The Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC, Inc.) has announced an update to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MTConnect Institute. The original MoU was signed in 2011. As technology has evolved, both organizations recognize an even greater need to optimize the way industrial software and machines work together, to encourage manufacturing standards development, and to use data modeling to enable information interoperability by specifying the content of specific information and where it is stored – all with the goal of improving manufacturing efficiency.
DMSC and MTConnect are leading modern industrial standards development by crafting a common, standardized, machine-readable information schema. This makes it easier for software developers, quality managers, engineering, and manufacturing to use quality and manufacturing data together. By promoting the Quality Information Framework (QIF) and MTConnect integration, manufacturers will have access to a wider variety of world class manufacturing machine and software solutions. The two organizations plan to support and promote joint projects that will encourage integration and use of standardized information frameworks for parts and processes.
Curtis Brown, President of DMSC, commented “We’re enthused about collaborating with MTConnect in an effort to support and expand the use of QIF for manufacturing applications. A key benefit of collaboration between our two organizations will be expanded industry availability and enhanced implementation of QIF where an information schema for Quality data is needed. We look forward to integrating our data models with the promise of better connectivity between quality-related information and manufacturing process information in a more reliable and secure manner.”
Doug Woods, President of the MTConnect Institute, said “Manufacturers looking to rapidly digitize their operations want integration across all departments. MTConnect breaks down silos, but harmonization with other standards is absolutely necessary to stay relevant. Working with DMSC on functional, technical interoperability is a big milestone for MTConnect and for smarter manufacturing.”
The MTConnect Institute (MTConnect) is a subsidiary of AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.
For more information: www.qifstandards.org