California Manufacturing Institute announces New Partnership and Opportunities

CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES

NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Welcomed Members to Los Angeles

For Immediate Release:

December 18, 2017

This month, as its first year comes to a close, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) welcomed members, and supporters from industry, government and academia to its inaugural Member Meeting hosted by founding member UCLA on the campus. Approximately 130 attendees from around the country participated, either in person or via livestream, in a day-long session on CESMII operations and opportunities. Members gathered to review the Institute’s focus and progress to date; gain greater understanding of benefits and opportunities of membership and network with other Members across CESMII’s broad ecosystem.

CESMII CEO Jim Wetzel set the tone for the day highlighting not only CESMII expertise but new partnerships. Members can now benefit from the institutional knowledge of expert organizations, including MESA, a manufacturing focused group and LiveTiles, an innovative digital corporation. “CESMII membership offers an opportunity to gain knowledge or share expertise with a wide variety of companies or individuals with specific expertise. As a collective organization, we will solve not just specific problems but broad-scale challenges that impact the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole,” added Wetzel.

Members enjoyed a full day of presentations with content across all aspects of CESMII programs and activities, highlighted by a demonstration of CESMII’s SM Platform and Marketplace. UCLA Vice-Provost/CTO and Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) co-founder Dr. Jim Davis reviewed key planning milestone events with the CESMII Roadmap; Intellectual Property issues were reviewed as well as the identification of planned activities for Workforce Development and Education. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy were also available to emphasize the potential impact of smart manufacturing deployment in energy intensive industries and facilities.

Other highlights included review of Smart Manufacturing projects from Arconic, General Mills and a collaborative project with United Technology Research Center/University of Connecticut/Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies.  These projects demonstrated the implementation of Smart Manufacturing processes to reduce energy consumption while increasing productivity and tracking of key components.

CESMII broadly announced its first funding opportunity. Members attended a special session dedicated to CESMII’s first Request For Proposals (RFP).  The $10.5 million opportunity includes technical, business and workforce project outlines. Submissions are due January 31, 2018.

 

Funding for Smart Manufacturing Projects Announced

FUNDING FOR SMART MANUFACTURING PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

Over $10 Million Available for Innovative Projects

 For Immediate Release:

December 12, 2017

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESII) has issued its first Request for Proposals (RFP) calling on members of the manufacturing community to respond with their ideas for projects to propel Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies forward in factories and facilities around the country. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2018. 

CESMII defines Smart Manufacturing (SM) 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). CESMII’s focus is the development and integration of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and high performance computational models to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries and technology providers realize the benefits of SM and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive. 

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 today and tomorrow. 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 SM technical, business and educational mythologies. 

CESMII has identified key technologies and areas of interest in the RFP to shape the scope and purpose of the proposed projects as first described in the CESMII Roadmap strategic document. The four pillars of work described in the roadmap including business practices, enabling technologies, workforce development and the SM platform infrastructure, are guiding principles for the direction of these member-led projects.  

The types of projects proposed include:

  • Cross-cutting R&D and Reusability (Enabling Technologies)

  • Process and Controls (Enabling Technologies)

  • Sensors (Enabling Technologies)

  • Data Modeling for Machine Learning and Data-Centric Analytics (Enabling Technologies)

  • SM Platform Infrastructure

  • Workforce Development

This is the first round of funding advertised by the organization. A webinar is scheduled (12/13/17) to provide additional information and guidance on proposal preparation. The following is the schedule of main activities related to this RFP.

Savigent Software Announced as First National Member of CESMII

LOS ANGELES, (November 13, 2017) – The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced today that Savigent Software has joined the Manufacturing USA initiative as its first national member. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, CESMII 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. 

“Savigent is not only our first national member, but will be an important technical partner moving forward,” remarked Jim Wetzel, Chief Executive Officer of CESMII. “As our organization grows with additional members from industry, academia and non-governmental organizations, CESMII will create an ecosystem for innovation, workforce development and business practices to advance our institutional goals and the productivity goals of our members,” added Wetzel. 

As the Institute’s first national member, Savigent Software will work with CESMII’s leadership and its regional, resource and consortium partners to develop and leverage nationwide projects focused on making more efficient use of energy and other resources.

“We’re eager to share the Savigent Technology and our passion for Smart Manufacturing with the CESMII network,” said Mark Besser, Senior Vice President of Customer Success for Savigent Software. “These projects and initiatives will validate and increase productivity, energy efficiency and overall profitability, significantly improving the capabilities of participating U.S. Manufacturing companies and their supply chain.”

CESMII defines Smart Manufacturing (SM) 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). CESMII’s focus is the development of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and high performance computational models to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries realize the benefits of SM and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive. 

The Institute will accelerate SM adoption through integration of advanced technologies and intelligence, radically improving precision, performance, quality, sustainability and energy efficiency. As a provider of event-driven SM software, Savigent Software is a key element for CESMII and is an integral part of the core technology offering the Institute will leverage to build these new solutions.

About CESMII

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. To learn about CESMII, visithttps://www.cesmii.org

About Savigent Software

Savigent Software is a leading provider of Smart Manufacturing solutions and Workflow Automation software developed for the demanding environments of manufacturing companies. Serving both discrete and process manufacturing companies worldwide, the Savigent Software Suite provides an agile platform for manufacturing intelligence, systems integration and work automation. This new paradigm offers the flexibility to adapt existing systems and build new processes to match unique business/industry requirements enabling our customers to drive operational efficiencies, gain visibility, insight, and control of manufacturing assets, improve process control, and increase product quality. For more information, visitwww.savigent.com.

CESMII Hosts First Workforce Development and Education Virtual Workshop on April 18-19, 2018.

CESMII 1ST WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION WORKSHOP BRINGS TOGETHER OVER 100 ATTENDEES

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Los Angeles, CA  – The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) held their first Workforce Development and Education Workshop on April 18-19, 2018.  This workshop brought together both CESMII members and non-members from industry, academia and government organizations with a focus on the development of curricula and other educational programs to promote STEM education from K-12 through college level coursework and to educate the next workforce generation as Smart Manufacturing (SM) practices redefine manufacturing processes.  Over 100 participants from approximately 65 distinct organizations participated in this two-day workshop.   This national workshop was held using video conferencing, allowing the workshop to host four separate breakout groups for each of the three sessions held over the course of the two days.   

MESA International and CESMII Announce New Partnership

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.

 

For more information about MESA, visit www.mesa.org and sign up for MESA's eNews.

Mayor Garcetti launches Manufacturing Week at Toolbox LA

October 4, 2018

LA MAYOR , ERIC GARCETTI’S, MAKERS SUMMIT

 
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LOS ANGELES — As part of the partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), Mayor Eric Garcetti launched Manufacturing Week at Toolbox LA in the San Fernando Valley. With Senator Henry Stern present and nodding in approval, the Mayor addressed LA’s potential manufacturing capabilities, emphasizing the importance of manufacturing and technology in Los Angeles, including the impact it will bring to young Angelenos. The partnership between both CESMII and the city will be instrumental in accelerating Smart Manufacturing, creating a young workforce development, and transforming the way we see advanced manufacturing. The institute selected R&D projects will join forces among many institutions and industry partners, including El Camino College, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginal Poly Tech, Honeywell, Arcelor Mittal and ThinkIQ to develop: SM (Smart Manufacturing) curriculum, awareness, classes from K-12 to universities, and finally; create an interactive simulated factory to demonstrate SM technologies and applications for students, trainees, and factory workers. The celebrated partnership between both parties brings about a monumental stride in shaping advanced manufacturing and a new light on Smart Manufacturing. And it all starts here – in Los Angeles.