market2world communications inc.
Office: +1 (613) 256-3939


Dave McPhail
President and CEO
Memex Automation Inc.
Office : +1 (519) 993-1114

To see this press release in Metalworking Production & Purchasing, click here

Memex at CMTS 2013

CMTS is Canada’s largest manufacturing event for buyers and sellers to come-together under one roof to evaluate new products and solutions and learn about hot topics currently impacting the industry.

Thousands of manufacturing professionals rely on this biennial event to assess potential suppliers, big and small, far and wide.  There are over 500 companies in manufacturing that are represented during all four days of this event, giving attending professionals an extensive reach, and allowing them to find solutions to improve and/or enhance their operations.

The hundreds of exhibitors that participate at CMTS meet a wide range of audiences in numerous industries.  From engineers to c-level decision makers, exhibiting companies look forward to CMTS to showcase the latest technologies and solutions in the machine tool, tooling, metal forming and fabricating, automation, design engineering and plant management segments.


September 30 – October 3, 2013

September 30: 10AM – 5PM
October 1: 10AM – 5PM
October 2: 10AM – 8PM
October 3: 10AM – 4PM


The International Centre

6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L4V 1E8

Memex will be at booth #7023 in Hall 3.

Memex Automation, the Frost & Sullivan award winner for Machine Monitoring Systems, will have a demonstration of a working, full plant, MERLIN MES solution available.

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Memex will also be showcasing a demo at Mazak, booth #4638, so be sure to check them out.

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Morris South Open House

Memex attended the Morris South Open House in Charlotte, NC, on June 20 – 21, 2013.

Industry Open House

Hosted by the MMRI and NSERC CANRIMT, Memex Automation invites you to join them on Wednesday May 15, 2013, from 3 pm to 8 pm, at the John Hodgins Engineering Building of McMaster University.

Discover innovative machining strategies for maximizing productivity, optimizing quality, and reducing costs.

Register by May 1, 2013, at and enjoy free admission for manufacturers.


The Memex display