MTConnect® is an open, royalty-free manufacturing communications protocol that fosters greater interoperability between manufacturing devices and software from different suppliers.

The MTConnect standard provides connectivity and the capability to monitor and then harvest data from the entire production floor: machines, cells, devices, and processes. The standard makes this possible, because it’s based on XML and HTTP Internet technology for real-time data sharing. Manufacturers can then use that real-time manufacturing data to improve overall productivity and agility along with responsiveness to customer and market changes.

When serving as a complete communications standard, this "plug and play" networking platform assists factories in calculating overall equipment efficiency, monitoring all equipment from one system, reducing production losses and identifying lean manufacturing strategies.

Mazak actively supports MTConnect as a way to provide complete manufacturing solutions, which includes having more than 200 of its machine models prepped to accept the MTConnect adapter before they leave the factory as well as offering moderately priced MTConnect adapters for existing Mazak equipment in the field.

For full factory digital integration, MTConnect serves as a key component of Mazak’s iSMART Factory™ concept as well as its Mazak SmartBox technology.

The Mazak iSMART Factory™ is a dynamic, ongoing and limitless concept that represents the company’s all-encompassing manufacturing vision. A next-generation Mazak iSMART Factory™ uses advanced manufacturing cells and systems together with full digital integration and MTConnect to achieve free-flow data sharing.

MTConnect serves as the foundation of Mazak’s Mazak SmartBox technology that provides manufacturers easy and highly secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With MTConnect, Mazak SmartBox connectivity of machines and devices allows for enhanced monitoring and analytical capabilities including advanced cyber security protection.

In Mazak’s own North American Manufacturing Plant, MTConnect is paramount in a variety of ways, including monitoring the utilization of individual machines and entire manufacturing cells, error handling and cycle time validation.

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