October 1, 2020
The CEOs of all Manufacturing USA Institutes have created a decisive set of strategies and recommendations in response to the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US manufacturing.
Join CESMII CEO, John Dyck, and fellow institute leaders as they call for the creation of a National Manufacturing Guard as part of their strategy to build a resilient US manufacturing base.

Three (3) Platform Capability Project proposals (submitted in response to the RFP2 – Wave 3 open solicitation) have been selected for negotiations. Platform Capability Projects develop core technology capabilities and tools in support of CESMII’s SM Platform strategic pillar.
The teams selected for negotiation are listed here.
Three (3) Application Project proposals have moved to the Contracting Phase. Application Projects demonstrate the capabilities of the SM Innovation Platform through real-world use cases. Project teams leverage the CESMII technology infrastructure and provide all cost share.
The teams currently finalizing contracts are listed here.
Rafter Equipment Corporation is one of North America’s oldest metal forming machinery manufacturers. Founded in 1917, the original Rafter Machine Company was in Belleville, New Jersey. Today, Rafter remains as one of the last tube mill manufacturers to make their equipment exclusively in the USA. Their goal is to cater to the customer by offering high-efficiency, high-production equipment with a personalized, high-level of service not found with other domestic and foreign equipment manufacturers.
Toward Zero aligns process, technology, culture, and corporate objectives with a goal to drive waste toward zero. Their comprehensive, data-driven solutions result in increased profitability, improved plant operations and better decision-making. They increase visibility and predictability so management can make great decisions, reduce costs by eliminating process and technology inefficiencies at the plant, and utilize people and machines better to improve on-time deliveries and product quality.”
Xemelgo delivers smart manufacturing solutions that provide complete visibility into industrial operations. Real-time monitoring and intelligent alerts eliminate costly disruptions like inventory shortages, production bottlenecks, misplaced assets, and incomplete orders. X-track solutions are accessed through simple, mobile-first applications. They combine with plug-and-play IoT sensors to deploy in just hours and deliver immediate value.
ShelfAware is a Saas inventory management system designed for B2B supply chains. ShelfAware started inside the manufacturing industry and currently tracks thousands of inventory sku’s for many USA manufacturing companies. They use the consumption data to turn inventories into lean, efficient assets for manufacturers.

Member Value – In Their Own Words
“Our engagement with CESMII is delivering value on many fronts, exposing us to the right technologies and techniques, but most importantly, letting us engage with a community of forward-looking manufacturers and technology providers that we would never have found otherwise.”
– James Lawrence, Plant Manager,
ECM Performance Materials Group

We continue to explore important topics in our on-going webcast series, engaging thought leaders from across our ecosystem to share how Smart Manufacturing impacts everything from energy efficiency to sustainable manufacturing to the national dialogue on a resilient supply chain.
Explore our library of recorded sessions and join our upcoming events live!
October Dates – 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT

Smart Manufacturing
and the Connected Workforce
In this episode, we’ll discuss how several projects around the Connected Worker are helping Honeywell achieve safer and more productive workplaces for first line workers especially in response to COVID-19 challenges.
Modeling and Optimizing Energy Use in Smart Manufacturing
We discuss how a Factory 4.0 course is teaching students to model energy as an input variable that can be modeled along with other output variables to study tradeoffs between cost, cycle time and quality of the end-product.

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Connected Workforce
If you have been implementing initiatives related to the Connected Workforce, please let us know. We want to showcase how manufacturers are implementing solutions to make the workforce more connected in these times of physical distancing. 
While the CESMII ecosystem lives manufacturing and takes it seriously every day, we’re proud to support national Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2, 2020. 
Manufacturing Day is “an opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers” and “an occasion during which manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.”

CESMII is proud to partner with SME to make their Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX) event as powerful as possible. SMX is an immersive, online experience designed to provide you with tools and resources to elevate your understanding of smart technologies, learn the benefits of implementation and collaborate with experts and early adopters.
October 29, 2020
Live Event Hours:
10:00am – 4:00pm Eastern Time

Investment Casting Institute Virtual Meeting
CESMII’s CEO will introduce ICI members to CESMII and the benefits of Smart Manufacturing.
Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT
We’ve recently relaunched several of our Affinity Groups, and the engagement of our members in these is an important part of the CESMII ecosystem. If you’d like more information on how to participate, please reach out to or
Aerospace Affinity Group
Date: October 8, 2020
Time: 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
CESMII Members National Call
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Small to Medium Sized Manufacturers (SMM) Affinity Group
Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Food, Beverage & Consumer Goods Affinity Group
Date: October 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 60 minutes
Digital 1st – CESMII Online

CESMII delivers FREE educational value for you and your organization. Be sure to check out our latest content on YouTube. Our channel continues to grow with Smart Manufacturing content from our domain experts and others in industry.
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The CESMII ecosystem is filled with experts and experienced professionals who have “been there” and “done that”. And, as noted above, many of them are here to share with other members – like you!
We’re working on more ways to connect you with your peers – starting with an invitation to ask any question you want. Simply email, and we’ll put our network to work finding the information you need!
Do you have information you’d like to share with us or the broader CESMII ecosystem? If so, please get in touch with us!
Join CESMII’s ecosystem of manufacturers, technology vendors, systems integrators, equipment builders, academic institutions and government bodies and make Smart Manufacturing available to all.
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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