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Smart Manufacturing Experience Webinar Series

Welcome to the Smart Manufacturing Experience Webinar Series sponsored by SME MEDIA.

Each webinar is designed to provide insight from industry leaders and advance your knowledge of smart manufacturing. These sessions offer expert information, best practices and the latest updates from smart manufacturing thought leaders. View these webinars to get a taste of what you’ll learn by attending the Smart Manufacturing Experience.

Start Small for BIG Innovation

Thursday, October 27, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

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Whether your company is looking at pulling the trigger on new smart equipment, a pivot toward virtual sales & remote service, or discussing grand ideas like Industry 4.0, too many industrial companies are falling prey to the temptation to swing for the innovation fences, attempting to hit an innovation homerun, inevitably striking out. This homerun scenario rarely wins the game. Digital Transformation is a methodical, intentional process of incremental innovations that lead to the big win. This webinar will focus on how tackling bite-sized innovations, many times modifying existing infrastructure, can accomplish your major goals without swinging for the fences and investing in an entirely new system.  We will explore what a digital company looks like and how your company can tackle the Who, What, & How of digital transformation and implement today!

Andy Henderson, PhD 
President of Hendtech LLC and CTO of Praemo Inc.
Hendtech LLC 

Dr. Andrew Henderson is currently the President of Hendtech LLC and CTO of Praemo Inc. He has over 15 years of experience in advanced technology, data acquisition, data analysis, and process and system modeling. Prior to starting Hendtech, he led the technology team at Praemo, overseeing the technology development from concept to product. He has held roles within Fortune 100 industrial companies that spanned from product testing and development to leading projects that transform manufacturing operations with new and advanced technology.

Andy is actively engaged in the research and academic communities. He is currently the Chair of the External Advisory Board for an NSF funded graduate traineeship program at Clemson University called THINKER, a community representative for the Future Of Manufacturing Network: Cyberphysical Systems In Machining And Machine Tools at UNCC, and a member of ASME’s Intelligent Manufacturing Group. Additionally, he is an active member of SME’s Smart Manufacturing Executive Committee.

Andy earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his PhD in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University.

Featured Speaker: 
Andrew Johnson
ShelfAware LLC

Andrew Johnson is an entrepreneur, inventor, and business owner. He is the founder ShelfAware, which is attempting to redefine industrial supply chains by leveraging RFID technology, the internet, and the power of data.

What it Takes to Deploy Machine Learning in Manufacturing

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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This panel of Smart Manufacturing Experts have worked with many manufacturers over multiple years implementing advanced data analysis and machine learning within manufacturing operations. Their collective insights will offer real-life experience and deep discussion covering common problems in manufacturing that data analysis and ML is solving, common pitfalls and ways to mitigate, and keys to successful implementations of data analysis and the opportunities for ML-enabled Continuous Process Improvement.


Paul Boris

Paul Boris has driven digital transformation within industrial and field operations for decades. Starting as a co-op student at General Motors in the assembly division, he’s held P&L responsibility for facilities in virtually all manufacturing modes. Whether transforming a small 50-person investment casting shop as superintendent, crafting and executing SAP’s earliest efforts in the IIoT as a Global Vice President, or as the CIO of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for GE or COO of Vuzix, Boris demonstrated the ability to simplify the complex technology landscape and adoption cycle, delivering results quickly. With deep practical knowledge of Lean principles and Digital Transformation, he’s used this unique blend of skills to deliver the greatest impact in the shortest cycle. Industry X.0 requires leveraging a complex set of technologies and strategies. From Cloud and Edge Computing to Wearables and Augmented Reality (AR) to tools like Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Boris has focused on delivering differentiated solutions to manufacturing and field service operations, with an intense focus on creating sustainable and scalable value. He’s advised many of the world’s largest industrials, and small and mid-sized organization alike. Boris is the CRO and a Board Member of Praemo, a technology company delivering AI for industrial operations. He also serves as a Board Member and Advisor to startups in the advanced robotics, machine learning and the AI space. Paul is often asked to speak on the topics of IIoT, Industry X.0 trends and technologies, as well as digital transformation and organization leadership.



Featured Guest Speaker:
Matthew Krugh, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lab Manager
Clemson University

Matthew Krugh, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Clemson University Automotive Engineering Department, where he teaches the class Digital Manufacturing and Lab Manager with the Clemson Vehicle Assembly Center. His research explores embedded systems and wearable technologies to support production line workers for companies including BMW Manufacturing Co., Magna International Inc., and Samsung Electronics. Project topics include manual/semi-automated assembly; prototyping wearable sensing and feedback mechanisms; measuring and modeling human behaviors; sensing, edge computing, and state estimation strategies for downtime reduction and maintenance strategy planning; and the use of pervasive sensors for machine health and process quality evaluation.



Featured Guest Speaker:
Andy Henderson, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Praemo Inc.

Andy Henderson is the Chief Technology Officer at Praemo. Data acquisition, data analysis, and process modeling have been central to every role Andy had at Caterpillar, during doctoral research, at GE, and at Praemo. He led efforts inside GE to implement data collection and analysis systems in GE internal factories and worked with GE Digital customers to define their needs for digital transformations inside of their factories. He remains a practitioner, applying digital technology within industrial operations, and a zealot for the value that comes from leveraging those technologies.

Workforce Development Support for Smart Manufacturing

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve, employers will need to recruit, hire, and develop a smart manufacturing workforce capable of working with modern cyber-physical systems and embrace data-driven business models.  Previous workforce investments with community partners and internal incumbent employee programs will now need to address a new spectrum of emerging Smart and Cyber job roles. Understanding the important advantages of a Smart Manufacturing business model and the emerging skills and competencies that will be valued by the Smart Manufacturing industry will help employers build the necessary programs and produce the necessary skills for their organization.

Join us Wednesday April 20, 2022, for our live discussion with CESMII and Tooling U-SME for a live panel discussion:

  • What are organizations like CESMII and Tooling U-SME doing to foster awareness and promote the value of Smart Manufacturing?
  • What are some of the unique workforce challenges for Smart Manufacturing workforce transformation?
  • What are some of the new skills and competencies that will be valued by Smart Manufacturing employers?
  • What are some of the tools and programs that will be available for upskilling the incumbent workforce?


Dan Sloan
Strategic Partnerships Director
Tooling U-SME

Dan Sloan brings 30 years’ experience forging strategic relationships between private industry, academia, technology, and service providers for solving manufacturing's most challenging workforce development requirements. Currently serving as Strategic Partnerships Director at Tooling U-SME, Dan’s priorities for accelerating the adoption of cyber physical systems and advances in Smart Manufacturing principles lead him to build and deploy collaborative and scalable solutions for elevating our industry’s labor pipeline, underserved communities, and incumbent workforce.



Featured Guest Speaker:
Conrad Leiva
Director of Ecosystem and Workforce Development

Conrad Leiva is Director of Ecosystem and Workforce Development at CESMII – the Smart Manufacturing Institute ( In his role, Conrad is accelerating manufacturing innovation and Smart Manufacturing adoption through a knowledge-building ecosystem of regional centers, technology partners, and academic institutions. A recognized industry authority, he engages manufacturing business leaders, solution providers, educators and practitioners across all dimensions of industry to develop and share knowledge on both How and Why to leverage information technology in manufacturing. Conrad has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing systems development and implementation and holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 


Featured Guest Speaker:
Lisa Masciantonio
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing
(ARM) Institute

Lisa Masciantonio is the Chief Workforce Officer for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. She joined the ARM Institute in May 2017 as the Director of Membership and Outreach.  She moved to the position of Chief Workforce Officer in 2019 and she is responsible for driving the Education & Workforce Development vision for ARM in conjunction with the ARM membership, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other expert stakeholders.

Lisa brings with her over 25 years of experience as a performance-driven leader with notable success in cultivating and executing business strategies and formulating long-term strategic client relationships.  She has proven success in developing business solutions, commercialization of products, technology transfer, and technological initiatives that have supported organizational growth, improved staff productivity, and increased value to many communities of practice. Critical to her success is the ability to increase awareness and drive thought leadership position by designing and executing innovative programs as well as developing and launching new, value-add offerings for ongoing competitiveness. Lisa received a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and 2 Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. She was selected as one of 20 world-wide Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation by SME.

How to Deploy Digital Solutions to Manage Workflow and Achieve High ROI

Thursday, March 17, 2022
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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Get insight from manufacturing operations leaders about what it takes to create successful digital deployments in manufacturing delivering high return-on-investment (ROI) through efficiencies, traceability and repeatability. The conversation focuses on how to manage the workflow in high-mix manufacturing operations with the aid of technology, how the technology can adapt to existing processes rather than the other way around, and how we can encourage operator acceptance.


Dan Braley
Associate Technical Fellow – Additive Manufacturing Technical Focal & Initiatives Lead
Boeing Global Services

Dan Braley is a Boeing associate technical fellow and the Boeing global services additive manufacturing technical focal and initiatives leader. In this role, he serves sustainment of all Boeing military, commercial, and derivative aircraft platforms through use of additive manufacturing technologies and implementation of advanced composites. Dan has more than 17 years of aerospace program and R&D experience in additive manufacturing, materials and process engineering, composites, electromagnetic product development, and manufacturing technology development. He currently holds 29 patents with dozens more still pending. Dan is also a Certified Additive Manufacturing Technician (CAM-T) through Tooling U-SME.



Featured Guest Speaker:
Andre Wegner
Authentise Inc.

Andre Wegner is the founder and CEO of Authentise, a leader in data-driven process automation software for additive manufacturing. He is also the chair of digital manufacturing at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Andre is a frequent speaker on 3D printing and the digital thread in manufacturing at events such as WIRED, RAPID + TCT, Open Innovations, CES and more. He has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg. Prior to Authentise Andre invested in, and supported capital raises of, companies in Nigeria and India. Andre is a graduate of St. Andrews University (M.A. - UK), ESSEC (M.Sc. - France) and Singularity University (California).



Featured Guest Speaker:
Nick Weeks
Plant Manager
Carpenter Additive

Nick Weeks is the Plant Manager at Carpenter Additive. In his role, Nick oversees the daily operations of Carpenter Additive’s state-of-the-art metal powder manufacturing facility in Liverpool, UK. Nick drives the Carpenter values, ensuring that Carpenter Additive is a ‘Zero Injury Workplace’ that prioritises the safety of all employees on site. Nick ensures operational excellence and inspires the team to action, driving the future of additive manufacturing.

Nick is a Chartered Engineer with the IET and read Engineering with Business Management at Birmingham University. Formerly the Technical Director of Carpenter Additive, Nick has worked in many different roles, building on his experience in aerospace materials and manufacturing from Rolls-Royce PLC in his early career. In recent years, Nick won the IET Sir Henry Royce Young Engineer of the Year Award for outstanding influence in the workplace over the last three years. He has been involved in a variety of technical committees in Singapore and supports the global movement Engineers without Borders.

Nick’s love of engineering is rooted in his desire to be involved in complex problem solving and see his projects move successfully from concept to production. Nick is helping Carpenter Additive to shape today’s world and transform tomorrow with each new industry breakthrough.

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

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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