Organizations to collaborate and propel digital transformation strategies and tactics across industries
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20, 2021 – The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute have agreed to a liaison to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, infrastructure and solutions to deliver transformative business value for manufacturers through digital transformation. The adoption, at scale, of Smart Manufacturing (SM) will truly benefit from the strategic harmonization of reference architectures, testbeds, knowledge, and several key SM technologies, like the SM Innovation Platform, SM Profiles, and the SM Marketplace that these organizations bring to the table. This will help accelerate the democratization of Smart Manufacturing across all industries, including small and medium enterprises.
Joint IIC and CESMII activities include:
  • Realizing solution interoperability by harmonizing technology components and other elements through coordination, collaboration, and standardization
  • Aligning work in horizontal domains for adoption within vertical domains and use cases
  • Delivering thought leadership/knowledge exchange through joint seminars and Ecosystem and Workforce Development activities
“Digital transformation is at the heart of the next generation of Smart Manufacturing, bringing a host of benefits,” said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee. “We are looking forward to collaborating with CESMII and sharing the goal of innovation to accelerate the digitalization of industry.”
Commenting on the agreement, CESMII CEO John Dyck said, “Resilient manufacturing and supply chains demand a much greater degree of data and application interoperability. CESMII is committed to democratizing Smart Manufacturing technologies and knowledge to scale innovation. This IIC partnership will help us achieve those goals, establishing standard means for data modeling, information sharing and solutions interoperability.”

The agreement with CESMII is one of many agreements made by the IIC Liaison Working Group. For a list of current liaisons, click here.

2021 – The Year of Smart Manufacturing
The world of manufacturing is undergoing a significant step change. Smart technologies are merging to create new AI solutions, digital twins, digital threads, industrial IoT, AR/VR solutions and more. Industry leaders are using these smart technologies in creating the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and driving economic growth through digital transformation and smart manufacturing. 

Democratization is the Key to CESMII Success
Over the past few years, the concept of smart manufacturing has been evolving among early adopters, expert practitioners, and industry strategists. Organizations where leaders collaborate on this work—including The U.S. Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII), The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and MESA International—have been providing guidelines and documenting the progress of manufacturers. 
Technical Talks – A NEW Webinar Series with Haresh Malkani
NEW value for CESMII Members. The first is made available as a public preview to the series. It is an Interview with Dr. Servio Butkewitsch-Chose of the University of Pittsburgh. Smart Manufacturing delivers many opportunities. Optimization is one of those new opportunities, with minimized configuration and effort because of the new CESMII Innovation Platform. Consider Digital Twins as a solution for testing your plans prior to an actual production run.
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Progress CESMII Innovation Projects
Innovation Projects
We announced the RFP in December and received 28 submissions by the 1/17 deadline. We are currently in the proposal review process. 
Up to $4.0M ($2M Federal and $2M cost share) is available for this RFP. Funding for each SM Innovation Project must not exceed $200K (Federal + cost share).
  • SM Innovation Projects help solve manufacturing use cases using SM technologies and solutions (leveraging the core capabilities of the SM Innovation Platform) while creating SM Profiles™ and innovative SM software Applications that will be used to populate the SM Marketplace™ (a concept similar to the app store) in the future.
  • The funding for SM Innovation Projects will be allocated in several rounds. Initial funding for Round 1 was approximately $1M ($500K Federal and $500K cost share). Up to $4.0M ($2M Federal and $2M cost share) is available for Round 2 and any future rounds. Funding for each project must not exceed $200K (Federal + cost share).
  • In Round 2, CESMII is looking to strengthen its portfolio with a broader diversity in manufacturing use cases. These include uses cases from additional small and medium manufacturers as well as use cases that more directly impact energy productivity.

Concurrency is a business and technology professional services firm that helps clients find better ways to leverage technology to fulfill their strategies and improve their businesses. The firm helps enterprises digitally transform business operations by leveraging Data & AI, Cloud Datacenter and DevOps, Modern Apps, and Secure Modern Workplace. The firm was recently named the Microsoft US Partner of the Year for the manufacturing industry and was a 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Global Finalist in AI & Machine Learning for success helping manufacturers improve efficiency, drive innovation and create scalable, resilient supply chains. Concurrency is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin with additional offices in Chicago and Minneapolis. 

Adapdix provides the leading EdgeOps Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning platform to allow enterprises to drive autonomous ML/AI at the edge. Based on the company’s innovative data mesh technology, Adapdix delivers ML to automate business decisions across edge-to-cloud deployments to change the way enterprises innovate and deploy ML/AI applications.
The EdgeOps™ platform provides autonomous and adaptive control intelligence to enable previously unmatched performance increases in uptime of equipment, reduction in supply chain and logistics cost and increases in remote worker control and productivity. Founded in 2015, Adapdix is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

The Clemson University Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CU-CAM), a unit within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, consolidates interdisciplinary education, research, innovation and engagement manufacturing-oriented activities under one umbrella with the overarching goal to improve manufacturing effectiveness, quality, and sustainability. Based at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus, the advanced manufacturing Center is a place for industry, higher ed and state leadership to come together and jointly focus on the education, research and corporate engagement that foster and even fast-track innovation. 
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: February 11, 2021
Time: 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
CESMII Members National Call
Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Small to Medium Sized Manufacturers (SMM) Affinity Group
Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Food, Beverage & Consumer Goods Affinity Group
Date: February 26, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
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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.
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