DMSC and MTConnect Institute Update Memorandum of Understanding

13 September 21

Rochester, NY/McLean, VA
September 13, 2021

DMSC and MTConnect Institute Update
Memorandum of Understanding

The Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSCTM, Inc.) is pleased to announce 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.”

DMSC Logo Stacked 2021The Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC, Inc.), founded in 2005, is a non-profit consortium organization with the responsibility of developing and maintaining the QIF standard (ISO 23952:2020), and other metrology standards. The broader DMSC mission is to promote, foster, and develop interoperability standards and quality data frameworks for the manufacturing field of digital metrology.  The purpose of these digital metrology standards is to positively impact the digital thread for the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).  The DMSC is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization, as well as an A-Liaison to ISO. The consortium invites participation within the consortium of other standards groups and activities that seek to resolve the technology and other issues of automated (digital) metrology.

Mark Thomas
Executive Director, DMSC, Inc.

The MTConnect® Institute (MTConnect), a subsidiary of AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, is a standards developing organization working to foster greater interoperability between equipment automation/control applications, and field systems/devices in the manufacturing industry. MTConnect produces open technical standards and specifications as well as schema, prototype software examples, and related documentation to facilitate implementation of the MTConnect Specification in compliant applications, drivers, and other services.

Russ Waddell
MTConnect Institute
Phone: (703) 827-5258