Smart Manufacturing

As the United States’ non-profit institute dedicated to Smart Manufacturing (SM) – we are working to reduce cost, complexity and time-to-value so all manufacturers can engage in Smart Manufacturing.
We enable frictionless movement of information – raw and contextualized data – between real-time operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations.

What is Smart Manufacturing?

Smart Manufacturing (SM) is the information-based, event-driven and collaborative orchestration of business, physical and digital processes that efficiently drive plants, factories and the entire value chain.

Smart Manufacturing Executive Council

The Smart Manufacturing Executive Council has been formed to engage business and technology executives, thought leaders and visionaries advocating for the strengthening of the U.S. manufacturing ecosystem.

Ready to Accelerate your SM Journey?

The first step starts with a self-evaluation of your business practices – take our online Smart Manufacturing Business Practices Assessment.

SM Architecture & Technologies Workshop

This 8-part, FREE & Virtual, Smart Manufacturing Systems Architecture ‘Primer’ is for all stakeholders involved in the development and/or implementation of software for manufacturing operations.

Smart Manufacturing Marketplace

Find validated SM Profiles and crowd-sourced applications giving manufacturers access to ready-to-use solutions.

Smart Manufacturing Certified Professionals

CESMII is helping grow and train the network of professionals ready to support manufacturers with their Smart Manufacturing journey.

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Our mission is to enhance U.S. manufacturing productivity, global competitiveness, and reinvestment by increasing energy productivity, improving economic performance and raising workforce capacity. 


Reduction in cost and time to deploy SM into existing processes within 5 years


Improvement in energy productivity within 10 years

Years to significant industry adoption of SM technology


Improvement in energy efficiency in manufacturing plants or of major processes within 5 years

Carbon Reporting Demonstration

CESMII & Industrie 4.0 are supporting the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions in manufacturing. 

How to Accelerate the Adoption of Smart Manufacturing

John Dyck, CEO of CESMII and Jeff Winter, Industry Executive of Manufacturing at Microsoft discuss the opportunities manufacturers & the entire ecosystem have to invest in Smart Manufacturing.


    We are your primary source for Smart Manufacturing Education and Workforce Development, Industry Networking, Funded Research and a Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform to enable your digital transformation.
    SM Ecosystem Integration


    Our membership includes manufacturers, machine builders, tech providers, system integrators and academia all working together to advance SM.

    SM Education


    Our goal is to support national manufacturing learning with the development of education resources on Smart Manufacturing (SM) to enable national adoption.

    SM Enabling Technologies


    With funds from the national government, we facilitate projects that develop emerging technologies, drive research and innovation, delivering on our mission to democratize SM.

    SM Innovation Platform


    Creating an infrastructure that moves information into context and enables reuse of technologies through a marketplace, in a secure, interoperable, scalable and cost effective manner.

    Monthly Newsletters 

    May 2024 Newsletter

    May 2024 Newsletter

    2024 CESMII Annual Member Meeting Save the Date: November 6-8, 2024 Join us in this historic location Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, TN for the 2024 CESMII Annual Member Meeting. This event is a unique opportunity to connect and network with industry...

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    April 2024 Newsletter

    April 2024 Newsletter

    Join CESMII and Phoenix Contact at Automate May 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois in Booth 2231 We have a lot of exciting events happening throughout the week! The Industry 4.0 Game Show Tuesday, May 7 | 3:00PM | Booth #2231 Don't miss your chance to flaunt your expertise, win...

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    March 2024 Newsletter

    March 2024 Newsletter

    Smart Manufacturing Mindset™: Becoming a Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professional In this digital transformation era, the manufacturing landscape is rapidly evolving, offering unprecedented opportunities for growth and innovation. However, many manufacturers are...

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    Our Ecosystem

    We’re better by the sum of our parts. Our membership is made up of the following stakeholder groups allowing us to accumulatively make significant impacts on throughput, quality, cost and energy productivity through Smart Manufacturing. Don’t just take our word for it, hear what our members have to say.

      “We are a small tier 3 and 4 supplier of synthetic and natural rubber raw materials.  We have a small team wearing many hats.  Our engagement with CESMII is delivering value on many fronts, exposing us to the right technologies and techniques, but most importantly, letting us engage with a community of forward-looking manufacturers and technology providers that we would never have found otherwise.  We needed digital transformation expertise for our business, and CESMII put us in touch with Flexware Innovation, an excellent system integrator with whom we were able to engage.  We never would have found them without CESMII.”



      James Lawrence

      Plant Manger, ECM Performance Materials Group

      “With CESMII’s mission to “democratize Smart Manufacturing”, clearly Systems Integrators can benefit from the success of that outcome.  Since there is so much variation and customization in the way integrators solve problems for manufacturers, a standard approach would be valuable for OEMs, Systems Integrators and the ultimate end-user – the manufacturer.  The momentum CESMII is gaining is clear evidence there is demand for this thought leadership.”

      System Integrator


      Scott Whitlock

      CEO, Flexware Innovation

      “We strongly believe in standards, as exhibited by our work with CESMII on key OPC Foundation initiatives, and we appreciate that CESMII is addressing some of the great challenges preventing the adoption of digital transformation at scale. The focus on interoperability, openness, and the crowd-sourcing of information models for manufacturing assets is an essential accelerator for our mutual vision to accelerate the democratization of Smart Manufacturing. We’re pleased to engage with CESMII and their ecosystem as an enabling force in this industry, working broadly to bring real transformation to this industry.”

      Technology Provider


      Sam George

      Corporate Vice President, Azure IoT, Microsoft

      “Being a part of CESMII gives us access to a network of smart manufacturing technologies and users that can provide valuable insights and direction around technology development and education and training needs in the industry. “

      Academia & Labs


      Sherri McCleary

      Executive Director, Digital Foundry at New Kensington (Penn State)

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      Become a CESMII Member and take part in changing manufacturing landscape.