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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.

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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Getting Started with Cobots... Is Now the Right Time?

Samual Bouchard, CEO, Robotiq & 
Mark Lewandowski, Robotics Innovation Director Procter & Gamble – Global Engineering

Duration: 1 hour | Complimentary Registration

Cobots (collaborative robots) are factory robots that are easier to deploy and that can coexist closer to human workers. They typically offer 6-18 months payback and can be used to automate various manual tasks, proving their value as a tool for factories in the last decade. But does it really make sense to deploy your first one during the current pandemic, considering the uncertainty and extra challenges? The goal of this presentation is to equip you with the right set of guidelines and action list, so you can make that decision for yourself.


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smyth-susan-262x272.jpgDemystifying the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Steve Jones Ph.D, Technical Material and Process Consultant, Steelcase

IIoT expert Steve Jones describes in detail the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), as well as A.I. & Machine Learning and other promising smart technologies for manufacturing’s future. Like with many things in life, it is important to set goals first, the Steelcase executive says. Not sure where to begin with IIoT? Never fear: Jones has the answer.


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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

SMART Event and Industry News

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    February 2, 2021

    A Strategic Approach to Smart Manufacturing

    Businesses need to be using their most important asset, human strategy, when discussing smart manufacturing.
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    January 14, 2021

    Supporting Manufacturers Through the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Tsunami

    The idea of “smarter manufacturing’ – connecting materials, processes, and systems holistically is the special sauce that defines the future of national economic security and resiliency. When stepping back and looking on a global scale, it is clear the next industrial and economic powerhouse will be the country or region that masters smarter manufacturing first. Join Nigel Francis, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, LIFT and learn how connecting materials, processes, systems and talent will drive manufacturing into the future.
  • what is smart manufacturing
    January 6, 2021

    Creating a Successful Smart Manufacturing Environment for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers

    Creating a successful smart manufacturing environment may seem like insurmountable obstacle to small and medium-sized manufacturers. However, with experienced guidance, small and medium-sized manufacturers can use their organizational agility to leapfrog other, slower organizations in creating the manufacturing firm of the future. Join John Lanza, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP as he discusses challenges and solutions to aid in manufacturers Digital Transformations.

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