The MTConnect Challenge, a contest co-sponsored by the government to challenge programmers to develop innovative ways of using the industry protocol standard, has begun taking entries for phase two of its two-part sequence.
The MTConnect Challenge, sponsored by the AMT–Association for Manufacturing Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense via the Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) Manufacturing Technology Program, began in April and challenged participants to develop techniques to combine MTConnect and manufacturing intelligence to improve shop floor interoperability. Five winning teams from MTConnect Challenge 1 were selected in late June, each of which received a $5,000 prize.
MTConnect Challenge 2 began July 1 and focuses on designing software applications that use MTConnect to improve shop network interoperability and efficiency. Each piece of software must fulfill a sequence of criteria including Benefit to Manufacturing Intelligence; Creativity and Innovation; Practicality of Concept; Impact on Industry; and Overall Quality. You can find a more complete summary of these rules here.
Entrants need only submit a written summary of their concept by January 31, 2014, but they must be prepared to submit working software or code to judges in subsequent rounds should they qualify. Three winners will be announced in April 2014, when the third prize winner will receive $50,000, the second prize winner will receive $75,000, and the grand prize winner receiving $100,000.
To find out more about MTConnect, please see our earlier coverage.