Automotive Smart Manufacturing 4.0 USA Summit

Take part in this industry-leading event where Smart Factory leaders representing global OEMs and their key suppliers, explore future factory trends, innovations and disruptive technologies shaping the future of vehicle manufacturing.

The Urgent Need To Accelerate The Adoption Of Smart Manufacturing

John Dyck, CEO, CESMII | Opening Keynote: 8:00 AM

As we transition from one manufacturing era to another, legacy behaviors, business models, and technology architectures must make way for new ones. CESMII’s mission to enhance US manufacturing productivity through a collaborative ecosystem of partners, interoperable technology standards, and continuous workforce development and education improvement will help break down those barriers

A Sustainable And Future-Proof Strategy For Automotive SM

Moderator: John Dyck, CEO, CESMII | OEM Automotive Panel: 2:00 PM


  • Michael Bastian, Digital Manufacturing Engineering Leader, Ford
  • Jeffery Abell, Director and Chief Scientist Global Manufacturing, GM
  • Trever White, Group Manager, Digital Intelligent Manufacturing, Toyota
  • John D McKenzie, Digital Manufacturing Leader, Stellantis
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Smart Manufacturing Mindset™:

Think Differently About AI in Manufacturing

This month the CESMII & SME LinkedIn Live series, Smart Manufacturing Mindset™

we focused on AI in Manufacturing. Join us as we explore a new way of thinking about AI, looking to harness its full potential and unlock unprecedented opportunities for manufacturers. We’ll explore how to optimize production processes, enhance quality, streamline supply chains, and drive overall operational excellence. Furthermore, we’ll examine the possibilities of human-AI collaboration, emphasizing AI as a collaborative partner to leverage its capabilities to augment human decision-making, enhance productivity, and foster innovation.

Whether you are a seasoned manufacturing professional or an AI enthusiast, this event offers an opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of manufacturing. Discover how the convergence of AI and manufacturing can enable companies to stay competitive, adapt to evolving market demands, and achieve sustainable growth.

Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking webinar that challenges conventional thinking and opens new avenues for AI in manufacturing. Join us and be at the forefront of this paradigm shift!

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Top Takeaways: AI in Manufacturing

Join us August 29th at 1:00PM EST to Think Differently about Continuous Improvement


The OPC Days virtual event last month included two sessions that highlight key points for the evolution of Smart Manufacturing Profiles:

Information Modeling and Data Source Mapping

These sessions addressed the standard’s CESMII has chosen for SM Profiles, leveraging Information Modeling for Part 1 of the SM Profile specification, and in a Joint Working Group with the W3C and the OPC Foundation, defining a Part 2 companion specification for Data Mapping based on the W3C “Web of Things” Standard.

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OPC UA as an Information Modeling Language

Jim Luth

System Architect, Process Automation R&D, Schneider Electric

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Simplicity with W3C Web of Things and


Sebastian Käbisch

W3C Web of Things Co-Chair,


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Walkthrough of Cutting-Edge Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 



Natasha Spackey, AFFOA

Conrad Leiva, CESMII

Keith Joseph, RAPID

John Balchunas, NIIMBL

Did you know that there are manufacturing careers in high-end fashion, sustainable agriculture, and artificial intelligence? Did you know there will be manufacturing careers in 5-10 years that don’t yet exist today? There are clear connections between many nontechnical interests and STEAM opportunities that can help encourage students to expand their horizons and consider advanced manufacturing careers. Manufacturing USA can help educators understand how to make the connections between students’ interests and those careers, and how students can access opportunities in and pathways to advanced manufacturing careers.

Digital Transformation for Accessible, Sustainable and Scalable Smart Manufacturing Education

Thursday, July 27, 2023



Sam Samanta, FLCC

Daniel Poehlein, FLCC

Paul Perkins, Amatrol

Kent Powell, Amatrol

Conrad Leiva, CESMII

Collaborations with regional high-tech ecosystems are critical for addressing current and emerging needs of a technical workforce needed for the digital transformation of industry. We discuss educational resources provided through CESMII.org (The Smart Manufacturing Institute) including hands-on learning activities and micro-credentials for Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing co-developed with Amatrol and SACA. We present case studies of required student co-ops at high-tech businesses leading to full-time jobs and a 75% completion rate in two years.

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Digital Transformation for Accessible, Sustainable and Scalable Smart Manufacturing Education

Conrad Leiva recently participated in a workshop on Controlled Environment Agriculture, and I believe we can learn from an exchange of lessons learned between Smart Farm and Smart Factory initiatives. Both initiatives have been making good technology implementation advances with industry leaders and large companies. However, on both initiatives, we need to do better with small-medium size companies which make up 90% of the businesses in both agriculture and manufacturing.

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At the Smart Manufacturing business session, hosted at the BEMA Convention, John Dyck, CEO of CESMII, shared CESMII’s mission is to enhance U.S. manufacturing productivity. Through a collaborative ecosystem of partners, an interoperable technology standard and continuous improvement in workforce development and education barriers can be broken down.

Special thanks to Audrey St. Onge, President & CEO N.A. Baking Business at Lallemand, for inviting John and CESMII to this event. Audrey sits on the CESMII | SME

Smart Manufacturing Executive Council.

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Tyson Foods Saves $60k Annually by Visualizing Smart Manufacturing Data

Improve operational efficiencies and reduce waste by implementing sensors and software to monitor material and machines throughout the manufacturing process. The algorithms will be implemented via the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (SMIP). Access to real-time production data will enable process control decisions in the context of material flows and manufacturing operations. 


Potential to save $60,000 per year on energy costs at Tyson’s Texarkana plant by implementing SM tools.  


Potential to generate an additional billion dollars in revenue annually if SM tools are implemented across Tyson’s global food processing operations. 


Smart manufacturing controls netted a 1% yield increase at the Tyson Texarkana plant. 

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Energy Systems Network manages Indiana State’s Energy Insights Program, a $5 MM program that engages with small-medium manufacturers to pilot the Energy Insights “starter kit”. The “starter kit” includes smart manufacturing hardware and software package that focuses on Energy data, but ultimately can be customized to meet the customers’ needs. The Energy Insights program also involves 1) an engagement with a system integrator to build out the starter kit and develop key use cases and 2) a training program to give the smart manufacturing champion the education he or she needs to chart a course through the smart manufacturing landscape. 

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The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GA MEP) is a program within Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and is a member of the National MEP network supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With offices in ten regions across the state, GA MEP has served Georgia manufacturers since 1960. Through coaching and training, they offer solutions-based approaches designed to increase top-line growth and reduce bottom-line cost. GA MEP works with more than 800 manufacturers each year to implement on-site projects, conduct training, and connect manufacturers to Georgia Tech resources and partners throughout the state.

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At the University of Northern Iowa, they not only develop solutions for foundry issues, but also actively engage in research and development to drive continuous innovation. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations with leading research institutions, industry experts, and technology providers, they stay at the forefront of emerging trends and advancements in the field. This allows them to anticipate future challenges and deliver comprehensive solutions that propel their clients to the forefront of the industry. UNI looks to utilize the CESMII tools available to members to better inform the metal casting industry of the benefits of Smart Manufacturing.

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CESMII Annual Member Meeting at

Smart Manufacturing Experience at SOUTHTEC

October 24-26, 2023 | Greenville, SC

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We would like to invite you to join us for Smart Manufacturing Experience at SOUTHTEC, the home of our 2023 Annual CESMII Member Meeting, October 24-26 in Greenville, SC.

Smart Manufacturing Experience @ SOUTHTEC event enables manufacturers to get inspired and educated about emerging technologies that upskill the workforce, improve quality and advance the future of manufacturing.

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2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

December 13, 2023

2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



July 13, 2023

July 20, 2023

September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023

November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

 Upcoming Events

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.

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