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OPC Companion Spec Release Candidate

press release
December 10, 2018

For Immediate Release: December 10, 2018
Updated 2:07 ET

Contact:
Russell Waddell
MTConnect Institute
703-827-5258
rwaddell@amtonline.org

OPC UA/MTConnect® Companion Specification Published for Implementers

McLean, Va. …  "OPC Unified Architecture for MTConnect Companion Specification Release Candidate (RC) 2.0.4" is now available. The document is an overhaul and comprehensive rewrite of RC 1.0.2 (2013) that incorporates current features and functions of MTConnect and OPC UA.

Manufacturers demand streamlined, secure data. The MTConnect Institute and has developed a comprehensive semantic data model for Manufacturing Technology and has modeled that data into an OPC UA companion specification leveraging secure information integration from the embedded world to the cloud. Previously disconnected, disparate applications and devices can now be interconnected to take advantage of standardized data and information for manufacturing applications. This allows manufacturing applications to truly optimize production with significant increases in operational efficiency. 

“Standards harmonization is critical to the future of manufacturing,” said MTConnect Institute President Douglas K. Woods. “OPC UA has a strong user base in critical global markets and offers key features that many MTConnect users want. Conversely, OPC UA users will benefit from the robust semantic definitions for manufacturing technology that MTConnect provides.”

RC 2.0.4 was developed in a joint working group of the OPC Foundation and MTConnect Institute based on current OPC Foundation companion specification templates. While it is a complete and fully functional spec, a series of test implementations are planned for verification and additional input from prospective implementers is welcome.  Release candidate implementers should join the working group (https://www.mtconnect.org/working-groups) to log bugs and issues, provide input to the final spec, and help move to a formal release under OPC Foundation procedures.

“The exciting collaboration between MTConnect and the OPC Foundation has resulted in significant innovation in manufacturing technology leveraging OPC UA to streamline the semantics of MTConnect from the embedded world to the cloud. Complex manufacturing applications can be simplified to reap the benefits from the OPC UA  MTConnect companion specification to improve efficiency in operations, production optimization and increased productivity” said Thomas J. Burke, Strategic Marketing Officer of the OPC Foundation.

Download the release candidate at www.mtconnect.org/documents.                                       

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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.

 

Standards Committee

press release
July 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2018

Contact:
Russell Waddell
MTConnect Institute
703-827-5258
rwaddell@amtonline.org

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 www.mtconnect.org/join. 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.                                          

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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.


ANSI Accreditation

press release
may 18, 2018

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2018

Contact:
Russell Waddell
MTConnect Institute
703-827-5258
rwaddell@amtonline.org

MTConnect® Institute Accredited by the American National Standards Institute

McLean, Va. …  The MTConnect Institute has been approved as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer, elevating MTConnect’s status in the national and international standards communities. The move comes in response to increased interest in the MTConnect standard from industry and significant growth in membership in the MTConnect Institute. This accreditation indicates that the Institute’s standard development procedures adhere to ANSI’s Essential Requirements for due process, which include openness, coordination and harmonization, and compliance with normative policies and procedures, among others.

“Accreditation for the MTConnect Institute as an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer will help move MTConnect from an industry standard to a true national and international standard,” said Tim Shinbara, Secretary and Treasurer of the MTConnect Institute and VP of Technology at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “The data definitions and context offered by the MTConnect standard serve modern manufacturers who are increasingly looking for IT/OT solutions that interoperate seamlessly and allow larger scale analytics.”

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.                         

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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.


Version 1.4.0

press release
april 2, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2018

Contact:
Russell Waddell
MTConnect Institute
703-827-5258
rwaddell@amtonline.org

MTConnect® Institute Releases Version 1.4.0 of the MTConnect Standard

McLean, Va. … The MTConnect Institute, standard development organization for MTConnect, announces the release of Version 1.4.0 of the MTConnect standard.  The MTConnect standard is an open-source communication standard for interoperability that offers a semantic vocabulary for manufacturing equipment and devices. This version expands the “Devices,” “Streams,” and “Interfaces” models, adds many new data items, and includes extensive edits for clarity and usability.                                              

Version 1.4.0 and all archived releases are available for free download at www.mtconnect.org/standard.

MTConnect® Institute develops the MTConnect standard to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing controls, devices and software applications.

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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.