Saturday, October 26, 2013
Below is what I sent out tonight to MTConnect community:
Yesterday, I notified the MTConnect Institute's Board of Directors that my last day as President and Chairman of the Board of the MTConnect Institute will be January 2, 2014.
I have greatly enjoyed my tenure and could not have asked or dreamed of having a better experience. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the MTConnect Technical Advisory Group members, the MTConnect Board of Directors, the many supporters of MTConnect and most importantly working with those manufacturers who have embraced MTConnect. I am very proud of what we all accomplished during my term by the entire MTConnect team.
It is very important for the MTConnect Institute that the President and Chairman of the Board have the time to take MTConnect to even greater heights. My hope is that the next President and Chairman of the Board will have the support needed to work full time as this is what is absolutely needed to take MTConnect to the next level.
Post January 2014, my company, Virtual Photons Electrons, will be very busy with other commitments, but will continue to track MTConnect.
Below are a few highlights of my term as:
• [MC]2 2011
◦ This was our first MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference and it was a big success.
• [MC]2 2013
◦ Our second [MC]2 was another great success. The foundation for doing successful MTConnect Conferences was validated and verified so the roadmap exists going forward.
◦ I put in over $52,000 of my own time that was “in kind” contribution so Virtual Photons Electrons (my company) became an MTConnect Institute Partner.
◦ I also gave away $6,000 worth of my book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, to attendees and MTConnect members.
• Getting Started With MTConnect White Papers
◦ Connectivity Guide
◦ Shop Floor Monitoring, What’s In It For Me?
◦ Writing Client Applications
• MTConnect Challenge
◦ I had no involvement with this very cool effort, but it was certainly fun to watch all hard and creative work that went into this effort.
• MTConnect-OPC UA MoU and Companion Specification
◦ Tom Burke and I signed the agreement at IMTS 2010.
• MTConnect the Standard
◦ Thanks to Paul Warndorf, Will Sobel, John Turner and many others for driving new versions of our standard.
◦ I was very pleased to give away 200 copies of my book at the MTCTAG and [MC]2 2013 events. I purposely priced the book at $9.99 for the electronic versions on Kindle, iTunes and Android to help get the word out on MTConnect. The paperback version naturally would cost more, but I think it is fairly priced as well. I do know that in a small way, the book has helped the MTConnect effort. I thank the board again for allowing the use of the MTConnect logo in the title of my book.
Posted by Photons and Electrons at 10:15 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I am out here in Las Vegas with my beautiful wife attending the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Summit at the Red Rock Casino and Resort. I gave the opening keynote this morning, "MTConnect: Driving Innovation Through An Open and Royalty Free Standard".
This is almost seven years to the day that Dave Patterson and I gave our back to back keynotes defining the foundation of MTConnect at Lake Las Vegas in 2006. MTConnect really has come full circle in the sense that what was a very clear vision is now a very clear reality.
I was really pleased that the manufacturing thought leaders on the panel "Factory of the Future" had all three mention the importance of MTConnect in their remarks.
Below is my beautiful bride of over 30 years in front of the Red Rock Resort.
Not a bad view (below) from our Signature Suite that we were put up in for giving the keynote.
Above is astronaut Mike Mullane and me. I gave the first opening keynote and Mike gave the ending keynote for the first day. His resume was slightly more impressive than mine :) Seriously, Mike gave an AMAZING talk and was incredibly interesting to speak with.
Me and Julie at Red Rock.
Above and below are images of Las Vegas from Red Rock Casino
Posted by Photons and Electrons at 8:00 PM
I had the privilege of hosting an MTConnect Panel at Mazak Discover 2013 the second and third weeks of October this year. We had the panel in Mazak's Learning Center. It was a FANTASTIC event!
Above is a partial crowd shot of the over 230 attendees we had for the Tuesday October 15th session. At the lower part of the photo, you can see from right to left the panelists:
- David McPhail, CEO and President of Memex Automation
- Neil Desrosiers of Mazak - Software Engineer
- Will Sobel, CEO and President of System Insights
- Ben Schawe of Mazak - Executive VP of Mazak Operations
Above is me at the podium.
Above is the MTConnect logo on all of the Mazak machine tools!
Above is a huge gear - that is a 55" monitor inside the gear.
Below are a number of photos I took at Mazak Discover 2013. Very cool stuff!
Below is the booth by Memex Automation - real thought leaders in manufacturing and MTConnect. You see John Rattray in the photo as well.
Below is a photo by Neil Desrosiers of the MTConnect panelists and other MTConnect members. From right to left, John Rattray of Memex Automation, Randy McDonald of Memex Automation, Will Sobel, John of System Insights, David McPhail of Memex Automation and me. Brian Papke, President of Mazak USA, mentoned MTConnect in each of his keynotes. Over 3,000 attendees were at Mazak Discover 2013!
Posted by Photons and Electrons at 2:38 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
This year's Seagull Century was the 25th anniversary of the Salisbury University sponsored bike rides that vary from a metric century (63 miles) to an english century (100 miles). This was my 13th Seagull Century and Jeff and my 12th together. One of those was a total washout and one was a partial washout. The others we finished the full 100 miles.
Jeff and I got in about 2pm and Gork and Steve got in about 3. We went to the university to get our Seagull Century 2013 long sleeve t-shirts.
Above the four of us our at the starting line at 7:15am on October 5th.
Gork, Jeff and I are at the bridge to Assateague Island with Ocean City skyline in the distant background. It was 91 degrees and almost no wind. Normally the wind is the killer factor from the 63 mile mark at lunch to the finish line. This year we got incredibly lucky.
Gork is a world class photographer who can ride a bike and shoot photos (me) as he rides. You can see from the clear blue sky that it was a picture perfect day. Gork once road across the United States where he averaged well over 100 miles per day, so even at age 54, this was nothing for Gork
Above is me, Gork, and Jeff at the final rest stop before the 17 mile final push to the beer garden.
Above is Steve who came in about an hour after us. That Steve finished is impressive since his longest ride was 41 miles prior to the century. Steve has done tons of triathalons and centuries in years past.
Above is my speedometer after we got back to the van. It was probably 2% high, but we clearly went past 100 miles on the ride.
Above is the four of us in front of the Fat Tire area at the end. Unfortunately the knuckleheads who run the Seagull Century closed the beer, drinks and food at 5pm. There were a number of people still finishing after 5 and to close things down is to cater to those who ride $5,000 carbon fiber bikes and average 20+ mph for the ride. I am going to send an email to the president that he is not taking care of a big chunk of the riders, he is losing money and it makes no sense. It was a great Friday and Saturday on the eastern shore!
Posted by Photons and Electrons at 8:35 AM