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Improving Machine Tool Interoperability Using Standardized Interface Protocols: MT Connect

  • Author(s): Vijayaraghavan, Athulan
  • Sobel, Will
  • Fox, Armando
  • Dornfeld, David
  • Warndorf, Paul
  • et al.
Abstract

This paper introduces MTConnect[1], a data exchange standard that allows for disparate entities in a manufacturing system along with their associated devices to share data seamlessly in a common format. MTConnect aims to provide a common means for communication between these varied devices, and is not creating special purpose hardware or software for this purpose. This paper also presents a case-study of using MTConnect data from a machine tool for process planning verification. The potential of improved machine-tool interoperability through MTConnect is also discussed, with an emphasis on enabling “green manufacturing” through better interoperability.

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