Smart Manufacturing Stories and Case Studies



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This awards program is unlike any other in the industry because ALL submissions get exposure and promotion! But, only the top three stories that get the most downloads from the public will win the grand prize. 

Need help writing your story, refreshing an old story, or just need help filling in your entry answers? 
Contact Pat Panchak ppanchak@roadrunner.comProfessional Technical Writer and Editor, or Ann Krauss



HOW IT WORKS & PERKS: Each and every entry that meets the guidelines will get a public summary page in MESA's Resource Library with a link available for members and nonmembers to download the full story.

Each entry will be promoted to MESA's 20,000+ network of industry professionals throughout eBlasts and social media during the judging term which lasts from June 18th, 2019 - Dec. 31st, 2019 -- almost a full year of promotion! The promotions will be scheduled in the order the entries are received. The 3rd and 2nd place winners will then be determined by the largest number of downloads from the public during the judging term and the first place story will be chosen by MESA leaders.

DATES AND JUDGING PERIOD: Enter your story anytime from now through June 3rd. Then the stories go live on June 18th, 2019 and therefore the judging period starts June 18th and lasts through Dec. 31st, 2019. 

All submissions will be publicly listed on the awards webpage and scheduled out for promotion. MESA will track which resources get the most downloads during the judging period. Submissions can be entered anytime in 2019, but you may miss the largest amount of promotions that happens when the stories go live on June 18th. 

GRAND PRIZE: The top three winners will be interviewed in a MESA webcast which will also be added to the Resource Library. And, winners will enjoy other dedicated promotions sent to our network and media partners.


Estimated time to complete is 20 minutes. Please read the information below before entering your story.

Want to see what questions are asked? Click here to see the entry questions for 2019. Or, view entries from the previous years.  Entry questions mimic the summary pages on most case studies, so copying and pasting from previously written case studies is easy and quick in our completely online entry form. 



A Smart Story entry can be about any topic that describes how IT 

was used to make a smart decision anywhere in the manufacturing value chain.

Topics include PLM, sustainability, automation and controls (as connected to IT), ERP, MES/MOM, Metrics, Smart Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, apps/platforms, and more. Entries can also be about analytics or the use of dashboards so long as data was pulled using Information Technologies. The stories are not limited to plant-floor information, and can include supply chains, direct-to-consumer, agriculture, raw materials, and any other level or stage of the manufacturing value chain.  Any and all industries are encouraged to enter.

Stories should be noncommercial. You may use names of products and solutions only in provided questions of entry form and where necessary. A story is any type of content: video, case study, white paper, article, blog post, etc.



PRICING PER ENTRY: Platinum Keystone Sponsors: $350;  Gold Keystone Sponsors: $400; Premium Members: $450; Basic Members: $500; Nonprofit or Educational Members: $250; Nonmembers: $800

REQUIREMENTS: Before starting the entry form, please have ready a downloadable source of your story, or piece of content, that further explains the summary page. The download could be a PDF, word doc, google doc, video file, URL that hosts the story, etc. The story can be a case study, blog, article, white paper, etc. If you are submitting a video or other type of media, please keep the file size as small as possible because readers will have to download it -- under 25 MB.



Q. What if we miss the submission period but still want to enter? 

A. You can submit anytime during the year but your judging period may be shorter than the others because it will be uploaded in two weeks from the time it is submitted with payment. 

Q. How many entries can we submit, and do the stories have to be from this year? 

A. You can submit an unlimited number of entries from any year. However, only one story can be submitted per entry form.

Q. Who can submit a story, and can we use generic names? 

A. Anyone can submit a story. You can be a solution provider, manufacturer, university, economic development, PR firm, etc. If you are representing a client's story, you can use generic names to keep company names private. e.g. 'Dairy Manufacturer' or '3PL with Freezer Trucks'

Q. What kind of content can we submit? 

A. You can submit any content that we are able to store in our Resource Library. This includes PDFs of articles, blogs, case studies, white papers, books & guidebooks. And, downloadable media like podcasts, webinars, videos, etc. Please see the file size restrictions in 'Requirements' above.

Q. Will our submissions be listed anywhere else? 

A. The Smart Story Awards website page will showcase all the entries on June 18th, 2019. We will promote this page as well as the individual summary pages. Look for #SmartStoryAwards on twitter. Some of our media sponsors will be promoting the webpage, and stories may be written about in their publications with or without an additional interview.

Q. Will the form save my answers?

A. The online form does not allow you to save your work and go back to it at a later time to complete. Please make a copy of your answers while you are entering the data in. The data will be emailed to you only after hitting the submit button at the end of the entry form.

Q. Do all questions have to be answered?

A. Not all questions require an answer. Most of the questions in the form are similar to information presented on case study summary pages. Please fill out as much as you can and are willing to share publicly.

Q. What if we need to edit our summary page information after we submit?

A. You will receive an email after completing the first and second form with a copy of your answers. If there are any edits needed, you can send HQ the edits directly in a reply to that email. HQ will allow only one email of edits per entry. Or, you can wait to be notified when your entry is uploaded into the Resource Library and then you can send one email of edits at that time. Note: Form 2 which is strictly for internal content tagging will not be able to be edited.


Code of Conduct:

(1) All content must be free of overt commercialism. MESA is a group of vendors and end users, and is driven by the end‐user community. This community is not interested in advertisements or claims of superiority by any one company or technology. 

In addition to the above, content cannot include an opinion or recommendation of another member company or potential member company (or their products/software offerings) in any way. This includes negative or positive comments about other companies' capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, etc.  Content should strive for vendor neutrality.

All submitted content must be devoid of any references to political, ethnic, or religious preference.

(2) All information submitted should be true and you give MESA full rights to publish the information you fill out. You grant to MESA the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive rights and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display all content, remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information submitted to MESA.

(3) You will indemnify and hold MESA harmless from all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees and other litigation costs and expenses) incurred by any party associated with MESA as a result of any claims or suits that you (or anyone claiming by, under or through you) may bring against any party associated with MESA. You will recover any losses, liabilities, costs, damages, or expenses which arise during or result from your participation in MESA, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any party associated with MESA.

(4) You will be subscribed to MESA's newsletters. You can opt-out anytime.



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