Skip to content

Come meet fellow change agents, in City of Bridges

Brett Brune
By Brett Brune Editor in Chief, Smart Manufacturing

Our interviews with the 30 leaders profiled in this issue should give you a taste of what you can learn about at SME’s Smart Manufacturing Experience event June 2-4 in Pennsylvania.

Many of the 30 leaders profiled in this issue will be at the event. And some of them—including NIMS’ Montez King, Fastems LLC’s David Suica, Plex Systems’ Jerry Foster and Ford Motor’s Mike Mikula—will be speaking at the event.

The event is curated by SME and AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology. They are the two largest manufacturing event producers in North America.

You will be intrigued with what’s on tap: artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality, automation and robotics, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, data analytics, Industrial IoT and, of course, workforce transformation.

Smart Manufacturing magazine’s coverage of the 2018 show included recording what Lonnie Love, leader of the manufacturing systems research group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, had to say about young people accepting innovation invitations with alacrity.

Look around and you will see that “society is changing very rapidly,” he said during the panel discussion. “The largest cab company doesn’t own a cab (Uber). The largest hotel chain doesn’t own a bed (Airbnb). Things are changing, and it happens in a matter of years instead of decades now.”

To help with workforce development that will speed the arrival of “truly intelligent” machines, manufacturers can, for starters, back First Robotics teams, which are always looking for sponsors and mentors, Love said. “I like the grassroots approach. What really has to happen is more engagement from industry with the high schools.” (First Robotics is an international youth organization that operates the First Robotics Competition.)

If you are interested in gathering more pearls of wisdom like this, get yourself to Pittsburgh for this idea-generating and problem-solving event.

Related Articles

  • Manufacturing in the Middle of COVID-19 Pandemic
    Manufacturing Management

    Manufacturing Confronts a Long, Hard Slog Because of COVID-19

    April 2, 2020
    Manufacturing faces a long march up a steep hill because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A quick recovery isn't likely.
    By Bill Koenig - Senior Editor, SME Media
  • Tomi Kankainen Chief Digital Officer and Vice President Fastems Oy AB
    Expert Opinion

    From Shop Floor to Ecosystems, Trust is Vital

    April 2, 2020
    For the last few years, many of us in the manufacturing automation field have expressed the need to “build bridges to everywhere” within the context of Industry 4.0. It is a way to describe the capability and the goal of connecting shop floor resources, for example single machines with pallet pools, machines with robotic machine tending, and multi-machine cells and FMSs.
    By Tomi Kankainen - Chief Digital Officer and Vice President, Fastems Oy AB
  • Kord Kozma
    Expert Opinion

    Can Manufacturers Bridge the Skills Gap?

    April 1, 2020
    This article is based on the Workforce Leadership Exchange held at FABTECH 2019 in Chicago. It is the continuation of coverage that began with the Up Front column in Manufacturing Engineering, January 2020.
    By SME Media Staff
  • Latest Videos

  • Connect With SME Media

Always Stay Informed

Receive the latest manufacturing news and technical information by subscribing to our monthly and quarterly magazines, weekly and monthly eNewsletters, and podcast channel.