Will Sobel was interviewed for SME’s Manufacturing Engineering magazine and spoke regarding the process of developing the MTConnect standard and what the standard brings to the industry.
The initial version of the standard addressed the need to collect data from manufacturing equipment; the next version of the standard that will add Parts and Inspection models to the standard, utilizing the QIF standard to provide the final inspection information models. The extension of MTConnect into Parts will provide the first information model to communicate the digital thread of a process as it executes on the shop floor. Combined with the existing real-time data collection capability, there will be a complete log of every step a part took and exactly what happened as it was being manufactured. These capabilities will provide the data for the process traceability and predictive part quality analysis from VIMANA.
Note: VIMANA was previously named System Insights.
You can find the article here.