We want to express our sincere thanks for all of you

who joined us at the Smart Manufacturing Experience


Your presence and active involvement made the event a great success! The meeting provided an excellent platform for sharing knowledge, networking, and discussing the latest in smart manufacturing and CESMII’s role in advancing the industry. Your valuable insights and contributions enriched the discussions.

We also extend our appreciation to our presenters, panelists, moderators, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners for their crucial contributions. The CESMII team, volunteers, and event staff deserve special recognition for their hard work. Your participation demonstrates the strength of our CESMII community. We look forward to more collaboration in the future. Thank you once again for being a part of CESMII’s Annual Member Meeting at SOUTHTEC.

Your support is highly valued.

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CESMII Joins a Strategic Group of Manufacturing Nations to Form the International Manufacturing-X Council

CESMII – The U.S.’ Smart Manufacturing Institute is excited to participate in the establishment of the International Management-X Council, with its official announcement at the 2023 Annual CESMII Member Meeting hosted at SOUTHTEC’s Smart Manufacturing Experience this week in Greenville, S.C.

We join Germany (Plattform Industrie 4.0), Austria (Plattform Industrie 4.0 Österreich), France (Alliance Industrie du Futur), Australia, Canada (Offensive de Transformation Numérique), South Korea (KOSMO), Japan (RRI), Italy (Confindustria) and the Netherlands (Smart Industry) in launching this important initiative to implement a federated, decentralized and collaborative data ecosystem for smart manufacturing. We anticipate more joining us soon!

The collective vision for the International Manufacturing-X (IM-X) Council is to enable open, global and cross-industry operation of cost-effective data networks. 

This will be realized through three sets of strategic initiatives:

  1. Connect value chains and manufacturing data networks across supply chains, industries, and countries
  2. Implement global foundations for data-driven resilient, sovereign and climate-neutral production covering the full life cycle of production and products
  3. Enable innovative value creation in an interoperable and sovereign data ecosystem
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Smart Manufacturing Mindset™:

Truths and Myths on IT/OT Convergence

This month the CESMII & SME LinkedIn Live series, Smart Manufacturing Mindset™

was recorded during our CESMII Annual Member Meeting at Smart Manufacturing Experience at SOUTHTEC hosted in Greenville, SC from October 24-26.

One of the most powerful promises of Industry 4.0 is that the technology itself is no longer a barrier to the IT and OT worlds co-existing efficiently. There is a major barrier, though – the people who live in those worlds are often paralyzed by fear of the unknown and layers of historical confusion. Tune in to hear several truths and debunk various myths about convergence – one of the most regularly discussed topics our members raise to us.

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Top Takeaways: Truths & Myths on IT/OT Convergence

Join us next month to Think Differently on November 28th at 1:00PM EST


November 2023 CESMII Cross Pollination Workshop Registration

 What is the Cross Pollination Workshop?

The workshop is a forum to bring together CESMII members to share knowledge about their respective project objectives, accomplishments, and developments. 

It is an opportunity to exchange views, learn from each other, create synergies among different CESMII stakeholders and foster collaboration among different project teams.

  1. After you click the registration link, a picklist will be displayed. Check the boxes to register for any or all the 3 workshop days.
  2. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email. Click the calendar embed link in the confirmation email to add the workshop to your calendar.
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Presentation: Integrating Systems and Processes for Smart Manufacturing

Conrad Leiva

November 8, 2:35 – 3:00 PM PT

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Workshop: Smart Manufacturing – Why It Matters and How to Achieve It

Conrad Leiva, Jim Wetzel

November 9, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT

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The Digital Foundry, in partnership with Penn State New Kensington (The Pennsylvania State University), is offering the Level 3 Digital Manufacturing Professional certificate program. Module 1 will be conducted online from November 20 to 22, 2023, with Modules 2-4 taking place in person from December 12 to 15, 2023. This program is tailored for engineers and technologists currently working in manufacturing.

In this 40-hour workshop, you’ll delve into the practical application of Smart Manufacturing technologies including applied sensing and IIoT devices, data analytics and visualization, digital automation, and digital twins. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a Digital Manufacturing Professional Certificate from Penn State, recognized for Professional Engineering (PE) continuing education credits.

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Project Outcome Summaries

CESMII invests in Smart Manufacturing innovation through projects with funds

awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). CESMII manages projects in collaboration with our entire ecosystem. The objective of these projects is to develop emerging technologies, drive research and innovation – delivering on our mission to democratize Smart Manufacturing.

Small & Medium Manufacturers

Empowering small and medium-sized manufacturers by providing them

with cutting-edge technologies and resources to enhance their

productivity and competitiveness. These initiatives aim to fuel innovation

and growth within this crucial sector of the economy.

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Energy Intensive Industries

Transforming energy-intensive industries with innovative technologies

and data-driven solutions, improving sustainability and efficiency while

reducing environmental impact and operational costs.

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Education & Workforce Development

Building tools that showcase and drive the adoption of

Smart Manufacturing through educational content & delivery.

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Magic Software Enterprises: FactoryEye Partners with CESMII to Deliver Real-time Actionable Intelligence to Mid-size Manufacturers

FactoryEye, a division of Magic Software, is excited to announce their new membership with CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII). CESMII is a government-funded non-profit organization dedicated to supporting small and mid-sized manufacturing facilities to create a more competitive manufacturing environment in the United States. CESMII has recognized FactoryEye as an important addition to its mission to increase manufacturing productivity, global competitiveness, and reinvestment.

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Learn more at cognite.com/en/

Cognite is an industrial software company that create software for oil and gas, power and utilities, renewable energy, manufacturing and other asset-heavy industries. Cognite products turn industrial data into customer value by liberating it, contextualizing it, and making it actionable for users.

Cognite’s core product is Cognite Data fusion, a commercialized version of CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform. Cognite Data Fusion provides simple access to complex industrial data. Cognite Data Fusion is an open platform that consolidates operational, engineering, and IT data from an industrial asset into a single repository. It then uses AI algorithms to automatically create contextualized data models that abstract away source system complexity, enabling subject matter experts to quickly and reliably build new analytics dashboards, production solutions, and digital twins and to scale these across other assets.

Learn more at idexx.com/en/

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is an American corporation engaged in the development, manufacture, and distribution of products and services for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and diary markets. IDEXX has formed a new Digital Innovation team to focus on Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing and increase their capability and maturity in Smart Manufacturing. IDEXX is currently engaged in adopting and deploying SM technology and aligning their people and processes.

Learn more at magicsoftware.com

Based in Irvine, California, FactoryEye North America is a division of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a global provider of business integration and decision support solutions. FactoryEye powered by Magic Software’s IoT platform is the solution that medium-size manufacturers turn to on their path to Industry 4.0. FactoryEye’s unique solution is intuitive, designed for rapid implementation that doesn’t require changing existing systems and infrastructure. FactoryEye gives global manufacturers unparalleled visibility into their operations, which enables them to make continuous improvements in the production process. FactoryEye captures production data and transforms it into actionable intelligence, which empowers workers, managers and manufacturing executives to make informed decisions in real-time.

Learn more at polarisautomation.com

Polaris Automation develops and implements innovative digital factory solutions that achieve excellence through the convergence of automation and technology – helping clients make data-driven decisions and grow revenue through manufacturing advancements.

Polaris Automation has been working in the SM space for about 10 years now. Polaris is actively consulting with manufacturers to help bring clarity to their current state and identify the steps needed to move in a positive direction. They have been heavily involved in full stack MES deployment, but are aware that there are new technologies being created. They fully intend to discover and adopt new technology.

Learn more at tmac.org

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) is a part of the MEP network, federally funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which falls under the Department of Commerce. The mission of TMAC is to support small/medium manufacturers in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas to provide workforce development, business development, supply chain efficiency, along with additional needs of the manufacturing industry. TMAC is a direct arm of Lamar University (LU) in Beaumont, TX and has the ability to provide subject matter experts in energy, energy conservation, energy transition, process optimization and material characterizations. TMAC currently serves local industry and manufactures in optimizing processes and providing engineering training to the local workforce.

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CESMII is Hitting the Road!

Discover the future of manufacturing at our NEW Smart Manufacturing Showcase Roadshow Event! Witness the latest Industry 4.0 technologies in action, gain profound insights from in-depth presentations, and get hands-on with interactive demonstrations. Join us in 2024 as we continue our journey across the United States, bringing the

Smart Manufacturing revolution to your doorstep.

We just completed 2 great Smart Manufacturing events in partnership with IMEC in Illinois this week at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and MXD in Chicago. 

Planning for early 2024 is in process for events in:

Texas, Tennessee, Washington, Indiana and Missouri

Don’t miss out – stay tuned for roadshow dates near you!

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Membership Meeting Dates

December 13, 2023

2023/2024 Affinity Group Meeting Schedule



November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

January 11, 2024

January 18, 2024

March 14, 2024

March 21, 2024

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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CESMII ecosystem? If so, please get in touch with us!


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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