On-Demand Webinar:

Machine Tools & Metal Working

Date: June 6, 2012
Time: 12 PM EDT (9 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour


A typical manufacturing facility includes hundreds, if not thousands, of machines and autonomous systems that must operate together to produce high-quality products in a timely and cost-effective manner. While each of these machines and systems accumulates information on its operation, this data cannot usually be shared, which makes it difficult to track machine efficiency, process flow, energy usage, tool-path validation, and other metrics. As a result, managers of manufacturing operations are challenged to coordinate and optimize machines and systems to ensure that these individual components and the factory as a whole are operating at acceptable levels.

Interoperability from design studio to shop floor is an essential first step, and will open up new markets and opportunities for the manufacturing technology industry. It will help third-party solution providers develop software and hardware that make the entire manufacturing enterprise much more productive. With the proper tools, the manufacturing technology industry can mirror the success of the information technology industry, where common, open industry standards are used to design hardware and software that enable different manufacturers' products to work with each other. Just as large computer "farms" are used to create and work with accurate models of microprocessors today, a similar approach to developing interoperable hardware and software should help enable the vision of "art to part, first-time correct" by taking advantage of large computer clusters.

This presentation will explore the ways in which MTConnect, an open, royalty-free communication standard that provides Internet connectivity to manufacturing equipment, can bring end-to-end interoperability to the manufacturing environment.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how establishing an open hardware and software development standard and environment is changing manufacturing
  • Understand how and why open protocols will win
  • Discover how and why the first win is monitoring
  • Learn how an open development environment will affect the entire value chain
  • Understand why MTConnect will become the "Bluetooth" for manufacturing


Dave Edstrom, President and Chairman of the Board, MTConnect Institute

Dave Edstrom is the CEO/CTO for Virtual Photons Electrons and has been in the computer industry for over 33 years. Dave worked for Sun Microsystems for almost 23 years in a variety of leadership positions. He has held a variety of positions ranging from assembler programmer, technical management, system engineer, chief technologist, technical director, and principal engineer for a variety of companies. Dave has been working with Unix since 1981 and had concentrated on Sun's future hardware and software directions from 1988. Dave was the chief technologist for the Sun Microsystems Software Practice from 2004 through 2010. Dave has been working with the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and has been a key contributor to the MTConnect standard. Currently, Dave is working as a consultant for AMT as director of the Office of Strategic Innovation. Dave was named president and chairman of the board of the MTConnect Institute in May of 2010.

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