A Smart Manufacturing Implementation and Workforce Development Framework for Underserved Small Medium Manufacturers

Project Lead: University of Texas El Paso

Member % Cost Share: 50.01%
CESMII % Cost Share: 49.99%
Duration: 6 Months

Problem Statement

The high costs associated with deployment of SM solutions has been a restricting factor for SM adoption, especially in small and medium manufacturers (SMMs), and there is a need to bridge the capital infrastructure and workforce skills gaps regarding SM methodologies.


Project Goal

Develop an industrial test-bed environment to showcase SM technology to create a dedicated SM training series to educated regional workforce and leverage the local MEP center to facilitate SM implementation.

Technical Approach

The proposed project will provide local SMMs access to a SM technology demonstration site featuring industry-relevant SM technologies, provide hands-on, lab focused training courses, and leverage regional MEP center to implement ‘quick win’ solutions using SM methodologies

Deliverables/Outcomes/SM Marketplace

To be listed at project completion.

    Potential Impact


    • Develop a handbook for SM technology access, implementation, and training

    • Demonstrate participation of underrepresented groups in CESMII

    • Establish a technical SM EWD program that leverages regional MEP ecosystem

    • Support SM access and capabilities demonstration to underserved SMMs

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