There is no better friend of MTConnect and no one writes about MTConnect better than Mark Albert of Modern Machine Shop.
Mark wrote a great article on ITAMCO and Task Force Tips titled:
"Finally, ITAMCO and TFT understand that MTConnect is a means, not an end. Although MTConnect represents a giant step toward plug-and-play compatibility between digital devices used in manufacturing, its true value lies in the productivity gains that its applications deliver. That’s the connection that counts the most. "