Monday, May 9, 2016

The SmartBox and the Competition Article at Smart Manufacturing Magazine

I was interviewed last week by Brett Brune Editor, Smart Manufacturing magazine the Mazak-Memex-Cisco SmartBox and competition:

"Memex Chief Technology Officer Dave Edstrom is “very pleased to see more of these type boxes come out—because, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships,” he said.

But he couldn’t stop himself from making a quick comparison with the offering from Forcam/Wago: “The integration of what Mazak is doing with the SmartBox, with Memex and Cisco—making it easier to connect—will resonate very well with manufacturing. You don’t have to sell someone on Memex’s ability to connect anything. And you don’t have to sell anyone on Cisco’s ability to network a lot of devices together and do it securely. So that’s why we think SmartBox is a game-changer.”

I also really liked Brian Papke's, Mazak President, comments on our MERLIN product:

"Merlin lets companies “take data and make it manageable,” said Papke, who serves on the board for MTConnect. Otherwise, companies end up with “digital exhaust.”"

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