October 2022 Newsletter

Smart Manufacturing Executive Council

CESMII & SME are thrilled to announce the formation of a Smart Manufacturing Executive Council to Accelerate the Adoption of #smartmanufacturing in the U.S. The council will focus on Ecosystem, Technology and Workforce.

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Smart Manufacturing Executive Council Members 

The Smart Manufacturing Executive Council will act as ambassadors for the vision of Smart Manufacturing in the U.S., working to accelerate the transformation of the entire manufacturing ecosystem and to inspire a vision for the future of manufacturing.

Meet the Council

Smart Manufacturing Executive Council Gains Visibility

For a more in-depth dive into how the Smart Manufacturing Executive Council hopes to transform manufacturing, listen to the Peggy Smedley podcast featuring John Dyck, CEO, CESMII & Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME.

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CESMII: Special Issue 

Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing

The advent of low-cost sensing, ubiquitous connectivity, and cloud computing has fundamentally transformed the ability of manufacturers to leverage real-time information to make Smart decisions that dramatically improve precision, productivity, and performance, from the shop floor level to the supply chain level. This is what Smart Manufacturing (SM) is all about, and its origins can be traced back to as early as 2006 according to a recent article that celebrates the 15th anniversary¹. Smart Manufacturing has gained visibility and acceptance throughout the world since then and has become a universal term.

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How to Accelerate the Adoption of Smart Manufacturing

John Dyck, CEO of CESMII and Jeff Winter, Industry Executive of Manufacturing at Microsoft discuss opportunities manufacturers & the entire ecosystem have when they make the investment in Smart Manufacturing. In this #AdvancedManufacturingNow podcast they cover: 

🇺🇸 The US adoption rate of SM/Industry 4.0 compared to Europe & Asia 

🚨 The importance of investing Smart Manufacturing First Principles & why it’s critical 

⚫ The factors impacting “pilot purgatory” 

👷 How to get small and medium manufacturers involved and where should they start? 


Learn more about the CESMII | SME Smart Manufacturing Market Survey: https://lnkd.in/g9FMimfb

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Manufacturing USA Highlights Report

The report showcases the manufacturing technology and workforce development innovations underway at the Manufacturing USA institutes, which are delivering value for manufacturers and the American public. 

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Smart Manufacturing Principles:

First Principles of Smart Manufacturing

In this interview, Kudzai Manditereza talks to Conrad Leiva who is the VP of Ecosystem and Workforce Development at CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute.

0:00​ – Introduction

1:51 – Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

4:14 – A Brief History of Smart Manufacturing

8:06 – Smart Manufacturing Definition and Description of Key Terms

11:18 – The Seven Principles of Smart Manufacturing

11:39 – Flat and Real-Time Principle

15:34 – Scalablity Principle, Enabled by Cloud and Edge

15:40 – Interoperable and Open Principle, Information Modelling

29:11 – The Role of ISA 95 in Smart Manufacturing

32:07 – Proactive and Semi-Autonomous Principle

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The main objective of this workshop is to bring together CESMII members to share knowledge about their respective project objectives, accomplishments, and developments. This will be a great opportunity to exchange views, learn from each other, create synergies among different CESMII stakeholders and foster collaboration among different project teams.

Tuesday, November 8th

1:00-1:45pm: CESMII: Welcome, SMIP & Information Modeling

1:45-2:30pm: Litmus: Machine & Process Health Monitoring

Wednesday, November 9th

1:00-1:45pm: Auburn University: IoT-Enabled Mfg. Test Beds

1:45-2:30pm: ThinkIQ: SMIP New Capabilities & Connectivity

Thursday, November 10th

1:00-1:45pm: ThinkIQ: SM Profiles for CNC Machining

1:45-2:30pm: Ectron: Packaged SMIP Smart Connector

Tuesday, November 15th  

1:00-1:45pm: RPI: Utilizing the SMIP to Optimize Mixer/Filler Systems

1:45-2:30pm: Raytheon: Improved Vacuum Arc Remelting Processing

Wednesday, November 16th

1:00-1:45pm: 5G: Marketplace Applications for Mfg. Use Cases

1:45-2:30pm: AMI: Improving Productivity with IoT Driven Smart Mfg

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Phoenix Contact and CESMII Discuss Smart Manufacturing

Phoenix Contact and CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, discuss a number of topics linked to Smart Manufacturing including the workforce, leadership mindset, sustainability, and more!

Featured Speakers:

– Louis Grice – VP, Digitalization & Government Relations, Phoenix Contact USA

– John Dyck – CEO, CESMII

– Jack Nehlig – President, Phoenix Contact USA

– David Skelton – VP & GM, Development & Manufacturing, Phoenix Contact USA

– Ira Sharp – Director, Product Marketing, Phoenix Contact USA

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Welcome New CESMII Members

Visit guidewheel.com for more information

Guidewheel joins CESMII in hopes that it will give them greater exposure to industry trends, best practices, and the broader CESMII manufacturing ecosystem so that they can stay close to their customers and continue building towards exactly what this industry needs. The institute offers them a unique opportunity to have their “ear to the ground” of what manufacturers are prioritizing. Guidewheel hopes to engage with manufacturers but also with every leg of the ecosystem.

Visit LinkedIn to connect with Sam

InitialBuild is the sole proprietorship of Sam Sharabash. Sam is an independent software engineer who can offer consulting and custom solutions to small and medium sized manufacturers. His expertise is in frontend and backed web applications, messaging, and data systems. He also has experience with full time software engineering development, data system and integration architecture advising, and technical recruiting and interviewing.

Contact mmoss@sandhillconsultingllc.com    for more information

Sandhill Consulting, LLC has over 30 years’ experience in system integration and software development for the discrete manufacturing and process industries. The company provides mature subject matter expertise in the area of bottleneck detection and real-time monitoring of common industrial equipment. Having Sandhill Consulting, LLC as a member of the institute will help our membership more rapidly and cost-effectively adopt SM technologies.

Do you know someone interested in becoming a CESMII Member?

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P&G turns to AI to create digital manufacturing of the future

The consumer goods multinational company, with help from Microsoft, is adopting the industrial internet of things, digital twin, AI, and machine learning to transform manufacturing at scale.

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Where in the world is CESMII?

October is Manufacturing Month and it proved to be a jam-packed schedule for the CESMII team. Below is a highlight of just some events the team participated in.

Check out our full event calendar to see what’s coming up next. 

October 11th

American Manufacturing Strategies Summit

Conrad Leiva represented the CESMII team earlier this month with a discussion on: Is SMART Tech the Smart Move for Your Business?

•  Aligning your SMART tech strategy with your business strategy

•  Assessing information-driven practices

•  Integrating SMART tech with your workforce

October 12th

Smart Manufacturing World Summit

The CESMII team exhbited at Smart Manufacturing World Summit in San Francisco, including a panel discussion with John Dyck.

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October 24th

White House Manufacturing Leadership Summit

John Dyck had the privilege of representing CESMII at The White House for a Manufacturing Leadership Summit.

All 16 Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes were invited to highlight our ability and role in supporting the development and commercialization of new, advanced manufacturing technologies across a wide range of sectors.

October 25th

Make Smart Manufacturing Work for You

The CESMII team supported the SMIC satellite El Camino College location alongside a number of CESMII members for this one-day conference. The event was filled with industry experts, technologies in action and hands-on demonstrations. 

October 26th

Manufacturing Industry Day

CESMII’s Haresh Malkani and John Louka participated in Digital Foundry at New Kensington’s Manufacturing Industry Day on October 26th. They supported with SMIP demonstrations, CESMII use case presentations and participation on a Workforce Development panel.

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October 28th

MAGNET Grand Opening

Northeast Ohio MEP MAGNET celebrated the grand opening of their $18.5 Million Manufacturing Innovation, Technology and Job Center in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio. The center will get more people into great jobs, help build smart factories, supercharge innovation, and boost the visibility of manufacturing as a career for thousands of students.

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2022/2023 Members’ Meeting Schedule

Membership Meeting Dates

December 14, 2022

February 15, 2023

April 9, 2023

June 21, 2023

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

2022/2023 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



November 10, 2022

November 17, 2022

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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