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 exciting prizes, and have a blast with fellow Industry 4.0 enthusiasts! If interested in being a contestant:

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๐†๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐‚๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ:

โ€ข ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ’.๐ŸŽ โ€“ How did we get here?

โ€ข ๐Š๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ โ€“ What do you remember from my posts?

โ€ข ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ฌ โ€“ The giants who have helped shape our industry

โ€ข ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ โ€“ dive deep into the bits and bytes

โ€ข ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฌ โ€“ the backbone of industrial interoperability

โ€ข ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ’.๐ŸŽ โ€“ Where are we now and whatโ€™s next?

โ€ข ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ โ€“ The numbers driving Industry 4.0

โ€ข ๐†๐š๐๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ณ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ โ€“ The coolest and latest industrial tech

Propelling Efficiency with Edge to Application Propagation through CESMIIโ€™s SM Architecture

Navigating the complex web of industrial protocols and control system jargon has long been a challenge for innovation projects. However, by harnessing CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Architecture, this partnership demonstrates how this hurdle can be overcome. Witness firsthand how Phoenix Contacts PLCNext’s control information capabilities seamlessly integrate with CESMII’s API, empowering SORBA AI’s self-configuring engine to automatically discover and utilize profiled equipment instances on the PLC. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how CESMII and Phoenix Contact are revolutionizing industrial data integration, paving the way for greater efficiency and innovation in manufacturing.

Smart Manufacturing Panel

๏ปฟTuesday May 7, 2024 2:30PM | Booth #2231

Join us for an engaging and insightful panel discussion featuring leading experts in the realm of smart manufacturing. Our esteemed panelists will delve into key topics shaping the future of manufacturing, offering invaluable perspectives on openness, cybersecurity, and the integration of AI and machine learning.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธJack Nehlig, President, Phoenix Contact

๐ŸŽ™๏ธJeff Winter, Senior Director Industry Strategy, Hitachi

๐ŸŽ™๏ธJohn Dyck, CEO, CESMII

๐ŸŽ™๏ธIra Sharp, Director, Product Marketing, Automation at Phoenix Contact


The future of manufacturing depends on collaboration between national and state efforts. By aligning strategies, we can speed up the adoption of smart manufacturing, boosting global competitiveness and creating a more connected industry.

Join us Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00PM EST for the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Summit for MEP Centers hosted with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

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Smart Manufacturing Mindsetโ„ข:
Industrial AI, Data-sharing, & Value Creation

Discover how twelve semiconductor fab operators are revolutionizing smart manufacturing through AI-enabled techniques. By sharing and aggregating data across companies, they’re pioneering a new business model with mutual benefits. Dive into the latest CESMII Smart Manufacturing Mindsetโ„ข episode featuring insights from Seagate Technology and a collaborative group from NSF*, UCLA, and CESMII. Gain valuable perspectives on federal plans for advanced manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, and CESMIIโ€™s support capabilities for data and modeling.

Top 5 Takeways

CESMII CEO John Dyck Recognized as 2024 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Finalist

The Manufacturing Leadership Council announced that John Dyck, CEO at CESMII โ€“ The Smart Manufacturing Institute, has been recognized as a finalist in the 2024 Manufacturing Leadership Awards for his outstanding achievement in Digital Transformation Leadership. John is being celebrated for his instrumental role at CESMII where he has been leading the effort to improve manufacturing and energy productivity for US manufacturers through innovation in smart manufacturing education, technologies, and cultivating robust collaboration among industry, academia, and government stakeholders.

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A Standards-Based Battery Passport – Proof of Concept leveraging OPC-UA

CESMII has been working closely with the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB, OPC Foundation & the VDMA to develop a Battery Passport Proof of Concept, aligning with EU regulations.

The Battery Passport, built upon the robust foundation of OPC UA, offers a comprehensive framework for presenting and exchanging over 100 parameters crucial for interoperable systems. Leveraging the success of our existing Digital Product Passport and Product Carbon Footprint demonstrator, we’re pioneering innovation in data modeling and information exchange.

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US-German Digital Product Passport Demonstration

Recently, there has been growing recognition of the critical importance of supply chain resilience and carbon/GHG tracking and reporting on a global scale. Addressing these global challenges necessitates robust solutions that enhance internationally coordinated efforts. The concept of a Digital Product Passport (DPP) plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal, particularly for manufacturers in supply chains that sell products to consumers in Europe.

๏ปฟMotivated by these global business needs, Plattform Industrie 4.0 and its US partner CESMII โ€“ The Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII), along with Labs Network Industrie 4.0 (LNI 4.0) and the ZVEI, developed a joint demonstrator.

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CESMII and Phoenix Contact are partners in the global network dedicated to the democratization of Smart Manufacturing

Hannover Messe provided the perfect opportunity to share and showcase key technologies including the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) and International Manufacturing-X. Pictured left to right, Christoph Kelzenberg, John Dyck, Jonathan Wise, Andreas Orzelski, Angela Josephs and Bjoern Axenath review the capabilities of the AAS at the Phoenix Contact booth.

Exciting News from RPI: Unveiling the Future of Quantum Computing!

The CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) announced a partnership with IBM as they mark their 200th anniversary milestone.

In a historic move, RPI is set to become the first university campus to host a quantum computer. Check out the monumental achievement by watching the ribbon-cutting event, where they unveil the installation of the IBM Quantum System One in their computing center. This remarkable advancement promises to revolutionize not only RPI but also the entire region and beyond.

Congratulations to the RPI team for this exciting achievement!

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Thank you to USCAR (United States Council for Automotive Research) for having John Dyck & Jonathan Wise represent CESMII during the public launch of the USCAR Roadmap for Automotive Smart Manufacturing this afternoon in Detroit.


The roadmap, supported by Ford Motor Company, General Motors & Stellantis, outlines the need for standards-based openness and interoperability of platforms and applications to enable a more productive, competitive and resilient automotive manufacturing environment in the U.S.


As the final panel pointed out, it was very encouraging to see the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at this important event.

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Organizing Data for Real-Time Manufacturing Insights

There has been a growing interest in Smart Manufacturing techniques including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate routine decisions, enhance process performance and coordinate supply chain activities. This has resulted in a strong demand for quality data. Manufacturers understand that the insights generated by these new analytical methods are only as good as the data they use. 

The technology to collect and organize real-time production data for Smart Manufacturing techniques is available today. However, organizing and contextualizing this data is essential for effective mining and analysis, surpassing its initial use for process control or regulatory compliance. It is crucial that the raw data is stored with additional contextual data and organized using standardized operational level information models for advanced analysis. To achieve this, a Smart Manufacturing information foundation can use a data mesh or data fabric architecture. 

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Workshop on Smart Manufacturing โ€“ Why It Matters & How to Achieve It

Educational workshop on Smart Manufacturing, an essential endeavor for securing the future prosperity of your industrial operations. Throughout this workshop, you’ll delve into several critical aspects:

  • The Competitive Need for Smart Manufacturing
  • How to establish a link between business strategy and technology in a roadmap that prioritizes both quick wins and long-term plans.
  • Novel capabilities that harmonize people, processes, and technology.
  • Tactical approaches to address workforce concerns.
  • Lean Principles and Smart Manufacturing Synergy
  • The Smart Manufacturing Building Blocks
  • The vital OT-IT integration leveraging platforms, edge, and cloud computing.
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2024 CESMII HI-TEC Sessions

Scalable Smart Manufacturing Workforce Development Community Model with VR/Digital Twin Technologies (S80)

HI-TEC Conference, Kansas City, Thursday, August 1, 8:00-8:45 A.M.

An Easier Path to Smart Manufacturing Skills in the Workforce (S79)

HI-TEC Conference, Kansas City, Thursday, August 1, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

Check out the full agenda including additional CESMII partner sessions below.

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Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Tools Yield Significant Cost Savings in Composite Manufacturing

The implementation of augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) in carbon composite manufacturing will benefit a range of American industries, from aerospace to renewables to transportation. Augmented reality reduces process times by providing real-time overlays of digital information onto the physical workspace, streamlining inspection and rework tasks. Adopting these advanced technologies will improve efficiency, reduce costs, and improve quality for finished carbon composite products. This not only contributes to the competitiveness of American industries, but also positions the nation as a world leader in advanced manufacturing, fostering economic growth and the creation of high paying manufacturing jobs.


Augmented Reality for Smart Manufacturing of Wind Turbines


Annual savings per production line by reducing blade inspection time from 60 minutes to 20 minutes per blade.  


Annual savings per production line by reducing blade inspection analysis time from 3 hours to 1.5 hours per blade. 

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Building an Inclusive Manufacturing Talent Pipeline

โ€œNose pressesโ€ is not an official metric of workforce recruiting success for the Penn State Digital Foundry on 5th Avenue in New Kensington, PA, but it is hugely symbolic in the quest to expand the manufacturing talent pipeline in underserved communities, according to Sherri McCleary, the Executive Director of the foundry.

A nose presser is a passerby who stops to press their face up against a window to see what is going on inside, says McCleary. The facility is one of seven CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Centers around the country. The Digital Foundry demonstrates new technology to local manufacturers and offers training to current workforce and potential hires. It is located in New Kensington, a community about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, but it serves the greater region.

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Learn More: cpp.edu/

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona, CPP) is a public polytechnic university and Hispanic-serving institution partially in Pomona, California. It has the largest student body of the three polytechnic universities in the California State University system. The IME department at Cal Poly Pomona is actively engaged in research and educational initiatives in the United States, aligning with the interests of participating with CESMII.

Learn More: industry40club.com

Industry 4.0 Club is a dynamic, growth-oriented community that brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation within the realm of Industry 4.0. Their members include practitioners, technology providers, consultants, and thought leaders united by their passion for the advancement of smart manufacturing solutions. By hosting engaging events, insightful discussions, and providing a platform for networking, Industry 4.0 Club empowers their members to forge connections, learn from one another, and shape the future of sustainable and efficient manufacturing practices.

Learn More: www.dana.com

Dana is a leading supplier of fully integrated drivetrain and electrified propulsion systems for all passenger vehicles. Working collaboratively with original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, we focus on delivering best-in-class efficiency, maximum durability, and superior ride and handling across the globe. Dana collaborates with light vehicle OEMs and the aftermarket to develop innovative products that deliver exceptional value to both our customers and their end consumers. Dana maintains a broad portfolio of brands that offer drivetrain and e-Propulsion solutions specifically for the light vehicle market. Whether their customers are looking for a strategic partner to provide a fully-integrated system, or a supplier to deliver high-quality components, Dana has the capability and flexibility to meet their exact needs.

Learn More: owenscorning.com/en-us

Owens Corning is a global enterprise with 2020 sales of $8.5 billion. They have 19,000 employees and a presence in 31 countries. Their three market-leading businesses โ€“ Roofing, Insulation, and glass-fiber Composites โ€“ develop, market and manufacture products that make the world a better place. Owens Corning is on the journey to transform their manufacturing operations by leveraging digital solutions. They are aware of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies and have integrated them to various degrees across their operations. This includes the use of IoT devices (sensors and edge), predictive maintenance, and data analytics to optimize production efficiency and reduce downtime. 

Connect with Terry on LinkedIn

Terry LeDoux retired from Nestle Purina Pet Care in July of 2022. He brings 33 yearsโ€™ experience in leading the advancement of IT/OT technologies and integrations in the manufacturing and distribution space. His expertise expands across Controls, MES, ERP, and Industry 3.0/4.0. During his 33 years with Nestle Purina, he was responsible for the development and advancement of the Manufacturing/Distribution technologies with a direct focus of improving safety, quality, productivity, and cost across the supply chain.

Learn More: invioautomation.com

Invio Automation designs, implements, and sustains automation for the largest operations in the world, serving the following industries: Medical Device & Life Sciences, Renewable Energy, Mobility (assembly-line manufacturing), Logistics & Fulfillment (controls intensive fulfillment and warehouse), and Industrial (general industry and heavy equipment solutions). Invio Automation helps customers develop their automation strategy, build the business case, and prove the return on investment of their facility transformations. Invio Automationโ€™s involvement seeks to broaden their understanding of smart manufacturing, as well as provide opportunities to integrate CESMII strategies into their Factory of the Future practice, helping customers in their digital transformation.  

Learn More: scmep.org


SCMEP is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina manufacturers, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions to improve competitiveness, performance, and profitability. An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SCMEP operates under the US Department of Commerce. The SCMEP methodology creates the framework for successful partnerships as we collaborate with manufacturers to analyze, plan, implement and review key solutions. SCMEP provides a full suite of onsite consulting and training services in addition to open enrollment classes and online instruction.

Learn More: bcdilabs.com


BCD iLabs exists to help their customers reap the benefits of manufacturing efficiency, sustainable operations and R&D excellence using Augmented Intelligence and other Digital technologies. BCD iLabs offers a platform for smart manufacturing and R&D while providing services including system integration services with a focus on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

Learn More: sorba.ai


Sorbotics is a market leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) software technology startup. They have developed the industryโ€™s 1st AI operating system IIoT software platform that solves industrial enterprises biggest pain points. SORBA is the worldโ€™s most Advanced, Enterprise, Industrial IoT platform that enables engineers, data scientists, operators, and maintenance teams to build their own machine learning solutions for OT & IT digitalization applications. Sorbotics, in its current state, goes to market through channel partners and industrial system integrators that understand their customer business problems. AI and predictive analytics is a booming industry with a $10+ Billion USD market share opportunity to capitalize on and provide value. 

Smart Manufacturing Experience &
Digital Foundry Open House

June 4-5, 2024 | Pittsburgh, PA

CESMII is teaming up with the Digital Foundry New Kensington to showcase the power of collaboration through our regional Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center located 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

In addition to exhibiting together, we will hear from Haresh Malkani & Sherri McCleary on the power of our partnership fruits of our collaboration firsthand during an exclusive event at the Digital Foundry on the evening of Tuesday, June 4th. Stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks.

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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.

CESMII will be exhibiting at the event.

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Membership Meeting Dates

August 21, 2024

October 16, 2024

December 11, 2024

2024 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

July 11, 2024

July 18, 2024

September 12, 2024

September 19, 2024

November 14, 2024

November 21, 2024

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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.

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Since its creation in 2016, CESMII, through its program home at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), has built a robust public-private partnership with over 181 current member organizations to date across industry and academia. As U.S. Department of Energy’s third established institute, CESMII has developed foundational Smart Manufacturing (SM) solutions, technologies, practices, and educational content to develop the smart manufacturing workforce of the future. 

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