By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Project Manager, hhailu@AMTonline.org

Be one of the first 100 to register for the [MC]2 Conference

Registration for the fourth annual [MC]2 Conference being held April 28-30, 2015, is now open. This annual conference will be packed with insights from thought leaders and practitioners about the latest trends in digital manufacturing. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what’s hot and meet people who may be the missing link to taking your business to the next level. Conference topics include:
  • Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Industrial cybersecurity
Register now! The first 100 industry professionals will receive a $100 discount on conference registration, so don’t delay! Extend your stay in Chicago and attend the MTConnect User Group Meeting and the MTConnect Technical Workshop. Visit www.mc2conference.com to register.

Register now for the MTConnect Technical Workshop

The MTConnect Institute will host a series of workshops on April 30, 2015, in Chicago, Ill., which will be co-located with the [MC]2 Conference. The workshops will teach attendees about data acquisition and management for production monitoring and analysis purposes. The topics included are:
  • How to acquire manufacturing data using MTConnect
  • Ways to eliminate barriers to data integration
  • Strategies for data management and security
  • Doing data analytics that drive actions
Receive a deep discount on this workshop when you register for the [MC]2 Conference at the same time. Visit http://mc2conference.com.

MTConnect Technical Advisory Group Meeting held January 21-22

The first MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 was held January 21-22, at Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport in Tampa, Fla. The meeting, hosted by Southern Manufacturing Technologies, included discussions about: 1) documentation enhancements that will be part of the upcoming MTConnect standard’s version 1.3.1 release; 2) the status of new features for the version 1.4.0 release; 3) updates from the working group that is developing functionality ratings for MTConnect compatible products; and 4) output of the MTConnect End User Group meeting. The meeting was well attended with 27 companies represented.
For information about becoming a TAG member, visit the “Members” section of MTConnect.org

MTConnect session at the NTMA Plant Managers Meeting in Cincinnati

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) invited MTConnect Institute to its Plant Managers Roundtable to give a talk about MTConnect. The topic was chosen by Plant Managers at NTMA’s member companies as one of their top areas of interest. 

Hilena Hailu of the MTConnect Institute gave an overview of the MTConnect standard. It was then followed by real-world examples in the form of case studies presented by three MTConnect-enabled solution providers: Dave Edstrom of Memex Automation, Mohamed Abuali of FORCAM and Ron Pieper of TechSolve. The session ended with a panel discussion, where the audience asked questions. Russell Waddell of the MTConnect Institute was also in attendance.

For information about other NTMA events, visit www.ntma.org.

NUM announces MTConnect Interface

NUM announced in January that the company is now offering an MTConnect-compliant communications interface option called NUMConnect for new or existing NUM CNC systems. NUMConnect is fully compliant with MTConnect v1.3.0 and the interface can read anything that is capable of being displayed on CNC system’s HMI, whether it is analog or digital. 

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1BLpAZa.