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Smart Manufacturing Experience 2024 set for June in Pittsburgh

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SME, the nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing technology and fostering manufacturing and engineering talent and capabilities in North America, and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, are bringing the Smart Manufacturing Experience 2024 to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh June 4-5, 2024. The event connects small and medium-sized manufacturers with the technology, people and knowledge to find solutions to adopting smart technology for their businesses.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience focuses on transformative technologies that enable manufacturers to better compete in the digital manufacturing era, including AI and machine learning, data analytics, IIoT/Industry 4.0, cyber security, software/CAD-CAM, automation, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, precision machining, metrology and more.

“Advancing manufacturing in North America is our core mission, and platforms like the Smart Manufacturing Experience are a key component of accomplishing that mission. This event builds on our history of helping the small and medium-sized manufacturers that make up a large component of the industry to understand and adopt the technologies and strategies that will keep them competitive. This is a tremendous opportunity for industry members to interact and learn how smart manufacturing is impacting the world around us,” said Robert “Bob” Willig, SME executive director and CEO.

“This two-day event focuses on technical content presentations and networking opportunities to promote the exchange of knowledge between manufacturing leaders who want to transform their operations and take business performance to the next level,” says Douglas K. Woods, president, AMT. “The rapid evolvement of manufacturing demands that people step outside their daily activities, and the Smart Manufacturing Experience provides them the opportunity to educate themselves on emerging technologies, their practical applications and individuals with technical expertise.”

CESMII – the Smart Manufacturing Institute, and Advanced Manufacturing International, join SME and AMT to host this immersive experience of interactive learning and groundbreaking technology, building on the success of the event in 2022.

Smart Manufacturing Experience 2024 set for June in Pittsburgh to connect small and medium manufacturers with experts in smart technologies
Smart Manufacturing Experience logo.

Since the first event in 2018, the smart manufacturing industry has evolved and expanded, challenging small to medium-sized manufacturers to find trusted resources that will help increase their profitability and competitiveness. To assist these businesses, the 2024 event will bring together leading authorities, enabling technology providers, systems integrators and manufacturing institutes to share knowledge and demonstrate technology to help solve these challenges.

A recent study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology estimated that implementing smart manufacturing processes can reduce product defects by 30% and improve safety and sustainability by 10%. Studies by Deloitte indicate that secure smart manufacturing processes can also lead to a significant reduction in maintenance costs while increasing overall equipment effectiveness.

Manufacturing USA institutes will play a pivotal role during the event in helping to connect manufacturers with solutions. “We have developed a library of case studies that help manufacturers navigate the complex adoption of smart technologies. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to engage directly with our team where we can share this curated knowledge,” said Jillian Kupchella, CESMII communications director.

New to the event this year is CyManII, the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Cybersecurity is a crucial component of keeping businesses protected against threats, particularly in manufacturing, where NIST reported in 2019 that 61% of small businesses have experienced a cyberattack.

“Today, almost all of manufacturing is digitally connected, making operating systems vulnerable to attacks. Most often, small to medium-sized manufacturers simply don’t have the resources to implement cyber solutions into their operations. At this year’s Smart Manufacturing Experience, we will provide information on available cybersecurity training and R&D projects that will help them navigate this challenging environment,” said Steve Laycock, CyManII senior director of strategic engagements.

Attendees can expect to gain valuable information and insights on how to implement new technologies, train employees and enhance competitiveness while reducing costs and improving efficiency through technical presentations and networking with industry leaders.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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