Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) to Hold Meeting in Minneapolis

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. New participants are welcome!

It has been more than one year since 60 leading industrial and academic thinkers on advanced manufacturing met as the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) in Washington, DC. The resulting report published by the U.S. Department of Energy on June 24, 2011, has already generated a lot of attention, especially since the Obama Administration announced its $500 million initiative on advanced manufacturing in June.

The SMLC steering committee, led by Dr. Jim Davis of UCLA, has carried out a number of actions to follow up on the recommendations of the 2010 workshop and respond to the new Administration initiative, which includes major proposals to the Department of Defense to develop a new software platform for manufacturing and proposals to the Department of Energy to apply smart manufacturing technology to save energy in two industry test beds.

The SMLC leadership believes it is time to bring members of the Coalition together for a meeting to review the activities and accomplishments of the past year, make plans for the immediate future, and invite new leaders to participate. Of course we are always interested in hearing from our stakeholders on future directions and opportunities.

Therefore, we have arranged with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to host a one-day meeting in Minneapolis, MN, on Thursday, October 20th during the AIChE Annual Meeting. An informative program will be developed during the next month, which includes presentations on the platform (ecosystem) for smart manufacturing, an energy "dashboard," vendor cooperative efforts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) planned advanced manufacturing program, and other topics.

To Register for the SMLC meeting, go to the AIChE Annual Meeting registration desk on Wednesday, October 19th or Thursday October 20th to pay the SMLC meeting participation fee of $100.

While you will not need to register for the AIChE Annual meeting (October 16th - 21st), you are encouraged to do so, because a number of relevant topics will be addressed throughout the week.

Event Details:
Date & Time: Thursday October 20th | 8a.m. to 4p.m.
Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Please Save the Date and RSVP for the SMLC meeting to Heather Yuengling.

For information about the AIChE Annual Meeting, including registration, venue information, and hotel options, visit

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