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SMX 2020 Update

Introducing The Best of SMX

The Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX) 2020 was originally scheduled to be co-located with IMTS in Chicago this coming September. As you may have seen, on June 8, 2020, the AMT Board of Directors decided to cancel IMTS 2020 because of the current COVID-19 situation. In light of this decision – which we fully support – SME has decided to continue to support the developers, providers, and users of smart manufacturing technologies by taking the following actions:

  • SME will present The Best of SMX 2020 as a one-day virtual event on October 29, 2020.
  • SMX will also return in 2021 with satellite experiences around North America alongside many of SME’s signature events as the face-to-face business-to-business experience returns in safe and relevant formats that connect the Smart manufacturing industry.


The Best of SMX Virtual Event: Available until January 30, 2021!

Get up-to-speed with smart technologies and learn how to get started. Attend visionary keynotes and technical sessions, explore exhibits, and learn from experts - you'll come away with the knowledge to help your business succeed now and in the future.


Manufacturing is shifting to be smarter and faster as the global landscape changes. The rapid adoption of smart technologies in manufacturing has made this virtual event more important than ever.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX) delivers the tools and resources to help you adapt, learn and grow your supply chain, your products and your most valuable resource – your workforce! The Best of SMX will bring you to forefront on data management, cybersecurity, robotics and many more cloud-based technologies transforming manufacturing today and into the future… virtually!

Learn About the 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


Smart Manufacturing Suppliers

Technology Showcase

Discover the future of manufacturing by immersing yourself in our Technology Showcase. Smart Manufacturing Experience provides an opportunity to engage with technologies that are leading the smart revolution. Discuss your challenges and find the answers that work for you.
Keynote presentation

Keynote Series

Don’t miss your chance to see, hear, and meet leading experts in smart manufacturing. Our thoughtful curated lineup brings together some of the most renowned names in the industry for inspiring keynote presentations.
Smart Manufacturing Theater Presentations

Featured Speaker Presentations

Join us for captivating presentations at the Smart Manufacturing Theater. These sessions will delve into the latest trends, real-world business cases, and opportunities for integrating smart technologies into your operations.
Technology Hub

Tech Hub Presentations

Stay at the forefront of smart manufacturing developments with our Tech Hub Presentations. These insightful, 20-minute presentations with Q&A sessions will bring you up to speed on developments in this ever-changing field. These presentations are offered by a select group of exhibiting sponsors and are included with your event floor registration.
Career Forum Panel Luncheon

Career Forum Panel Luncheon

The Smart Manufacturing Experience Career Development Forum attendees will network and share ideas and experiences. It is an interactive event designed to enhance career development and grow future generations of leaders in digital manufacturing.
Career Forum Workshop Luncheon

Career Forum Workshop

Industry Thought Leader Paul Oldroyd will discuss navigating your career and progression through career stages. It is important to have an understanding of your interpersonal strengths and weaknesses as well as variables that affect your future career trajectory.
Penn State University Digital Foundry Tour

Connect & Innovate: Smart Manufacturing Networking at the Digital Foundry

Join us at the Digital Foundry on Tuesday, June 4 for a night of networking, live demonstration stations in the Digital Learning and Demonstration Lab and a tour of the Digital Foundry, New Kensington. The tour will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts & drinks.
SME + App

2024 Event Guide

In our ongoing effort to “go green”, the official event guide for Smart Manufacturing Experience will now be fully digital! Download the SME+ app now to gain early access to the event guide, bookmark the exhibitors you want to visit, the sessions you want to attend, and the people you would like to meet at the show via the SME+ digital resource. Download the SME+ app now to plan your Smart Manufacturing Experience!

An Event Guided by Industry Experts

The SMX 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. 

View Executive Committee

Smart Manufacturing Community

Manufacturing is rapidly embracing emerging technologies to improve efficiency, reduce lead/downtime and increase competitiveness. The goal of the Smart Manufacturing Community is to bring together experts in these emerging fields with the manufacturing industry to identify industry needs, provide a forum for sharing applications and innovations in smart manufacturing and help establish a roadmap for maturation and adoption of the technology. If you would like to learn more about the Smart Manufacturing Community or become involved, please contact Christine Longroy,, 313.425.3137.


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