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Friday, August 22, 2014

New Book Explores MTConnect’s Past, Present, and Future

MTConnect BookA new book has been published to tell the story of the history of industry networking standard MTConnect.

Author Dave Edstrom tells the open system’s story in MTConnect: To Measure is To Know, which covers the development of MTConnect from a conflation of theories about networking and open principles to a working standard present in factories around the world. Former computer industry professional at Sun Microsystems Edstrom notes that MTConnect is well-positioned to improve industrial performance for small shops to large conglomerates.

“Think of MTConnect as simply the Bluetooth of manufacturing that makes it easy to get information off your manufacturing equipment,” he said in a statement. “MTConnect is not an application, but it makes it very easy for applications to read data in a common and universal format. ‘Different Devices, Common Connection’ is what we say about MTConnect.”

The narrative is addressed to manufacturers who want a better understanding of open systems and the benefits they can provide for manufacturing.

“It is first a book about how to properly think about open systems and technology and, most importantly, how to apply that thinking in manufacturing followed by the specifics on MTConnect,” Edstrom said. “This is both a business and a technical book.”

John Byrd, former president of AMT (The Association for Manufacturing Technology), blurbed the book by noting the epochal shift in manufacturing connectivity promised by MTConnect.

“MTConnect will be more important in the 21st century for manufacturing than CNC was for manufacturing in the 20th century.”

You can find MTConnect: To Measure is To Know in online book retailers like Amazon in paperback and digital formats.

Brian Lane

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