Smart Manufacturing Technologies (SM Profiles)


The major problem with adopting Industry 4.0 technologies is that we are still configuring them with Industry 3.0 techniques.  If we want to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) applicaitons, or leverage Machine Learning (ML) technologies, or just want a performance dashboard, we still need to map those solutions to our existing variables.  Even if variables are centralized into a unified namespace and organized through ISA s-95 standards, they still lack the standardization for other than human integration.  Yes, some improvements are on the horizon for variable name standardization, but our world is filled with legacy systems and we need solutions that can “Add Context”.  And, that context needs to include much more than just TagName standardization.  We need to know how to access data from our different systems (Binding Information) and we need to now the “Intent” of the variable, the “Type” of a variable, ideally accessible through a query interface for automated application use.  That ability to add context is precisely the purpose of the CESMII Smart Manufacturing (SM) Profile.

SM Profiles

SM Profiles are an innovative way of representing data in structured information models that provide the ability to move “data-in-context” from source to consumption, and between components that consume the data to provide a solution. Developers and end-users will adapt or customize the information model with constructs that are specific to a particular domain, platform or application. In other words, a profile is a digital extension mechanism to seamlessly connect, collect, analyze and act at the edge, the cloud and in the Apps that connect to the SM Innovation Platform.

Profiles will be crowd sourced from industry.  Machine Builders, System Integrators, Product Vendors in all shapes and sizes and even you, whoever you are, will be able to create profiles and submit them to the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Marketplace, for others to download and use in their systems.  Learn More About the SM Marketplace

SM Profile Concept

Information & Resources


  • A Vision for the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (video) – Watch Now
  • CESMII Self-Serve Smart Manufacturing (video) – Watch Now

Project Resources

  • Annual Meeting 2020 Keynote: SM Innovation Platform Overview (video) – Watch Now
  • Demo: SM Innovation Platform CTP R1 (video) – Watch Now

Development Resources

  • Expression and Application of Smart Manufacturing Profiles (pdf) – Download
  • Understanding the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform V.03 (pdf) – Download
  • Redistributable Type Definitions, An Analogy (Word doc) – Download
  • Smart Manufacturing Profiles (Word doc – Github Doc) – Download

By enabling frictionless movement of information – raw and contextualized data – between real-time Operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations, CESMII is ensuring the power of information and innovation is at the fingertips of everyone who touches manufacturing.


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