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Seeking Common Ground

Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing

We are seeking to understand the state of Smart Manufacturing. So far, MESA has been examining where there is agreement and disagreement on terminology, what initiatives are linked, what is challenging, and how companies are working through those.

Find out what not-for-profit association Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International (MESA) has learned already from its research and Community Group meetings.

  • Accelerating progress toward Smart Manufacturing: MESA and the Community
  • What we’ve learned so far: Research data and discussion points
  • Expectations and Ground Rules for the workshop
  • How to stay involved in the Community

The workshop will break into sub-groups for interactive breakouts on the following topics:

  • Big Data and Analytics 
  • The Role of MES in Smart Manufacturing
  • Smart Factory and IIoT
  • Digital Thread / Digital Twin
  • Smart Connected Supply Chain

Big Data and Analytics 

Smart Manufacturers know big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are important. Companies need ways to determine where and how to apply each of these for best business benefit. This group is examining what is working to move from where companies are today with backward-looking reporting to a more insightful and predictive approach.

  • How are big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning related and different?
  • What are the levels of maturity moving from reporting and KPIs to correlation to prediction?
  • How do you determine what data to collect, and what you need for better outcomes?
  • What are the pitfalls of analytics not matching up with what operations most needs.
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