Mazak, Cisco and Memex teamed up to create the SmartBox.
The SmartBox addresses the three big problem that manufacturing has today:
- The ability to connect legacy machine tools, sensors, (turn it into MTConnect), do it securely and provide award-winning software to view what's happening on the plant floor.
Memex has hardware and software in the SmartBox. We have our Ax760-MTC and MERLIN (our shop floor monitoring platform). At Memex, we refer the ability to connect to anything on the shop floor as addressing "the last meter" and we are recognized experts in this area. Memex's MERLIN is award winning - Manufacturing Execution Real-time Lean Information Network - is what turns this into actionable intelligence for manufacturing operators, manages and CxOs.
Below is a photo of the SmartBox that appeared on Mark Albert's (Modern Machine Shop Editor) blog on October 30th, 2015. The title of Mark's blog is appropriately titled, "What's So Smart about the SmartBox?" Mark does a great job discussing what makes up the SmartBox.
Mark brings out five key points in his blog about the SmartBox and is well worth reading.
The SmartBox is about the size of a medicine cabinet.
I am just writing about SmartBox now, while it was announced in October, because I wanted to wait until I had time to give more justice to this huge announcement and it was a little closer to the time it would be shipping. I am sure I will be writing more about this exciting product.
Below is our (Memex Inc.) announcement in October on a game changing technology called SmartBox. I highlighted the many key points of the SmartBox.
"The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) just got real for manufacturing productivity. Later this month, Mazak Corporation will showcase MERLIN software from MEMEX Inc. (TSX-V: OEE) with hardware from information technology (IT) leader Cisco in what is described as a collaborative platform called SmartBox.