Wes Iversen, Automation World Managing Editor, visited IMTS recently and came away with some interesting news. One piece was an agreement between Fanuc NA and Rockwell Automation to integrate data from CNC to PAC. Another was an agreement with MT Connect and OPC. Here’s a teaser:
The MTConnect Institute said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to work with the OPC Foundation to develop a specification for linking MTConnect—an open communication protocol standard adopted by more than 20 machine tool makers—with OPC, an open communication standard that is widely used throughout the automation space. The MTConnect Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization created to foster the MTConnect standard by The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which sponsors the IMTS event.