CESMII Strengthens its Regional Manufacturing Center (RMC) Network

CESMII Network now includes three RMC and additional satellite locations.

 May 23, 2018

Los Angeles, CA — Effective May 15th CESMII has streamlined its Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMC) to three locations to focus resources on achieving a more accessible and stronger U.S. capability network. The restructuring of the regional centers from five to three regions – Southern, Northern, and Western – along with the creation of satellite centers, will strengthen CESMII’s outreach capabilities.  The broad member network of industrial manufacturing expertise can be better leveraged through the use of focused CESMII resources based at the RMCs and satellites at these strategic geographic locations.

“We are very pleased with the rapid establishment of each RMC’s operations and their engagement with the industrial, academic and government entities within their region. That engagement has allowed us to champion the mission and voice of CESMII,  drive membership and to successfully solicit our first set of funded projects,” said Jim Wetzel, Interim CEO of CESMII.  The success of the Regional Manufacturing Centers has rapidly increased CESMII’s footprint and visibility across the U.S.A.”  


CESMII Announces First RFP Project Selections

Smart Manufacturing consortium announces $10M in federal funding for 10 projects

May 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced the selection of its first public-private partnership projects to advance Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies in the US.  The ten selected projects, which range in duration from 12 months to 24 months, will receive funding of approximately $10 million in addition to providing an additional $6 million in cost share to advance Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies.

Forty-one proposals were submitted in collaboration with 62 organizations and spanned six Technical Areas of Interest that propose to bridge the gaps in SM technologies facing US industries today.  Proposals focused on enabling technologies including: Cross-cutting R&D and Reusability, Process and Controls, Sensors, Data Modeling for Machine Learning and Data-Centric Analytics, SM Platform Infrastructure, and Business Practices and Workforce Development.


CESMII moves HQ to WeWork through Strategic Partnership

May 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that WeWork will house the new headquarters for the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), a $140 million partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the U.S. Department of Energy, UCLA, and private partners.

“Los Angeles is where we turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s technology,” said Mayor Garcetti. “WeWork is helping to accelerate this incredible era of innovation — and this announcement reflects the power of public-private partnerships to grow our economy and create jobs. This is a smart investment in our future, and I look forward to seeing the breakthroughs that emerge from the new CESMII headquarters.”


CESMII Hosts First Workforce Development and Education Virtual Workshop on April 18-19, 2018

CESMII 1st Workforce Development and Education Workshop brings together over 100 attendees

Los Angeles, CA  – The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) held their first Workforce Development and Education Workshop on April 18-19, 2018.  This workshop brought together both CESMII members and non-members from industry, academia and government organizations with a focus on the development of curricula and other educational programs to promote STEM education from K-12 through college level coursework and to educate the next workforce generation as Smart Manufacturing (SM) practices redefine manufacturing processes.  Over 100 participants from approximately 65 distinct organizations participated in this two-day workshop.   This national workshop was held using video conferencing, allowing the workshop to host four separate breakout groups for each of the three sessions held over the course of the two days.   


Join over 200 partners from industry and leading universities, national labs and associations across more than 30 states to advance manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability and innovation in the U.S. 



Optimized energy productivity & efficiency, achieve:

• 10-20% reduction in production costs
• Reduction in energy consumption
• $7B-15B per year energy cost savings
• 20-50% reduction in supply chain energy stream use & waste
• Environmental sustainability


Data as a key asset across enterprises & supply chains, achieve:

• Real-time decisions
• Demand-driven response
• Productivity, performance & agility
• Long-term innovation
• High-quality manufacturing jobs
• Integrated energy management systems



Business and engineering tools, practices and intelligence, achieve:

• Ability to test, evaluate technologies
• Lower cost, reduced risk for technologies
• Scalable solutions
• Management across seams & connected data from all existing systems.
• Accessing a high-skilled workforce

General Mills: A Connected Enterprise

Federal Program Director, DOE - Sudarsan Rachuri: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Advanced Manufacturing Office Director, DOE - Mark Johnson: The Importance of Investing in Energy Innovation and Manufacturing

The Movement

Members in CESMII share a passion for Smart Manufacturing. These leaders believe that rapid technology adoption in support of improvements in productivity, job growth, energy efficiency, safety and time to market in a collaborative, diverse environment is key to radically improving US Manufacturing growth in process, discrete and batch industries. CESMII will enable companies of all sizes access to evolve with technology and grow their business. 


CESMII is organized to provide you resources to achieve your goals of Smart Manufacturing by lowering the risk of adopting new technology. In addition to creating an environment for members to collaborate, learn and share best practices, CESMII members have access to an open and secure digital infrastructure, test-beds, research and development, implementation services, workforce training resources and a solution marketplace all orchestrated to accelerate your success in Smart Manufacturing.


Power of a National Network

CESMII is a national network of Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMCs) each focused on local relationships with opportunities for national impact in the areas of technology transfer and workforce development. The power of the network is cross-linking resources, capabilities and expertise across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments. The regions include the California, Gulfcoast, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest and Northwest. The headquarters is located in Los Angeles, CA.