By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Project Manager,


MTConnect Technical Advisory Group meeting to be held May 27-28

The second MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 will be held online May 27-28, 2015. The objective of the TAG meeting is to address: 1) enhancements that will be part of the upcoming MTConnect standard’s version 1.4.0 release; 2) updates from the working group that is developing functionality ratings for MTConnect compatible products; and 3) output of the last two MTConnect User Group meetings. This meeting is open to TAG members only.

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

First ever MTConnect Student Challenge announced

College students with an interest in bringing together software and hardware solutions to improve manufacturing operations now have an opportunity to leverage their creativity and innovative know-how through the MTConnect Student Challenge, a competition that invites submissions for both ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect standard. 

Announced at the [MC]2 Conference in Chicago, the MTConnect Student Challenge is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions. 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; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies. Submission opens on June 11, 2015.

Full rules and submission details are available at and