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Leading Enterprise Manufacturing Companies purchase Memex Automation’s MERLIN Software

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Astrix Networks Inc., operating as Memex Automation, the global leader of manufacturing M2M productivity software, is pleased to announce Addison, IL-based Overton Chicago Gear Corporation and Ingersoll Rand Trane have made initial purchases of the machine tool productivity software solution MERLIN.

“Overton Chicago Gear (OCG) in its pursuit of continual improvement of its operation has reached an agreement with Memex to install its MERLIN data collection system on a number of machines,” said Don Brown, President and CEO of Overton Chicago Gear.  “One of the reasons OCG selected MERLIN is that one of our other divisions has had a successful experience with this system and the ability it has given them to increase machine uptime and throughput.”

“We see how the MERLIN system can collect data automatically from the machine, with much detail and granularity of events which will give us much more actionable data to streamline our manufacturing process,” continued Brown. “We are looking forward to a successful launch in Q1 2015.”

“We are thrilled to see MERLIN being adopted by manufacturing leaders like Overton Chicago Gear Corporation and Ingersoll Rand Trane,” said John Rattray, Memex Automation’s Vice President of Sales. “Many of our clients operate multiple plants throughout the world and our software has the sophistication and scale to perform as an enterprise solution across their entire asset base.”

Memex Automation’s flagship 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 output by more than 10% and related Income From Operations by as much as 20% – 60%.

About Overton Chicago Gear Corporation

Overton Chicago Gear is a full service manufacturer of gears and enclosed gear drives with a rich tradition.  It has been designing and producing gear boxes since 1888 and was one of the founding members of the American Gear Manufacturing Association (AGMA).  For more information, please visit

About Ingersoll Rand Trane:

Ingersoll Rand has a family of brands including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®, who work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. For more information, visit

About Memex Automation:

Astrix Networks Inc., operating as 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.


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