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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


Elevate Your Understanding of Smart Technologies

Keynote Series

Attend visionary keynote presentations in the comfort of your home or office! Gain valuable insights from industry leaders including McKinsey & Company, Ford Motor Company, Stanley Black & Decker, Lockheed Martin, MxD, and more! Keynotes are available until January 30, 2021 in the Auditorium in our virtual environment.

Technical Presentations

Watch technical sessions presented by industry experts that focus on key smart manufacturing technologies. These are available until January 30, 2021 in Classrooms 1 & 2 in our virtual environment!

Interactive Show Floor

The best way to learn about new technologies and products is to explore them with solution-providers. The Best of SMX provides you with the opportunity to explore a virtual interactive show floor where you can view product details and video demonstrations. Browse the show floor until January 30, 2021 to save and send materials, view demonstrations, and learn about our sponsors.

Knowledge Bars

View presentation-free demonstrations and information videos on smart topics. Be sure to stop by each sponsors virtual exhibit in the Exhibit Hall after viewing their Knowledge Bar to learn more about their solutions. Knowledge Bars will be available to view and share until January 30, 2021.
Virtual Event Lobby

Smart Manufacturing Resources

Save, download, and share industry resources that you collect from the Exhibit Hall, SME Zone, Media Resource Center, and education sessions. Keep these valuable resources for months to come to keep up with advancing technology and develop your workforce.

Networking Opportunities

During the live event day only, you will have multiple opportunities to interact with fellow attendees and exhibitors, including live chat features, Q&A with speakers, and networking lounge Tech Talks.

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