Thursday, April 10, 2014

My [MC]2 2014 Manufacturing and Scaling Big Data Presentation

Yesterday afternoon, I gave a 45 minute presentation on Manufacturing and Scaling Big Data at [MC]2 2014.  Here are just a couple of my slides where I was sharing some of the laws and numbers around Big Data as well as the summary.

100,000 Libraries of Congress 
The amount of printed material at the Library of Congress is 10TB

A petabyte is 1,000 TB

An exabyte (EB)

The prefix exa means one billion billion, or one quintillion

1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes

1,000 petabytes, or a million TBs or a billion gigabytes

67 million iPhones of data

It is rumored that NSA has 3 to 12 Exabytes at their new facility in Bluffdale, Utah

New large data set tools, like hadoop, have replaced yesterday’s tools, and new tools will be created to deal with tomorrow’s even larger data sets


That’s 340 undecillion
aka IPv6 addressing – 128 bit addresses
If we took every single atom on planet Earth, we would be able to give each and every atom 100 IPv6 addresses
IPv4 was too small at 4,294,967,296
That’s 4 billion
That’s 32 bits
IPv6 is the foundation for manufacturing and scaling big data

  O'Dell's Law  

Scaling is ALWAYS THE problem
If you’re not afraid, you simply do NOT understand

  Groundwater's Law 

/* You are not expected to understand this */
Everything you know is wrong
How do the little electrons know?
Monster cables versus Home Depot wire
Do the math
Sun Net Manager’s Two Questions
Can be summarized as, “stop, and think through this problem.”

Edstrom's MTConnect Law

The value of any manufacturing network is the number of MTConnect enabled systems plus the number of software systems that are integrated with that MTConnect data squared
[MTConnect + Integrated Software ]2

Below is the summary of my presentation:

Manufacturing means accessing and creating the RIGHT data and the right metadata  

Scaling means using the right metrics and algorithms to separate the signals from all the noise

It’s not the size of your data, it’s what you do with it.

[MC]2 2014 Memex Automation Presentation: MTConnecting Your Income Statement

Yesterday, Dave McPhail and I gave a presentation at [MC]2 2014. It was a BIG hit and we received many compliments. 

MTConnecting Your Income Statement

The Holy Grail in manufacturing is not just about getting the data via MTConnect and having a shop floor monitoring dashboard in place.  The true Holy Grail is the ability to associate and correlate MTConnect data with the financial costing data contained within most manufacturer's ERP systems, as well as to quantify and display real-time dashboards that show the cost of poor performance in real-time in dollars and cents.  This allows for the first time the ability for the manufacturing operations team to understand the absolute true cost of manufacturing minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, anytime on any device.  Important and timely decisions can now be made to increase income from operations by these new and important derived metrics, thereby achieving true manufacturing excellence.

Below is the press release on our presentation:

Shark Tank-Inspired Manifesto for Manufacturing CEOs and CFOs-"Show me the money!"

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - April 08, 2014) - MC(2) 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - David McPhail and Dave Edstrom are on a network connectivity mission on behalf of manufacturing CEOs and CFOs. Their company, Memex Automation Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OEE), is an award-winning global leader of Machine to Machine (M2M) manufacturing productivity solutions, but they're not content to transform machine-level productivity. At a talk they're giving tomorrow at the MC(2) 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference, the executives are laying out their vision to tie income statements real-time to what is happening on the shop floor -- something they call "Financial OEE."

"Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, is the measurement of plant-wide capacity utilization, and it's generally accepted today as the most important manufacturing metric. However, using the open, royalty-free MTConnect standard, manufacturing companies can generate OEE in real-time, enterprise-wide, machine by machine," said McPhail, Memex Automation's CEO. "As useful as that is for shop-floor management engineers and continuous improvement coordinators, we're now saying that's not good enough. Manufacturing CEOs and CFOs deserve more. To use an analogy inspired by the popular business TV show Shark Tank, they have a right to stand up and say 'Show me the money!'"
"CEOs and CFOs in every manufacturing company can and should demand industry solutions that go beyond shop-floor monitoring systems to drive real-time updates to their income statements," emphasized McPhail. "The holy grail of manufacturing excellence comes from understanding how manufacturers can move from an OEE utilization dashboard to solutions that produce real-time costing and financial data so they can understand at any given second what their plants are producing in dollars and cents versus percentage efficiency metrics."

McPhail is teaming up with Dave Edstrom, Memex Automation's CTO, to deliver this productivity manifesto on Financial OEE. Edstrom was formerly President and Chairman of the Board of the MTConnect Institute, where he was instrumental in the creation of the MTConnect standard.

In October 2006, while working at Sun Microsystems, Edstrom and Dr. David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), laid out the MTConnect vision at AMT -- The Association for Manufacturing Technology's Annual Meeting. Edstrom is also the author of the book "MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know" as well as a prolific writer of white papers, technical and business articles.

McPhail and Edstrom's April 9(th) talk is titled "MTConnecting Your Income Statement" and will be given from 1:30 to 2PM at the Exhibit Hall of the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, FL. Both executives will be available for interviews before and after that time.

About Memex Automation Inc.
Memex Automation (TSX VENTURE: OEE) is the global leader of Machine to Machine (M2M) manufacturing productivity solutions and the measurement of Overall Equipment Effectiveness in real-time ("OEE"). In 2013, Frost & Sullivan recognized Memex's flagship product MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) with its Technology Innovation Leadership Award, and Microsoft picked MERLIN to be its mid-market ERP machine connectivity solution. Mazak, North America's largest original equipment manufacturer of machine tools purchased MERLIN to manage its Florence, KY, plant and offers MERLIN on its price list. For more information, please visit:

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Memex Automation Inc.
David McPhail
Phone: 905-635-1536
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Jill McCubbin
Communications Architect
Phone: 613-256-3939

MTConnect Challeng Winners Announced at [MC]2 2014

National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining


[MC]2 2014 Conference Attendees Vote and Award 
Three MTConnect Challenge 2 Winners
Blairsville, Pa. - April 10, 2014. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T), sponsored along with AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the U.S. Army Benét Labs, proudly announce the three top winners of the MTConnect Challenge 2 as voted by [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference attendees:
  • First Prize $100,000 Winner: Valerie Pezzullo of Clemson University forMachining Process Monitoring to Aid in Chatter Identification
    This application developed by Clemson University's Valerie Pezzullo offers machining process monitoring, facilitates the communication of part-specific information, and includes customization and scalability for different manufacturing facilities and academic research institutions. By integrating machining process information gathered through MTConnect with information from proprietary data acquisition tools and custom sensors, this application provides a means to monitor cutting conditions to help reduce and prevent chatter and aid in analysis to avoid subsequent unstable operating conditions. It also improves the input and tracking of part numbers and organizes machining process information in a central location according to the specific part.
  • Second Prize $75,000 Winner: Joel Neidig of Itamco for Expanding Manufacturing's Vision: MTConnect + Google Glass
    By leveraging the capabilities of Google Glass with its heads-up display, camera, touchpad, microphone, email and internet connection built into the spectacle frame and combining it with MTConnect functionality, Joel Neidig of Itamco provides a never before view into the manufacturing process. The user of the Google Glass equipped with MTConnect is not only liberated from laptops and hand-held smart devices, but also is able to travel the entire shop floor, gathering and sharing machine data provided by MTConnect, and accessing the internet on demand for more information.
  • Third Prize $50,000 Winner: Shane Crandall for Promise
    Designed to be general, flexible, scalable, reliable, fast, and free, Shane Crandall's Promise is a blank canvas to create custom views of real-time data from MTConnect devices. It is a user-configured MTConnect client in the form of an intuitive Web application. Promise is an intranet Web application-or Web site-that may be easily deployed and widely utilized by and completely configurable from any device with a Web browser.
The final round of judging occurred Wed., April 9th by [MC]2 2014 Conference attendees upon the conclusion of presentations by each of the five finalists. The OSD DMS&T sponsored the MTConnect Challenge, which was a two-part competition for the development of manufacturing intelligence ideas and solutions using the MTConnect standard. NCDMM, AMT, and the U.S. Army Benét Labs oversaw the Challenge.
"On behalf of all of us at NCDMM, AMT, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the MTConnect Challenge judging panel, and the MTConnect Institute, we extend our congratulations to the three top winners for their participation and innovative MTConnect-based software applications," said John Wilczynski, NCDMM Program Manager. "We hope Challenge 2 will serve as a catalyst for the development of more MTConnect-based software that will enable manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs for the defense manufacturing industry. We also want to thank [MC]2 attendees-our community of MTConnect supporters-for voting and helping to determine our top winners."
With the MTConnect Challenge 2, participants were tasked with the development of innovative and unique software applications using the MTConnect standard that could be easily adopted by manufacturing enterprises, especially lower tier producers, to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and support the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain management objectives.
MTConnect is an open, royalty-free set of communications standards intended to foster greater interoperability and information sharing between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications. The MTConnect Institute manages the development and further adoption of the standard. Prior to the development of the MTConnect standard, harnessing the wealth of available information and data across equipment and devices has been challenging due in large part to the disparate nature of software programs.
For more information about the [MC]2 2014 MTConnect Conference, To learn more about MTConnect, visit the MTConnect Institute at
NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes-the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit NCDMM at

About AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members-those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to createtomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North

About Benét Labs
Benét Labs is a Department of the Army Center of Excellence supporting the management and execution of life cycle research, development, engineering, design, producibility, and engineering standardization programs for large caliber armaments, mortars and direct fire systems. A full complement of modern laboratory equipment, along with a highly trained staff of scientist, engineers, and technicians, enables Benét to be a world leader in innovative technology and applications.
About [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference
The [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference is a three-day conference designed for end users, equipment and device suppliers, software developers, distributors, integrators, students, and professors interested in the advancement of data-driven manufacturing. The MTConnect Institute compiled a world-class roster of manufacturing technology thought leaders and industry insiders for the [MC]2 conference. The theme for 2014 is "Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing." For more information about the [MC]2 2014 MTConnect Conference, visit

The MTConnect Institute
The MTConnect Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization established to further the development of the MTConnect standard and publish related materials. The organization includes Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Technical Steering Committee, as well as various working groups to further the standard in specific technology areas. Any company or organization can be a member and aid in furthering the development of the MTConnect standard by becoming a member of the TAG. Membership is free, and it requires agreement to the MTConnect Intellectual Property Policy, which can be found on the MTConnect website's "Institute" section.

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Memex Automation Joins Partners in THINC

This is a BIG deal.  Okuma are great partners.

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Julie Murphy, Marketing Manager Okuma America Corporation 704-504-6324 or 704-547-4930 

Memex Automation Joins Partners in THINC 

Okuma America Corporation announces that Memex Automation has joined Partners in THINC. Memex Automation joins 40+ other members that provide solutions to end-users and enhance productivity while maintaining lean operations. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 1, 2014) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, is pleased to announce that Memex Automation Inc., the operating company of Astrix Automation Inc. (TSX-V: OEE) and maker of the MERLIN Manufacturing Execution System, an innovative shop floor productivity solution, has joined Partners in THINC. 

Memex Automation, headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, specializes in networking machine tools to management information systems. This communication allows for productivity, plant- wide visibility and other statistics to be sent digitally anywhere in the world. Memex Automation solutions are used by a variety of Okuma customers throughout a variety of industries. Their applications are designed to interface with a wide range of controllers and data including the open-architecture Okuma THINC®-OSP control. 

Benefits of Memex Automation solutions include:
  • Manufacturing Execution System which improves profitability, reduces waste and
    ensures compliance with regulations
  • MERLIN machine monitoring typically increases shop floor efficiency by 10% or more
  • Direct Numerical Control allows for simultaneous upload and download of multiple CNC
  • MERLIN offers an M2M communications platform for enabling information from
    machines to be utilized for improving machining operations
    “We are excited to announce our new partnership with Memex Automation. Their expertise and dedication to helping manufacturers obtain the highest level of profitability possible through real time productivity information tools, makes them a great addition to Partners in THINC.” says Jeff Estes, Director of Partners in THINC.
    For more information on Memex Automation and other members of Partners in THINC, visit
Okuma America Corporation
11900 Westhall Drive Charlotte, North Carolina 28278 Phone: (704) 588-7000 Fax: (704) 588-6503 ISO 9001:2008 Registered Quality System
About Okuma America Corporation:

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability. Along with its industry- leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC®, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.
About Partners in THINC:

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®- OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user. For more information, visit thinc.
About Memex Automation:

Memex Automation (TSX-V:OEE) is the leader of the measurement of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (“OEE”) in

real-time. OEE is the measurement of plant-wide capacity utilization. MERLIN (Manufacturing Enterprise Real-time Lean Information Network) generates OEE enterprise-wide, machine by machine. Frost & Sullivan awarded MERLIN its 2013 Technology Innovation Leadership Award. In 2013, Microsoft picked MERLIN to be its mid-market ERP machine connectivity solution. MERLIN incorporates the MTConnect standard, an open source royalty free XML protocol, and it solves the last meter connectivity problem faced by 97% of manufacturers. For more information, please visit: