The MTConnect Institute, the developer and administrator of MTConnect, the open-source standard for communication and interconnectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices, has announced its new leadership team, which will take effect at the Annual Meeting of the MTConnect Institute Board of Directors on December 11.

The MTConnect Institute, the developer and administrator of MTConnect, the open-source standard for communication and interconnectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices, has announced its new leadership team, which will take effect at the Annual Meeting of the MTConnect Institute Board of Directors on December 11.

Courtney Hill, president, CJ Hill Consulting Services, and retired general manager, Manufacturing & Quality at GE Aviation, will become president and chairman of the board. Mr. Hill, who has been involved in the standard from its origins and most recently was the chair of the technical advisory group (TAG), brings continuity and industry experience to the leadership of the Institute.

Mr. Hill replaces David A. Edstrom, CEO/CTO Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC. who has completed his term and is leaving the management team to pursue development of MTConnect-related products and services in the private sector, as well as supporting AMT’s MTInsight business intelligence platform and other projects.  

Mr. Hill will be replaced as chair of the TAG by Scott Hibbard, V.P. of Technology, Bosch Rexroth Corporation, who was previously vice chair.

Joining the MTConnect board of directors will be Thomas Kurfess, HUSCO/Ramirez distinguished chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, and professor, mechanical engineering, Georgia Tech. 

The Institute also announced that Paul Warndorf , V.P., Manufacturing Technology, AMT- The Association For Manufacturing Technology, will continue his role as secretary, MTConnect Institute, for an additional 3-year term, and Ralph Resnick, president and executive director, NCDMM – National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, will extend his position as director MTConnect Institute for an additional 3-year term.