By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Product Manager,



MTConnect TAG meeting held January 20-21, 2016

The winter 2016 MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting was held January 20-21 at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. This meeting focused on a draft of the enhancements that will be in the MTConnect standard version 1.4.0 release, and was co-hosted by ITAMCO and the University of Notre Dame. 

Competition deadlines extended for MTConnect Student Challenge 

The MTConnect Student Challenge is extending the submission deadlines for both its ideation and application competitions. The new deadline for the Ideas Creation competition is March 15, 2016, while that for the Application Development competition is July 15, 2016.

MTConnect is the communications standard that works as the building block of the Industrial Internet of Things for manufacturing. The MTConnect Student Challenge is an innovation competition for all U.S.-based college students whose goal is to improve the manufacturing industry through student-created ideas and applications. Students also benefit through their participation by potentially connecting with future employers, and also coming away with a project that demonstrates their knowledge and skill and can be included in a professional portfolio.

The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

Opportunity to influence the future of digital manufacturing at [MC]2 Conference 2016 

The fifth annual [MC]2 Conference 2016 will be held April 19-21, 2016, at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel, in Dallas, Texas. Insights from thought leaders and practitioners about the latest trends and opportunities in digital manufacturing, real-world case studies and best practices, as well as current research will be featured. The conference offers great networking opportunities, and it is the place to be to connect with thought leaders, potential customers, and possible suppliers in the digital manufacturing space. 

For more information about the conference as well as exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, visit