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John Turner
Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute.

Mr. Turner is the Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute. Mr. Turner was one of the team members at the start of the development of MTConnect and has spent his entire career in the field of industrial automation, machine tools, and control technologies.   He spent over 30 years with GE and GE Fanuc Automation in a wide variety of management roles in sales, marketing, product development and operations.   While at GE Fanuc, Mr. Turner’s team developed and deployed the first commercially available MTConnect Agent/Adapter called mi-Link. Additionally, he was previously Vice President of Engineering and COO for CimWorks, a subsidiary of GE Fanuc Automation providing hardware and software solutions for the Statistical Process Control (SPC Quality) market. In 2009, Mr. Turner formed FAC&T where he applies his knowledge and expertise to advancing the state of manufacturing technology specializing in the area of shop floor productivity.

Mr. Turner is the Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute. Mr. Turner was one of the team members at the start of the development of MTConnect and has spent his entire career in the field of industrial automation, machine tools, and control technologies.   He spent over 30 years with GE and GE Fanuc Automation in a wide variety of management roles in sales, marketing, product development and operations.   While at GE Fanuc, Mr. Turner’s team developed and deployed the first commercially available MTConnect Agent/Adapter called mi-Link. Additionally, he was previously Vice President of Engineering and COO for CimWorks, a subsidiary of GE Fanuc Automation providing hardware and software solutions for the Statistical Process Control (SPC Quality) market. In 2009, Mr. Turner formed FAC&T where he applies his knowledge and expertise to advancing the state of manufacturing technology specializing in the area of shop floor productivity.

Posts by John Turner
Technology
By John TurnerFeb 05, 2024

Is Semantic Data Worth the Effort?

What are the benefits of harvesting semantic data from equipment on the shop floor? For starters, it's easier to integrate machines into shop maintenance and monitoring systems. Learn how the industry has responded to semantic data – and where it's going.

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Technology
By John TurnerJan 15, 2024

The Voice of the Fluid Power Sector

The NFPA has updated their Technology Roadmap and identified three areas for future improvement to the production and application of hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power components: improving data use, reliability/durability, and control systems.

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Technology
By John TurnerSep 22, 2023

Data Beyond Your Business

The internet opens a whole new way to think about data sources, raising concerns about network security and data validity. Learn about the two major ways to access such data: accessed and transferred in bulk for storage; and accessed on demand.

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Technology
By John TurnerSep 05, 2023

Shop Floor Data

Remember the old adage: "Garbage in" equals "garbage out." But is the data you collect good? Learn more about measured and processed manufacturing data, how they form the foundation of all digital manufacturing systems, and strategies to ensure quality.

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Technology
By John TurnerAug 22, 2023

Data into Information

Many companies collect data from their manufacturing operations to increase productivity and improve shop operations. Others do so as part of a contractual obligation to their customers.

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Technology
By John TurnerJun 26, 2023

Collecting Data? Consider This

Data collection and storage is the process of gathering, arranging, and making data available for analytics. Since data quality is vital, companies must decide what should be collected and stored using newer tech like data lakes and cloud storage.

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Technology
By John TurnerJun 12, 2023

Importance and Diversity of Data Sources

Data from CNCs, PLCs, industrial PCs, robots, sensors, and other external sources form the foundation of any digital manufacturing solution. The challenges are in determining which data is important, understanding it, cybersecurity, and data validation.

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Technology
By John TurnerMay 01, 2023

Decisions, Decisions: Data and the Digital Manufacturing Decision-Making Process

Digital manufacturing uses operational data for more informed decision-making, which helps increase workflow efficiency. But a major challenge is the quality of data. Learn more about this crucial factor in digital manufacturing decision-making processes.

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Technology
By John TurnerApr 05, 2023

Architecture for Manufacturing Digital Systems

Digital manufacturing is company-specific strategy that uses data from manufacturing operations to support more informed decision-making and increase efficiency. Find out what goes into building a unique digital manufacturing strategy for your business.

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Technology
By John TurnerJan 26, 2023

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Risk Assessment and Vulnerabilities Testing

Any cybersecurity implementation involves a trade-off between a company’s tolerance for risk and the effort and costs associated with protecting the company’s resources and customers. Learn how to assess risk and test for vulnerabilities in your network.

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