By  Russell Waddell, MTConnect Product Manager


Version 1.4 drafting is underway

Drafting is underway on version 1.4 of the MTConnect Standard, and release is slated for late 2016.

The new version will include some new additions on equipment and devices, and will substantially enhance data about the actual parts being manufactured. This update will permit data collected in a shop to be associated with a part as it progresses through the factory.

The review and adoption of version 1.4 will come in several phases. Part 2 – Device Information Model provides a number of enhancements that can be implemented relatively quickly, and will be the first document to start the review process. Part 3 – Streams Information Model will be second to review. The other sections will follow.

MTConnect use cases to be showcased at [MC]2 Conference 2016 

The fifth annual [MC]2 Conference on April 19-21, 2016, at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel, in Dallas, Texas, features speakers on cyber-physical security, automation, digital manufacturing, and some specific MTConnect use cases. 

  • Self-Aware Manufacturing With MTConnect - Will Sobel, CEO - System Insights
  • “Digital Manufacturing the TFT Way” - Nate Price, Software Developer - Task Force Tips
  • Smart Factory Using MTConnect - Bill Metz, VP Operations - Richards Industries

The conference is the biggest gathering of the year for learning about MTConnect, but more importantly it brings together the minds and companies that are shaping the controls, software and networks that will define the future of manufacturing.

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

Technical roadmapping for the future of MTConnect

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has initiated a technical roadmapping process to clarify and publicize the future development direction and timing of the MTConnect standard. A timeline for releasing the roadmap has not been finalized, but a formal roadmap will help users and vendors better harmonize their own product development and release schedules with future releases of the standard.