Thursday, December 14, 2017

B2MML Companion Specification Announced

I have been meaning to blog about this for a number of weeks now.

As stated at

"MTConnect-B2MML is a companion specification to ensure interoperability and consistency between MTConnect specifications and the B2MML implementation of ISA95, as well as the manufacturing technology equipment, devices, software or other products that implement those standards.

Version 1.00 Draft (October 2017)

Additional documentation for implementing B2MML with MTConnect is available on the MTConnect User Portal wiki at "

Note: There is lots of very good information at the mtcup URL above.  For example, here are the high level objectives:

  • Define the interaction between existing standards from each organization to provide a platform for improved manufacturing technology interoperability.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information to support future continuous improvement of standards and specifications overseen by each body.
  • Provide a mechanism for the exchange of insights, identification of overlaps, and harmonization of the works of both organizations; where appropriate.
  • Provide a roadmap for implementers to leverage the capabilities of the standards and specifications of both bodies.

Net Neutrality Analogy EVERYONE Can Appreciate

There is a great article at the Washington Post by titled: 

Net neutrality keeps the Web from running like an airport security line. And it might go away

Here are key points Mr. Fowler brings out:

"But of course, airport security these days is all about a pecking order. There’s regular security and there’s the faster “TSA Pre” line. Then at many airports, if you pay extra there’s a “Clear” line, a “priority” line for pilots and first-class passengers, and even a super-fast celebrity line that comes with organic seaweed snacks (really).

Without the neutrality rules, Internet providers could set up their own fast lanes—meaning certain websites could buy first-class treatment, while others are stuck in cattle class. Providers could sell Internet service in packages, like cable-TV bundles. Service providers would also have the right to set up their own no-fly lists, blocking certain websites that they don’t like or compete with their own business.

For you, certain websites could slow to a crawl. Or perhaps they wouldn’t show up at all."