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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has Started: How Will You Envision and Plan for the Future?

SMART Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Manufacturing is evolving and your business needs to evolve too. The fourth industrial revolution has arrived as manufacturers meld new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) into their business strategies. SMART manufacturing – Sense, Measure, Analyze, Report and Train – will be an integral component of this strategy. 

“Integrated advanced sensors, controls, platforms and modeling makes Smart Manufacturing possible.”

It is estimated that SMART manufacturing will generate $371 billion in net global value over the next four years by streamlining design and manufacturing processes and managing supply chain risks. By not moving forward, you may be leaving your business behind.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a big company to realize the benefits of moving to a SMART manufacturing process. However, in order to be effective, people, processes and technology need to be in balance and working together. Other key components of a SMART manufacturing solution include:

  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Establishing equipment and connectivity needs
  • Structuring information management
  • Quantifying business decision making
  • Developing improved workflows

What if you could predict when machinery will need maintenance? Or figure out why production drops nightly?

With SMART Manufacturing, you can.


Smart Manufacturing empowers businesses to envision and plan for the future by leveraging data and information to facilitate decision making for implementation.

Foundation of equipment & connectivity

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). 

Some Key Statistics About the IIOT


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 The purpose of this assessment is to produce a snapshot of your company’s Smart Manufacturing (SM) status. With the introduction of new technologies and the use of restructured business processes, SM will be the backbone to improve effectiveness and efficiency and spur business growth. 

Once you complete your assessment, it will be analyzed and a customized response will be created for your company.  


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The Regional Approach to Providing Service

Five MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Centers have developed the SMART Manufacturing MEP Network to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers across the nation to assess their SMART readiness and recommend solutions to bridge the gaps.  These centers and their regions are:

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You don’t need to be a big company to realize the benefits of moving to a smarter manufacturing process.

Manufacturing USA
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
The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) is the ninth manufacturing Insitute awarded under the Department of Energy.

Smart Manufacturing (SM) enables all information about the manufacturing process to be available when it is needed, where it is needed, and in the form it is needed across the entire manufacturing value-chain to power smart decisions. Islands of efficiency become interoperable, networked, and resilient solutions to drive transformational manufacturing enterprise performance for any size, level of technical sophistication, or resource availability at lower cost. Learn more about CESMII at
SMART ManufacturingSMART 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:

  • Increase small U.S. manufacturer awareness of CESMII Institute focus areas and resources
  • Ensure the involvement of small U.S. manufacturers in the processes and activities associated with informing and developing the technology roadmap of the CESMII Institute
  • Increase small U.S. manufacturers’ participation in CESMII Institute
  • Support the transition of CESMII technology platform innovations to small U.S. manufacturers for implementation
For more information about the MEP program, please visit: