The spring 2012 issue of Shot Peneer magazine featured a cover story about an MTConnect implementation. In the article titled, “A New Age of Manufacturing is at Hand,” A.J. Sweatt of AJ Sweatt Logic and Communications was quoted as saying, “To say MTConnect is revolutionary is a gross understatement. Connecting machines and collecting data using the same protocol not only gives in-plant management far greater agility and control, it also allows for a level of communications between suppliers, customers, OEMs, sales and international partners that could easily be the greatest achievement for manufacturing since CNC.” The article mostly focuses on the manufacturer ITAMCO and its in-plant implementation of the MTConnect standard and the company’s future plans to integrate the manufacturing equipment data with its ERP system to provide a complete picture of business operations. It also provides a list of early MTConnect adopters.
Also, MTConnect was recently the subject of two presentations at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining Summit 2012 in Blairsville, Pa., held May 2-3, 2012. The “MTConnect in Action” presentation by Nat Frampton, President of Real Time Development, showed how his company is using the MTConnect standard in its shop floor monitoring software offerings. Dave Edstrom, President of the MTConnect Institute, also gave a presentation on how MTConnect is changing manufacturing.
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Technical Advisory Group meeting set for June 19-20
The second MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of the year will be held June 19-20, 2012, at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind. The meeting, to be hosted by ITAMCO, will include discussions about enhancements for version 1.3 of the standard, establishment of a new committee, reports from existing committees, as well as a demonstration of at least one MTConnect implementation.
Anyone interested in becoming a TAG member and attending this meeting can find information by visiting www.mtconnect.org or contacting Paul Warndorf at 703-827-5291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.