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: 

Digital Thread/ Digital Twin

Connecting the Data Dots Can we get beyond Cumbersome Integration of data? Will digital twin models help extract appropriate data? How will various departments and stages of the lifecycle interact?

May 1
11:00am ET

Smart Manufacturing
All groups together discuss the results of the workshop conducted April 1 at the conference in Pittsburgh. More details to follow in April!

May 15
11:00am ET

MES and Its Role in Smart Manufacturing 

Drivers in the Age of Digital Transformation. Are users driven by new or different needs than in the past (i.e., production optimization, inventory—the MESA 11 factors for MES)?  What’s new or different that causes you to have to rethink why and how MES?

May 29
11:00am ET

Smart Connected Factory

Cross-discipline Education How Much Is Enough? We want people in other disciplines (think: OT, IT, Fa, Customer Service, and so on) to understand what we do, so that they will accept change and make transitioning from one process or procedure less difficult. They say that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”, so how much education, cross-training, or just plain empathy, is enough? 

June 12
11:00am ET

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?

June 26
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