The objective of this document is to capture key considerations for the implementation of the MTConnect standard to a wide variety of manufacturing equipment (e.g. machine tools) representing many different generations of technology. This guide does not address requirements for implementing software applications that use data conforming to the MTConnect standard. It does, however, discuss a number of issues to be considered in planning your project and for preparation for discussions with third-party solution providers who implement solutions compliant to the MTConnect standard. No vendor specific hardware or software solutions will be highlighted in this Connectivity Guide - only guidelines that should be evaluated by anyone considering the implementation of MTConnect on their production floor have been described.