CESMII, established under UCLA by the Department of Energy, focuses on smart manufacturing and the research and development of technologies and solutions that can capture, share, and process in real-time the increasing amounts of information available at manufacturing facilities.

Their technology roadmap identifies five main focus areas:

  • (1) Advanced sensors
  • (2) Real-time big data analytics and control systems
  • (3) Standardized open software and communication platforms
  • (4) Advanced high fidelity modeling
  • (5) First-of-kind application toolkits for smart manufacturing

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July 26th - Join CESMII for their 2021 Annual Member Conference held in Chicago September 13 – 15. Whether you’re a F500 manufacturer a small manufacturer, you know that Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation are still far too costly and complex. What you’ll see at CESMII’s annual Member Meeting is the outcome of several years of effort, investment, research and innovation – all focused on reducing the cost and complexity of Smart Manufacturing.

Find out more here

June 15th - CESMII Announces NEW Request for Proposals - Up to $4.8M in Funding for Smart Manufacturing Innovation and Research: "CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute™ is driving efficiency and innovation for U.S. manufacturers, through the funding of education, research, and Smart Manufacturing (SM) technology.  We do this through Request for Proposals (RFPs), focusing on priorities defined by our mission, strategy and the institute roadmap.  This RFP allocates up to $4.8M for Workforce Development, Enabling Technology R&D, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (SMIP) capability development and Smart Manufacturing Innovation Projects.

In the area of Workforce Development, proposals are encouraged around the development of micro-credential education for upskilling workers, Smart Manufacturing Learning Systems, and educational apps.

In the area of Enabling Technology R&D, proposals are encouraged that create reusable SM building blocks, (for sensing, control, analytics, modeling) that impact energy and productivity through process optimization, as well as cost effective sensing and sensor integration solutions for legacy equipment."

Read more here

May 6th - Litmus, the Intelligent Edge Computing company, today announced the company has been awarded a contract from CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute. CESMII issued a call for research and development projects to accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing technologies and Litmus was chosen from a list of 28 RFP responses.

The Litmus project, titled, “Machine and Process Health Monitoring,” will connect Litmus Edge software to CNC machines at Bray International, a premier manufacturer of flow control and automation products and accessories. The project has three projected outcomes: create a smart manufacturing profile for a valve manufacturing CNC machine, expose KPIs to optimize Bray International maintenance routines, and expose KPIs to optimize Bray International machine uptime and part quality. 

Read more about the awarded project here

April 19th - CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute™ is excited to add Microsoft to our rapidly growing ranks of partners and members. Interoperability and innovation that can scale are essential for a more competitive and resilient manufacturing environment, and it’s a pleasure to welcome market leaders that embody these values to our Smart Manufacturing (SM) ecosystem. A relentless focus on these values is essential to achieving CESMII’s vision to accelerate the democratization of Smart Manufacturing.

Read more about the new partnership here

January 20th - The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute have agreed to a liaison to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, infrastructure and solutions to deliver transformative business value for manufacturers through digital transformation. The adoption, at scale, of Smart Manufacturing (SM) will truly benefit from the strategic harmonization of reference architectures, testbeds, knowledge, and several key SM technologies, like the SM Innovation Platform, SM Profiles, and the SM Marketplace that these organizations bring to the table.

Read more about the partnership here 

November 8th - DOE Smart Manufacturing Institute Announces New Project Call to Address Manufacturing Challenges

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced up to $4 million in new funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America's manufacturing sector.  To accelerate the adoption of SM technologies, CESMII seeks research and development projects that can apply SM solutions to real-world manufacturing process and operation challenges that enable improved energy productivity, performance, quality and efficiency.

Learn more of the project call details and associated deadlines here

September 18th - Building a More Resilient U.S. Manufacturing Base

National Manufacturing Guard

All 15 Manufacturing USA Institutes have joined forces, creating a decisive set of strategies and recommendations, including calling for the creation of a National Manufacturing Guard designed to ensure a resilient and robust national supply chain and manufacturing base in the future. View upcoming webinars and learn more here

July 10th - Tuesday, CESMII announced four differing project selections totaling up to $1.7 million. These initiatives are poised to advance innovation in smart manufacturing. The selected projects will create educational programs that support smart-manufacturing technologies, processes, and workforce development.

CESMII selected the following projects for negotiations:

  • West Virginia University and Festo Didactic will create new curricula that allow students of diverse educational backgrounds to learn how traditional manufacturing and industrial practices and data-driven analytics are applied in smart-manufacturing systems.
  • Auburn University, Rayonier Advanced Materials and Linde will develop interactive training modules based on smart-manufacturing testbeds and data-enabled engineering projects.
  • University of Texas-El Paso and Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, Paso del Norte will create a smart-manufacturing curriculum and certificate program catering to Hispanic students and expand the smart-manufacturing workforce using existing regional academic, industry, and workforce-development partnerships.
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette) will design and develop an accredited Bachelor of Science degree program in smart manufacturing.

Read more about the projects selected here

July 3rd - CESMII is pleased to announce two (2) Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for institute roadmap projects. These RFPs are the final two waves of CESMII's second round of project requests (RFP2) launched in mid-2019. The areas of interest for these RFP waves will focus on: 

  • improving the core capabilities and addressing gaps in the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (Wave 3); and, 

  • launching a new category of projects, called Innovation Projects, to create solutions to manufacturing problems through the use of CESMII technologies (Wave 4). 

Although submissions have now closed for both of these waves, regard the following page for updates on these waves as well as additional call for proposals. Read more here

CESMII, CEO, recently released a state of the address towards the United States Manufacturing community regarding the role of Smart Manufacturing in the wake of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Read the statement in its entirety here