DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Wishing you hope and peace this holiday season
2020 was challenging in so many ways. Yet, we are thankful for the entire CESMII community and remain hopeful for our road ahead together.
Whatever your traditions or plans, we hope you enjoy this time and look forward to the New Year!
PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SM INNOVATION PROJECTS
NEW DEADLINE: JANUARY 17, 2021
To ensure the quality of proposals and to provide proper support for proposing teams after the holidays, we are extending the deadline for full project submissions for the open request-for-proposals (RFP2-4.2) to January 17, 2021 by 11:59pm Pacific Time.
RFP2-4.2 is the next round of Smart Manufacturing (SM) Innovation Projects, which was launched in November. Proposal submissions and questions should be sent to roadmapprojects.info@cesmii.org. As stated above, a skeleton crew from our Project Management team will be monitoring this email over the holidays until the full staff returns.
INDUSTRY NEWS

CESMII ARTICLE ON AUTOMATION.COM: IMPACTING ENERGY THROUGH SMART MANUFACTURING
CESMII CTO, Haresh Malkani, and Marketing Director, Roy Kok, authored an article on leveraging Smart Manufacturing to impact energy savings.

FORBES: SMART MANUFACTURING COULD TURBOCHARGE U.S. GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
Council On Competitiveness President & CEO, Deborah Wince-Smith, wrote an article on the financial gains Smart Manufacturing can drive for the nation.
PLATTFORM INDUSTRIE 4.0 ONLINE EVENT: GLOBALLY SECURE INDUSTRIE 4.0 ECOSYSTEM
CESMII members are invited to attend this 3rd-party conference to enable international interoperable security policies. Dates: January 27 – 29, 2021
CESMII 2020: A LOOK BACK
A message from John Dyck, CESMII CEO:
As 2020 draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the many unexpected complications and obstacles many have faced this year. Some in this manufacturing environment have struggled – seeing demand plummet and costs rise. Others had to react quickly to an extraordinary surge in demand and the issues that represents. Many have seen their workforce impacted in new and unprecedented ways, and for almost everyone, uncertainty and volatility have become familiar companions.
 
Despite all of this, it’s become clear that US manufacturing rose to these challenges in ways that are as inspirational as they are diverse! It’s been an immense privilege to see the innovation and creativity of this ecosystem, as we recognized different challenges, and worked together to overcome them!
 
I’m grateful to you, our CESMII membership for your support in 2020. Together, we’ve invested in the ideas, technology and knowledge that will have a dramatic impact on our manufacturing competitiveness here in the US. I’m delighted to say that our membership has almost doubled this year, and so many of you have contributed your valuable time and resources to our efforts here – because you believe in our mission to ‘Accelerate the Democratization of Smart Manufacturing!’
 
This is what gives me the confidence that we can truly overcome the challenges before us; that we will emerge from this unique period in our history stronger and equipped to innovate in ways that scale, and that each innovation contributes to a rapidly growing marketplace of capabilities that can be accessed and reused by many others.
 
We here at CESMII wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year! We’re looking forward to an exciting 2021, and seeing many more of your exciting Smart Manufacturing innovations become a reality!
 
Sincerely, John
A Message from Conrad Leiva, CESMII Director of EWD:
This was a year for reaffirming CESMII’s commitment to Ecosystem and Workforce Development, starting with an expansion of the EWD Committee to over 20 members.
A Message from Haresh Malkani, CESMII CTO:
The CESMII Technology engine was firing on all 6 cylinders in 2020 and got us moving aggressively forward on our journey of creating and demonstrating Smart Manufacturing solutions.
A Message from Roy Kok, CESMII Director of Marketing:
The CESMII Team grew significantly in 2020, and that included bolstering our focus on marketing, outreach and industry engagement…. 
UPCOMING CESMII MEMBER MEETINGS
Affinity Groups are an important part of engaging the CESMII ecosystem. If you’d like more information on how to participate, please reach out to dale.turner@cesmii.org or shekhar.chandrashekhar@cesmii.org
Aerospace Affinity Group
Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Small to Medium Sized Manufacturers (SMM) Affinity Group
Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
CESMII Members National Call
Date: January 20, 2021
Time: 1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Food, Beverage & Consumer Goods Affinity Group
Date: January 22, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Member Highlight:
NEW CNC MACHINING TRAINING PROGRAM INTRODUCED
IACMI – The Composites Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new CNC machining training program as part of America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a national initiative for machine tool technology development and advancement. The intent of the new program is to educate and train the next-generation machine tool workforce, including future manufacturing engineers, machine tool designers, entrepreneurs, machinists, and others. It is appropriate for participants with or without CNC experience. 
Registration is now open and will remain open through the first few months in 2021. Contact Tony Schmitz, Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty at tony.schmitz@utk.edu with questions or suggestions. 
Digital 1st – CESMII Online

CESMII delivers FREE educational value for you and your organization. Be sure to check out our latest content on YouTube. Our channel continues to grow with Smart Manufacturing content from our domain experts and others in industry.
Don’t miss our new ABOUT CESMII playlist and updated SM Innovation Platform playlist – 14 new videos!
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Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office Award Number DE-EE0007613.
Disclaimer: This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Niether the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness

 

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