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October 2019 Newsletter
CESMII Annual Member Meeting
March 4-5, 2020
UCLA, Carnesale Commons, Palisades Room
Mark Your Calendars!
More details to follow.
Access CESMII Technologies with
Application Projects
CESMII introduced of a new class of projects available to Institute members and prospective members, further enhancing access to Institute-developed technologies, training and CESMII Smart Manufacturing Platform™ infrastructure. 
Members and prospective members are invited to submit proposals for Application Projects. These projects are focused on showcasing, demonstrating or validating the use of CESMII technologies to solve specific manufacturing challenges. The objective is to help the members to quickly demonstrate a specific idea that will be mutually beneficial using the CESMII Platform and knowledge. 
To learn more about how your organization can benefit from an Application Project, visit our
Have your Voice Heard in CESMII’s New SME Affinity Group
CESMII recently announced plans to formally launch an Affinity Group focused on the needs of small-to-medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). This announcement is a continuation of the institute’s efforts to engage and empower smaller manufacturers, further demonstrated by CESMII’s previous commitment to make institute-directed project funds available in 2020 to small-to-medium enterprises.
What is a CESMII Affinity Group (AG)? An AG is a group of members from the CESMII membership base that has an interest in a particular manufacturing sector or problem and works collaboratively to share experiences, perspectives and best practices. Affinity Groups are charged with examining a manufacturing sector or problem strategically, and its members bring their unique abilities, capabilities, and interests to engage the CESMII ecosystem, as needed or desired. In short, Affinity Groups are your chance to have your voice heard!
For more information on this and other Affinity Groups, visit our website or contact us at Join one today and get engaged!
What our Members are Saying…..
”Linde (formerly Praxair) believes more open standards and frictionless vendor interoperability are key enablers for the next step-change in manufacturing productivity. This can only be done through strong multi-organizational collaborative partnerships like CESMII.”

– Larry Megan, Linde
CESMII SM Platform™ DEMO DAYS Roll Out Nationwide
The CESMII HQ and Regional teams took our message and our SM Platform on the road this month, educating well over 100 members and prospective members at “Demo Day” training events in Los Angeles, California, Albany, New York and Houston, Texas. Regional Manufacturing Center (RMC) Directors engaged constituents in their regions and welcomed CESMII Senior Staff to provide training on the SM Platform and on “Framing Smart Manufacturing”.
Additional Demo Days are being planned now. Contact your RMC Director today to learn more about the events and how to attend one in the future.
Northern RMC Director: Craig Dory –
Southern RMC Director: Scott Miller –
Western RMC Director: Dale Turner –
Just Announced: New Demo Day Event!
Register Today for the November 13, 2019 CESMII SM Platform Overview and Demonstration at CESMII partner Oregon State University’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI).
CESMII Leaders Featured in Smart Manufacturing Magazine
CESMII CEO, John Dyck, and Outreach Advisor, Mike Yost, were recently interviewed in Smart Manufacturing magazine and strongly emphasized the need for the U.S. to NOT fall behind the rest of the world in the adoption of Smart Manufacturing technologies and practices.
Read the article
about how CESMII continues to push past the norm, to democratize Smart Manufacturing for ALL US Manufacturers.
CESMII Shines at LA Mayor’s Manufacturing Summit
The City of Los Angeles celebrated National Manufacturing Month with a Manufacturing Summit hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti that emphasized CESMII’s value as a trusted ally to manufacturers in the LA area. Mayor Garcetti and his team invited strategic partners Goodwill Industries (manufacturing apprenticeships) and CESMII (manufacturing technologies) to demonstrate their value to the crowd of over 200 attendees at the half-daylong event.
CESMII event highlights included:
  • CEO John Dyck welcoming Mayor Garcetti and discussing Smart Manufacturing technologies along with Atollogy President Rob Schoenthaler;
  • A CESMII keynote presentation;
  • CESMII Staff engaging attendees with a tabletop demonstration of the SM Platform and information about the Institute; and
  • Formal recognition of CESMII’s contributions to the City of LA in the form of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor’s Office.
Suggested Reading:
Creating A Smarter Future –
a dialogue with CESMII PI, Jim Davis
Winner of the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Davis 
believes a deeper grasp of data context, better ways to combat complexity, and a more broadly embraced industrial culture of collaboration and innovation are essential to manufacturing’s future. Read this dialogue with Jim Davis in the MLC’s latest edition.
Ken Creasy, Senior Supply Chain Business Leader at Johnson & Johnson?
Mark your calendars for CESMII’s next 20 minute Webcast Series!
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 11:30am Eastern/8:30am Pacific our guest will be Ken Creasy,
is the Senior Technical Director, Manufacturing Technology & Innovation and Advanced Engineering for Supply Chain Strategy and Deployment at Johnson & Johnson
, and we’ll explore “
What does Smart Manufacturing Look Like to Ken Creasy, Senior Supply Chain Business Leader at Johnson & Johnson?
Join CESMII as we engage the entire US Manufacturing ecosystem in regular discussions about what Smart Manufacturing is, what it isn’t, who’s finding value, who’s falling behind and anything else that is important to you. Mike Yost hosts 20-minute webinars the 2
and 4
Wednesdays of every month to frame the dialogue with you.
Want to share your views and be a guest on an upcoming webcast? Email Mike Yost (
) to submit your name or recommend others whose voice you feel should be heard. With so many diverse perspectives in our ecosystem, we want to welcome them all!
Did you know you can still view this web series on our YouTube channel? In case you missed the previous editions of our web series click below to view.
The “Advances in Modeling, Analysis, and Applications of Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems” Symposium is looking for good papers on sustainable manufacturing for the ASME MSEC meeting in June, 2020.
Get your ideas out there! Abstracts are due on
November 15, 2019
for more information.
ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is currently soliciting subject matter experts and affected stakeholders to help support their effort to develop the ASME
Verification and Validation
Standards for Advanced Manufacturing and influence the prioritization of topics to be addressed.
for more information on getting involved.
Join CESMII’s New LinkedIn Group –
The Smart Manufacturing Community
Want to continue the conversation on Smart Manufacturing? Then join our LinkedIn Group,
CESMII: The Smart Manufacturing Community.
Missed the previous web casts? Click
to view them in their entirety.
Members play a vital role in shaping direction, programs and deliverables through active participation in CESMII Standing Committees. Qualified volunteers are being sought for a relaunch of:
  • Outreach Standing Committee, which is focused on Education & Workforce Development (EWD) strategy, programs and deliverables. Contact Mike Yost (
  • Business Processes Standing Committee, which centers on the performance and financial strategies needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institute. Contact Howard Goldberg (
Contact CESMII today and lend your voice to these important leadership bodies!
CESMII is the United States’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, entrusted to make one thing happen – make Smart Manufacturing a reality for everyone who touches American manufacturing. Our ecosystem is inclusive by design, and everyone has a role to play. Come find yours!
November 5, 2019 – MCC Future of the Tech Workforce Study Workshop
CESMII NRMC will participate and present CESMII at this event which will include manufacturers and academic institutes to discuss the future of workforce as new technologies intersect with company workforce challenges.
November 7, 2019 – Promoting Participation of HBCUs/MSIs in Advanced Manufacturing R&D Workshop
CESMII Outreach Advisor, Mike Yost, will participate in an upcoming workshop focused on increasing engagement from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutes into advanced manufacturing.
November 13, 2019 – 6 Degrees of Smart Manufacturing
CESMII Join us for our next webcast series installment, as we explore what Smart Manufacturing “looks like” to Ken Creasy, Senior Technical director, Manufacturing Technology & Innovation and Advanced Engineering for Supply Chain
Strategy and Deployment at Johnson & Johnson.
November 20, 2019 – Rensselaer Industry Days
CESMII NRMC will present CESMII as a resource and collaborator to manufacturers. Registration Required.
10250 Constellation Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office Award Number DE-EE0007613.
Disclaimer: This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Niether the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness