Included Activities
SMCG includes community discussions, conducting research, hosted webinars, and creating new content both on hot topics and stories about what’s working and what’s still to be resolved on the Smart Manufacturing journey.

Online Meetings
There is a topic and a facilitator for each meeting, and Community members will discuss their learnings, questions, concerns, and successes in a safe, non-commercial environment.  Details will be sent to anyone who joins. View all dates.

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Smart Connected Supply Chain

Global Planning and Logistics: How Autonomous?
Part of Smart is using distributed intelligence for more automated decisions. How far can we go cross-site & partners?

Feb. 19
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Digital Thread/Digital Twin

Building Broader Conceptual Models for Data

Building digital threads or twins requires some data modeling. Are today’s models and systems a sound basis?

March 4
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MES and its Role in Smart Manufacturing

Next Generation MES: What About the People?
There’s a lot written about “Next Gen’ MES for Industry 4.0, including IIoT connectivity, big data handling, digital twins, and of course enhanced integration.  But what about the people? How can MES make them more productive, and a stronger resource to merging digital and physical worlds?

March 18
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Smart Connected Factory 

Selling The Smart Connected Factory
What strategies work to sell smart manufacturing to all stakeholders? Do you start with one area, one level, or with a new part of the business? What has and has not worked?

April 1
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Analytics & Big Data

Is Data an Asset?
Studies have shown that 87% of organizations feel that data is an asset, but only 25% feel prepared to use it.  What needs to be done to transform big data to become an asset? How can we as a community help?

April 15
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Smart Manufacturing: Continuous Improvement or Strategic Transformation is a lively session with executives from three diverse
manufacturing companies, view it here

Tips on Starting the Smart Manufacturing Journey: Featuring industry executives who helped guide our first face-to-face community discussions in a workshop. Download the recording here

Smart Manufacturing Project Case Stories
Case Studies Smart Manufacturing
We will be gathering and publishing stories about the projects manufacturers and producers have implemented on their journey
to smart manufacturing. Our goal is to publish 50 of these stories so that community members can learn from other production
companies and share those easily. When we find trends we may also create topic-focused papers based on these and the
community discussions. Share my story.

Workshops Smart ManufacturingWorkshops

Our first workshop had over 100 participants at the 2018 MESA North American / IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology
Conference. This started the new topic-focused community discussions described above. 

We plan additional workshops at events worldwide. Community members will be instrumental in ensuring workshops include
your peers, suppliers, customers, and partners.

Online Surveys Smart ManufacturingOnline Surveys
Results of our first survey show that most manufacturers have already implemented at least one Smart Manufacturing initiative,
and that the Senior Executives are typically involved. Download the report.

Social Media 

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