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MTConnect is an open, royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. By establishing an open and extensible channel of communication for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices, equipment and systems, MTConnect allows sources to exchange and understand each other’s data. This common communication is facilitated by XML and HTTP technology to provide real-time data from throughout a factory. This common communication empowers software developers to implement applications aimed at providing more efficient operations, improved production optimization and increased productivity.
The MTConnect Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization established to further the development of the MTConnect standard and publish related materials. The organization includes Board of Trustees, Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Technical Steering Committee, as well as various working groups to further the standard in specific technology areas. Any company or organization can be a member and aid in furthering the development of the MTConnect standard by becoming a member of the TAG. Membership is free, and it requires agreement to the MTConnect Intellectual Property Policy, which can be found in the “Institute” section.
McLean, Va. … 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. Read more...
McLean, Va. … The MTConnect Institute, the developer and administrator of MTConnect, announces the release of the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The MTConnect standard is an open-source communication standard for interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include inter-device connectivity to enable machine-to-machine communication, additional data items for equipment and devices, as well as improvement to readability of the standard documents. With this release, the MTConnect Institute also launches the MTConnect User Portal, a community site for implementation best practices and shared experiences about implementation of the standard located at www.MTCup.org. Read more...
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