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MTConnect Challenge 1 Winners Announced; Each Awarded $5,000 Cash Prize

MTConnect Challenge 2 is Also Announced

National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)

Blairsville, Pa. – June 21, 2013. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), along with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the United States Army, are proud to announce the winners of MTConnect® Challenge 1. Five winners were selected, each receiving a $5,000 cash prize.

The MTConnect Challenge is an Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) sponsored, two-part challenge project to develop manufacturing solutions using MTConnect protocol.

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free set of communications standards intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications and harness the wealth of information and data available from the shop floor. With the development of more MTConnect-based applications manufacturing enterprises, especially the lower tier producers, can enhance their manufacturing capabilities and better support Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain management goals.

Challenge 1 focused on acquiring ambitious yet achievable ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. The judging criteria included Benefit to Manufacturing Intelligence; Creativity and Innovation; Practicality of Concept; Impact on Industry; and Overall Quality. The title of the winning project submissions, along with the project’s author(s) and organization (if named), and a brief project summary are listed below:

Integration with Microsoft Visio – James Finn — International TechneGroup Incorporated
Uses data acquisition stencils and display objects to virtually connect shop floor equipment, to Visio templates, providing users the ability to develop their own real-time shop floor manufacturing data up-load and visualization programs.

MTConnect TeamEngage – Peter Laird
Functions as a plant operations collaboration system that allows ad-hoc groups within an operations team to initiate and control conversations revolving around a snapshot of MTConnect data. | A 3D, Web-Based, MTConnect Simulator – Scott Lininger
Simulates and visualizes MTConnect interactions against a 3D map of your factory through an elegantly-simple Web site. Uses a drag-and-drop library of virtual equipment to simulate equipment activities.

Interactive Work Instructions – Donovan Buckley & Arvind Rangarajan – GE Global Research, PARC
Uses real-time MTConnect tool path data to automatically scroll to the right page in a set of PDF work instructions, bring real-time simulation corresponding to the feature being machined, and flag any drifts from the intended tool path for operator intervention or material review board action.

• AugMT: Augmented Vision with MTConnect – Nick Tullos & Jeb Baugh – Praeses, LLC
Combines processed information from MTConnect data streams with augmented reality technology available through Google Glass technologies. The system will also feedback video and audio information to departments of address production needs.

NCDMM, AMT, the U.S. Army, and the Office Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy all congratulate the MTConnect Challenge 1 winners and thank them for their time, vision, and expertise.

MTConnect Challenge 2 will open for submissions on July 1, 2013, and will accept submissions through January 31, 2014. The second challenge is for the actual development of functional software applications that use MTConnect to address the objectives of the challenge.

It is important to note that participation in the MTConnect Challenge 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in the MTConnect Challenge 2.

As part of the MTConnect Challenge 2, a total of $225,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, including a $100,000 award for first prize. There will be three rounds of judging to down select. The winners will be announced at the [MC]2 2014 Conference in April 2014.

Entry details and rules can be found at

Published Date : 6/24/2013

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