April 2023 Newsletter

REMINDER: Our next meeting was rescheduled

to this Thursday, May 4th at 4:00PM EST

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Introducing: Smart Manufacturing Mindset

Last week CESMII & SME kicked off a new monthly LinkedIn Live series, Smart Manufacturing Mindset™where series host, Mike Yost, challenges guests to think differently about manufacturing. In the series, we’ll explore the nuances that hide in plain sight – behind the acronyms, techno-jargon and misinformation – to get to the truths that hold real value for real people in the industry. Having a ‘Smart Manufacturing Mindset’ is the next evolution of the Quality and the Lean, Continuous Improvement mindset, aligning these vital disciplines to accelerate value creation.

Check out the kickoff episode:

Think Differently | Leadership’s Role in Smart Manufacturing

and be sure to follow the series which airs the last Tuesday of the month.

Top 5 Takeaways: Leadership’s Role in SM

Smart Manufacturing Experience @ SOUTHTEC

CESMII Annual Member Meeting

We are thrilled to be partnering again with SME to host our CESMII annual meeting alongside this event at SOUTHTEC – now expanded to include the Smart Manufacturing Experience. The Smart Manufacturing Experience provides multiple connection points and engagement with leading voices; from manufacturers, system-integrators, thought-leaders, government entities and suppliers.

To help us better prepare for the event, please scan the QR code above to share your intention for joining us October 24-26 in Greenville, SC.

Additional event details will be shared in the coming weeks.


Olivia Morales: Mavens of Manufacturing

CESMII Solution Architect Olivia Morales joined Meaghan Ziemba on Mavens of Manufacturing.

Olivia shared the road that lead her to software engineering, what it means to be a “solution architect”, what challenges are facing the industry, and how CESMII is working to help overcome the cultural hurdles and perceived complexity that exists around Smart Manufacturing.

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Hannover Messe

CEO John Dyck and VP of Technology Jonathan Wise represented the US at Hannover Fair 2023 held in Hannover, Germany. While at the show, John met with German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, members of the Japanese Robot Revolution and more.

John also participated in a panel discussion Shaping Digital Ecosystem Globally

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TappiCon 2023

Over 1,300 attendees settled in to hear CEO John Dyck give the keynote address at the pulp and paper industry’s premier event, #TAPPIcon hosted Atlanta, GA.

The event is designed by industry professionals, and draws CEOs, mill managers, superintendents, scientists, process engineers, and suppliers worldwide.

Leading up to the event, John was also featured on the cover of Paper360 magazine’s March/April Edition – where he discussed how digital tools can help the pulp, paper, tissue, and packaging industries step into the future of manufacturing.

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CESMII SMIC Workshop @ WVU – Logistics & Digital Supply Networks in Smart Manufacturing

This CESMII #SMIC event focuses on new developments in digital supply networks and logistics in smart manufacturing with a twist of sustainability. The talks by three distinguished speakers – Hans-Henrik HvolbyKenn Steger-Jensen, & Bo (Larry) Lan – cover a recent project on autonomous operations and end-to-end transparency, progress on planning systems to reflect sustainability metrics, and application of drone technologies in conjuncture with trucking.

When and how to attend the hybrid event:

Time and date: May 4, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern

To join our speakers in-person please come to: 

Wehrle Global Supply Chain Lab, Reynolds Hall, 83 Beechurst Ave, REH 3203, Morgantown, WV 26505

Attend Virtually

May 9-11 (Virtual)

Smart Manufacturing Essentials – Module 1

CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center, Penn State’s Digital Foundry New Kensington is hosting this course focused on Data Collection and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling for Production Data, Simulation and Digital Twins, and Process and Manufacturing Systems Optimization. 

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Smart Manufacturing – Why It Matters and How to Achieve It

Join Conrad Leiva, VP Ecosystem and Workforce Education, CESMII and Jim Wetzel, Co-founder, NxGen Group May 16th from 12:00-4:00 as they provide an educational workshop on Smart Manufacturing and why it is critically important to implement now to secure the future success of your manufacturing operations. 

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Education and Consulting Services are offering two special offers for members:

CESMII | Tooling-U SM Fundmentals e-Learning program and engagement with NxGen Roadmapping Tools. For more information contact education@cesmii.org.

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Transform Talks: The Supply Chain Transformation Podcast

Maria Villabanca sits down with globally renowned thought leaders from the world of supply chain, manufacturing and business to bring you refreshingly down-to-earth conversations with the people responsible for transforming our everyday lives.

A few weeks ago CESMII CEO, John Dyck sat down with Maria to discuss:

💡The key principles of Smart Manufacturing

❗ Why the US is still lagging behind

👷 How to help manufacturers transition into this new era of manufacturing

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Smart Thermal Processing Yields a 36% Reduction in Energy Use at Honeywell Brake Plant

This project will develop Smart Manufacturing technologies for thermal processes essential to US manufacturing with a primary goal of reducing energy consumption and improving processing yields.


Potential energy savings when implementing Smart Manufacturing technologies on all products manufactured at the Honeywell South Bend plant.


Chemical Reaction Control (CRC) Smart Manufacturing technology reduced energy use by 36% during trial runs of this project.


Reduction in unplanned downtime for heat treatment equipment at the Honeywell South Bend Plant.

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Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) formed a new strategic partnership with Full-Bore, a #manufacturing #technology company founded by Sudhi Bangalore, to jointly innovate and build #smartmanufacturing solutions that will help small and mid-sized enterprises drive #digitaltransformation at scale 📈

Both CCAT & Full-Bore are proud members of CESMII and Sudhi plays an active role on the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council.

Learn more about our 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗛𝘂𝗯 and read the full announcement.

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Welcome New CESMII Members

Visit www.arcelormittal.com/

for more information

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities in 17 countries. In 2021, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $76.6 billion and crude steel production of 69.1 million metric tons, while iron ore production reached 50.9 million metric tons. The company’s goal is to help build a better world with smarter steels. Steels made using innovative processes which use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and reduce costs.

Visit ats-global.com

for more information

ATS Applied Tech Systems LLC provides industrial OT / IT solutions and practical know-how to assist industrial manufacturers in their digital transformation to achieve sustainable operational excellence. With a customer focus on delivering pragmatic “Solutions that Work!”, U.S. based ATS Applied Tech Systems LLC draws on over 3 decades of industrial manufacturing experience in manufacturing software, technology, OT / IT solutions and smart manufacturing (SM) services across a wide range of industries. ATS’ core SM knowledge areas include MES / MOM, controls & robotics, the digital OT / IT convergence, data analytics (ML/AI), cyber security, PLM, IIoT networking, edge & cloud computing (low-code, no-code applications) and smart supply chain.

Visit genedge.org

for more information

GENEDGE (the A. L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership (dba GENEDGE Alliance) – “GENEDGE”) is Virginia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. GENEDGE is Virginia’s only manufacturing and economic development organization partnered with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership,™ a public-private partnership that empowers small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow and thrive through educational resources, industry connections, and best practices.

Visit matainventive.com/

for more information

Mata Inventive LLC is a manufacturing analytics powerhouse that uses AI-generated actionable insights to solve manufacturing profitability issues before they happen. Many manufacturing facilities use cutting edge equipment, but still rely on experience and manual non-quantitative methods when it comes to finding shop floor bottlenecks. Only 5% of the manufacturers that Mata has surveyed have digitized their shop floor. The other 95% mostly stopped at having Enterprise Resource System (ERP) software, and it’s mainly just for bookkeeping purposes instead of analytics. What Mata’s AI is capable of is turning the data that already exists on the shop floor into its future performance with 80%+ of accuracy. The AI can then inform management of possible delay reasons in addition to how they affect job profitability.

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Upcoming Events

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May 8-10

SAS Innovate

Discover how you can transform your business into one that’s so resilient, capable, future-ready and fast that you can outpace tomorrow and have time to spare.

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May 16-18

Eastec – A Manufacturing Technology Series

Join Conrad Leiva, VP Ecosystem and Workforce Education, CESMII and Jim Wetzel, Co-founder, NxGen Group as they provide an educational workshop on Smart Manufacturing and why it is critically important to implement now to secure the future success of your manufacturing operations. In this workshop, you will learn:

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May 17

CSIA – Executive Conference (Expo)

While the solutions to every challenge facing the industry today are not always clear, one thing is certain: A successful business must be bold as it tackles these changing times head-on. CSIA — and its network of peers – are here to work with you to navigate this new world.

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May 22-25


John Dyck will be offering a fresh perspective on “The Urgent Need to Accelerate the Adoption of Smart Manufacturing in the US”. Register and use special code JDYCSPK-VIP.

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June 27-29

Connected Manufacturing Forum

The Connected Manufacturing Forum is where you will benchmark your digital enterprise strategy, create your blueprint, promote effective change management and learn how to become a smarter, more connected manufacturer.

Join 200+ leading Manufacturing, Operations, Technology, Supply Chain and Advanced Engineering executives for a collaborative debate on the latest Industry 4.0 (& 5.0!) trends, challenges and opportunities.

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2022/2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

May 4, 2023

June 21, 2023

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

December 13, 2023

2022/2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



May 11, 2023

May 18, 2023

July 13, 2023

July 20, 2023

September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023

November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

What is an Affinity Group? A group of CESMII members with an interest in a particular manufacturing sector or a technology horizontal. We hold monthly meetings that are intended for members to bring their abilities, capabilities, and interests to engage CESMII resources & strategies as needed to address the sector or problem.

Already a member? Be sure to mark your calendars with the dates above!

Interested in joining one of our Affinity Groups?

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