We’d like to personally invite you to join us for our 2023 CESMII Annual Member Meeting, held in partnership with SME, at the SOUTHTEC Smart Manufacturing Experience in Greenville, South Carolina, from October 24th to 26th, 2023!

This event is shaping up to be THE source for vendor-agnostic Smart Manufacturing strategies; encompassing the business value of Smart Manufacturing, the best of technology innovations that are reducing the cost and complexity of Smart Manufacturing, and a chance to engage with manufacturing thought leaders who are committed to the pursuit of a more productive and competitive ecosystem! 

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Smart Manufacturing Mindset™:

Think Differently About Continuous Improvement

This month the CESMII & SME LinkedIn Live series, Smart Manufacturing Mindset™

we focused on Continuous Improvement. Join us as we dig into the age-old principles and practices of Continuous Improvement looking through the lens of modern, Smart Manufacturing thinking. Do Smart Manufacturing and CI belong together? Can they coexist? Or, conversely, can one truly exist without the other?

In this next installment of our Smart Manufacturing Mindset LinkedIn Live series, we’ll unpack the role of Smart Manufacturing practices and technologies in underpinning the core tenants of Lean, 6-Sigma, and Digital Manufacturing. We’ll explore how data-driven strategies are transforming manufacturing by enhancing the essential role of people in driving progress, and offer invaluable insights into striking the necessary balance between harnessing data and empowering your workforce to drive constant improvement.

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Top Takeaways: Continuous Improvement

Join us September 26th at 1:00PM EST to Think Differently about your SM Journey


We are excited to share what we believe is one of the major inflection points to drive Smart Manufacturing system adoption for the automotive industry (and beyond)!


In 2022, CESMII was hired by USCAR (GM, Ford and Stellantis) to work together on a pre-competitive strategy that would benefit the broader automotive industry with the creation of a next-gen Smart Manufacturing Roadmap for the automotive industry.


As an outcome of this process, last week, the senior executives from each of these three automakers joined us, along with over 150 leaders from the automotive industry (tier suppliers, machine builders, system integrators, software and hardware suppliers and consultants) for a private preview of this new Smart Manufacturing Roadmap. The vision and the roadmap were enthusiastically received, with a clear call to action for each of the stakeholder groups.

We look forward to the public launch of this important industry Roadmap at our Annual Member Meeting at SOUTHTEC – October 24-26 in Greenville, SC.

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Request for Proposal

Our friends over at CyManII | Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute have some exciting news! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $4.7 Million for manufacturing cybersecurity innovation!

This RFP is soliciting projects within three critical Industry Use Cases (IUCs):

  1. Industrial Control Systems
  2. Secure Industrial Digitalization
  3. Industrial Additive Manufacturing
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Indian Institute of Technology, Madras to collaborate with CESMII member 5G Technologies

With a key focus on conducting advanced research and development of Smart Manufacturing technologies for Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMM), IIT Madras’ Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Centre – AMTDC will collaborate with Fifth Generation Technologies.

The key outcome envisaged from this partnership is the development of AI and Machine Learning-based techniques to drive real-time optimization of different machining processes that could help lower operational costs and improve the overall efficiency.

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📣 Call For Participants 📣

Attention all Industrial Employers: Join SACA – Smart Automation Certification Alliance and CESMII to validate new nationally-recognized certifications for smart manufacturing!

The Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) has partnered with CESMII to develop certification standards for Smart Manufacturing in four key focus areas:

✔️ Smart manufacturing fundamentals

✔️ Data acquisition

✔️ Data analytics & visualization

✔️ Data transmission & cybersecurity

Now, industry experts are needed to validate these standards. This is an opportunity for your organization to have input on the skills and competencies needed for today’s smart manufacturing workforce.



Challenges for

Smart Manufacturing

Broad Adoption

By Conrad Leiva

Smart Manufacturing techniques are helping manufacturers achieve significant increases in productivity and competitiveness. However, the use of these SM technologies and techniques remains concentrated among industry leaders and specific industries due to several challenges that are holding up wide adoption. This article discusses strategies for addressing these challenges and achieving broad adoption in your company and supply chain.

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A Workshop: A National Framework on Smart Manufacturing

October 4, 2023

8:00am-12:00pm | Cleveland, Ohio

Join us for a half-day workshop to learn the framework being rolled out nationally for every manufacturer to understand Smart Manufacturing and the unique roadmap for each organization. Case Western Reserve’s Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS), in collaboration with MAGNET, Manufacturing Works, and Team NEO’s Smart Manufacturing Cluster, are pleased to introduce northeast OH manufacturers to CESMII, the US’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, and their tools for defining the role, fit, and value of advancing technologies in manufacturing.

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Information Modeling Boosts Productivity for Electronics Manufacturers

The plug-and-play nature of the Ectron Smart EYETM implementation puts automation, Factory 4.0, and the IIoT within the reach of small manufacturers who don’t have IT and engineering teams. 

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) will be able to access and implement technologies that were previously only available to large manufacturing enterprises. Since small and medium-sized manufacturers comprise 98% of America’s industrial manufacturing base, technologies available to SMMs will greatly benefit the nation as a whole. 


Potential to increase revenue at Ectron plant by $120k annually by improved productivity from implementing smart sensors and controls.


Potential to reduce energy costs by 8% annually at

Ectron plant by implementing smart manufacturing tools.

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Flow Software, a company that transforms the data accumulated within organizations into valuable, usable knowledge and intelligence, has joined as the newest member of CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute.

Built by a diverse team of system integrators and former end-users who understand the huge potential data analytics bring to the manufacturing sector, Flow provides a method to easily access, clean and transform data into analytics-ready information.

Flow provides a “no-code” framework to collect, combine and normalize data from multiple, disparate OT and IT sources to create calculations and event frames, and contextualize the results using time and model information.

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Connect with James Ricci

on LinkedIn

2764 Advisors is focused on driving operational performance improvement and innovation to the manufacturing industry. Their services include Business Strategy Development & Execution, Advisory Board support, Operational Excellence & Throughput improvement, Industry 4.0 Execution, and Transaction support. 2764 Advisors focuses on leveraging smart manufacturing technology to improve business outcomes, both short and long term. Through a CESMII membership, they will be exposed to a broader group of organizations and service provides to assist current and future customers.

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for more information

HPE Aruba Networking is a product brand within Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a a global technology leader focused on developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze, and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud. HPE enables customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing operational efficiency today and into the future. Their customers range from small-and-medium-sized businesses to large global enterprises and governmental entities. Their portfolio is divided in Compute (general-purpose and workload-optimize servers), HPC & AI (supercomputers and data solutions), Storage (storage products and service offerings), Intelligent Edge (edge to cloud solutions, including network equipment), Financial Services (flexible investment solutions) and other corporate investments.

Visit lilly.com for more information

Eli Lilly and Company is a Pharmaceutical R&D and Manufacturer with the purpose to unite caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. Lilly is joining CESMII to gain benchmarking exposure from other industries to share best practices, as well as to influence external suppliers and system integrators to adopt standards to enable plug and play solutions. Lilly expects to participate in valuable benchmarking opportunities to share best practices with other top manufacturers. They are also looking forward to having access to suppliers, OEMs, and System Integrators to influence and drive their direction to align to industry standards and allow for plug and play operations. Lastly, Lilly would like to make connections with academia and other industry innovation centers to innovate solutions to simplify smart manufacturing technologies and accelerate adoption.

Visit ncd.io for more information

National Control Devices is a leading provider of innovative IoT sensors and devices, specializing in the field of smart manufacturing and industrial automation. As a technology-driven organization, they design, develop, and manufacture a wide range of cutting-edge IoT solutions that cater to various industries.

Their organization’s current level of U.S. capability and resources in smart manufacturing aligns perfectly with their interests in collaborating with CESMII. NCD is eager to contribute our expertise, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and successful track record of partnering with the government, and different industries to drive innovation, enhance workforce development, and accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies through CESMII’s initiatives.

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for more information

Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) is a computer software and services company founded in 1985 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company was a pioneer in parametric, associative feature-based, solid computer-aided design (CAD) modeling software in 1988, including an Internet-based product for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in 1998.

Kepware is a product organization within PTC, acquired in 2016. Kepware is the automation market leader for internal connectivity, providing an OPC server with over 150 drivers to connect to southbound data sources that have their own protocols for communication. Kepware facilitates connectivity between various industrial automation devices and applications, acting as a reliable communication platform, enabling seamless data exchange and integration within a diverse range of industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, and more.

Visit jmfamily.com/our-businesses/southeast-toyota-distributors for more information

Southeast Toyota Distributors is the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyotas. The company was established in 1968 when Jim Moran partnered with Toyota Motor Sales to help expand the automaker’s presence in the U.S. market. Today, Southeast Toyota distributes vehicles, parts and accessories to 177 independent Toyota dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. A parts warehouse, also located in Jacksonville, supports dealerships across the five-state region. Southeast Toyota associates have a remarkable diversity of talent, and support dealers with regional sales, customer service and marketing efforts.

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CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) at UCLA will host a Smart Manufacturing Symposium at Mong Auditorium on Friday, September 29. The UCLA SMIC is focused on development of predictive technologies for application in SM, and pressure testing CESMII’s SM Innovation Platform (SMIP) for accelerated R&D and predictive model development.

You will hear from industry leaders and CESMII on latest developments and applications of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies and practices, with emphasis on visualization tools, digital twins, data analytics, machine learning and automation. You will have a chance to tour R&D facilities in the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) as well as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) departments learn about latest R&D and SM applications for chemical and advanced manufacturing processes. Application of the CESMII SM Innovation Platform for R&D will be demonstrated.

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The Industrial Transformation Event

CESMII CEO John Dyck is gearing up for an encore at LNS Research’s IX Event for the second year in a row! The IX Event is where visionary business leaders unite to craft strategies that reshape industries. From game-changing dialogues at the executive level to real-world use cases and insightful analyst-led discussions, the event is packed with tools needed to propel your organization to unparalleled Industrial Transformation (IX) success.

Join us at this three-day event, and learn from the triumphs and lessons of Fortune 500 luminaries and the entire LNS Research Analyst Team.

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Membership Meeting Dates

December 13, 2023

2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023

November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

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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.

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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