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Advantages of migrating from serial to Ethernet communications on the shop floor

As published in Canadian Metalworking magazine, March 2010.

There is a technological shift going on out on the shop floor that is allowing machines to communicate directly with corporate information systems, generating big benefits for companies by increasing their operational efficiency. Applications are available that provide real-time machine monitoring, acquisition of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metrics, dynamic computer-aided machining, automatic synchronization of part programs, DNC, work order
scheduling, and central control of machine operations.

Why Make the Leap?

The Internet has changed how the world gets its information: it’s all about easy access. Manufacturing machines that communicate via serial ports run the risk of being not connected to the information highway and consequently being an unproductive asset. If these machines could be refurbished with advanced communications technology, a company could avoid spending millions on new machines. Furthermore, extracting operational information from all its machines, both new and old, would permit a company to optimize its manufacturing processes. Companies that have moved to the Ethernet report a significant improvement in efficiency and cost savings.

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Showcase and Plant Tour at Héroux Devtek with CTMA

CTMA Western Ontario Chapter Plant Tour & Dinner Meeting

Date: May 20, 2010
Time: Tour – 4:00pm / Cocktails & Dinner – 5:30pm
Location: Héroux Devtek, 1665 Highland Road, W., Kitchener, Ontario
Price: $60 Members / $75 Future Members

Join us for a tour of Héroux Devtek that manufactures landing gear and aerospace structural components. The tour will highlight Héroux Devtek’s world-leading capabilities, with demonstrations of real-time machine monitoring and control with OEE+DNC, and the interconnection of these tools with the corporate network.

Cocktails and dinner will follow at the Holiday Inn – Kitchener with a presentation on “Shop Floor to Top Floor Information … in Real-Time” by David McPhail and John Rattray of Memex Automation Inc. This presentation will show how their breakthrough approach to managing the shop floor can yield significant gains in productivity.

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NSERC CANRIMT Advanced Research Project

Memex is working with a consortium of universities in advanced research on monitoring and controlling machining processes for manufacturing automation.  NSERC has announced this project for CANRIMT (Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology), see the web site.

This project is focused on modeling, analysis, monitoring and control of machining processes for manufacturing automation. The group is led by mechanical engineer Dr. Yusuf Altintas of the University of British Columbia, and involves Dr. Allan Spence from McMaster University, as well as Ecole Polytechnique and leading private sector companies in the industry. The analysis and deliverables will involve specialized algorithms working with Memex’s Ax9150 Universal Machine Interface hardware board as a component in monitoring and controlling the machines.

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Memex Automation Supports Industry

Memex has worked with industry to share information and knowledge with customer showcase events, speaking engagements and articles written and published. We are a corporate citizen.

See the attached articles for sample details.

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Memex Founder Nominated for Design Engineer Hall of Fame

The original founder of Memex was nominated to the Product Design & Development magazine Design Engineer Hall of Fame.

He is described as the “Steve Jobs” of the factory floor.  Combining hardware and software, he leads a team of developers that make high-end technical solutions for the metalworking industry in optimizing CNC controls and processes – connecting machining centers with the front office.  He has travelled, written and spoken on the coming “Embedded Universe” that will impact how machines communicate, share information and transform production technologies.