January 2023 Newsletter

Join the CESMII & SME team at Houstex

February 21-23 in Houston, Texas


Smart Manufacturing – Why It Matters and How to Achieve It

Feb. 21, 2023 | 12:00 – 4:00 PM CT

Join Conrad Leiva, VP Ecosystem and Workforce Education, CESMII and Jim Wetzel, Co-founder, NxGen Group as they provide an educational workshop on Smart Manufacturing and why it is critically important to implement now to secure the future success of your manufacturing operations. Learn more.


Visit CESMII on the showfloor and see what the Democratization of Smart Manufacturing looks like

CESMII will have a booth on the showfloor and will be participating in sessions in the Smart Zone Theater. Check the latest agenda for more information as the event gets closer.

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Feb. 7, 2023 | 2:00 PM EST

This session features speakers from ARC’s Digital Transformation Top 25. Industrial companies need to modernize their operating practices and technologies in order to successfully compete in today’s more dynamic and continuously evolving marketplace. Leaders pursue digital transformation, using data and technology to increase flexibility and performance in production processes, meet sustainability targets, enhance the organization’s ability to address customers’ needs, and improve competitive positioning.  

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Energy Sustainability, Secure Sensor-to-Cloud Interoperability, and Metaverse Harmonization through OPC UA Technologies

Feb. 8, 2023 | 4:00 PM EST

John Dyck, CESMII CEO will present alongside industry partners and members including P&G’s Jeff Kent highlighting the collaborations with the OPC Foundation and more.

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Smart Manufacturing Executive Council

The Smart Manufacturing Executive Council had its inaugural meeting this month with more than 35 industry experts and strategic advisors kicking off this important (and urgent) initiative to engage business and technology executives, thought leaders and visionaries to advocate for the transformation of the U.S. manufacturing ecosystem.

The amount of excitement, mindshare and collaboration that went on during the 2-hour meeting was a testament to the potential of this council as they work toward the development of practical guidance and policy recommendations that will help our ecosystem across the digital divide.

CESMII and SME look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months and encourage you to follow along.

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Options for a National Smart Manufacturing Plan

New technologies are rapidly revolutionizing smart manufacturing with implications for industry, government, and the American workforce. Join the National Academies for a series of three workshops to explore 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.

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Submissions for RFP4s have closed as of January 22, 2023.

Project selections are expected to be made in the February-March timeframe.


The CESMII team is working on downloadable project case study handouts that will be available on our website.

Each handout will include the project scope, benefits, accomplishments, data results and more.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Integrating Systems and Processes for Smart Manufacturing

Wednesday, February 8

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Room: 208AB

Smart Manufacturing is not just about machines and systems. It is about how we empower the team with highly connected business processes across the organization. In this session, with host Conrad Leiva, we will discuss how Connected Things (IIoT), Connected Systems (Platforms) and Connected Team come together to deliver highly efficient connected work processes in manufacturing organizations. 

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Smart Manufacturing – Why It Matters and How to Achieve It

Tuesday, February 21

12:00 – 4:00 PM


Join Conrad Leiva, VP Ecosystem and Workforce Education, CESMII and Jim Wetzel, Co-founder, NxGen Group as they provide an educational workshop on Smart Manufacturing and why it is critically important to implement now to secure the future success of your manufacturing operations. In this workshop, you will learn: The Competitive Need for Smart Manufacturing, Lean principles and Smart Manufacturing synergy, The Smart Manufacturing building blocks

and Taking the First Step

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Smart Industry 2023 Crystal Ball Report

Dozens of experts share their thoughts

on smart manufacturing in the coming year.

Here its annual Crystal Ball Report, Smart Industry gathers predictions from dozens of industry thought leaders on the immediate future of manufacturing. The digitalization of industry is rapidly evolving. That’s a good thing, but it makes predicting future trends particularly tricky and particularly important, because “the future” can come as quickly as “tomorrow.” Get your copy of the report here. 

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CESMII was honored to co-sponsor the following article featuring Jeff Kent, one of the founding members of the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council and Vice President of Smart Platforms, Technology and Innovation at member company, Procter & Gamble.

In the article, featured in Issue 13 of Tech-Exec, Jeff discusses the rise of Smart Manufacturing, using digital technologies to add value and the importance of partner ecosystems in driving innovation. 

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Welcome New CESMII Members

Visit andersenwindows.com

for more information

Andersen Windows & Doors serves the new residential, home improvement and light commercial market segments, offering a wide range of product solutions through diverse distribution channels and businesses, including a broad network of building-supply dealers and The Home Depot. Building on a nearly 120-year legacy, Andersen is America’s most loved brand of windows and doors. Andersen joins CESMII to gain a broader industry awareness / perspective on smart manufacturing and to learn more about ESG initiatives across manufacturing; technology best practices and approaches; maturity assessment on IT-OT / benchmarking; and awareness of tools/ platforms.

Visit axiomsystems.io

for more information

Axiom is a consultancy and systems integrator focused on small and medium manufacturers. They focus on sustained operational improvement and transformation vs traditional project-based Sis, and deliver results through Ops Excellence consulting (org/process/tech assessments, road mapping, education, business case development, etc.), Digital Systems integration (tech selection, specification, proof of value, program mgmt., etc.), and Lifecycle Service and Support (ongoing I4.0 education and mentoring, kaizen support, analytics, virtual engineering, etc.).

Visit gvltec.edu

for more information

GTC obtained a CESMII membership as an Academic Observer to grow their readiness for Industry 4.0. While they have curricular strengths in electronic and mechanical engineering technology, machine tool technology, mechatronics, and robotics, GTC hopes to grow our understand of new automated process control systems, big data analytics, interconnected systems, and manufacturing cyber systems. This membership will help their academic leadership and faculty prepare for the future. GTC will use this opportunity for discovery around the need for needed curricular changes and the potential for developing new programs.

Visit sas.com

for more information

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS is a trusted analytics powerhouse for organizations seeking immediate value from their data. A deep bench of analytics solutions and broad industry knowledge keep their customers coming back and feeling confident. With SAS, customers can discover insights from their data and make sense of it all. SAS has been applying analytics to the toughest manufacturing problems for decades. With SAS, customers get solutions built on a powerful analytics platform – and millions of lessons learned. SAS joins CESMII to gain more exposure to manufacturing, the challenges that are faced, and how advanced analytics can help. SAS expects visibility and exposure to the manufacturing community, as well as lead generation programs. They also would like the ability to share CESMII thought leadership content via SAS Institute Inc. channels and programs.

Do you know someone interested in becoming a CESMII Member?

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Save the Date

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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2022/2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

February 15, 2023

April 9, 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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