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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Digital Thread/Twin 

Education and Experience in Early Going. Explanations and examples of Digital Thread and Digital Twin. Many companies have pushed for coherent data flows and models of products and processes, but these new concepts go beyond. We will invite some companies that can 
talk about  what they have learned and how they got the team educated enough to succeed.

11:00am ET 

MES and its Role in Smart Manufacturing

MES and ROI: What defines success? Can it be measured? Or is it something else?

March 6
11:00am ET

Smart Connected Factory

Real-time Mission-Critical and Other Data Flows With the distinction in our plants between flows for the actual control of the production process in real-time and all other smart factory processes, we need to delineate. Question is, how to appropriately draw lines and make decisions? These include cloud vs. on-premise, network approach, security, etc.

March 20
11:00am ET

Analytics & Big Data

What’s the Urgency? Analytics and Big Data have been around for many years now. What is the one thing that you think is lacking that would make it a necessity for most companies?

April 3
11:00am ET

Smart Connected Supply Chain

Simplifying Smart Transactions between Trading Partners: What will it take to change the mindset? What tools and platforms have companies used to date? What does multi-enterprise trust entail?

April 17
11:00am ET

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


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