MTConnect Challenge 2 Gains Four Industry Supporters: DMG MORI SEIKI USA, ITAMCO, Mazak Corporation, Okuma America Corporation

November 27, 2013 - McLean, Va. … The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology announce that four manufacturing organizations - DMG MORI SEIKI USA, ITAMCO, Mazak Corporation, and Okuma America Corporation - will support the MTConnect Challenge 2 by providing participants access to data generated by their equipment for development and testing of manufacturing intelligence applications.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) ManTech Program, this second MTConnect Challenge: Creating Manufacturing Intelligence is seeking the development of software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs utilizing data acquired via the MTConnect standard.

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free communications standard intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications thereby harnessing a wealth of information and data available from the shop floor.  The MTConnect Institute manages the development and further adoption of the standard.

“This is an exciting step forward for the MTConnect Challenge 2 which opened this past July 1,” said Wilczynski, Program Manager at NCDMM. “By making equipment data streams available from machines through MTConnect compliant Agents, these corporations are allowing the MTConnect community to pull real-time data from equipment. We believe that allowing access to actual machine information will open this challenge to more developers, accelerating the development of new and innovative software applications which, naturally, is the focus of Challenge 2.”

Links to the MTConnect data streams are available in the Rules section of the MTConnect Challenge 2 website.

MTConnect Challenge 2 began July 1, 2013, and will close on January 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the [MC]2 2014 Conference, which will take place April 8-10, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. The grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded for the top submission. The second place award recipient will receive $75,000, and the third place finisher will receive $50,000.


Those seeking details about this competition can learn more at

About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About Benét Labs

Benét Labs is a Department of the Army Center of Excellence supporting the management and execution of life cycle research, development, engineering, design, producibility, and engineering standardization programs for large caliber armaments, mortars and direct fire systems. A full complement of modern laboratory equipment, along with a highly trained staff of scientist, engineers, and technicians, enables Benét to be a world leader in innovative technology and applications.


Paul Warndorf

VP - Manufacturing Technology

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology


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Scott Deutsch

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National Center for Defense Manufacturing and

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