Working groups take ideas from conception to initial drafts and data models for inclusion in the MTConnect standard. The working groups conduct business primarily via web meeting, and each is chaired by a volunteer from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).  Membership in the TAG is required to participate in working groups; email info@mtconnect.org to learn more or join a working group.

 

Measurement (Joint Working Group)

This joint working group with the Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium is focused on covering quality and inspection data in the MTConnect standard.

OPC Companion Specification (Joint Working Group)

This joint working group with the OPC Foundation is focused on updated the OPC Companion Specification for MTConnect.

Additive Manufacturing

The Additive Working Group works to enhance the ways in which the MTConnect standard and schema handle data items that are specific to additive manufacturing machines and processes.

Parts

The Parts Working Group works to enhance the ways in which the MTConnect standard handles workpieces and parts.

Education

The Education Working Group is developing curriculum, course materials, and learning tools for the MTConnect community.

Machine Tools

The Machine Tools Working Group works to enhance the ways in which the MTConnect standard and schema handle machine-tool specific data items.

EDM

The EDM Working Group works to enhance the ways in which the MTConnect standard and schema handle data items that are specific to electrical discharge machines.

Files

The Files Working Group has drafted a new section of the MTConnect standard for handling file transfer and management conventions using MTConnect. Examples of files include work instructions, travellers, inspection documents, etc.

Functionality

The Functionality Working Group is working towards more seamless implementation of the standard and paths to a certification program.

Security

This working group is currently creating its charter. Issues on security have come up repeatedly in other working groups and been deferred to a dedicated working group for addressing cyber physical security in MTConnect.

Open Source Tools

The Open Source Tools Working Group works to improve MTConnect usability and expand deployment options through open source software tools.

Interfaces

The Interfaces Working Group works on Part 3.1 - Interfaces, which is used for communications between devices. Examples include machine tool communications with a robot or bar feeder using MTConnect.

Chip Conveyors

The Chip Conveyors Working Group is focused on creating enhancements to the MTConnect standard required for data representation and modeling of chip conveyors. This effort heavily draws on and influences Part 3.1 - Interfaces, which is used for communications between devices.