Attain Future-proof Business with Smart Manufacturing Experience

SME | April 20, 2022

Smart Manufacturing Experience 2022, a hybrid in-person/livestreamed event, will assist small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in leveraging the power of innovative production technology to boost their bottom line and real-time manufacturing processes.

The event, which is slated for June 7-9, 2022, in Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center, is sponsored by SME, CESMII, AMT, and AMI, which have collaborated on Smart Manufacturing Experience to address the technology needs of SMMs. The sponsors collaborate with industry, academia, and government organizations to promote smart manufacturing operations.

New objectives are emerging, as is the requirement for intelligent technology to drive transformation in the manufacturing ecosystem. Among the critical factors determining SMMs' survival in the coming decade will be their ability to successfully integrate smart and digital technologies as part of their businesses' digital transformation, adjust for the impact of a changing supply chain, and address the manufacturing labor shortage by both recruiting new talent and training existing employees on new technologies.

"If you thought you had time to adopt new technology – the world just told you, you don't, Smart manufacturing is driving change and setting the stage for the manufacturing industry to adapt faster than ever to keep production and our economy going."

Robert Willig, executive director and CEO of SME

"Growth in manufacturing is not only about adoption of technology that is smarter and faster, said Willig, "but it's also about making change when the global landscape shifts. At Smart Manufacturing Experience, you will see first-hand how companies already are making smart changes, training their workforce, and getting great ROI. This event will expose you to eight key smart manufacturing disciplines that will show you the journey from a smart factory to a smart supply chain, and most of all, to a smart workforce, and you'll get to talk with these innovators about their experiences."

Conference Features Multiple Learning Paths
Along with the expo, each day of Smart Manufacturing Experience will showcase cutting-edge smart-technology solutions and provide delegates with multiple learning pathways or tracks. These will include keynote addresses from leading companies in smart manufacturing, workshops focusing on specific technical and business topics, thought-leadership panels featuring key industry experts debating pertinent issues, and 60 conference sessions focused on technology, issues, and solutions relevant to small- to medium-sized businesses.

Keynote addresses:
John Butler, Arconic's vice president of technology and engineering
John Vickers, lead technologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate, and Bob McWard, Raytheon Intelligence & Space's Director of Operations

Panel discussions will address crucial topics in the field of smart manufacturing, including the following:
The Role of Smart Manufacturing in Developing a More Productive, Resilient, and Data-Driven Enterprise Interoperability and Harmonization in Smart Manufacturing

Attracting and Training the Manufacturing Workforce of the Future
A Knowledge Bar will also be on hand at the Smart Manufacturing Experience. These interactive technical courses encourage interaction with the presenters, making the experience more personal.


Standards are essential to accelerating the widespread commercialization of new technologies in the global manufacturing industry. In recent years, government and private-sector partners have made significant investments in strengthening the competitiveness of manufacturing.

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