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Memex and MatrikonOPC™ showcase open connectivity to Machine Tools at IMTS08


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Friday, September 12, 2008- The next evolution in  manufacturing connectivity will be unveiled by Memex Automation Inc. and MatrikonOPC™, the world’s largest OPC connectivity provider, at the largest International Manufacturing Technology Show held in Chicago, September 8–13, 2008. 

The ability to connect machine tools to the corporate network using industry standards is a critical component in improving manufacturing productivity.  Utilizing MatrikonOPC’s standards based connectivity to interface with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), CNC machines, and analog (older) technologies, can provide North American companies the edge that they need to stay competitive in a global market.  By leveraging MatrikonOPC, secure, reliable interconnectivity from the factory floor to a wide variety of OPC clients and HMI’s is now a reality.  “The choice to partner with MatrikonOPC was easy:  they are the recognized leader in industrial connectivity in this space.” said Memex CEO Tom Gaasenbeek.

“Bridging the gap between MTConnect and the plant floor using OPC connectivity is an extremely exciting opportunity.  MatrikonOPC is proud to be partnering with Memex to be on the forefront of development with MTConnect and OPC.” said Sean Leonard, Vice President, OPC

A critical application, available from Memex, showcases the benefits of this new level of device connectivity by tracking and reporting on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) in a manufacturing operation.  This provides unparalleled machine monitoring capability for engineers, project managers, and production managers.

Memex Automation’s product, the Mx1150 LDC (Local DNC Controller) has been expanded with OEE capabilities.  The Mx1150 LDC provides local memory, onboard DNC, embedded OEE, machine monitoring, and adaptive control that promises to significantly improve legacy machine tool controls on the shop floor, delivering higher efficiency and increased productivity.

Production Managers can now monitor the status of every machine in their plant, giving real time visibility of production.  “The benefits of machine monitoring lead directly to increased productivity.  Our customers have seen up to 20% increase in shop floor efficiency, delivering more value than the cost of a new machine.” says Memex CEO Tom Gaasenbeek.  Large multi-national manufacturers and leading aerospace companies have adopted this technology.  “It’s like a low cost retrofit. In effect, we Automate the Automation,”

The IMTS show is held in Chicago at McCormick Place September 8-13; 10am – 6pm, for more details.  Memex Automation will be in Lakeside Center East, Hall D at Booth D-4574.

About MatrikonOPC™ (a division of Matrikon Inc. [TSX: MTK])
With a collection of more than 500 OPC products and over 100,000 installations worldwide, MatrikonOPC is the world's largest supplier of OPC connectivity products. Matrikon is a charter member of the OPC Foundation, and has demonstrated a commitment to developing OPC as the industrial connectivity standard.

Matrikon's international customer base includes a wide range of companies from process to discrete manufacturers in industrial, commercial and military applications. With offices throughout North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, Matrikon's reach is global.

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MatrikonOPC and Matrikon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Matrikon Inc.

For more information, contact:
Manny Mandrusiak
MatrikonOPC Marketing Manager
+1 780-448-1010 extension 4606

About Memex Automation Inc.
Memex Automation Inc., a unit of Astrix Networks Inc. was created to leverage the research and development of Memex Electronics, which was founded in 1992. Memex continues the tradition of serving the discrete manufacturing sector providing electronic components such as advanced memory upgrades for CNC’s, BTR’s, handheld devices and PC cards. A focus on visionary shop floor communication technology helps customers to Automate the Automation so as to increase productivity and decrease cost. Memex’s Dynamic Computer Aided Machining technology delivers value with Real Time Production Machine Monitoring utilizing OEE + DNC software solutions.  Expert service is delivered from it’s head office in Burlington, Ontario and a large dealer network for local on-site service.  More information can be found at or by email to

“Automate the Automation” and “Dynamic Computer Aided Machining” are trademarks of Memex Automation Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Memex Automation Inc. © Memex Automation Inc., a unit of Astrix Networks Inc.




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