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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

Smart Manufacturing Suppliers

Smart Manufacturing Experience provides a unique, hands-on environment in which attendees can discover revolutionary manufacturing technologies in live, interactive exhibits.
Keynotes and Panels

Keynotes and Panels

Hear valuable insights from the industry leaders and disruptors who are shaping the future of manufacturing!


The Smart Manufacturing Experience conference provides diverse technical sessions to choose from and each session offers a unique opportunity for smart manufacturers to meet face-to-face to find innovative solutions to their most difficult manufacturing challenges.


Smart Manufacturing Experience is your opportunity to connect face-to-face with fellow manufacturing professionals, industry speakers, technical experts and solution-providers.
Knowledge Bars

Knowledge Bars

Knowledge Bars are staffed with experts who are eager to help you with your questions and challenges and are included with your show floor pass!


Immerse yourself in innovative processes, materials and best practices for aerospace and defense manufacturing.
Smart Zone Theater

Smart Zone Theater Presentations

Presentations by select event sponsors, covering trends, business cases and opportunities for implementing smart technologies.
Technology Hub

Technology Hub

These insightful, 20-minute presentations with Q&A will bring you up to speed quickly on developments in this ever-changing field. Presentations may be commercial in nature.

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