Montreal-based Worximity Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with manufacturing sector IT services provider KEOPS, also based in Montreal, to speed up the adoption of smart factory technologies (IIoT) among local and international manufacturers.
Worximity’s specialty in offering connectivity and real-time monitoring technologies will complement the integrated IT solutions that KEOPS offers to manufacturers, and their partnership will increase market exposure for both companies.
“Our partnership with KEOPS is strategic to spread our smart factory technologies rapidly on the global market,” says Worximity founder and CEO Yannick Desmarais. “KEOPS’ experience in many of our key industries such as food, beverage and confectioneries makes them a natural partner to implement our real-time monitoring solutions in factories, where productivity and efficiency gains can make a real difference in competitiveness.”
KEOPS was founded in 1982 and acquired by Air Liquide in early 2000, and has since gone on to be recognized as a leader in the design, development and deployment of innovative solutions across a broad spectrum of manufacturing industries, including metals, food & beverage, and consumer packaged goods.
Founded in 2011, Worximity’s connectivity technologies are now deployed on more than 400 production lines across North America to be monitored in real-time by factory managers and workers.
“At first, we were attracted by the ingenuity of Worximity’s products and vision of the management team,” says KEOPS vice-president and CEO Guy Cyr. “The complementary nature of KEOPS and Worximity’s products, services, markets, clients and expertise is undeniable. For me, Worximity technologies is born from an innovative idea, supported by great intelligence, and gives the opportunity for small and medium manufacturers to quickly take advantage of Industry 4.0. Worximity’s products are ingenious and simple and allow manufacturers to implement manufacturing intelligence tools to optimize their production and stay or become leaders.”
Last year, Worximity closed a $2 million fundraising round, led by W Investments and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the aim of which was to expand the company’s operations in the United States and South America.
The partnership with KEOPS follows quickly on the heels of another strategic partnership with Laval-based Datahex, to connect both companies’ equipment, teams and processes to highlight relevant data to allow client manufacturers to improve the productivity and competitiveness of their high-performance systems.
Datahex’s paperless digital forms platform provides businesses with real-time analysis of data collected on the production floor.
“Worximity and Datahex are technologies that naturally converge when clients wish to take control of their operations with new technologies. A strategic partnership between our two companies goes without saying,” says Datahex founder and president Charles Mussely.
Datahex and Worximity’s partnership is already being used at the Viandes Lacroix meat processing plant in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
“By combining Worximity’s real-time monitoring of key performance indicators with Datahex’s digitized data forms, I have a complete real-time picture of my factory,” said Viandes Lacroix operations vice president, Glenn Cardoso. “I can react quickly to adjust critical situations and take better decisions on a daily basis for my business to grow.”
Both Worximity and KEOPS will be presenting at the Advanced Manufacturing Canada conference and exhibition in Toronto on November 2-3.