By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Project Manager,


MTConnect Technical Advisory Group meeting held on May 27-28

The second MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 was held online May 27-28, 2015. Representatives from 32 organizations were in attendance. The meeting addressed MTConnect standard’s enhancements for the 1.3.1 and 1.4.0 releases as well as the status of various active working groups that are starting work on new additions for the 1.5 release.

For information about becoming a TAG member, contact Hilena Hailu at

MTConnect Student Challenge submission period opened June 11

Announced at the [MC]2 Conference in Chicago, the MTConnect Student Challenge opened its submission period on June 11. This Challenge consists of two competitions, one for ideation and one for application of innovative manufacturing intelligence solutions. The competitions are open to community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate level and may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering, and software engineering and IT-related studies. (See MFG Advocate, page 1)

Full rules and submission details are available at and

MTConnect Institute will be at NAMRC 43

MTConnect Institute will be at the 43rd North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the premier international forum for applied research and industrial applications in manufacturing and design. The conference will include technical presentations, expert panels, student poster presentations, an industry exhibition, an early career forum, UNC Charlotte lab tours, and an awards banquet. In addition to exhibiting, the Institute will support an MTConnect technical workshop, which will be offered to all conference attendees.

MTConnect Institute will be at Solid Conference June 23-25

MTConnect will be represented at the O’Reilly Solid Conference June 23-25 in San Francisco, Calif. The conference is where the new multi-disciplinary community forming around the convergence of software and hardware — engineers, researchers, roboticists, artists, developers, designers, founders of startups and innovators — will gather to explore what lies ahead as software increasingly interacts with the physical world. The MTConnect exhibit will feature the work of students from Georgia Tech and the University of California, Berkeley. Doug Woods will speak at the conference about how MTConnect is rapidly moving manufacturing to the digital age. 

For more information about the conference, visit