By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Project Manager,


MTConnect Technical Advisory Group meeting to be held at Georgia Tech

The third MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 will be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., in early September. Representatives from TAG member organizations will meet to address MTConnect standard’s enhancements for the version 1.4.0 release, as well as the status of active working groups that are starting work on enhancements for the 1.5.0 release.

For information about becoming a TAG member, visit the “Join the Institute” section of

MTConnect Student Challenge submission period open

Calling all students, faculty, and education professionals: Are you looking for a challenge? Are you interested in creating the future of the Industrial Internet? How about a great thesis, internship, or capstone project? The MTConnect Student Challenge is now open for submissions, and it is seeking innovative manufacturing intelligence ideas and applications that utilize the MTConnect standard. Open to U.S. community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate level, the competitions may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies.

Full rules and submission details are available at and

MTConnect was at NAMRC 43

MTConnect Institute exhibited at the 43rd North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the premier international forum for applied research and industrial applications in manufacturing and design. Held June 9-12 in Charlotte, N.C., the conference included technical presentations, expert panels, student poster presentations, industry exhibition, career forum, UNC Charlotte lab tours and an awards banquet. In addition to exhibiting, the institute launched the MTConnect Student Challenge at the conference and held an MTConnect technical workshop, which was well attended. Other technical sessions also mentioned use of MTConnect for data acquisition, and the conference generated a lot of interest in the MTConnect Student Challenge.

The MTConnect Technical Workshop’s recording can be found at

MTConnect made an impression at O’Reilly’s Solid Conference

MTConnect Institute, with help from System Insights and students from Georgia Tech and University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated the power of its open communication standard for manufacturing. The conference, held June 23-25 in San Francisco, Calif., brought together a multi-disciplinary community that has formed around the convergence of software and hardware as software increasingly interacts with the physical world – engineers, researchers, roboticists, artists, developers, designers, founders of startups and investors. AMT President Doug Woods gave a talk about how MTConnect is rapidly moving manufacturing to the digital age, entitled “Creating a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing” (see Tech Time article).

For more information about the conference, visit

MTConnect exhibited at U.S. News STEM Solutions 2015

MTConnect Institute had a booth at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, which was held June 29 – July 1 in San Diego, Calif. Attended mostly by educators, government officials and business people, the conference focused on creating a path toward new ways to teach, inspire and hire a workforce that includes women, minorities, disadvantaged youth, veterans and all of tomorrow’s aspiring professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The conference generated a lot of interest in the MTConnect Student Challenge and seeded ideas for future student competitions.