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Open Standards for Enhanced Manufacturing Operations

In many manufacturing facilities around the world, the production environment has not changed for generations. Manufacturing will undergo a revolution that obliterates stagnant trends, predicts author Dave Edstrom, if machine shop owners and plant operators embrace the open mindset of the computer industry and apply the open standards that make it easier for IT equipment to interoperate.

According to Edstrom, a computer industry veteran who spent over two decades as a leader at Sun Microsystems, the best resource machine shop owners can use to start this revolution is MTConnect. "Think of MTConnect as simply the Bluetooth of manufacturing that makes it easy to get information off your manufacturing equipment," said Edstrom. "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."

In his new book, "MTConnect: To Measure is to Know," Edstrom explains the lessons of open systems and how to think about problem solving, learn about MTConnect from a business perspective and understand the MTConnect standard and protocol.

"Sun Microsystems forever changed the world of computing in many significant ways," said Scott McNealy, Co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board for Sun Microsystems. "Dave's book is a great way to not only learn about this game-changing technology called MTConnect, but to understand how the open system principles, that we believed so strongly in at Sun Microsystems, can be applied to manufacturing."

According to John Byrd, former president of AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, "MTConnect will be more important in the 21st century for manufacturing than CNC was for manufacturing in the 20th century."

To truly understand and embrace MTConnect, Edstrom first notes that a strong shift in thinking is required by most manufacturers. Edstrom explains how thinking like an IT industry leader will help ensure successful use of MTConnect.

"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," said Edstrom. "This is both a business and a technical book."

For more information contact:

Dave Edstrom

Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC


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