Memex Automation (CVE:OEE), the maker of a tool that works to improve manufacturing efficiencies, says that Mazak Optonics has invited the company to jointly demonstrate its product's ability to connect all manufacturing machines to management and increase income from operations in real time.
Mazak's laser-cutting systems and Memex's product Merlin will be demonstrated at FabTech in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 11 to 13.
Memex's Merlin is a hardware and software tool that tracks a large number of data inputs that measure OEE [overall equipment effectiveness] in real-time, machine by machine, as well as other operational machine information.
It enables customers to address production bottlenecks as they happen, converting idle time back into production and ultimately improving throughput and increasing income from plant operations.
"We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Mazak and to demonstrate our combined capabilities to their extensive customer base and distribution channels," said chief executive officer, David McPhail.
"MERLIN, as a forward and backward compatible MTConnect-based solution, universally connects all machines to management in real-time, measures plant-wide capacity utilization and shows manufacturers how to make more production, generating IRRs of up to 400%."
Mazak Optonics is the laser-cutting systems division of Yamazaki Mazak Corp, which designs and manufactures productive machine tools and automation systems.
Memex's Merlin was also showcased by Mazak at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago in September, as well as at EMO in Hannover, Germany last year.
Mazak purchased Merlin to manage its plant in Florence, Kentucky, and has cited a 42 percent increase in equipment utilization.
"The availability of key data is crucial to managing operational performance. The combination of MTConnect and MERLIN will deliver performance details including dashboards that open up tremendous real-time visibility for both individual machines and the entire shop floor," added Mazak's general manager of sales support, Marc Lobit.
MTConnect is the open, royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software applications. It is used with Memex's new CNC hardware adapters, bringing OEE network connectivity from the shop floor to management, no matter the make, model or vintage of machine.