February 2023 Newsletter

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Annual CESMII Member Meeting

Greenville, South Carolina • October 24-26, 2023

We are excited to share that will we will be hosting our annual CESMII member meeting co-located with SME’s Manufacturing Technology Series at SouthTec.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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TAPPICon Keynote featuring John Dyck

Atlanta, GA | April 24, 2023

John will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming TAPPICon 2023 in Atlanta, GA, April 22-26. “We are at an inflection point,” he says. “The ecosystem is beginning to partner and collaborate to solve some of these big problems. (At TAPPICon), I’ll be excited to articulate that in some tangible ways.”

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This year’s ARC Industry Forum Americas was full of engaging conversations and knowledge sharing as we as an industry continue our pursuit of industrial transformation. If you missed Cognite, we had sessions from CelaneseB.Braun, and PGS, each sharing how they use Cognite Data Fusion® to be the industrial data foundation to improve their operations.

Listening to end-user presentations, hearing their challenges in conversations, and seeing demonstrations across a variety of industrial vendors, the following three themes emerged: Openness and interoperability of solutions, “Bring intelligence to operators like a pilot”, Begin projects with scale in mind.

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Metaverse and the New Manufacturing Workforce

CESMII‘s Conrad Leiva says there’s no need to wait for a metaverse to realize a lot of value with digital transformation and smart manufacturing technologies.

“It’s easy to get fascinated with the potential of future technologies, but we don’t want to forget that right now there are a lot of opportunities to implement Smart Manufacturing technologies that are available today.”

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Starting From Scratch with Smart Manufacturing

March 23rd – Virtual Event

A recent Machine Design survey found that less than 25% of manufacturers currently are implementing a smart manufacturing strategy. Those who start today on the smart manufacturing journey will achieve a competitive advantage and will achieve cost, safety and productivity gains. The big question remains: Where do I start? An expert from CESMII, the public/private national consortium dedicated to helping manufacturers take the digital transformation journey, will discuss the way to start small and gain incremental improvements while laying the groundwork for a deeper digital transformation.


Workforce Gap Analysis Survey Request

We are supporting a Workforce Gap Analysis being performed by Productive Resources for a DoD funded initiative. The data from the survey will be shared with CESMII and will inform our workforce development initiatives. The survey takes 5-8 mins to complete. Please note that many of the Smart Manufacturing skills have been lumped into the “Industry 4.0” category in this survey. But it will be good to see how all the different skill areas rate in interest among manufacturers today.

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Manufacturing + R&D Impact Summit

San Diego, CA | April 24 – 26, 2023

The IMPACT Summit has the perfect blend of education, networking, and solutions research that will address the strategic and technical issues facing midmarket and enterprise companies.

Invitation Code: JDYCSPK-VIP

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Using Smart Manufacturing to Enable Energy-Efficient Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Products:

There is significant market opportunity for the development of SM based platforms to produce pharmaceutical dosage forms such as tablets/capsules. Regulatory authorities such as the U.S FDA have mandated that manufacturing be based more on science-based understanding and data-based analytics compared to the traditional manufacturing practices based on heuristics.


This project by Rutgers University and its Pharma Industry Collaborators developed and integrated SM Platform tools (Information and predictive models) to improve the energy productivity and reduce energy intensity of a pharmaceutical tablet manufacturing via wet granulation (WG), through a combination of advanced modeling, sensing and analytical methods.  


The solution established advanced process models that combined both process/product output and energy metrics for both batch and continuous wet granulation processes. Secondly, different front-end tools for data collection, model construction and result visualization were integrated together into the developed front-end-back-end framework, where the information could be communicated from front-end to the back-end MATLAB scripts for further analysis and simulation, and the simulation results pushed to front-end for visualization. This connection included table extension architecture interfaces, process parameter selection, and optimization results. The framework can be applied to both batch and continuous processes. Thirdly, Rutgers team performed process optimization to reach a significant reduction in energy consumption while keeping the product capacity and quality within specified ranges for both batch and continuous cases. Moreover, these Cross-cutting innovations could directly be adapted to other manufacturing industries like biologics, food, specialty chemicals, etc. for overall energy and cost savings.

The direct results obtained by this project included the following:

1.    Energy reduction from batch to continuous process of 25.6 % (~$28K/Yr/Line)

2.    Energy reduction from batch to optimized batch process of 71.1% (~$78K/Yr/Line)

3.    Energy reduction from batch to optimized continuous process of 83.3% (~ 83.3% (~$91K/Yr/Line)

4.    Yield improvements, ~82-96.5% for batch and ~64-86% for continuous process

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Welcome New CESMII Members

Visit corning.com

for more information

For nearly 170 years, Corning has combined its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics with deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop life-changing innovations and products. Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve their customers, industries, and consumers. Today, they accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. Corning is changing the world with trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives​; damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep folks connected​; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life​; precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences; and auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation.

Contact Sudhi Bangalore on LinkedIn

Fullbore is excited to engage and adopt CESMll’s SM Platform to build and support the transformation of SMEs in CT. Fullbore will be leveraging the interest and passion to develop interoperable solutions for SMEs in CT to engage other technology and service providers to do the same.

Contact Brent Barcus on LinkedIn

Smalls Continuous Improvement, LLC is a consulting company that focuses on Lean / Six Sigma manufacturing. Brent Barcus, an expert in traditional manufacturing and industry veteran, joins CESMII through his new company to learn more about smart manufacturing. He would like to tap into industry knowledge, build connections and collaborate with other institute members.

BorgConnect® Smart Manufacturing Platform is now

a nominee for Plant Engineering Magazine’s 2023 Product of the Year award! Read the full Press Release.

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Do you know someone interested in becoming a CESMII Member?

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Smart Manufacturing – What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Get Started?

Manufacturing Innovation Network, powered by the Center for Economic Growth, is proud to present the RPI Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center and CESMII – “The Smart Manufacturing Institute”, as their industry experts provide an introductory workshop on Smart Manufacturing and why it is critically important to implement now to secure the future success of your manufacturing operations.

Tue, March 28, 2023, 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Howard P. Isermann Auditorium,

Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies 

1623 15th St Troy, NY 12180


New technologies are rapidly revolutionizing smart manufacturing with implications for industry, government, and the American workforce. CESMII is honored to join the National Academies for a series of three workshops to study the state of the art in smart manufacturing technology; workforce, education and training needs; and the broader impacts for the U.S. economy and national competitiveness.

This is a study informed by but intended to consider SM beyond the charters of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. During these workshops, participants will explore a wide range of impacts that smart manufacturing could have on industry, the U.S. economy, and the environment. You are invited to register and attend the workshops virtually or in person and/or provide comments to the study.

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2022/2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

April 19, 2023

June 21, 2023

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

2022/2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



March 9, 2023

March 16, 2023

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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