By    Russell Waddell, MTConnect Product Manager


Student Challenge Application Development competition open through July 16

The MTConnect student challenge continues through July with the ongoing Application Development competition. Winning submissions are eligible for a share of $22,500 in cash prizes; competition information is available at

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

VIP Tours at IMTS

The MTConnect Institute is organizing tours at IMTS to showcase the best of connected factory solutions using MTConnect and related technologies. The institute is currently seeking:

Tour guide volunteers. Want to lead a small group around the show floor and talk smart manufacturing? Let us know!

In-booth demos of MTConnect and smart manufacturing 

Additions to VIP list. If there is someone you want to see introduced to smart manufacturing, a company that is making waves, or an influencer you think should know about MTConnect, we can reach out and offer an invite.

Contact Russ Waddell at 703-827-5258 to get involved or find out more.

Join the TAG for early access to MTConnect Version 1.4

Contribute to the development and review of version 1.4 of the MTConnect standard and get access to and input on the future development of MTConnect. Opportunities for feedback come both in person at quarterly Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meetings and through the documents review stages of the review and publication process.

Membership in the TAG is free; visit to learn  more or submit an application.