Smart Manufacturing Mindset™:
Becoming a Smart Manufacturing
Roadmap Professional

In this digital transformation era, the manufacturing landscape is rapidly evolving, offering unprecedented opportunities for growth and innovation. However, many manufacturers are grappling with the challenge of where to begin their journey toward Smart Manufacturing, how to prioritize investments, and how to build a solid foundation for success.

Fortunately, CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, has teamed up with the team at Rensselaer at Work & NxGen Group to develop the SM Roadmap Professional Certification Course – a course that teaches CESMII’s strategic approach to developing SM Roadmaps with the necessary tools to guide manufacturers through their transformation journey.

The event features recent graduates of the Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professional Course. They shared their experiences, insights, and the value of certification in these tools and resources to guide small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) toward success.

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Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Professional Certification Course

This eight-week, digitally delivered certification course is designed to educate consultants, advisors and innovation champions working with manufacturers on the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Framework, the supporting toolkit, and prepare them to take the CESMII Certification exam.

This course and sitting for the CESMII Certification exam requires three years of experience as a consultant in manufacturing or five years working as a professional leading the implementations of integrated systems in a manufacturing organization.

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How Manufacturing USA Institutes Innovate & Reduce IP Risks with Pre-Competitive Collaboration

When Manufacturing USA Institutes serve as a trusted third party for pre-competitive collaboration among private sector companies, they create neutral conditions for technological innovation. Manufacturers gain access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities with testing and prototyping equipment and exposure to potential new partners. Read our latest story to learn how institutes such as RAPID, CESMII, NextFlex, and NIIMBL are bringing together industry, academia, and the government to reshape manufacturing R&D while reducing IP risks.

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Industrial Data Fabric Discussion at ARC Forum 2024

Earlier this year, at ARC Advisory Group‘s 2024 Leadership Forum in Orlando, CESMII CEO John Dyck was invited to participate in a panel alongside speakers from Dow, Eaton, and Owens Corning to discuss the challenges and successes in dealing making the immense volumes of data generated in factories accessible and useful.

Hear from the executives grappling with heterogenous data in the complex world of manufacturing, and how they are striving for standardization and simplification to achieve their Industry 4.0 digital transformation goals.

Special thanks to Colin Masson & ARC Advisory Group for giving us this opportunity.

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Set the Right Mindset for Smart Manufacturing

Article courtesy of Smart Manufacturing Magazine, April 2024 edition published by SME

The adoption of new technology plays an important role in the ongoing, competitive global manufacturing race. Many leading manufacturers are planning to compete as highly integrated ecosystems with highly connected digital supplier networks, and this race is fueling the drive to implement smart manufacturing (SM) technologies.

CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, is one of the national Manufacturing USA institutes helping manufacturers accelerate their efforts. Through our work with manufacturers, we have found that cultivating the right mindset and culture in the organization is a key factor to successful implementation and sustainment of smart manufacturing initiatives—a mindset that promotes the right set of attitudes and behaviors in the organization.

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Nutrition Bar Manufacturer Sees 10% Throughput Increase by Implementing Smart Manufacturing Tools

American food processors will improve productivity and product quality by implementing the smart manufacturing machine profiles developed in this project. Approximately 10% of the US manufacturing base, or 37,000 companies, are food manufacturers. Industrial Food Processing manufacturers include pastries, cakes, and cookies; nutrition-, energy- and candy- bars; pastas; meat, poultry, and fish; vegetables and fruit; and prepared food. 

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Potential to save $12k/year per cooling tunnel in reduced energy costs.


Potential to increase productivity by $40k/year at the Nutrition Bar Confectioners plant due to reduced waste and improved product quality.  


Potential to increase throughput worth $700,000 of additional product per year at NBC plant.

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Andrew Ellis Joins CESMII Governance Board as Representative of Rockwell Automation

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) is proud to announce the appointment of Andrew Ellis, Vice President of Global Portfolio Engineering at Rockwell Automation, to its esteemed Governance Board.

With over two decades of leadership at Rockwell Automation, a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation solutions, Ellis brings with him a wealth of experience, expertise and has been instrumental in driving strategic initiatives and fostering partnerships that advance manufacturing technologies.

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ResMed is a global leader in digital health and cloud-connected medical devices that transform care for people with sleep apnea, COPD, and other chronic diseases. Founded in Sydney and now headquartered in San Diego, the company is pioneering innovative solutions that treat and keep people out of the hospital, empowering them to live healthier, higher-quality lives. ResMed is present in over 140 countries with over 10,000 employees worldwide.

ResMed is joining the institute to increase their understanding of Smart Manufacturing education. They would like a chance to connect to like-minded ambitious organizations with similar business goals. They would like to Accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing. They would also like to Leverage CESMII’s experience and advice for building a multi-enterprise inter-operable data ecosystem.

CESMII is Heading to Texas!

2024 CSIA Conference

April 15-19, 2024 | Dallas, Texas

CESMII will be exhibiting at the 2024 CSIA Conference, April 15-19 in Dallas, TX. This is the premier event for system integrators, featuring experts and leaders from around the world sharing ‎valuable knowledge for career advancement. 

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SM Roadshow

April 26, 2024 | Houston, Texas

Join us on April 26th for the Manufacturing and Technology Summit at the University of Houston Clear Lake – Pearland, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Registration and breakfast opens at 8:00 am). A distinguished lineup of presenters including TMAC, CESMII, CyManII, and The San Antonio MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center will explore the pressing issues that challenge manufacturers in Texas’ Gulf Coast region.

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SAVE THE DATE: May 14 | 1:00-3:00PM
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Smart Manufacturing Experience

June 4-5, 2024 | Pittsburgh, PA

CESMII is teaming up with the Digital Foundry New Kensington to showcase the power of collaboration through our regional Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center located 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

In addition to exhibiting together, we will hear from Haresh Malkani & Sherri McCleary on the power of our partnership fruits of our collaboration firsthand during an exclusive event at the Digital Foundry on the evening of Tuesday, June 4th. Stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks.

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Hear from CESMII Members during our next meeting!

We’re launching a nationwide campaign aimed at showcasing the power of low-cost, low-complexity solutions for small and medium manufacturers. Our goal is to inspire and equip manufacturers with practical solutions that they can implement right away to enhance their operations, drive efficiency, and boost competitiveness. Through sharing real-life use cases and success stories developed by CESMII’s ecosystem of partners, we aim to illustrate the tangible benefits of smart manufacturing technologies.

Aaron Muhl

Managing Partner, On Time Edge

Eliminating Data Roadblocks | CESMII Connectivity Story

Are you working on collecting smart manufacturing data? Need to collect data from your machines? Unsure about which data protocol is right for your app? Apogean™ by On Time Edge makes it easy to collect data from HAAS CNC machines for OEE, shop floor analytics, and other apps and connect directly into the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Interoperability Platform.

Featuring Testimonial from Craig Dory, Executive Director, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sudhi Bangalore

Founding Partner & CEO, Fullbore

Increased Productivity for SMM’s
in 3 Months or Less

Through project funding by CESMII, Fullbore and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology have demonstrated a transformative framework using Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (SMIP), Smart Manufacturing Profiles, and Smart Manufacturing Apps to improve productivity for SMMs. The project is already boasting a 7-14% productivity increase in operations in just 3 months.  

CESMII National Member Meetings are exclusively designed for engaged CESMII Members. An invitation to participate will be disseminated via calendar invite to all CESMII Members in the upcoming week.

Membership Meeting Dates

April 17, 2024

August 21, 2024

October 16, 2024

December 11, 2024

2024 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

July 11, 2024

July 18, 2024

September 12, 2024

September 19, 2024

November 14, 2024

November 21, 2024

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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!

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Since its creation in 2016, CESMII, through its program home at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), has built a robust public-private partnership with over 181 current member organizations to date across industry and academia. As U.S. Department of Energy’s third established institute, CESMII has developed foundational Smart Manufacturing (SM) solutions, technologies, practices, and educational content to develop the smart manufacturing workforce of the future. 

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