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Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) to Hold Meeting on

Thursday, October 20, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (registration and coffee 8:00 – 9:00 am)


New Participants Welcome!


It has been more than a year since 60 leading industrial and academic thinkers on advanced manufacturing met as the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) with government leaders in Washington, DC. The resulting report published by the SMLC and the U.S. Department of Energy on June 24, 2011 (see has already generated a great deal of attention, especially since the Obama Administration announced a $500 million initiative on advanced manufacturing also in June. The SMLC steering committee has taken a number of actions, proceeded with detailed planning and developed several major proposals to address the recommendations in the 2010 workshop and respond to the new Administration initiative. These efforts have already involved significant partnerships among the SMLC companies, universities and manufacturing consortia in planning the necessary test beds, coordinating on infrastructure requirements, organizing the applied R&D on the technology and building a community platform. These activities are further underpinned with significant business, technology, infrastructure, workforce/training and applications planning and direction from the SMLC. Of particular note are plans/actions to:

  1. Develop a community smart manufacturing technologies development and deployment platform including an open architecture software development framework
  2. Demonstrate smart manufacturing, outcomes-oriented applications at scale on several industry test beds spanning discrete, batch and continuous manufacturing structures
  3. Establish an industry-driven collaboration with IT suppliers on standards-based data and modeling architecture and infrastructure
  4. Reach out and integrate the requirements of small, medium and large enterprises

The SMLC leadership believes it is an opportune time to bring the Coalition and interested participants together to review the activities, progress and accomplishments of the past year, make plans for the immediate future, and invite new leaders to participate.  A particularly important objective is to hear from existing and new stakeholders on future directions and opportunities and ensure alignment of the SMLC activities. 

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 is being developed, including a discussion of program plans on Smart Manufacturing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a recent NSF funded program to form a Sustainable Manufacturing Advances in Research and Technology (SMART) Coordination Network. Information on the meeting agenda will be kept up-to-date on

Please SAVE THE DATE and RSVP to Heather Yuengling ( On Wednesday, October 19th or Thursday October 20th please go to the AICHE Annual Meeting registration desk to register and pay a nominal meeting participation fee of $100. While you will not need to register for the AIChE Annual meeting (October 16th – 21st), you have the opportunity to do so, because a number of relevant topics will be addressed through the week.  For more information about the AIChE Annual Meeting, including venue and hotel options, please visit