-- MERLIN can be used with highly automated lines, such as robotic systems, or with legacy machines, helping lean teams root out process inefficiencies and human errors
MERLIN's distinguishing feature is its high level of flexibility and interoperability. It can be used in any kind of manufacturing set-up and with any kind of machine - completely automated, semi-automated, and/or with legacy machines.
MERLIN bi-directionally connects the equipment on the shop floor with any enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. It can be easily integrated and installed using Microsoft standard software tools and an MS-SQL enterprise database, which can be mined enterprise-wide, and its data uploaded to other business intelligence tools.
"MERLIN's implementation time and costs are modest, and delivers significant value in the form of data analysis and visualization of capacity utilization," said
MERLIN provides unrivaled value by increasing customers' productivity levels and simultaneously reducing their downtime. Most customers report a 20 per cent to 50 per cent improvement in productivity, but in some cases, customers even reported productivity levels reaching 100 per cent.
Most importantly, Memex Automation is able to price its products almost 150 per cent to 200 per cent lower than the other competing products. This is made possible by MERLIN's adoption of standardized machine-to-machine (M2M) communication protocols and software based on reliable database technologies.
"Memex Automation's solution is innovative because it breaks away into three important directions which are different from the usual 'patch-and-hack' methods that are currently adopted by manufacturing firms" noted Angrish. "MERLIN offers: 1) a standardized machine-to-machine connection; 2) a real-time standardized rationalization of the data from any asset to measure capacity utilization; and 3) a standardized software approach that bi-directionally and objectively integrates an individual machine's data into the management's information systems."
MERLIN is mostly aimed at tier two and tier three companies. Tier one companies already have integrated and interconnected plants in place. Memex mainly focuses on the segments of the discrete manufacturing sector that requires a wide range of applications, such as automotive, aerospace, piping, precision machining and defense manufacturing.
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