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Advance Your Manufacturing Smarter and Faster

SMX brings smart technology to you now, when the industry needs insight and ingenuity to respond to global changes. New priorities are emerging along with the need for smart technologies to drive change in the supply chain, product design and productivity. SMX is the forum to advance your manufacturing smarter and faster.
Why Attend?

8 Disruptive Technologies Transforming Manufacturing


Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing


Automation & Robotics




Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning


Data Analytics


Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)


Industrial IoT


Workforce Transformation

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"Manufacturing is incredibly competitive, and if you can't compete in terms of quality and productivity, you're just not going to be able to offer products at the right price and keep up with the changing world." - Rachel Lecrone, Director of Manufacturing Systems, Cummins

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The Best of SMX is a complimentary virtual event. Register early to secure your space.
Experience You Can Trust

Experience You Can Trust

The Best of SMX will be a virtual edition of Smart Manufacturing Experience. This event is produced in partnership with industry associations, leading OEMs and suppliers who know the challenges manufacturers face, as well as the types of enabling technology needed to advance the industry.
Connect and Share

Connect and Share

The Best of SMX will feature thinkers, doers, and decision-makers. You’ll be attending with the industry’s sharpest professionals who do what you do and look forward to networking with you and exchanging ideas.
Discover New Solutions

Discover New Solutions

Connect with technology providers ready to address your specific challenges and provide you with custom solutions. Meet virtually with experts, participate in online consultations, and compare the latest products and services in virtual exhibits.
Tailor Your Learning Experience

Tailor Your Learning Experience

Choose from numerous technical presentations, keynotes, and discussions delivered by industry experts. Customize your experience to include sessions relevant to your role.
Gain Expert Knowledge

Network in a Virtual Environment

Visit virtual networking events, video chat with peers, form virtual matchups with other attendees with similar interest and join group conversations. An immersive networking experience without the concerns of face-to-face interactions.

Event Features


Keynote Series

Attend our keynote presentations in the comfort of your home or office at our virtual event!

Technical Presentations

Join sessions presented by industry experts that focus on our 8 key technologies.

Networking Opportunities

You will have multiple opportunities to interact with fellow attendees and exhibitors, including live chat features, Q&A with speakers, and networking lounges.
"Manufacturers have realized that they need to embrace smart manufacturing and start implementing these technologies to compete in the global marketplace. They are ready to explore and acquire the transformational technologies that can help them collect and manage data, and streamline decision-making."


Eric JohnsonAdopting AM to Drive Organizational Value

Eric M. Johnson, PhD.
Senior Staff Engineer, Advanced Technology and Engineering, Deere & Company

John Deere’s Eric Johnson discusses the company’s additive manufacturing journey—with an eye toward helping small and medium businesses get going in AM. Learn about the early days of getting one of the first AM parts, as well as unrealistic expectations of the technology and how John Deere is creating value with the technology today. Finally, Johnson provides tips on unlocking the value of AM for your business in five key applications. 



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William CraneSupply Chain Risk Management: Enhancing Agility & Profitability to Thrive in a Dynamic World

William Crane, Founder and CEO, IndustryStar

This webinar will provide practical solutions for improving cash flows, reducing fixed costs and empowering your team. William will outline Agile supply chain strategies, tactics and tools that will empower your manufacturing to prosper and win the future.


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SMART Event and Industry News

    September 15, 2020

    Cybersecurity Advice Manufacturers Need to Know Now: Best Practices to Avoid Risks During Covid 19

    Join Jennifer Tisdale, Principal of the Cyber-Physical Systems team at GRIMM, a cybersecurity research and engineering firm, and learn why cybersecurity is an investment in protecting your manufacturing operation that is necessary to protect your digital assets, especially during Covid 19.
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    September 7, 2020

    Is COVID-19 Ushering in the Next Generation of Smart Factories?

    A factory with a skilled workforce, perhaps working side-by-side with collaborative robots, making the most of AI/ML, computer vision and an entire array of data-fueled equipment - a true transformation goes well beyond embracing new technology. To survive in the digital economy, manufacturers need to ensure their investments enable outputs to align with evolving customer expectations.

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Get up-to-speed on disruptive technologies, product launches, and industry innovations with SMX! Read the latest breaking news about Industry 4.0, automation, robotics, AI, cybersecurity, data collection and analytics, additive manufacturing and more.

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