Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The 3 M's of Manufacturing - Manufacturing, MTConnect and Massive Data at McMaster University

I was privileged to be invited by Dr. Allan Spence of the Mechanical Engineering Department at McMaster University to give a presentation last week.  It is always fun for me to speak to students and faculty.  I first met Dr. Spence when I spoke at CAD '12 in Niagara Falls Canada in the summer of 2013.

I was given a tour of the Mechanical Engineering Department and I was very impressed!

Here was the description of my 45 minute presentation: The talk will discuss the history of MTConnect and its importance in global manufacturing with specific emphasis on analyzing massive amounts of data. The world of manufacturing has never been as dynamic and exciting with a plethora of hot technologies and concepts from 3D printers, M2M, Industry 4.0 to IoT with companies like Cisco stating that their number one business segment is manufacturing. Why all the excitement and where are the opportunities for students at universities such McMaster University going to be in the near future?

Below is my title slide.

Below is Dr. Spence and I standing together in front of Memex Automation's office in Burlington, Ontario.  Note that Astrix Networks is the parent company to Memex. Dr. Spence gave me a very nice McMaster desk clock and I gave Dr. Spence a signed copy of my book.  He stopped by the office after the talk which I thought was extremely nice.

I gave away free copies of my book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, to the attendees and I hope they enjoy it.

When I landed in Toronto it was -2 Fahrenheit and with the 30mph wind it was 29 below.  Below is a view from the plane when I landed and the Jeep I rented.