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.
Become a Sponsor

Special offer

Current Sponsor: 

Analytics & Big Data

Is This the Year of DataOps? “We predict that 2019 will be the year that data is recognized as a key business driver… organizations will become data-driven and data-first. This shift will also give rise to DataOps…” Do you agree with this assessment? Are you seeing organizations you work with/for now driving decisions solely using big data? Roundtable discussion.

June 26
11:00am ET

Smart Connected Supply Chain

Planning for New Technologies. Whether it’s Machine learning and AI for forecasting; IIoT for materials, container and shipment tracking; or collaboration technology between trading partners the planning process must involve ensuring the strategy, engagement, infrastructure and technology is all part of the plan. Given how much you don’t know, it’s also important the approach can change is you go and learn.

July 10
11:00am ET

Digital Twin/Digital Thread

Bridging the IT/OT Divide for Models and Flows. One of the current large questions is the architecture for digital twin and digital thread. Some of this is compounded because both operation and information technology feed into the digital twin models as well as the data flows of the digital thread. Explore key factors such as cross-discipline planning and collaboration, common definitions, creating IT triggers for OT data, ensuring there is context for OT data, blending systems and capabilities from various vintages.

July 24
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