Raspberry Pi for $25

A new ARM GNU/Linux box called the Raspberry Pi will soon be available for $25. More information available at

Thanks to Jon Fournier for sending Rasberry Pi information.

Getting Started with MTConnect: Connectivity Guide

The MTConnect connectivity guide is now available for download at the website. Click here to download (direct link) the connectivity guide. 

The article is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in getting the first-hand knowledge of the MTConnect standard and its potential benefits to manufacturing. Though most of the sections in the document explain the technical aspects, Section 3 and Section 4 focus on benefits and steps to get started with MTConnect implementation.

Content Overview:
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - MTConnect Overview
Section 3 -  What Problems Do Companies Solve With MTConnect?
  • Production Dashboard or Monitor
  • Alerts
  • Equipment Availability and Usage
  • Machine Downtime Analysis
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness:
  • Production Reporting/Tracking
  • Maintenance Tracking/Planning

Section 4 – How to Begin
  • Step 1 – Define the Problem That You Are Trying to Solve
  • Step 2 – What Does Success Look Like?
  • Step 3 – Define Your Equipment
  • Step 4 – Define Limitations/Restraints That Impact Your Project
  • Step 5 – List the People in Your Organization Who Will Impact the Project

Section 5 - I Know What I Need – How Do I Get It Done?
Section 6 -  Information (Data) Available using MTConnect
Section 7- Connecting a MTConnect Device to a Network
Section 8 - Conclusions

Appendix A – MTConnect Glossary of Terms
Appendix B – MTConnect Project Work Sheet
Appendix C – MTConnect Data Model and Data Types 

Sustainable Aerospace Manufacturing

Recently, I gave a talk on Sustainable Aerospace Manufacturing at the 2011 MC2 conference. The presentation video is now available. 

The PDF copy of the presentation is available here.

More information on the session and MC2 conference available here

Sustainable Manufacturing: Applications to Monitor your Equipment

Recently, the MTConnect Institute completed a survey of currently available applications which utilize the MTConnect standard to enable sustainable manufacturing. The survey was conducted as part of the "Sustainable Aerospace Manufacturing Initiative (SAMI)" for the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT).

The SAMI report is now available for download at the MTConnect Institute website. Click here to access the report in PDF format  (261 pages, 4 MB).