Monday, May 13, 2013

Press Release: Author Uses Computer Industry’s Best Practices to Ignite A Revolution in Manufacturing

Dave Edstrom
Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC
(703) 829-six zero five nine

Author Uses Computer Industry’s Best Practices to Ignite A Revolution in Manufacturing
In many manufacturing facilities around the world, the production environment has not changed for generations. Stack lights still proclaim when equipment is malfunctioning, and shop owners, as well as plant operators, have very little insight into what is really happening on the shop floor. Manufacturing will undergo a revolution that obliterates these 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,” says 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,” says Scott McNealy, co-founder, president and chairman of the board for Sun Microsystems. “Dave's book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, 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.  Through MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, 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,” says Edstrom. “This is both a business and a technical book.”

According to Edstrom, those who would benefit from reading this book and learning about MTConnect include:
·       Anyone who wants to understand the right way to think about technology and its business and technical implications
·       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
·       Integrated Software Vendors (ISVs)
·       Integrators
·       Consultants
·       Anyone wanting to learn more about open systems, problem solving, and how to think about the application of technology
·       Anyone wanting to learn more about MTConnect
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Dave Edstrom is the CEO/CTO for Virtual Photons Electrons, president and chairman of the board for the MTConnect Institute and has been in the computer industry for more than 34 years. Edstrom worked for Sun Microsystems for almost 23 years in a variety of leadership positions. He has held a variety of positions ranging from an assembler programmer, technical management, system engineer, chief technologist, technical director, and principal engineer for a variety of companies. Edstrom, along with Dr. David Patterson of University of California at Berkeley, planted the seed and helped lay the foundation for MTConnect at the 2006 Association for Manufacturing Technology’s (AMT) Annual Meeting at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Edstrom was named president and chairman of the board for the MTConnect Institute in May 2010 and continues in that role today.  MTConnect® is a registered trademark of AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology.