March 2022 Newsletter


We have been tracking the Smart Manufacturing market for over 5 years with quantitative and qualitative primary research. This survey continues our research into the Smart Manufacturing market and aims to support its participants with information about the strategies necessary to make them leaders in the 21st century.

After the survey is completed, all participants will receive the key survey results presented in aggregated form for free. You will be able to compare your practices with your peers in the industry.

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Please request your ‘CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Report’, with links to all presentations and video recordings from our SM Cross Pollination Workshop Series.

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New Kensington Digital Foundry named Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center

Penn State New Kensington’s Digital Foundry at New Kensington has been named one of four new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Centers (SMICs) by CESMII. The mission of the Digital Foundry, slated to open spring 2022, is to drive learning and problem solving through the application of technologies by focusing on education and workforce training; improving manufacturing competitiveness through technology demonstration and assessment projects; and providing networking events to increase digital awareness for workers, businesses, academia, students and the community.

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IME West Keynote Panel: Can Manufacturers Rebuild the Broken Global Supply Chain?

The severe supply chain shocks have created material scarcity and increased lead time pressures for downstream suppliers. Raw material providers in plastics and metals, microchips, and electronics are at a particular disadvantage. These supply chain challenges have renewed calls for the global manufacturing sector to rebuild and reshore capacity, invest in new technologies, and confront an existential labor shortage. Join CESMII’s VP of Ecosystem and Workforce Development Conrad Leiva and a panel of industry leading voices in manufacturing who will discuss how they are approaching supply chain challenges, and how their organizations view their role in the global manufacturing economy.

Date: Wednesday, April 13th

Time: 9 a.m.

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New Addition to the CESMII Education Program Catalog

Cleveland State University (in partnership with FocusEduSolutions) is offering a course called Introduction to Smart Manufacturing – Building Professional Expertise in Industry 4.0.

With this credential, learners will establish a foundational understanding of Smart Manufacturing, from the core underlying technologies to its impact on an organization and its people. Intended for anyone in a manufacturing company seeking to understand how modern technologies are being applied to drive value for the business. This credential will help define Smart Manufacturing in terms that can be translated into operational business value. 

Limited time offer: 25% discount to CESMII members. Please contact education@cesmii.org for the discount code.

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Manufacturing USA 2022 Network Meeting | NIST

CESMII CTO Haresh Malkani represented CESMII at the Panel on Cross Institute Collaboration OpportunitiesThis panel discussion explored examples of cross-institute/cross-agency collaboration: what they are, how they work, and how we can build out more incentives and systematic processes to encourage more interactions. He was joined by panelists from the ARM Institute, NextFlex and America Makes.

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Jason Impson, Nutrition Bar Confectioners (NBC) participated in the Industry Engagement Panel to share experience in working with the institutes, benefits and opportunities. NBC is a CESMII member and an SM Innovation Project partner with GW Process Automation. The project aims to improve product quality and performance of nutrition bar cooling tunnels through use of SM. He was joined by representatives from other companies that are members of NextFlex, RAPID and LIFT.


CESMII’s New Member Spotlight

Help us in welcoming our newest members who are on the leading edge of

Digital Transformation and leveraging Industry 4.0 for Smart Manufacturing.

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RealDecoy has helped the world’s most recognizable brands achieve business objectives with the right application of technology and strategy, backed with long-term client support. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, RealDecoy has a strong presence in the United States having served companies that top the Fortune and Internet Retailer lists, as well as the Caribbean’s largest banking and exporting businesses.

Our 60+ professionals in Canada and the Caribbean have a proven track record on high-stake projects and our meticulous attention to detail ensures that no stone is left unturned.

CoreWatts, RealDecoy’s newest product, is an innovative energy tracking and insights tool by RealDecoy. Our proprietary software combines energy data with production information to generate solutions uniquely adapted to the specific manufacturing environment.


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The Smart Automation Certification Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and deploy modular Industry 4.0 certifications for a wide range of industries. Our vision is to provide highly affordable, accessible certifications that significantly increase the number of individuals who possess the skills represented by these credentials, thereby ensuring that companies have the highly skilled workers they need, and individuals who are prepared to be successful in an Industry 4.0 world.

Do you know someone interested in becoming a CESMII Member?

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Smart Manufacturing Experience is the industry premier event in robotics, IIoT, machine learning, and all things smart manufacturing. Join us in June to network with industry titans and stay ahead of the competition. Don’t miss out – register now!

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Webcast: Workforce Development Support for Smart Manufacturing 

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Time: 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour


  • Conrad Leiva
  • Director of Ecosystem and Workforce Development, CESMII
  • Lisa Masciantonio
  • Chief Workforce Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute
  • Dan Sloan 
  • Strategic Partnerships Director, SME – ToolingU 


Manufacturers have challenges attracting talent and upskilling their current workforce with the skills required for today’s Smart Manufacturing practices. In this webcast we will discuss the new skills and competency requirements and what organizations like CESMII, ARM, and Tooling U-SME are doing regionally and nationally to foster awareness of the demand for high skills in manufacturing and provide more tools and programs for upskilling the incumbent workforce. 


Event Schedule

We are looking forward to attending, exhibiting and speaking at more industry events in 2022.

See what conferences are on our radar for the year and let us know if you have an event we should consider attending. Please contact info@cesmii.org.

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