November 2022 Newsletter

Smart Manufacturing Learning System

CESMII & Amatrol are proud to introduce the Smart Manufacturing Learning System (SMLS), a self-contained workstation that combines hardware, industrial software, and in-depth exercises to educate learners at all levels of expertise in smart manufacturing methodologies.

This is an important element of CESMII’s education and training strategy, which, in partnership with SME will enable holistic, broad-based education for students and manufacturers of all sizes and types. Special thanks to our partners OPC FoundationMicrosoftRockwell Automation and Phoenix Contact.

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CESMII and its Mission to Accelerate Smart Manufacturing in the US

In this TechEd podcast, John Dyck, CEO at CESMII, discusses the importance of the national institute to drive advances in the manufacturing ecosystem through initiatives like the Manufacturing Executive Council and partnerships with leaders like Rockwell on education.

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The Role of the CESMII Ecosystem in Smart Manufacturing Education

In this TechEd podcast, Conrad Leiva, VP Ecosystem and Workforce Education at CESMII, discusses how the CESMII ecosystem of partners is collaborating to equip educators with more hands-on Smart Manufacturing education resources that reflect the technologies and techniques manufacturers are using today.

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Smart Manufacturing Meets Smart Home

Jonathan Wise, VP of Technology at CESMII sat down with Chris M. Muench, COO at Connectivity-Labs LLC to discuss the overlap of solar home technology and technology that CESMII is bringing to US manufacturing – making it cleaner, more energy-efficient and smarter.

Be sure the check out the interview and learn more about, quite possibly, the “Most Epic Home Solar Installation in the State of Washington”

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Growing the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council

Since our initial announcement of the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council, last month, we have already added four more members to the council – and are expecting additional executives to join in the coming weeks.

To stay informed on all the outcomes of this council, continue to visit our website which is being updated weekly.

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CESMII is thrilled to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) allocation of $2 Million in Funding for Smart Manufacturing Technologies.

This RFP will focus on Extended Impact and Industry Projects – demonstrating energy efficiency and productivity gains from Smart Manufacturing.

Submissions will be accepted through December 30th, 2022.

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Earlier this month, we held our Cross Pollination Workshop to bring together CESMII members and share knowledge about their respective project objectives, accomplishments, and developments. Recordings from the workshop are now available.

Please note you must have access to Confluence to access. If you are an employee of a CESMII member company, email us at education@cesmii.org for access.

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Topics Included

CESMII: Welcome, SMIP & Information Modeling

Litmus: Machine & Process Health Monitoring

Auburn University: IoT-Enabled Mfg. Test Beds

ThinkIQ: SMIP New Capabilities & Connectivity

ThinkIQ: SM Profiles for CNC Machining

Ectron: Packaged SMIP Smart Connector

RPI: Utilizing the SMIP to Optimize Mixer/Filler Systems

Raytheon: Improved Vacuum Arc Remelting Processing

5G: Marketplace Applications for Mfg. Use Cases

AMI: Improving Productivity with IoT Driven Smart Mfg

The Manufacturing USA Institutes are Working to Reduce Industrial Emissions

The cement industry is the third most energy-intensive among industrial processes, with about 90% of that product energy and CO2 coming from kilns that transform feed into clinker minerals.

Learn more about how CESMII worked with University of Louisville & Argos USA for a 15% reduction in energy usage in production kilns. 

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Two NEW courses added to our Education Catalog

Manufacturing and Digital Fundamentals

Penn State New Kensington and its Digital Foundry at New Kensington are pleased to introduce a brand new Manufacturing and Digital Fundamentals certificate program. This Level 1 program is for individuals looking to enter the manufacturing field with little to no current experience in traditional or digital manufacturing or those who are looking to grow, strengthen or refresh fundamental future-ready skills needed to be competitive in the field.

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Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and IIoT Workshops

Join Feyen Zylstra on how to modernize your manufacturing business. In this half-day workshop, we’ll demystify “Smart Manufacturing” by leveraging a proven, practical approach to understanding the value and role of modern technologies in your operations. Attendees should come prepared to address specific challenges in their business, from gaining visibility into production, improving asset performance, or increasing quality, to educating and engaging your teams to move forward.

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CESMII is proud to share the news that its member company, 5G Group of Companies’ BorgConnect® solution has been chosen as a finalist under the category of “Engineering Product of the Year” for the Digital Engineering Awards – in a recently held global competition.


Did we mention that many of the finalists they are competing against are Fortune 100 companies? Congratulations from the CESMII team for your recognition alongside this impressive group and GOOD LUCK! 

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Welcome New CESMII Members

Visit c5mi.com for more information

C5MI is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) founded in 2016 focused on SAP business transformations that leverage people, process, and technology to drive manufacturing, supply chain and logistics operations. C5MI is an IT Services firm comprised of trusted business practitioners with deep functional systems knowledge and first-hand experience managing world-class business processes and implementing cutting edge technology solutions for manufacturers and supply chains globally. They are the only firm that offers companies looking to improve their business processes the full package: process excellence advisory and full-scale technological implementation from a trusted journey partner. C5MI drives value by making customer processes more efficient and effective while helping them improve their business operations through investments in technology and further increasing efficiencies.

Contact linkedin.com/in/anil-khurana-usa/ for more information

Invention Machine Ventures is the sole proprietorship of Anil Khurana. Anil participates in several corporate, industry associations, non-profit boards, and investment funds. His areas of focus include industrials, smart manufacturing, sustainability, digitization, investment, and advisory. He is also a member of a couple of think tanks both in the US and globally. Invention Machine Ventures joins CESMII to participate in research and industry discussions. Anil would also like to be aware of group programs and initiatives, and be an active participant in select committees, workshops and conferences. His focus is to enable companies that he advises to benefit from smart manufacturing and to personally develop in thought leadership in SM.

Visit visualdecisions.com for more information

Visual Decisions provides transformational solutions and services that cover the shop floor to the executive suite. They support companies looking to implement the latest Industry 4.0 and Machine Learning techniques; as well as those companies that are laser-focused on getting great at the basics. Visual Decisions begins each engagement by identifying the root causes for the current levels of performance and build a roadmap to breaking through each of those barriers. Whether the solution involves the Industrial Internet of Things, Supplier Performance, Business Performance Management or Machine Efficiency, Visual Decisions will help companies ensure that their people and processes are able to take advantage of the new capabilities to drive enhanced business performance.

Do you know someone interested in becoming a CESMII Member?

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Use this link for FREE registration to IIoT-World‘s Manufacturing & Supply Chain Days next week December 7th & 8th.

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The CESMII team will be at the Defense Manufacturing Conference next week.

Stop by Booth 1006 to see us.

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2022/2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

February 15, 2023

April 9, 2023

June 21, 2023

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

2022/2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



January 12, 2023

January 19, 2023

March 9, 2023

March 16, 2023

May 11, 2023

May 18, 2023

July 13, 2023

July 20, 2023

September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023

November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

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!

Interested in joining one of our Affinity Groups?

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It’s New. Do you like it?

We’ve launched a beta version of cesmii.org.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions to

further improve the CESMII experience.

The first 2 users to find the “Easter Egg” will be

sent some one-of-a-kind CESMII swag. 

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