CESMII co-hosted Smart Manufacturing Experience, an industry event tailored to small and medium manufacturers, in Pittsburgh, PA from June 7-9, 2022. The event provided multiple connection points and engagement with leading voices; from manufacturers, system-integrators, thought-leaders, government entities, suppliers and more. 


Keynote Presentations

Panel Discussions

Member Companies Participated

Speaking Engagements

Member Exhibitor Locations

Awards Presented

Cups of Coffee

keynotes & Thought leadership panels

To view the sessions listed below – you must be registered for Smart Manufacturing Experience and logged into the Digital Experience using your registration credentials. If you have not registered for the event, use code SMX22ODCESMII for free access.

The Role of Smart Manufacturing in Creating a More Productive, Resilient and Data-Driven Enterprise

There is an urgent need to accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing in the U.S. The role of today’s Smart Manufacturing enterprise exposes the vital link between grand societal challenges we face (sustainability, decarbonization, climate change) and the business outcomes that drive investment in Smart technologies. To achieve success on the world stage, there needs to be the creation of a more diverse and upskilled workforce that can participate in Smart Manufacturing value creation.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Smart Journey in a 125-Year-Old Company

With a history that dates back to the invention of aluminum, Arconic approaches automation by combining the best of what’s new—machines—and the best of what has always set the company apart—its people. While machines, for example, focus on repetitive operations, massive data integrated data collection, high speed rolling mill controls, surface quality measurement systems and practice and order control, people with specific skillsets continue to focus on problem solving, operational excellence, continuous improvement and new product development and implementation. At the interface between the two it is critical to get the right data to the right people at the right time so they can make the best decision. The key challenges we have in this new reality are around people development and retention, ability to maintain knowledge over several technology generations, increasing the speed of implementation, overcoming the challenge between theory and practice and the rapid evolution of both the approaches and systems.

Smart Manufacturing Interoperability and Harmonization

Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Big Data, new and old capital equipment – this panel will cover data interoperability and harmonizing new technology introduction to the manufacturing environment as well as applicable standards and approaches for practical affordable implementations of Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing.

Transforming Manufacturing Leveraging Industry 4.0

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The aerospace and defense industry is undergoing a digital transformation as we look to leverage new technologies, implement digital tools, and increase automation to drive efficiencies and reduce cost. This transformation is changing the way we manufacture and produce everything from commercial engines to multispectral targeting systems. There is no question – Industry 4.0 is here and our operational transformation is underway. Raytheon’s Advanced Integration and Manufacturing Center, located in our North Texas facility, is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility using some of the latest Industry 4.0 technologies. Hear how this facility is leading the efforts to transform Raytheon’s digital landscape, modernizing operations using the principles from the CORE operating system focusing on operational excellence.

Attracting and Training the Next Generation Manufacturing Workforce

The manufacturing industry is facing a massive number of unfilled positions and the lack of skilled resources has become an obstacle for manufacturers seeking to implement implementing new technologies and methodologies on the factory floor. Manufacturers are seeking people with the right skills for the advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow and need ways to upskill their current staff for the complex manufacturing process of the future. This panel discusses the challenges and the types of education solutions that organizations are implementing to help close the gap. It is vital that manufacturers and educators act now to grow the next generation of industrial workers.

The Role of SM in Creating a More Productive, Resilient and Data-Driven Enterprise





MEP and the Smart Manufacturing Journey

SMart Manufacturing
15th Anniversary
Award Ceremony

CESMII announced winners in two awards programs Smart Manufacturing Experience. The award programs recognized the guidance of 25 industry leaders who are credited with the origin and creation of smart manufacturing, as well as identifying 16 individuals and project teams that have provided significant advancement in technologies transforming industrial processes.

15 Year Anniversary Award Winners

The 15th Anniversary of Smart Manufacturing award was presented to the following industry pioneers credited with the origin and creation of Smart Manufacturing:

John Bernaden​
Mark Besser
​Maria Burka
​Sujeet Chand
​Jim Davis​
Tom Edgar​
Neal Elliot​
Jerry Gipson​
Bob Graybill ​
Bruce Hamilton​
Howard Harary ​
Peggy Hewitt
​Prakashan Korambath​
Sridhar Kota ​
Haresh Malkani
​Larry Megan​
Michelle Pastel ​
Jim Porter​
Sudarsan Rachuri ​
Mike Sarli​
Pete Sharpe ​
Denise Swink​
Julie Tran​
Jim Wetzel

Innovation Award Winners

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation awards were presented to individuals and project teams that have provided significant advancement in technologies transforming industrial processes. The categories included:

  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Smart Manufacturing Innovation
  • Energy Productivity Innovation
  • Smart Manufacturing Technology Innovation
  • Smart Manufacturing Technology Thought Leader
  • Smart Manufacturing Visionary
  • Project Leadership

Click below view the full list of winners and their contributions.

Department of energy keynote address

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Under Secretary for Science and Innovation at the Department of Energy (DOE). In this role she oversees DOE’s Office of Science, the nation’s largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences, DOE’s applied R&D areas of nuclear, fossil, and renewable energy, and energy system integrity, and the DOE national laboratories and their facilities. Geri welcomed the crowd during the Smart Manufacturing Experience CESMII Member Annual Session, a members-only meeting to discuss the institute’s progress, future plans, and projects outcomes.

The CESMII Annual Member Session presentation is available to all members through the CESMII Knowledge Portal via Confluence.

The cesmii footprint 

CESMII, together with SME, was proud to offer exhibitor discounts and free access to the conference program to all CESMII members. The CESMII Pavilion included a 20′ x 20′ CESMII booth, staffed with representatives from our Smart Manufacturing Innovation Centers (SMICs), six local Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) companies, demos showcasing our SM Marketplace, SM Learning System and a live demo from Amatrol with real-time information feeding to our Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (SMIP). We had over 15 members exhibiting within the CESMII Pavilion and over 50 members speaking in the conference program, Smart Zone Theater and Smart Manufacturing Knowledge Bars.