Sunday, October 20, 2013

MTConnect Comes Full Circle in Las Vegas - Keynote at Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Summit

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

MTConnect Panel at Mazak Discover 2013

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!