Manufacturing Intelligence Delivered in Minutes vs. Days With Award-Winning Technology

Data Commander MES Gateway Appliance
Data Commander MES Gateway Appliance
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - April 2, 2018 - PRLog -- The New Industrial Age is upon us! The days of mechanization, water, and steam power are in the rearview. Manufacturing is moving towards cyber-physical systems. The deployment of Smart Manufacturing can be a complicated and lengthy process. The Data Commander™ was invented to simplify this process and has been awarded the Golden Mousetrap Winner in the Design Hardware & Software category.

The Golden Mousetrap Awards acknowledge and recognize people, companies, and technologies who are driving innovation in design, engineering, and manufacturing. Design News' editors looked at hundreds of innovation-leading submissions to come up with the best in the level of innovation, benefits to the user, and market differentiation.

The Data Commander™ connects two different systems. Imagine trying to communicate with someone that speaks a different language. That barrier is nonexistent with the Data Commander™. The inventor, Brandon Ellis, founded elliTek, Inc. in 2009. Brandon began his career in motion control & robotics in the mid-1990's and ultimately transitioned into plant floor data systems. After 20 years in the industrial automation industry, Brandon had his Ah-Ha moment realizing that there MUST be a better way. "Why can't we create a platform which empowers the plant floor engineer instead of continuing to require weeks of complex, custom programming on every project?" Out of necessity, the Data Commander™ was born.

For those not in the manufacturing environment, here is a quick synopsis. In the manufacturing world, there exists a growing need to move production data between the factory floor (aka operational technology or OT) and the information technology (IT) level, where office enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems reside. This process is quite involved. Additionally, when the IT group is required to implement security updates or changes to plant floor computers, the outcome can often result in a shutdown of the associated production processes on the factory floor. As you can imagine, time down means people aren't working, production has stopped and lost revenue.

The Data Commander™ changes the game entirely. It is a disruptive technology based upon the removal of the PC from the factory floor. The Data Commander™ is an MES (Manufacturing Execution System) gateway appliance explicitly designed for connecting the plant floor (OT) side to the office (ERP/IT) side. A combination of proprietary hardware and software allows data to move without compromising the security on either side and in minutes, versus days. Further, the point-&-click nature of the platform removes complexities allowing implementation by most any non-programmer.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by Design News," said Brandon Ellis, Owner of elliTek, Inc., and inventor of the Data Commander™. "The Data Commander is empowering manufacturing process engineers to be self-sufficient and to work smarter rather than harder."

Read about more about the Data Commander at and the Golden Mousetrap Award Finalists and Winners on


About elliTek, Inc.

lliTek, Inc. is an established systems integration company with an expertise in motion control and automated machine design and has earned a reputation for providing solutions allowing different control platforms to "talk" to each other through the sharing of data. This area of expertise placed us among some of the first to realize the value of the M2M (machine to machine) movement in the world of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). We are leading the way with new and exciting products and services which bridge the gaps between today's machine control platforms and enterprise-level database server platforms. By placing emphasis on the user experience, and then applying technology to make that experience as satisfying as possible, the data products and services we provide are quickly becoming an industry standard. To learn more about our products and services, please visit us at

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Beth Elliott, Sales & Marketing Coordinator
elliTek, Inc.
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