Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reminder: [MC]2 2013 Registration is OPEN!

 [MC]2 2013 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference is OPEN!!!

[MC]2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference

By Dave Edstrom
NOTE: I wrote this for Jan 10, 2013 IMTS Insider

It is with great excitement to announce to the readers of the IMTS Insider that registration is now open for [MC]2 2013 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference! [MC]2 2013 will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 10th and 11th at the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati.

[MC]2 2013 will build upon the huge success of the inaugural conference in 2011 where we had industry thought leaders, 175 attendees, numerous speakers, hands-on labs and 24 exhibitors. The exhibitors were displaying commercially available MTConnect-enabled products and giving demonstrations of MTConnect applications in action, some of them for the first time ever.

MTConnect is a true game changer that is revolutionizing manufacturing. [MC]2 2013 will have business and technical content to suit everyone’s needs.

Who Should Attend [MC]2 2013?
  • End Users – shop owners, plant managers and anyone in manufacturing interested in improving productivity
  • Industry thought leaders
  • MTConnect® Institute Participants
  • Equipment Suppliers
  • Students
  • Professors
  • Software Developers
  • Distributors
  • ISVs
  • Integrators
  • Consultants
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about MTConnect
As we all know, technology is a means to an ends and not an end in itself. MTConnect is a set of open, royalty-free standards intended to foster greater interoperability between controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using the Internet Protocol. MTConnect is becoming the de facto standard for manufacturing connectivity. The most obvious application of MTConnect is to connect the shop floor to monitoring applications. It is not unusual for companies that enable their shop floor with MTConnect to see an ROI in months and not years. It is also not unusual for those same companies to integrate the shop floor with the rest of the manufacturing enterprise to have further productivity gains. At [MC]2 2013 you will meet people from the shops and plants who have done this as well as the companies who sell MTConnect-enabled equipment and solutions.
There is a sea change happening with manufacturing and MTConnect is at the epicenter of this technology disruption. You cannot manage what you cannot measure and MTConnect provides the plug-n-play mechanism to get real time data off the shop or plant floor so it can be managed effectively. There are many manufacturing conferences to attend each, IMTS being the granddaddy of them all in even numbered years. IMTS is in the “change your schedule to be there” category of trade shows. [MC]2 2013 is in the same category for conferences that you absolutely should attend.
If you are interested in [MC]2 2013, everyone in manufacturing should be interested, then please go to the [MC]2 2013 homepage and register today!

 If you are not sure about attending and have questions, please drop me at note at and I will be happy to answer any of your questions regarding [MC]2 2013. [MC]2 2013 is a CAN’T-MISS event of the year!