The MTConnect Institute has put together a new leadership team that will take effect at the annual meeting of its board of directors on December 11. The Institute is the developer and administrator of MTConnect, the open-source standard for communication and interconnectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices.
Courtney Hill, president of CJ Hill Consulting Services and retired general manager of manufacturing and quality at GE Aviation, will become the Institute’s president and chairman of the board. He has been involved in the MTConnect standard from its origins and most recently was the chair of its technical advisory group (TAG).
Hill replaces David A. Edstrom, CEO/CTO of 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. Edstrom authored the book “MTConnect: To Measure is to Know,” which documents the development of the MTConnect standard.
Hill will be replaced as chair of the TAG by Scott Hibbard, vice president of technology for Bosch Rexroth Corporation, who was previously vice chair.
Joining the board for a three-year term will beThomas Kurfess, Husco/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in fluid power and motion control, and professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. Both Paul Warndorf , vice president of manufacturing technology at AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and Ralph Resnick, president and executive director of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, will continue their roles as secretary and director, respectively, for additional three-year terms. They join Treasurer Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT, and Brian J. Papke, president of Mazak Corporation, and Dean Bartles, vice president of large caliber ammunition at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.