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Top winners of the MTConnect Challenge 2

Manufacturing Group | April 14, 2014

[MC]2 2014 conference attendees vote and award prizes to the top three MTConnect Challenge 2 winners,

Blairsville, Pennsylvania – The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T), sponsored along with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the U.S. Army Benét Labs, proudly announce the three top winners of the MTConnect Challenge 2 as voted by [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference attendees.

First Prize $100,000 Winner: Valerie Pezzullo of Clemson University
for Machining Process Monitoring to Aid in Chatter Identification
This application developed by Clemson University’s Valerie Pezzullo offers machining process monitoring, facilitates the communication of part-specific information, and includes customization and scalability for different manufacturing facilities and academic research institutions. By integrating machining process information gathered through MTConnect with information from proprietary data acquisition tools and custom sensors, this application provides a means to monitor cutting conditions to help reduce and prevent chatter and aid in analysis to avoid subsequent unstable operating conditions. It also improves the input and tracking of part numbers and organizes machining process information in a central location according to the specific part. 

Second Prize $75,000 Winner: Joel Neidig of Itamco
for Expanding Manufacturing's Vision: MTConnect + Google Glass
By leveraging the capabilities of Google Glass with its heads-up display, camera, touchpad, microphone, email and internet connection built into the spectacle frame and combining it with MTConnect functionality, Joel Neidig of Itamco provides a never before view into the manufacturing process. The user of the Google Glass equipped with MTConnect is not only liberated from laptops and hand-held smart devices, but also is able to travel the entire shop floor, gathering and sharing machine data provided by MTConnect, and accessing the internet on demand for more information. 

Third Prize $50,000 Winner: Shane Crandall for Promise
Designed to be general, flexible, scalable, reliable, fast, and free, Shane Crandall’s Promise is a blank canvas to create custom views of real-time data from MTConnect devices. It is a user-configured MTConnect client in the form of an intuitive Web application. Promise is an intranet Web application – or Web site – that may be easily deployed and widely utilized by and completely configurable from any device with a Web browser.

The final round of judging occurred Wed., April 9, 2014, by [MC]2 2014 Conference attendees upon the conclusion of presentations by each of the five finalists. The OSD DMS&T sponsored the MTConnect Challenge, which was a two-part competition for the development of manufacturing intelligence ideas and solutions using the MTConnect standard. NCDMM, AMT, and the U.S. Army Benét Labs oversaw the Challenge. 

“On behalf of all of us at NCDMM, AMT, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the MTConnect Challenge judging panel, and the MTConnect Institute, we extend our congratulations to the three top winners for their participation and innovative MTConnect-based software applications,” said John Wilczynski, NCDMM program manager. “We hope Challenge 2 will serve as a catalyst for the development of more MTConnect-based software that will enable manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs for the defense manufacturing industry. We also want to thank [MC]2 attendees – our community of MTConnect supporters – for voting and helping to determine our top winners.”

With the MTConnect Challenge 2, participants were tasked with the development of innovative and unique software applications using the MTConnect standard that could be easily adopted by manufacturing enterprises, especially lower tier producers, to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and support the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain management objectives. 

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free set of communications standards intended to foster greater interoperability and information sharing between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications. The MTConnect Institute manages the development and further adoption of the standard. Prior to the development of the MTConnect standard, harnessing the wealth of available information and data across equipment and devices has been challenging due in large part to the disparate nature of software programs. 

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Source: MTConnect

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