Monday, July 23, 2012

MTConnect® Institute Releases MTConnect 1.2

For Immediate Release: July 20th, 2012


Dave Edstrom
MTConnect® Institute


MTConnect® Institute
Releases MTConnect 1.2

McLean, VA … Today, July 20th, 2012, the MTConnect® Institute formally announced the release of MTConnect® 1.2    This is the third release of the MTConnect standard and provides important and significant features, such as the new ground breaking Mobile Assets framework, as well as significant changes to support a vast assortment of sensors and time-series data.

Mobile Assets are those assets in the manufacturing process that can be associated with multiple devices during their lifecycle.  These Mobile Assets may be removed from a device without detriment to the function of the device, and cannot produce data themselves, so they rely on manufacturing devices or other systems to collect data about them.   Mobile Assets will enable the communication, management and modeling of assets.  The first type of Mobile Asset in the 1.2 release was for cutting tools.   The 1.2 release utilizes ISO 13399 as a vendor neutral and portable file exchange standard for geometric and descriptive data for cutting tools.    ISO 13399 can greatly simplify the exchange of data between CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM/EDM and other CaX systems.  In 1.2, MTConnect acts as a transport mechanism for ISO 13399 data.  In addition, 1.2 includes cutting tool data such as cutter status, tool life, location, program tool group, program tool number, recondition count, measurements and cutting items to name just a few examples.  MTConnect allows for additions to cutting tool data via extensions to the schema.

An MTConnect Working Group for Parts is using the 1.2 Mobile Assets framework to define an open and common mechanism to retrieve real time information on parts for a future release.  Going forward, numerous types of mobile assets are being considered as part of the Mobile Assets framework, such as material, people, programs, and pallets.  

Dave Edstrom, President and Chairman of the Board for the MTConnect Institute, said, “This is a huge step forward for manufacturing and MTConnect.   The 1.2 release is the culmination of many smart and dedicated individuals from around the globe in a variety of disciplines who came together to create the Mobile Assets framework, as well as enhance the sensors infrastructure.   The Mobile Assets framework will open the door to manufacturing productivity challenges that were previously thought impossible.”

Will Sobel, Chief Architect for MTConnect and CEO of System Insights, said, “The advances achieved in the 1.2 release lay the groundwork for the first truly comprehensive manufacturing process information model that will enable the next generation of shop floor integration and business intelligence applications. We can expect a new level of innovation and capabilities from manufacturing software vendors because of the ease of access to shop floor data MTConnect affords the industry.”

MTConnect is built upon the most prevalent standards in the manufacturing and software industry, maximizing the number of tools available for its implementation and providing the highest level of interoperability with other standards and tools in these industries.

MTConnect® Institute is an organization that develops and provides open standards intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using the Internet Protocol (IP). The standards offer a solution to the exchange of data from shop floor devices to higher-level systems. is the location for information on MTConnect the standard, educational articles, training and MTConnect enabled products. is the site for questions and answers on all things MTConnect.

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