Retrospective of 2020 – Review of all interviews about “What does Smart Manufacturing Look Like?” In 2020, we reached a level of maturity. Smart Manufacturing is now in the Mainstream. Early adopter manufacturers – for example – Linde – How they were using low cost sensing to avoid machine failures. They are very much a utility in the eyes of their customers and downtime, and energy savings are two top initiatives. Corning – How smart manufacturing impacts their quality. Johnson and Johnson – the future of personalized medicine and using Smart Manufacturing to keep up with the dynamics of change. Corning added quality and operations monitoring – as a cross discipline for employees. General Mills – it’s about culture to drive transformation. Early adopters of Smart Manufacturing, but all still very active and engaged. Educators are now formally teaching Smart Manufacturing – College courses being developed. That is helping to reinforce Smart Manufacturing as mainstream. CESMII is co-funding educational development – machine learning, digital twins, simulations, etc.

Perdue offers a Smart Manufacturing degree. They train students with cross discipline capabilities. They understand that Smart Manufacturing needs to leverage collaboration in the workplace. COVID was a major driver and disruption, globally, but also was a major driving force to drive agility, analytics, remote productivity, etc. Smart Manufacturing looks like Help for driving a digital transformation. Supply Chains were critically affected by COVID and that highlighted the need for Smart Manufacturing can also have a major play across Supply Chain management. Not just in increased agility, but in energy savings throughout the supply chain. CESMII is involved in driving “The National Manufacturing Guard”, an initiative that is gaining traction through a bill in congress. Disruption has been a catalyst. There in no business as usual. Transformation is impacting everyone and CESMII plays a roll in guiding that transformation. CESMII is delivering the education, the guiding principles for all of Smart Manufacturing. There is a difference between continuous improvement verses Smart Manufacturing. Digital Transformation is more akin to Smart Manufacturing. Continuous Improvement will not likely give you the disruptive change most companies seek for driving the greatest improvement. CESMII is democratizing Smart Manufacturing and will be energizing Smart Manufacturing through these continuing efforts. Become a member today to begin or continue your journey.