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Published: 8/17/2012

MT Connect: Two Shops Share Their Experience
For two shops in northern Indiana, using MTConnect for machine monitoring was just the start. Both shops are now ready to implement other promising applications.

Published: 12/21/2011

Understanding MTConnect Agents and Adapters
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices...

Published: 9/15/2011

The Need to Know Is Basic
An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.

Published: 4/18/2011

iPads Keep Supervisors on the Shop Floor
Having fully interactive access to shopfloor control software enables supervisors at metal finishing and repair job shop to monitor shop activities and make better decisions on the spot.

Published: 11/16/2009

MTConnect Is For Real
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-te...

Published: 11/10/2009

Suppliers Speak Up About MTConnect
Growing support for MTConnect among suppliers is a strong indication that this communications standard is taking hold.

Published: 10/23/2008

Sharing The Big Picture
The theme of visibility in manufacturing finds expression in numerous ways at this shop. One of the most conspicuous is the use of plasma displays in strategic areas to summarize the company’s performance as reported by its shop control/data-collect...

Published: 8/27/2008

MTConnect Moves Ahead
MTConnect is a machine tool communication standard being developed by AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology ( www.amtonline.org ). It’s reaching a critical point in its progress. It will soon need some “early adopters” who will embrac...

Published: 4/15/2001

Bringing The Internet To The Machine Tool
The Internet integrates the factory floor with customers and suppliers, allowing true Enterprise Production Management. The concept of "virtual product" replaces the conventional practice of warehousing inventory.