November 15, 2013 - McLean, Va. … The third [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing will be held in Orlando, Fla., April 8-10 at the Caribe Royale Orlando.
MTConnect is a set of open, royalty-free standards intended to foster greater interoperability between controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using the Internet Protocol. Since its introduction in 2008, MTConnect has become the standard for manufacturing connectivity. The manufacturing technology community commonly uses MTConnect to connect the shop floor to monitoring applications and to integrate the shop floor with the entire manufacturing enterprise.
"As the third annual conference, [MC]2 2014 will build upon the tremendous success of the first two conferences with even greater emphasis on ‘connecting’ end users, equipment suppliers, software developers, distributors, ISVs, integrators, students, professors and consultants to all things MTConnect,” stated Dave Edstrom, outgoing President and Chairman of the Board of the MTConnect Institute.
Incoming President and Chairman of the MTConnect Institute Board Courtney Hill added, “The [MC]2 Conference for 2014 will be supported by a world class roster of thought leaders and industry insiders committed to advancing data-driven manufacturing. Building on the MTConnect foundation, this conference will focus on the real world benefits and practical implementation of digital manufacturing technology.”
A highlight of [MC]2 2014 will be the selection of winners for the MTConnect Challenge 2. Participants in the MTConnect Challenge 2 that began July 1, 2013, and closes Jan. 31, 2014, are developing software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs utilizing data acquired via the MTConnect standard. Conference attendees will then vote for the top three winners. The two-part competition has been sponsored by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
To learn more about this event and register, visit www.mtconnectconference.org.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.AMTonline.org
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 Directors, 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 on the MTConnect website’s “Institute” section.