MEMEX - Control Costs with Shop Floor Monitoring

Control Costs with Shop Floor Monitoring

Taken from the Okuma Blog, Jeff Estes digs deeper into why machine monitoring is the key to finding where the productivity problems are so you can find and resolve them.

Profits can sneak out your door silently, unseen. But today we have tools that can help you determine where your productivity problems are, so you find and resolve them. The key is to perform shop floor monitoring and operations monitoring in addition to machine monitoring. By doing this you can view key performance indicators like parts output and quality – factors that are critical to measure so you can control your costs.

Dig Into Dashboard Data

When a job takes longer than planned, you can spend a lot of time chasing people down to try and unravel the mystery about why this is happening. Or you can quickly find out where the problem is coming from in real time, from one centralized dashboard right at your desk. Check out this video to see how to use a shop floor monitoring dashboard to pinpoint issues that may be reducing your productivity. In our example, we see:

• An Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of 22%. (Yes, this is bad!)
• Performance is only 67%. (Why?)

By digging deeper into the dashboard data, clues emerge about these problem areas. Perhaps there’s an operator that needs more training, or there’s a problem with the material or process. Having a view of where the problem comes from allows you to solve it or prevent it. Shop floor monitoring tools like those available from Memex and dataZen (members of Partners in THINC) allow you to focus your energy in the right place, so you can increase your productivity.

How are you monitoring your shop floor? Feel free to comment below, or contact us, or your local distributor, to find out how you can use shop floor monitoring. And send us your ideas for future video blogs – we’re here to help!

Jeff Estes is Director of Partners in THINC, Okuma America Corporation.

MEMEX - MERLIN at Rose Integration

MERLIN in operation at Rose Integration

View our video of Memex Automation’s machine tool automation technology, MERLIN installed at Rose Integration Ltd. a precision machining manufacturer in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. With MERLIN in place, Rose Integration has gained several benefits including an increase in machine Overall Operating Efficiency (OEE) from 40% to 82% . This video shows operations on the Rose Integration shop floor as well as the MERLIN display of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that display real-time data including machine performance, availability, quality, downtime, reject counts and part counts. MERLIN’s data forms the basis of daily team meetings at Rose to discuss operations.

November 28, 2013.

3:30 minute video.

MERLIN allows companies to see first hand the productivity and increased profitability as it happens.  Real-time visible dashboard metrics are available for the entire shop floor to see and OEE + DNC hardware and software enable your company to function at its best.  It generates work orders by an ERP system that sends accurate results back to the central ERP database.  Because it takes the data straight from the machine itself automatically, you will see your company’s production increase a minimum of 10% in operational improvement, and a 20% – 60% increase in profit, in less than 3 months.

MERLIN OEE is a time saving, and money saving solution, that will increase productivity and profitability in the long run.

MEMEX - Live on BNN

Memex Live on BNN

Memex Automation’s Dave McPhail, gives an interview live on BNN, discussing manufacturing, profits and productivity.

November 28, 2013.

4 minute video.

MEMEX - Manufacturing Productivity

Rose Integration Testimonial

“We have had a significant increase.  In the last year and a half we have gone from an average of 40% OEE across the shop to 82% OEE across the shop.”

– Ryan Bishop, Operations Manager


30 Second video clip


A comprehensive interview about Memex MERLIN (10 minutes)


Rose Integration on MERLIN Capacity Utilization (1 minute)


Rose Integration on QA Setup reduction (1:30 minutes)


Rose Integration on MERLIN Reports (3 minutes)


Rose Integration on MERLIN on the Internal Customer (1:30 minutes)

MEMEX - Factory of the Future

Factory of the Future

Here you will be able to find information from the Factory of the Future webinar that took place Thursday May 30th, 2013. at 11 am.

View the webinar below:

We know this was a concise presentation, meant as an informative overview.

The internet has been such a huge benefit to society, opening up so much information for everyone.  Now the technology is here so that you can access the information directly from the machines and connect automatically to your ERP systems.

If this interests you, then we suggest that a more detailed presentation be arranged for your team specifically, say 1-2 hours.  Bring the stakeholders of Management, Engineering, Production and Operations all together, and simply let us in Sales know so we can schedule it with you.  Our sales team are all trained to dig deep into the technology side for your benefit.

Better yet, contact our Sales department today to try a no obligation pilot on a machine, or cell, or line of machines.  The benefits are significant, 10%-50% improvement by measuring exactly at the machine, and linking shop floor to top floor.  The Factory of the Future!

In association with Microsoft, MTConnect Institute, Ellipse Solutions and Memex Automation, you will see with a live demonstration how utilizing a Manufacturing Execution System directly with an ERP business system has immense advantages with plant operations. The Factory of the Future is vertically and horizontally integrated – vertically from Shop Floor to Top Floor, and horizontally throughout the plant-wide operations.  The benefits are many and often lead to 50% – 100% increases in profitability.

You will hear leading industry experts view of the future for manufacturing, with:

Gil Garcia, Director Manufacturing Industries for Microsoft, 

Dave Edstrom, President and Chairman of the Board  MTConnect Institute,

David Rourke, Manufacturing Consultant, Ellipse Solutions LLC, an MES systems integrator

John Rattray, VP with David McPhail, President & CEO, Memex Automation Inc.