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Smart Manufacturing Experience Helps Manufacturers Adopt Advanced Technologies, Secure the Future for Their Businesses

Integrating knowledge, technology, and business into smart manufacturing outcomes

Robert Willig, Executive Director & CEO of SME

(SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 19, 2022)Smart Manufacturing Experience 2022, a hybrid in-person/livestreamed event, will help small to medium manufacturers (SMMs) leverage the power of advanced manufacturing technologies to improve their bottom line and advance their manufacturing operations in real-time. 

The event, scheduled for June 7-9, 2022, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, is sponsored by SME, CESMII, AMT and AMI, which have partnered for Smart Manufacturing Experience to meet the technology needs of SMMs. The sponsors work in collaboration with industry, academia and government agencies to bring solutions that drive the advancement of smart manufacturing operations. 

New priorities are emerging along with the need for smart technologies to drive changes in the manufacturing ecosystem. Among the key factors for SMMs’ survival in the coming decade will be successfully integrating smart and digital technologies as part of their businesses’ digital transformation, adjusting for the impact of a changing supply chain, and successfully addressing the manufacturing labor shortage through both attracting new talent and training existing workers on new technologies.

“If you thought you had time to adopt new technology – the world just told you, you don’t,” said Robert Willig, executive director and CEO of SME.  “Smart manufacturing is driving change and setting the stage for the manufacturing industry to adapt faster than ever to keep production and our economy going.” 

“Growth in manufacturing is not only about adoption of technology that is smarter and faster, said Willig, “but it’s also about making change when the global landscape shifts. At Smart Manufacturing Experience, you will see first-hand how companies already are making smart changes, training their workforce, and getting great ROI. This event will expose you to eight key smart manufacturing disciplines that will show you the journey from a smart factory to a smart supply chain, and most of all, to a smart workforce, and you’ll get to talk with these innovators about their experiences.”

Conference Features Multiple Learning Paths

In addition to the exhibition, each day of Smart Manufacturing Experience will feature leading smart-technology solutions and will offer multiple learning paths or tracks to attendees. These will include keynote addresses chosen from among smart manufacturing’s leading companies, workshops that provide detailed focus on technical and business topics, thought-leadership panels with key industry experts debating relevant issues, and 60 conference sessions about technology, issues and solutions that make sense for small- to medium-sized businesses. 

Keynote addresses include:

  • John Butler, vice president, Technology & Engineering for Arconic
  • John Vickers, principal technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and
  • Bob McWard, Director of Operations, Raytheon Intelligence & Space 
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Featured panel discussions will address critical issues in the Smart Manufacturing space, including:

  • The Role of Smart Manufacturing in Creating a More Productive, Resilient and Data-Driven Enterprise
  • Smart Manufacturing Interoperability and Harmonization
  • Attracting and Training the Next Generation Manufacturing Workforce 

knowledge-bar_768x432.jpgAlso present at Smart Manufacturing Experience will be a Knowledge Bar. These interactive technical sessions encourage dialog with the presenters for a more personal experience. 

Follow Smart Manufacturing Experience

Follow Smart Manufacturing Experience by visiting the Smart Manufacturing Experience website. The event also is on social media on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @SmartMfgExp. 

For registration information, visit the Smart Manufacturing Experience Registration page. 

To become an exhibitor or sponsor for the event, visit the Exhibitor / Sponsor Inquiry page. 

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 

About AMI

Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the digital transformation of small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) with simple, secure, and ultra-low-cost solutions. AMI is led by industry veterans with decades of experience in delivering production level, smart, digital solutions, and cultural transformations to manufacturing—all without breaking the bank. AMI is a subsidiary of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) and is based in Clearwater, Fla. 


CESMII is the United States’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, driving cultural and technological transformation and secure industrial technologies as national imperatives. By enabling frictionless movement of information between real-time Operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations, CESMII is impacting manufacturing performance through measurable improvements in areas such as: quality, throughput, costs/profitability, safety, asset reliability and energy productivity.