Industry experts to explain M2M technology at NMW

By Control Engineering Staff February 21, 2006

Milwaukee, WI —Issues such as when and why value is recognized in machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what rewards to expect from successful M2M deployment will be on the docket when experts gather to discuss the progress and future of M2M technology at National Manufacturing Week next month. Moderated by FiveTwelve Group , a business-to-business research consulting firm, the panel discussion will include representatives from ITT, Ford, Eaton, Sensorlogic, and J&L Fiber Services.

M2M has risen from relative obscurity a few years ago to having OEMs computerizing and networking all types of industrial machines and promising seamlessly connected, highly efficient manufacturing systems that have little need for human intervention. Unfortunately, says FiveTwelve, the reality of the technology has not been fulfilled, adding that M2M works only when the network extends past the linked machines to the value of the business process change made as a result of connection.

The session is directed at machine OEMs who are currently or seeking to integrate or embed communication or control technologies in their equipment, and at industrial process engineers interested in how M2M should be evaluated. It is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL (near Chicago).

National Manufacturing Week offers a 250-session technical conference covering virtually all aspects of the manufacturing process and includes an exhibition of products and services from more than 1,000 suppliers. Click here for more on NMW 2006.

—Control Engineering Daily News DeskJeanine Katzel, senior editor,