Groups work together to expand access and understanding of Smart Manufacturing


CHANDLER, ARIZ., December 5, 2017:  In an effort to promote greater understanding of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announce an agreement that will provide CESMII-member access to valuable education that MESA has developed.

MESA, a 26-year old industrial nonprofit, has long been recognized for generating peer-reviewed, non-commercial content aimed at sharing lessons learned and best practices in leveraging modern Information Technologies in manufacturing enterprises. MESA’s Smart Manufacturing Working Group formed in 2015 and is actively developing white papers, conducting research, blogging and cataloging Smart Manufacturing use cases.  The MESA Smart Manufacturing Working Group is a logical touch-point to CESMII moving forward to complement both groups’ efforts.  

CESMII will house a subset of MESA’s online resources including white papers, research materials and case studies.  The information will help CESMII accomplish their goals of developing Smart Manufacturing which they define as the business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice of optimizing manufacturing through the use of engineered systems that integrate operational technologies and information technologies (OT/IT).

MESA’s assets are valuable to CESMII’s efforts to engage industry and make Smart Manufacturing a reality.  Mike Rinker, CESMII VP of Outreach, comments, “MESA is a great partner for CESMII because of their active support for Smart Manufacturing as well as leading discussions of both ‘How’ and ‘Why’ to use such technologies. We want CESMII members to understand those topics, so it makes sense to work closely with MESA and leverage our combined resources.” 

The content-access license is just the first step in MESA’s efforts to help the industry learn about Smart Manufacturing. Mike Yost, MESA President, notes, “CESMII, and institutes like it, play a critical role on the technology front, which is an important part of the Smart Manufacturing journey.  But, it’s not the only important part.  MESA has spoken with the voice of industry’s practitioners for 2-½ decades, and our members have plenty to say about operational, organizational and cultural issues that are equally as daunting as any technology challenge. We plan to lend that voice and education as a strong complement to the great work CESMII is doing.”

About MESA

MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International is a global, not-for-profit community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on improving Operations Management capabilities through the effective application of Information Technologies, IT-based solutions and best practices. To accomplish this, we:

●       Enable members to connect, contribute, cultivate understanding, and exchange strategies to drive operations excellence.

●       Collect, share, and publish best practices and guidance to drive greater productivity and the overall profitability of the manufacturing enterprise.

●       Educate the marketplace on manufacturing operations best practices through the MESA Global Education Program.


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The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to enable Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in U.S. manufacturing. CESMII’s mission is to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models for U.S. manufacturing through integrated industry-led Smart Manufacturing (SM) technical, business and educational methodologies.

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