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About Smart Manufacturing Experience

The Smart Manufacturing Experience enables manufacturers to get inspired and educated about emerging technologies that upskill the workforce, improve quality and advance the future of manufacturing.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience is focused on the disruptions transforming manufacturing, including:

  • Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) / Mixed Reality (MR)
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Industrial IoT
  • Workforce Transformation

This is more than an event – it’s an experience.  Participants will be immersed in a world of interactive learning and technology demonstrations. Live presentations, numerous connecting points, and visionary keynotes will deliver unparalleled understanding and know-how. This is a great opportunity for all manufacturers to explore the latest transformative technologies and make valuable connections.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience elevates attendees’ understanding of smart technologies, encourages higher-level thinking, while accelerating the need to explore and implement Industry 4.0.

  • Event Floor – inspires imagination and exploration of the latest smart manufacturing technologies and solutions
  • Networking – opportunities to engage with like-minded professionals who can share success stories and offer guidance on the smart manufacturing journey
  • Keynote Series – insightful presentations, delivered by visionary leaders, that promote higher-level thinking and evoke change
  • Knowledge Bars – small-group discussions on relevant topics designed to let attendees “ask the expert”
  • Education Programs – technology-focused sessions, delivered by industry experts and end users, intended to give an overview of key smart technologies


What is Smart Manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing enables key information about the manufacturing process to be available when it is needed, where it is needed, and how it is needed across the entire manufacturing value-chain to power critical decision making. It is universally seen as the Industrial Revolution that will fundamentally transform the efficiency of today’s manufacturing facilities. Advanced manufacturing technologies are the key components that deliver future profitable business advantages in the manufacturing environment including:

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Energy efficiency
  • Productivity
  • Data integrity
  • Time to market
  • Responsive, decentralized decisions

With the U.S. occupying the 8th position in the top ten list of manufacturing innovation countries*, the time is now for all U.S. manufacturers to embrace smart technologies to ensure the future of their business. Companies that are slow to implement these new technologies and processes could find themselves way behind their competitors.

*Bloomberg’s 2019 Innovation Index


An Event Guided by Industry Experts

The Smart Manufacturing Experience Executive Committee, representing several diverse industries, is driving the development of the event to ensure the event floor, keynotes, conference and other educational content are valuable and relevant to you and deliver the experience you expect. 

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About SME and AMT

SME and AMT have partnered on regional manufacturing events designed to meet the needs of manufacturers in key manufacturing hubs across the U.S. As the leading manufacturing industry organizations producing events, SME and AMT provide regional venues that manufacturing professionals rely on to experience the latest technology and develop business opportunities.

About SME

SME offers resources for manufacturers, promotes advanced manufacturing technologies and works to develop a skilled workforce. We connect the most prestigious, experienced and innovative professionals in the industry. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

About AMT

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.- based manufacturing technology – those who design, build, sell and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Learn more at