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Cimetrix Blog Series Round-up

Posted by Kimberly Daich; Director of Marketing on Aug 8, 2019 12:08:59 PM

For the last couple of years, we have published a number of beneficial series in this forum to help contribute to the understanding of many of the standards in the manufacturing industry. In case you missed some of them, we are going to re-cap and link to the most popular today.

GEM Features and Benefits

This series features 15 separate posts with videos and information on some of the most important aspects of the GEM (SECS/GEM) standard. This series is one of our most popular ever and was written by a number of the Cimetrix engineering team who have studied and practiced GEM for many years.

EDA Application and Benefits in Smart Manufacturing

With the adoption of the latest SEMI EDA (Equipment Data Acquisition, also known as Interface A) standards accelerating significantly over the past 2 years, we felt it was time to highlight the applications across the industry that make the best use of these standards, and the specific manufacturing benefits that result. 

Models in Smart Manufacturing

In this series, we highlighted the importance of explicit and standardized models in the context of equipment communications interfaces and some of the “smart” factory applications they support. 

EDA Testing

Since the EDA/Interface A adoption process has now clearly reached critical mass, we must seriously address the question “How are we going to test the equipment and systems that incorporate these standards?” This is an excellent question, and one that has a multi-part answer, which is addressed in this 6-part series.

These, and many others including a the Cimetrix Book Club and Meet-the-Team series are some of what you can find on our blog. Be sure to subscribe today!

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Topics: Industry Standards, Doing Business with Cimetrix, SECS/GEM Features & Benefits Series, EDA in Smart Manufacturing Series, EDA Testing Series, Meet Our Team, Book Club

Meet the Front Office Team: Jake Strong

Posted by Cimetrix on Jun 12, 2019 11:30:00 AM

cimetrix-jake-strong-controllerIt's time to meet the folks that keep Cimetrix running - our Front Office team! Meet Jake Strong,  Cimetrix Controller. Read on to learn a little bit more about Jake.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I've been at Cimetrix for 4 years and 4 months.

What is your role at Cimetrix?

Controller

What drew you to Cimetrix originally?

I was coming from a company where my role was highly specialized and I was looking to work for a company where I could have a more involved and comprehensive role in the accounting department. Cimetrix provided me with that opportunity. In addition, once I had my first interview, I was immediately drawn in by the friendliness of the admin team and impressiveness of the executive team.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I really enjoy the people with whom I work. I also enjoy that my position enables me to work with all of the other departments within Cimetrix; that gives me the opportunity to work with nearly every employee and to be involved with all aspects of the company.

What do you find to be most challenging about your job?

A result of working in a role that touches so many other parts of the company is that I frequently come up against projects that are unrelated to any of my previous work experience. However, this has enabled me to gain a lot of valuable exposure to areas beyond just accounting and to develop critical thinking and research skills that will serve me in all of my professional life.  

What are your top 3 favorite books and/or movies?

Ever since streaming TV took off I have been watching fewer and fewer movies. So, I’ll give you my top 3 TV series: Seinfeld, Game of Thrones and VEEP.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to be outdoors as much as possible. During the summer I spend a lot of time at the pool or paddle boarding at the lake with my wife and 3 kids. We also like to camp, hike and explore all of the amazing state and national parks that Utah has to offer; in the winter I snowboard while I wait for summer to start again. I also like to gather around good food and sporting events with my family and friends.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Cimetrix Around the World

Cimetrix team members from around the world gathered in Japan for our annual Global Sales Meeting. The entire Cimetrix sales team was in attendance, as well as all of our Asian based Solutions Engineering team members, representatives from product management and our Smart Factory Business unit. The meetings were held at our new Cimetrix Japan office located in Yokohama, outside of Tokyo. Our hosts from Cimetrix Japan made sure everyone’s time in Japan was very comfortable and the cherry blossoms were still in bloom. We also took advantage to visit key customers in Korea and Japan both before and after the sales meeting.

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The sales meetings included updates on the Company’s long term strategy and product roadmaps. Team members reviewed local trends in their regions, which included North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia. In addition, team members reviewed the record number of new customers gained over the past several years, customer trends and plans to ensure customer satisfaction.

Everyone was in agreement the Cimetrix strategy to open local offices with sales and technical support has been working very well as customers greatly appreciate dealing with local people that share the same language and culture. As the leading provider of software solutions for equipment connectivity and control in the smart factory, this strategy allows Cimetrix to provide the highest levels of passionate customer support to ensure our customer’s success, as well as develop direct relationships with major customers to help drive product roadmaps.

In the past, many companies in Asia used competitive solutions from small regional suppliers. However, now that most companies do business worldwide, they prefer to deal with a larger company that is truly global and an expert not only in their native country, but everywhere their products are sold. Cimetrix is uniquely positioned to fill these needs.

It was very exciting to see the great team members that have joined Cimetrix and are working hard for our success around the world!

To contact us around the globe, visit our Contact page and select your local office.

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Topics: Cimetrix Company Culture, Events, Global Services, Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0, Meet Our Team

Meet the Front Office Team: Kelli Freshman

Posted by Cimetrix on Apr 17, 2019 11:17:00 AM

Meet the Team Kelli-FreshmanIt's time to meet the folks that keep Cimetrix running - our Front Office team! Meet Kelli Freshman, a Cimetrix Administrative Assistant. Read on to learn a little bit more about Kelli.

How long have you been working at Cimetrix? 

I have worked at Cimetrix since June of 2018, though it feels like I’ve been a part of this team for much longer.

What is your role at Cimetrix?

My official position is Administrative Assistant, providing support to all of the employees of Cimetrix. My day to day tasks vary greatly from all things big and small. I enjoy arranging the details of travel, gatherings and client visits, ensuring things go smoothly. I am responsible for maintaining the calendar for the office, tracking our employees near and far as they visit clients, tradeshows, or work remotely all over the globe. Annually, Cimetrix holds an “All Company Gathering” which is a week where all of our employees, regardless of where they work/live, meet in Salt Lake City for training, team building and a lot of fun! This event includes many moving parts and I love making sure it all goes off without a hitch.  

What drew you to Cimetrix originally?

The first things that attracted me to Cimetrix was the thoroughness and precision that comes behind every decision. From the smallest details to the largest decisions, they place the utmost importance in making sure whatever they decide will move the company forward. Having worked here, I value the team atmosphere more than anything. Regardless of your position, opinions are heard and valued. I also appreciate the attitude of getting the people that are best suited for any position and letting them shine at that, rather than trying to stretch employees thin doing everything.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I find it incredibly rewarding to be a part of things going smoothly, according to plan. I love helping people and making them feel welcome and happy at work. 

What do you find to be most challenging about your job?

There are definitely a lot of different aspects of my job. Keeping track of the different tasks and varied responsibilities takes a focus and ability to multi-task to a level at which I haven’t had to reach before. I’ve enjoyed the challenges of this position, and excited to continue to help other departments in the areas I have experience in. 

What are your top 3 favorite books and/or movies?

As for books, I really enjoy checking thrillers and self-help books out from the library and setting them on my nightstand until they are due and I have to take them back unread.

The first half of movies are usually pretty good, then I fall asleep because my husband’s shoulder is incredibly comfortable. I notoriously fell asleep in the theater before the beginning credits started when the new Star Wars movie came out.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a somewhat newlywed, and love spending time with my husband and our six kids. We enjoy the crazy and the not crazy times equally, whether we’re exploring Utah or enjoying quiet nights at home.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Front Office - Brice Laris

Posted by Cimetrix on Mar 21, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Brice_Laris-1It's time to meet the folks that keep Cimetrix running - our Front Office team! Meet Brice Laris, Human Resources Manager at Cimetrix.

Read on to learn a little bit more about Brice

How long have you been working at Cimetrix? 

I've been at Cimetrix a little under a year.

What is your role at Cimetrix?

I am the Human Resources Manager.

What drew you to Cimetrix originally?

The opportunity to create a Human Resources organization for a company that had never needed one, but now did because of its growth. 

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

The opportunity to train employees on the “soft skills” that help them to be successful. 

What do you find to be most challenging about your job?

Finding candidates that are a great fit for our specialized positions. At Cimetrix, we want talented people, who want a long term career, and who can exemplify our company’s core values of Integrity, Team, Growth and Clients. Finding one of those attributes is easy, two is challenging and three is down right difficult. But when you do find that great candidate and there is alignment between what we want and what the candidate wants, it is a great day!

What are your top 3 favorite movies and/or books?

Movies: 1. Independence Day, 2. all of the Star Trek movies JJ Abrams didn’t do, and 3. Hamlet 2.
Books: 1. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, 2. World War Z by Max Brooks, 3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

What do you like to do in your free time?

Travel, especially to places where there is a beach or a Disney park. I also read about 24 books a year, play video games and take care of my three cats. 

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Front Office Team: Devin Stone

Posted by Cimetrix on Jan 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

IMG_0021-1It's time to meet the folks that keep Cimetrix running - our Front Office team! Meet Devin Stone, a Cimetrix Sales & Marketing Administrator. Read on to learn a little bit more about Devin.

How long have you been working at Cimetrix? 

I've been working at Cimetrix for just shy of two years.

What is your role at Cimetrix?

I provide administrative support to our global sales team as well as our marketing department. A large part of my role at Cimetrix is working on the development and maintenance of our new CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system and integrating it with our marketing automation and accounting systems. 

What drew you to Cimetrix originally?

I was looking for a job where I could put my Dynamics CRM background to good use when I found the opening at Cimetrix. After my first day of interviewing and meeting the team, I was really impressed with the people and the positive company culture. 

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

The team is full of amazing people who are fun to work with each day.

What do you find to be most challenging about your job?

Developing the CRM has presented tons of puzzling obstacles that require a lot of creative thinking. Sometimes the intuitive solution just won't work for whatever reason and you have to try something outside-the-box. It's challenging but very rewarding once you find a solution and see it working in action.

What are your top 3 favorite movies?

My top 3 favorite movies right now are Don't Look Now (1973), Last Tango in Paris (1972), and Santa Sangre (1989), in no particular order.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend most of my free time playing guitar, collecting / listening to records, trying my hand at new recipes, and spending time with my girlfriend.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Morgan Kap

Posted by Cimetrix on Nov 14, 2018 11:17:00 AM

ACG-2018_Morgan_KapMeet Morgan Kap, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Morgan.

How long have you been working at Cimetrix? I have been working at Cimetrix for about 9 months.

Where did you go to school and what did you get your degree in?

I attended Brigham Young University and studied Information Systems.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I came to Cimetrix after finishing school and was excited about joining a company that is an industry leader and has a great company culture.

What do you like most about your job?

My favorite part so far has been being able to contribute to product releases and finding features that can be improved before a release.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

I think that great Quality Engineering is working together as a team to ensure that every release that leaves our doors are of the best quality. Also continue to grow professionally as a team so that we can always be improving the work we are doing.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

I am still new to the team so being able to make a contribution and help with release testing has been a really exciting experience.

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

I rely on the expertise around me. If I am struggling with something everyone is so willing to help me understand how our products work.

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

I have learned so much! I have learned about how all our products function and the value they bring to the industry we operate in.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

I love going to Bear Lake and spending time boating.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend time teaching horseback riding lessons and reading.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Bryce Ostler

Posted by Cimetrix on Sep 26, 2018 10:41:00 AM

ACG-2018-Bryce-OstlerMeet Bryce Ostler, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Bryce.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been working here at Cimetrix for just over a year now.

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I earned my B.A. in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah. I also earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Utah Valley University

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

A friend of mine who already worked at Cimetrix mentioned that there was an opening here and I was graduating with my B.S. in Computer Science.  I liked the people I interviewed with and the friendly, positive atmosphere here.

What do you like most about your job?

People here at Cimetrix are helpful when I have questions, and I get to learn more about Software Development through my work.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

Solving problems and learning from them to prevent problems in the future, as well as researching good industry practices that can be implemented to help prevent problems.  Emphasis on incremental enhancements to build a resilient engineering environment.  Identifying and solving problems before they occur.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Integrating with the team and contributing along with the team.

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

    • Identify the details related to the challenges
    • Identify potential solutions
    • Do/prepare what I can do to address it on my own
    • Work with teammates to complete a solution
    • Verify solution works/is working
    • Identify lessons learned from the challenge
    • Do periodic follow-ups to verify long term endurance

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

I've learned to develop in Micrososft Visual Studio.  I've also learned more about the factory automation industry and processes.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Right here in the mountains of Utah!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like bouldering, running, mountain biking, programming, and reading. 

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Shayla Holbrook

Posted by Cimetrix on Aug 9, 2018 11:09:00 AM

CIM_2017-6529-117787-editedMeet Shayla Holbrook, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Shayla.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been working at Cimetrix since the end of July 2017—so just over a year!

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I earned my BS in Bioinformatics from BYU. I had been working toward a degree in Biology when I felt a strong draw toward computer science. I was lucky enough to discover a degree that would mesh the two paths instead of forcing a restart to my university education.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

Fresh out of school, I was looking for a company that would be a good match for me when I discovered a posting for Cimetrix. I did a bit of digging to try to understand more than the company’s outward focus. I wanted to understand the culture and the way the employees felt about working here. What I discovered was a culture of unity, understanding, and a drive toward a common goal. So it was ultimately this culture that brought me to Cimetrix.

What do you like most about your job?

Honestly, what I like most about my job is the people. I love working with my team to build quality into our products. I also enjoy making sure everything is running smoothly and, in the case that it isn’t, helping to discover how we can improve our products and processes.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

Quality Engineering is not just about the testing—as many people believe. It is about building the quality into our products as well as our process. This includes developing stronger test suites, reducing holdups in the test environment, modifying process documents to provide better clarity and unity, and raising questions that lead to create a smoother engineering process. Therefore, providing great quality engineering encompasses everything that would assist engineering to run smoothly and provide our best product.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

My biggest accomplishment was not something I did alone and is something still in progress. As a QE team, we gathered together and discussed the future of the team. Listening to everyone’s viewpoints, I realized, and pointed out, that we were not only divided in our current direction but also lacked unity in where we believed our team should be heading and improving. I count pointing that information out as my biggest accomplishment because, since then, we have taken actions to not only unify in our course but to also actively seek ways to improve our team and our work. 

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

One thing I love about Cimetrix is that I know I can talk to anyone about anything at work. So when challenges arise, I seek out the answers to the questions that will help me to deal with those challenges and solve whatever problem I may be having.

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Always ask questions. It is always better to sound dumb than to assume you understand something and make a mistake. That mistake, no matter the size, could reduce the quality of the work being performed and will take more time to fix than it would have to ask the initial question.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

I am not quite sure I have a specific location. However, all of my favorite vacations have allowed me to spend significant time outside enjoying the fresh air and the beauties nature has to offer. One of my favorites being the time I got to spend a day in Germany’s Black Forest.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family above all else. After that, I enjoy reading, hosting campfires in the canyon, and working with my hands.  Some of my creative projects have included carving Hobbes (the tiger) out of basswood, sketching dragons, and quilting a large sunset elephant throw quilt.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: David Harrison

Posted by Cimetrix on Jul 25, 2018 11:23:00 AM

David_Harrison-888569-editedMeet David Harrison, Quality Engineering Team Lead. Read on to learn a little bit more about David.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been with Cimetrix for 1 year and 6 months.

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I graduated from the University of Utah School of Computing with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science in December of 2016.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I was looking for positions to start after graduation and found Cimetrix through Glassdoor.com. The Company values and standards really resonated with me. I was excited to join an industry with so much growth and movement.

What do you like most about your job?

I look forward to coming to work every day on a great team of individuals and contributing to the development of products that affect millions of lives around the world.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

To build the quality into the product itself by working with the entire development team, from CT&S to Marketing, to deliver stable, reliable products to our customers, and build the quality of our team members as well through mentorship and collaboration.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Taking on roles of QE Team Lead and SCRUM Master when I hadn’t even been with the company for one year was a unique challenge and overcoming that challenge and building a great QE culture has been a big accomplishment. 

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

The biggest resource I have when I am confronted with a difficult challenge is my peers and colleagues.  I am fortunate to work with many people who have vast knowledge and experience.  Their willingness to take on challenges as a team makes challenges easy to deal with. 

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Companies that live by their values and lead by example by practicing what they preach will draw success to them.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere there is a tropical beach. But if we are being specific, Kauai, HI.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like home improvement, reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, board games, painting, rock climbing, gardening, playing music, cooking, and video games.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team