The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) is a regional program that works through public-private investment to improve the precision, performance and efficiency of US manufacturing. CESMII’s Southeast region is administered by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). The MEP/CESMII Collaborative Pilot Project, led by the California Manufacturing Extension Partnership and joined by NCMEP, is designed to enhance and strengthen the interrelated activities between CESMII and the MEP Center network.

What is “smart manufacturing?”

When we talk about smart manufacturing, we’re talking about using the data that you may already be collecting. If you use equipment sensors, for example, that measure vibration, temperature, speed or pressure on your plant floor, then you may already be on the way to smart manufacturing.

Then, you’ll need to ensure all of that collected data works for you. It’s impossible for human beings to make sense of “big data”—there’s just too much of it. But data analytics software can help you put all of your data to work, by recognizing patterns and predicting events.

Smart manufacturing means fixing problems in real time, too. If conditions change unexpectedly or a failure arises, you know immediately—not hours later, after countless defective products have been made.

Here’s the bottom line: Smart manufacturing gives you superior control over all your processes.

It sounds risky. Technology is always changing!

Right—that’s exactly why you should build a solid foundation for the adoption of future technologies now. As technologies multiply and become much more advanced and more commonplace, you’ll be well-positioned to take advantage of all the benefits that they’ll offer you and your customers.

I’m just not sure if we’re ready. Can you help?

Yes! Our engineers can conduct a readiness assessment at no cost to your company. We’ll use an assessment tool to give you a score that determines how close you are to being able to successfully implement smart manufacturing, and let you know the next steps you need to take in order to reach your goals.

 

Let our experts help you get ready for CESMII.

See our overview flyer or listen to the webinar below for more information. To learn more, please contact Dr. Evelyn Brown, Director, Extension Research and Development, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions, 919-515-9559.