FM Industries purchases MERLIN solution from Memex Automation (TSX-V: OEE)

Burlington, ON, Canada – May 13, 2015 – As the leaders of the worldwide manufacturing renaissance continue their push for plant efficiency improvements, California-based FM Industries has purchased the machine tool productivity software solution MERLIN, from Astrix Networks Inc. (TSX-V: OEE), operating under the trade name Memex Automation.

Memex Automation’s flagship software product, MERLIN, enables effective machine communication across the shop floor, speeds up production processes, and can increase machine utilization by an average of 10% to 50%. Plants using MERLIN are able to improve Income from Operations by as much as 60% with a payback in months.

FM Industries has installed MERLIN as part of their first phase of a possible multi-phase project.  “Driven by our dedication to continuous improvement, we surveyed the marketplace and solicited input from our manufacturing partners to identify the leading shop floor communications platform to drive our data driven manufacturing initiatives” said Mark Filice, Director of Engineering and Information Technology.

“The precision machining sector values accuracy, which is where the MERLIN solution excels, as it provides excellent data” said John Rattray, Memex Automation’s Vice President of Sales. “Advanced machine monitoring solutions utilize the MTConnect standard for data driven manufacturing, harnessing the power of MERLIN’s ability to bring machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity from the shop floor to the top floor.”

About FM Industries:

FM Industries is a leading contract manufacturer of precision components and assemblies for the semiconductor equipment industry.  With 4 plants and well over 100 CNC machines, they are recognized as a premier solutions provider, specializing in build to print, precision machined components, engineered thermal spray coatings, anodization and thermal sprayed electrostatic chucks.  FM Industries provides its customers with leading-edge support from prototype to production and a progressive approach in solving the most difficult of challenges.  For more information, please visit

About Memex Automation:

Memex Automation provides award winning software to measure Machine to Machine (M2M) productivity and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in real-time. MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) generates OEE metrics for each machine in every plant. MERLIN is used by leading machine tool companies as a complete shop floor communications platform. For more information, please visit:

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Phone: 905-635-1540 ext. 103

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Phone: 519-993-1114

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