The foundation for equipment and connectivity is the ability of connecting equipment to the internet with the ability to turn it on or off. This is also known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).
Five MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Centers have developed the Smart Manufacturing (SM) MEP Network to help small and medium-sized manufacturers across the nation to assess their SM readiness and recommend solutions to bridge the gaps. These centers and their regions are:
Manufacturing USA brings together industry, academia and federal partners within a growing network of advanced manufacturing institutes to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing R&D infrastructure. Learn more about Manufacturing USA at https://www.manufacturingusa.com.
The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (
Smart Manufacturing (SM) enables all information about the manufacturing process to be available when it is needed, where it is needed, and in the
SMART manufacturing unlocks real-time data currently inaccessible or unused through new technology tools that realize benefits faster across the manufacturing enterprise. It is funded through the NIST MEP program and consists of five Regional Manufacturing Centers across the United States.The business improvements vary depending on the manufacturer and their goals and strategies, examples include; customer satisfaction, energy efficiency, productivity, safety and time to market. Ultimately, Smart Manufacturing becomes the sustainable engine that delivers profitable business in the manufacturing environment enabling expansion and growth. It's role within CESMII is to:
For more information about the MEP program, please visit: https://www.nist.gov/mep.