Smart Manufacturing Community

Included Activities

The program 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.
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Details will be sent to anyone who joins the community. 

After this first session, most meetings will be for a topic-focused Group, covering a hot issue in that area. There will be 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. Join the Community to be notified of the next meeting.
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Smart Connected Supply Chain

Moving Supply Chain Processes into the Future
The very complex, multi-company often global nature of supply chain processes may make them challenging to improve, let alone transform. Can we get beyond manual work and document-style transactions to more transformative process changes? How can companies adapt to trading partners’ demands and streamline their own processes at the same time? Can we get to comprehensive, cyber-secure track and trace through the network?

September 18
11:00am ET

Digital Thread/Digital Twin

Finding a Starting Point
Digital thread and digital twin are big concepts, and building to large data structures. Is data from across the product lifecycle a good start for digital thread in most cases? Have you connected multiple models of the same asset for different Digital Twin use cases?

October 2
11:00am ET

MES and its Role in Smart Manufacturing

MES Decision Points 
When do you decide to look at MES?

October 16
11:00am ET


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: Download the recording here. Featuring industry executives who helped guide our first
face-to-face community discussions in a workshop. 

Smart Manufacturing Project Case Stories

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.


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 Survey

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.

Additional on-line research planned for late in 2018.

Get social with us: Join us on MESA's LinkedIn Group for public discussion

Want to talk about it? Please email