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Cimetrix Mid-Year Update

Posted by Robert H. Reback: President and Chief Executive Officer on Jul 11, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Cimetrix-Bob_Reback_copy.jpgYou may have noticed that there is a lot of positive news regarding the semiconductor industry and market for capital equipment. As such, we thought it would be appropriate to provide a mid-year update on Cimetrix’s performance.

We are pleased to report that Cimetrix is benefiting from a combination of the industry upcycle as well as the hard work of our employees to improve our products, build long-term relationships with our clients, and provide the highest level of support to our growing base of international clients. In addition, the benefits that Cimetrix is experiencing after going private in 2014 are higher than anticipated. As expected, the company is saving a significant amount per year in accounting, legal and consulting fees that were necessary for SEC filings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and investor relations activities.  However, in addition to these financial benefits,  what we didn’t anticipate was the tremendous increase in focus and energy on our clients, markets and growth initiatives that has resulted, which has greatly exceeded our expectations.Cimetrix revenues for the first six months of 2017 were over $4M, up more than 40% year-over-year. Much of this increase was associated with strong increases in machine shipments from our growing client base. Cimetrix also gained over a dozen new design wins during the first half of 2017, which positions the Company for continued growth. In addition, Cimetrix introduced two new products in the first half of 2017, which have not contributed significant revenue yet, but are both gaining traction in the marketplace.

While Cimetrix no longer submits SEC filings, we have maintained strong internal controls and financial accounting. Our finance team was justifiably proud when a leading regional accounting firm completed its audit of our 2016 financial statements and made no audit adjustments. Cimetrix continues to operate profitably on a quarterly basis, while increasing investments in growth initiatives. For the first six months of 2017, adjusted EBITDA increased to over 15% of revenues to over $600K. All indicators show the markets Cimetrix serves should remain strong for the second half of 2017. The robust growth in revenues has enabled Cimetrix to further strengthen its cash position, balance sheet and stockholders’ equity. We continue to have no debt and now have $2.5M in cash.

Cimetrix continues to build its global brand as the leader in innovative factory automation software for equipment connectivity and control solutions by attending, presenting and exhibiting at industry tradeshows and events. These venues are a great place to meet face-to-face with clients, reinforce Cimetrix experts as industry thought leaders, and interact with many others in our chosen markets. It is exciting to participate in shows around the world as we expand our global presence.

We thank our clients for their business and trust in our products and people. We thank our employees for their dedication, hard work and quest for continuous improvement to provide the industry’s best products and services. And we also thank our shareholders for the confidence they have placed in us, as well as their patience and support.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Announcements, Investor News, Investor Relations

Cimetrix International, Inc., Taiwan Branch美商矽美科國際股份有限公司台灣分公司

Posted by Michael Lee; Country Manager Taiwan on Jun 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Michael Lee of Cimetrix announces the Taiwan Office Opening. Read now in Chinese or English.

當工廠的產品需要加入更多的功能,交期需要更迅速,工資需要提高,智慧製造提供了一個最好的解決方案。美商矽美科所提供的工廠自動化軟體,提升了聯繫工廠主機與設備控制在半導體、電子組裝、太陽能模組、發光二極體等相關的電子產業。我們在工業界領先的產品,給予客戶用較低的成本、客制化生產、迅速上市,並集中在成功實行工具控制與SEMI標準。

我很榮幸在今年二月進入美商矽美科。我們和知名的半導體廠商、印刷電路板商、設備商、機器人製造商等客戶合作,而這些公司給予我們最佳的評價。矽美科帶給他們一個極為經濟、有效率和聯繫良好的方案。我們提供了CIMConnect、 HostConnect、 EDA等產品來滿足廠商不同的需求。

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矽美科台灣辦公室將在5月31日開幕。我們感謝我們的客戶跟合作夥伴。我們將帶給你更方便、更熱情的服務,並展望在台灣及中國服務更多半導體、電路板和面板廠商。 

台灣銷售辦事處:

Cimetrix International, Inc., Taiwan Branch
美商矽美科國際股份有限公司台灣分公司4F., No.301,
Sec. 2, Tiding Blvd,
Taipei 114, Taiwan, R.O.C.
中華民國台灣台北市堤頂大道二段301號4樓 114

電話: +886-926395649
聯絡人:Michael Lee


When it comes to adding product functionality, shortening delivery time, or increasing wages, smart manufacturing provides the best solution. Cimetrix provides factory automation software which increases host connectivity and equipment control for semiconductor, electronics assembly, photovoltaic, LED, and related electronics industries. Our industry-leading products focus on successful implementation of tool control and SEMI connectivity standards to enable faster time-to-market, increased customization, and decreased total cost of ownership.

I was honored to join the Cimetrix team in February earlier this year. We work with major semiconductor companies, PCB manufacturers, equipment vendors, robotics specialists and more. I was happy to know that everyone I've worked with has high praise for this company.  Cimetrix can bring their customers and clients connected products that are efficient and cost-effective. Cimetrix offers a large portfolio of products such as CIMConnect, HostConnect, and EDA to meet the various needs of their customers.

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The Cimetrix International, Inc., Taiwan Branch officially opened on May 31, 2017. Thanks to all our partners and customers. We hope to continue to bring you convenient and passionate service. I am looking forward to working with all our current and future customers in Taiwan and China! 

Contact Us:
Cimetrix International, Inc., Taiwan Branch
4F., No. 301,
Sec. 2, Tiding Blvd,
Taipei 114, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Phone: +886-926395649
Contact: Michael Lee

Topics: Working at Cimetrix, Announcements, Global Services, Smart Manufacturing

President's Letter to our Cimetrix Community

Posted by Robert H. Reback: President and Chief Executive Officer on Feb 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

To the Cimetrix community of clients, partners, shareholders and employees,

Cimetrix had another year of solid progress during 2016. Financial results were in-line with expectations, as Cimetrix continued to achieve profitability every quarter with full-year revenue in the $6M to $7M range.

Our key highlights include:

  • Cimetrix continued to enhance its reputation for product quality and the highest levels of customer support in the industry, receiving consistently excellent feedback from our client base.

  • Cimetrix continued to invest in building great products with new releases of all our product lines. Substantial improvements were made in both new features and internal testing that will benefit our clients for many years. 

  • Cimetrix gained additional “design wins” for its products in North America, Europe and Japan, where the company has an established presence. In addition, Cimetrix won important new clients in China and Korea. 

  • Cimetrix strengthened its organization as we added a number of new employees in business development, software engineering and technical support functions. The Company continued to invest in employee development, education and continuous improvement. We believe the concepts and training we’ve received in lean and agile processes will enable Cimetrix to build better products and more efficiently provide our clients with the highest levels of service. 

  • Cimetrix made a number of key investments that we believe will lead to future long-term growth. We strengthened our local sales and technical support in a number of Asian countries. We developed a number of new product prototypes in collaboration with key clients leading to the introduction of an exciting new Cimetrix product in 2016. Several other new products are in development and have the potential to significantly expand our markets.

Cimetrix also held its first shareholder meeting since going private in late 2014, which provided a forum to explain to shareholders why the Company took that important step, the progress we’ve made since going private, and our future plans. As a result of generating positive cash flow from operations, Cimetrix was able to continue providing liquidity for shareholders that contacted the Company. Prior to going private, the Company had over 4.5M shares outstanding, adjusted for stock splits. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had fewer than 3.9M shares outstanding. This means that every current shareholder’s ownership percentage has increased by over 15%.

Going Forward

Going forward, industry analysts predict an increase in semiconductor capital equipment spending for 2017. In addition, we are seeing increased traction for the relatively new SEMI Standards for Equipment Data Acquisition (EDA), also known as Interface A. We believe these trends will enable us to achieve short-term incremental increases in revenue that support continued operations on a profitable basis and investments in new products and markets that will lead to longer-term step function increases in revenue.

We will continue to focus on satisfying our worldwide base of clients, improving our efficiencies and effectiveness, and executing our plan to expand the markets for Cimetrix products for long-term growth.

From all of us at Cimetrix, we thank our clients for the trust they have placed in our products and our team. We also thank our shareholders for their patience and support. 

Sincerely,

Robert H. Reback
President and Chief Executive Officer

Topics: Partners, Doing Business with Cimetrix, Working at Cimetrix, Cimetrix Culture, Announcements, Investor News

Cimetrix HostConnect

Posted by Joe Cravotta, Client Support Engineer on Jan 26, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Cimetrix is proud to release its first new product to assist in GEM host application development, and I’m excited about how this is going to change the development of new host applications. Prior to the release, I was given access to HostConnect, a native .NET software development kit, and used it to create a couple of applications that connect to GEM equipment.

In developing those applications, I quickly became familiar with the layered architecture of HostConnect. HostConnect has four layers; each layer name and relevant classes is shown in the image below.

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As with most layered objects, each additional layer adds to the previous layer. Now that I’m familiar with these layers, starting with the first layer, these are the aspects that stand out to me:

  • SECS Messaging: This is equivalent to our SECSConnect product. A solid understanding of the SEMI E5 (SECS-II) and E30 (GEM) standards is necessary to interact with this layer. The user application must be able to construct, parse, and handle asynchronous SECS-II messages.

  • SECS Transactions: This layer adds classes (generically called SxFy classes) to abstract the construction and parsing of many SECS-II messages. It also has the ability to synchronously send and receive SECS-II messages. Automatic message replies may be configured, but none are setup by default.

  • GEM Capabilities: This layer specializes the SECS Transaction layer for use in GEM host applications by setting up common automatic message replies and providing the EquipmentCapability classes (more detail about these classes below).

  • Connection and Discovery: This is the layer I’m most excited about because it is configuration based. The discover feature quickly characterizes an equipment’s GEM interface for HostConnect to use.

After working with HostConnect, I’m reminded of the task that got me acquainted with the SEMI E5 and E30 standards. I was asked to create a GEM host sample application from scratch. A large majority of my time was spent learning specific SECS-II messages and understanding the capabilities defined by GEM. After a few months, the sample application included trace report, collection report, and unformatted recipe management. If HostConnect was available, I’m willing to say I would have been able to complete this task in only a couple of weeks.

Remember the EquipmentCapability classes I mentioned? These classes encapsulate common GEM capabilities, and is one reason I believe I would have been able to complete the sample application in a much shorter time. For example, the EventReports class greatly simplifies report management. Simply register for the EventReportReceived event to receive incoming report data. The report data is parsed and provided in an easy to use parameters object. You don’t need to parse the SECS-II messages, and you don’t even need to know which SECS-II messages are used.

Another reason HostConnect would simplify my sample application, and the most exciting feature to me, is the configuration ability at the fourth layer. HostConnect stores default behavior options and an equipment’s GEM interface within a single configuration file. The discover feature can characterize an equipment’s GEM interface and create the configuration file for you. With a single file per equipment, it would be simple for my sample application to communicate with several different equipment without any code modifications. This flexibility makes HostConnect ideal for developing an application that needs to communicate with multiple different equipment, such as a testing application.

Seeing how much HostConnect does out of the box, but also allowing customization by accessing lower layers, I can say that I wish I had HostConnect when I built my sample host application.

Topics: Announcements, HostConnect

New Emerging Business and Technology Office

With the new year, comes a major new initiative for Cimetrix to grow the markets for its products.  The company used the transition to 300mm manufacturing to establish a leadership position for its current product portfolio in the semiconductor industry. However, the company is starting to have success expanding into adjacent vertical markets that includes disk drive, display, LED, and photovoltaic. The objective of this new initiative is for Cimetrix to leverage its experience, technology, and product portfolio gained in the advanced semiconductor manufacturing industry to expand the markets for Cimetrix products. We will be exploring new opportunities in our current adjacent markets as well as possible new markets such as SMT and electronic assembly.

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To head up this initiative, Ranjan Chatterjee has joined the company in the role of Vice President, Emerging Business and Technology Office. He will focus on extending and introducing Cimetrix’ portfolio of products into Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) initiatives by interfacing manufacturing equipment with big data and analytics tools. The data generated by devices connected via Cimetrix products can also be enlisted to bolster another methodology often used with lean manufacturing—Six Sigma. With the improvements in cloud and big data tools and infrastructure, one can use these methodologies on data with much bigger volume, velocity, and variety. This enables process control and a lack of variation of products. Processes can be monitored and corrected in real-time instead of inspecting machines merely at completion, and eventually this will help improve yields and reduce scrap. Specifically, manufacturers will need to establish a robust data infrastructure that works across the broader array of machines on the shop floor while breaking down protocol barriers so the machines can communicate effectively and in real time.

Manufacturers will also need to establish a bidirectional data flow so they are not only collecting information from equipment, but also pushing control back to the machines to optimize their usage. Manufacturers that can capture the right information, sift through it, and use it at the right time will be the ones that succeed.  Cimetrix intends to be a leader in enabling this vision. Ranjan’s decades of experience at Motorola and in the industry as a whole in software development, big data, cloud, process control, and lean manufacturing will enable Cimetrix to both adapt and develop products and partnerships to enable a robust ecosystem for a compelling solution.

Ranjan’s relationship with Cimetrix is not a new one as he is a former client. While at Motorola, Ranjan oversaw the development and deployment of a standards-based factory control system for SMT and assembly, which encompassed 24 factories around the world, and connected to over 20,000 pieces of equipment using the first generation of Cimetrix connectivity software. At that time, it was the leader in cell phone manufacturing and the largest purchaser of SMT equipment in the world. More recently, Ranjan has worked with companies developing and deploying systems using cloud technologies, big data analytics, and various modern technologies with a global software development team.

Ranjan is extremely excited to join the Cimetrix team as he sees many opportunities to leverage the latest cloud and big data analytics with Cimetrix core expertise and product portfolio into new markets for Cimetrix. He sees great potential for expanding Cimetrix in this new direction and we here at Cimetrix are looking forward to Ranjan leading the way.

If you are interested in discussing possible business opportunities and/or partnerships with Cimetrix with this new initiatives, please fill out our contact form to reach the Emerging Business and Technology Office.

Topics: Working at Cimetrix, Cimetrix Culture, Announcements, IoT

Investor Relations at Cimetrix

Posted by Cimetrix on Jul 8, 2011 10:28:00 AM

by Bob Reback

President and CEO

During the 2008/2009 economic downturn, Cimetrix scaled back expenses as much as possible and focused on its core business. As the economy started to recover in 2009 and the Company’s business plan gained traction, we began some limited investor relations activities during 2010. We attended a conference in New York and made our first presentation to investors. We also met with a number of investor relations firms to discuss providing investor relations services to Cimetrix. After some thorough interviews and reference checks, the company selected Darrow Associates out of New York.

Jordan Darrow has over 20 years of experience in investor relations working both in corporate environments for large, public companies, as well as with agencies handling investor relations activities for a wide variety of public companies. Darrow Associates is a boutique agency that specializes in small-caps and undervalued companies.

Cimetrix is not looking for any quick splashes or “pump and dump” stock promotions. Rather, Cimetrix chose Jordan Darrow to develop a long term investor relations strategy that communicates the Cimetrix business model and long term plan to investors. This investor relations strategy will include specific, targeted events geared towards long term institutional investors. We welcome Jordan Darrow to the Cimetrix team and look forward to his assistance in strengthening the Cimetrix brand for shareholders and investors.

 

Topics: Announcements, Investor Relations

Cimetrix Japan K.K. Established

Posted by Cimetrix on Dec 14, 2010 5:00:00 PM

by Dave Faulkner

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Cimetrix Japan K.K. was officially incorporated on November 25, 2010.  The purpose of this new company is to demonstrate commitment to the Japanese OEM market, have a dedicated staff to grow Cimetrix business in cooperation with our distribution partners, and to provide even stronger customer support.  The company's directors will be Bob Reback, Dave Faulkner, Jodi Juretich and Kerry Iwamoto. 

The company will be managed by Mr. Kerry Iwamoto as General Manager and Representative Director.   Mr. Iwamoto started his association with Cimetrix as a customer when he worked for Innotech designing semiconductor process equipment.  Recently, he has worked for Cimetrix distributors CIM, ONC and Rorze.  Mr. Iwamoto brings a strong background in the semiconductor industry and Cimetrix products along with close relationships with existing Cimetrix customers in Japan.

Watch for more news as we launch Cimetrix Japan.

Topics: Semiconductor Industry, Japan, Announcements

Holiday Hours 2009

Posted by Cimetrix on Dec 23, 2009 2:35:00 PM

Cimetrix's main offices in Salt Lake City will be closed starting, Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1. Returning to normal business hours on Monday, January 4th.

Should you require assistance during that time, please do not hesitate to contact us:

As always, for urgent Support incidents, please dial the support line +1 800-344-7292 or call the main line (+1 801-256-6500) and select option #2.

From all of us at Cimetrix, we sincerely wish you a Joyous Holiday Season. May the New Year bring you continued success and prosperity.  We look forward to furthering our business relationship in 2010!


Topics: Customer Service, Support, Doing Business with Cimetrix, Announcements

Cimetrix Ranks Amongst Best of State

Posted by Cimetrix on Sep 15, 2009 8:07:00 AM
Cimetrix Utah

Forbes magazine declared Utah the 2nd best state in America for business in 2008. The State New Economy Index - performed by the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation - gave Utah the number one spot in "economic dynamism" that same year.

2008 was a good year for Utah.  And Cimetrix received a very nice honor when compared to other companies in Utah.  Utah Business magazine recently published their "Top 40 Public Companies in Utah" for 2008 and Cimetrix was included in that list at #32. Being named one of Utah's top companies is an honor in itself, but the fact that we made the list in one of the stronger economies in the nation... makes it even sweeter.

Cimetrix was also included in the magazine's annual "Book of Lists" in 2008 which includes comprehensive information and rankings about the state's businesses and industries. We were ranked as one of the top 25 software developers for 2007.

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Topics: Announcements, Utah, Honors

Welcome to Cimetrix's new blog!

Posted by Cimetrix on Feb 17, 2009 8:32:00 AM

At Cimetrix, we thrive on customer interaction, continous improvement, and a passionate dedication to providing an elevated level of quality in both our products and services.  In an effort to solicit more feedback from our customers and colleagues, we will be launching a blog in the coming weeks. 

Readers can expect to see posts regarding industry trends and updates, product  & company announcements, tips for smooth implementation of the SEMI standards (SECS/GEM, GEM300, and EDA), and common incidents and how to avoid them.

Check back soon!

Topics: Announcements

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