MESA at Industry of Things World Events

Event:Industry of Things World 2018 USA EAST November 14-16, 2018
Location:Orlando, FL
Wednesday, Nov 14th 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM  MESA is hosting an Industrial IoT Bootcamp

Wednesday, Nov 14th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

By the end of last century, we thought we had lost manufacturing. It was old, smelly, and looked like a dinosaur just waiting to die. But Smart Manufacturing holds the potential to transform manufacturing back into an economic powerhouse.

Unlike earlier technology, Smart Manufacturing is fundamentally transforming how manufacturing companies compete. These new connected technologies increase speed, agility, and flexibility throughout a company’s value chain.

With Smart Manufacturing strategies, companies gain powerful capabilities to drive competitive advantage. Factories cut costs, reduce time-to-delivery, and increase order accuracy. With the right leadership, businesses will capture market share, enter new markets, and boost margins.

The Smart Manufacturing Roadmap from MESA International provides manufacturing companies with a guide for their Smart Manufacturing journey and a framework for building detailed plans to achieve their Smart Manufacturing goals.

Join us in this workshop as we explore the details of the Smart Manufacturing Roadmap:

  • Business Strategy
  • Empowered Teams
  • Streamlined Processes
  • Connective Technologies
  • Connected Things (IIoT)
Wednesday, Nov 14th 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Coffee and Networking Break)
We are seeking to understand the state of Smart Manufacturing. So far, MESA has been examining where there is agreement and disagreement on terminology, what initiatives are linked, what is challenging, and how companies are working through those. Find out what not-for-profit association Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International (MESA) has learned already from its research and Community Group meetings.

  • Accelerating progress toward Smart Manufacturing: MESA and the Community
  • What we’ve learned so far: Research data and discussion points
  • Expectations and Ground Rules for the workshop
  • How to stay involved in the Community
Breakouts During Part 2 Workshop:

Breakout 1: Big Data and Analytics
Smart Manufacturers know big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are important. Companies need ways to determine where and how to apply each of these for best business benefit. This group is examining what is working to move from where companies are today with backward-looking reporting to a more insightful and predictive approach.

  • How are big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning related and different?
  • What are the levels of maturity moving from reporting and KPIs to correlation to prediction?
  • How do you determine what data to collect, and what you need for better outcomes?
  • What are the pitfalls of analytics not matching up with what operations most needs?
Breakout 2: The Role of MES in Smart Manufacturing
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been a mainstay for larger companies’ production IT. With the radical changes envisioned around Smart Manufacturing, this group is examining how the MES footprint is adapting. We will explore what future MES needs to be to support Smart Manufacturing initiatives and handle the decentralized data from IoT and integration to enterprise systems and value chain.

  • What will MES need to do to support Smart Manufacturing?
  • What are different options for MES and function-role-specific apps or bots in the future plant?
  • How do you handle master data management in a distributed data collection environment with data lakes, MES, analytics and enterprise systems?
  • How will MES and IIoT platforms interact? What are the proper roles?
Breakout 3: Smart Factory and IIoT
Plants can no longer succeed if the flow of information doesn’t match up with the production process. This group examines how companies can move facilities from their current state to one where everything in the production operation is coherent and data is shared effectively. Participants will share their views on new production technologies and how to leverage them successfully.

  • Why Does IIoT Matter? What are the drivers? What about other key technologies like robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality?
  • What is the pathway to Smart Manufacturing for those with few minimal machine intelligence and connectivity today?
  • How will smart products or containers and smart machines or lines interact effectively?
  • How to architect data flows and connectivity effectively and at a reasonable cost?
Breakout 4: Digital Thread / Digital Twin
These are the mechanism to ensure product and asset information is updated throughout its lifecycle. This group is helping clarify what companies are pursuing under these initiatives and what’s needed for Smart Manufacturing. We are examining whether the business case is strong enough, and the approaches spelled out well enough that companies are getting closer to smooth communication and up-to-date digital twin data.

  • How do digital twin and digital thread play together, and can one succeed without the other?
  • Where are the current gaps in the digital thread and digital twin vision for different industries?
  • What are the constraints today on ensuring data from all phases of the lifecycle are available in the digital thread?
  • What role will digital twins play in ensuring the digital thread goes through the entire set of value chain partners?
Breakout 5: Smart Connected Supply Chain 
No company is an island. Increasingly, multiple tiers of suppliers, distributors, customers and other partners must be a part of the digital fabric of every company. The question is how to coordinate and synchronize the smart activities in both internal and external segments of the value network. We will examine ways to increase the visibility and agility both inside each plant and across this entire end-to-end ecosystem.

  • How can we gain visibility across the supply chain for faster, more nimble production?
  • What are partners demanding and how can producers ensure they also get what they need?
  • When you don’t control the IT or the IP, how can you ensure partner data is correct and safe?
  • What groundwork are companies laying to increase the nimbleness and transparency of their supply chain?

Wednesday, November 14th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Icebreaker Roundtable #3: Solving Modern Manufacturing Contradictions 
Should we be global or local, standardized or customized, and what role will Industrial IoT technology play in the future?

Friday, November 16th 11:15 AM to 4PM 

There’s many different reasons why a Smart Manufacturing project can fail. It can go over budget, go behind schedule, not be accepted by the end users, be too complicated, or simply not work as advertised.

But there’s only one way a Smart Manufacturing project can be successful. And that if it adds real value to the manufacturing company. The value may be found in increased capabilities such as increased consistency, increased productivity, increased flexibility, or increased agility. Or the value may be found in reduced costs such as reduced labor costs, reduced material costs, reduced energy costs, or lower levels of rework and waste.

And, for a Smart Manufacturing project to be successful, it has to be about more than just the technology. It can’t be just a technology project. It has to be about delivering real benefits to the company.

Even if a Smart Manufacturing project comes in under budget, ahead of schedule, and has the newest and coolest technology on the market, if it doesn’t deliver real value to the company, it is a failure.

Join us in the World Café as we discuss many different techniques for finding payback for Smart Manufacturing projects:

  • Providing significant new capabilities and processes
  • Reducing capital costs and reducing operating costs
  • Empowering teams and improving decision-making
  • Creating new and better ways of doing business
  • Metrics and measuring both tangible and intangible payback

The MESA Community gets special discounts, click here or use code MESA2018 at registration:

MESA Reps: 
John Clemons, Executive Committee
Julie Fraser, Smart Manufacturing Community
Garrett Clemons, Marketing Committee
Tim Gellner, Smart Manufacturing Community
Amy Campbell, Marketing Committee

Contact John Clemons, MESA Marketing Committee Chair, to signup to attend or help MESA at any events: 

Visit MESA's Booth - Open During All Exhibit Hours
Ask experts your questions about using IT in Manufacturing
Read Peer-Reviewed Research Papers
Get Insights On Education Programs 

Event:The Future of AI in Manufacturing Survey

The global GDP is predicted to grow 14 percent – the equivalent of .7 trillion – by 2030 as a result of AI, with increased labor productivity and customer demand being the most impactful business outcomes. 

Take this survey to get an overview of the state of AI in manufacturing and why it is crucial for understanding what is right for your business.

Save the dates:

San Diego    3/6 – 3/8, 2019
Singapore    7/10 – 7/12, 2019
Berlin          September 2019

MESA will be hosting:
  • 2-hr Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Workshop
  • 2-hr Smart Manufacturing Community Workshop
  • World CafĂ© Table – The ROI of Smart Manufacturing
  • Ice Breaker Sessions – Solving Modern Manufacturing Contradictions
  • Booth
Contact John Clemons, MESA Marketing Committee Chair, to signup to attend or help MESA at any events: