For Immediate Release: July 3, 2018
Russell Waddell
MTConnect Institute

MTConnect® Technical Advisory Group re-established as Standards Committee

McLean, Va. …  The MTConnect Institute has been accepted as an accredited standards developer under ANSI. To better align MTConnect procedures with ANSI, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been re-established as the "Standards Committee." The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and approving the MTConnect standard, a function previously performed by the TAG.
Any interested company must opt-in by submitting a new application at TAG members that do not opt-in to the Standards Committee, as well as current Institute members at the “Implementer” level, will remain MTConnect Institute members. The Implementer designation has been phased out.
“MTConnect is an industry effort and the standard only gets produced thanks to those companies and individuals volunteering their time to standard development,” said Tim Shinbara, Secretary and Treasurer of the MTConnect Institute and VP of Technology at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “The Technical Advisory Group’s work has been rewarded with widespread adoption of the standard, and ANSI accreditation and their reestablishment as a Standards Committee is an important milestone.”
The MTConnect Institute produces the MTConnect standard, companion specifications, and technical reports. The MTConnect standard is an open-source communication standard for interoperability that offers a semantic vocabulary for manufacturing equipment and devices.
#   #   #
MTConnect is an open, royalty-free standard that provides a semantic vocabulary for manufacturing devices. It reduces the cost and complexity of system integration and fosters interoperability for the factory.
The MTConnect Institute is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit standards development organization for the MTConnect standard. The Institute is a subsidiary of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Its mission is to create open standards to foster greater interoperability between devices and clients by defining the structure and terminology used in communications in the discrete parts manufacturing sector.