MESA International's 2018 North American Conference:

Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing

This is the event to attend to go beyond the hype about Smart Manufacturing and gain unprecedented access to information, forums, peers and domain experts – all focused on getting value and establishing common ground in Smart Manufacturing.

Why seek common ground? Because Smart Manufacturing is equal parts smart technologies and smart people. Manufacturers must ensure modern technology advancements are tied to real-world problems and deliver real-world business value. The only way to do that is to be part of the discussion.

Join the MESA Community and the IndustryWeek "M&T Crowd" to network, share and learn!

MESA International's 2018 Co-located Content

Tuesday, May 8
MESA Workshop

MESA hosts a special half-day workshop designed to help manufacturers understand the key concepts in Smart Manufacturing, as new technologies transform manufacturing supply chains, production and customer relationships. Threaded throughout the workshop, new research findings on Smart Manufacturing will be shared and analyzed through interactive, peer discussion.

Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Help us clear the air on Smart Manufacturing drivers, benefits and building blocks. Start with a reveal of the current ideas from your peers, based on a recent industry survey conducted jointly by IndustryWeek and MESA International. This session promises to uncover both common ground and controversy among Smart Manufacturing initiatives, priorities and tactics.

The session will break into sub-groups for interactive workshops on the following topics:

  • Smart Connect Factory: IIoT, Smart Machines, Robotics, Augmented Reality
  • Analytics: Predictive and Prescriptive, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • MES/MOM: It's role in Smart Manufacturing
  • Enabling New Business Models: Product-as-Service, Mass Customization, IoT Data Services, On-demand 3D printing

Learn and gain new ideas that you can put into action right away. Come ready to participate and network in this new community of peers that will support you through your Smart Manufacturing journey.

Workshop Leaders:
Conrad Leiva, VP Product Strategy and Alliances, iBASEt and Chairman, Smart Manufacturing Working Group, MESA International
Julie Fraser, Founder, Present Source; Principal, Iyno Advisors; and Lead Researcher, MESA International

To register simply select this workshop during the registration process; selection title: MESA Workshop: Seeking Common Ground.

Wednesday, May 9
Thursday, May 10
MESA's Smart Manufacturing Track

This year's track takes the session attendees through the natural progression, a journey if you will, of Smart Manufacturing drivers and building blocks. Industry experts and manufacturing leaders present case studies that illustrate best practices throughout the journey.

The Journey is outlined as follows:

See Full Schedule for day and time details.

Why co-locate with IndustryWeek's Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Expo?

IndustryWeek's focus on helping manufacturers improve their businesses aligns closely with MESA's mission. MESA's expertise is leveraging advanced IT-based solutions to give manufacturers a sustainable competitive advantage.

About Fix Event

MESA's Fix Event consults enable M&T attendees to maximize their experience and, in most instances, receive answers and guidance toward solving their challenging issues upon return to their facility. Located on the expo floor adjacent to the AR/VR Hub, MESA will post Smart Manufacturing domain and subject matter experts free of charge to attendees, to enable a more personalized meeting experience to all who attend the conference.

More on MESA

MESA's expertise is helping teach manufacturers how to leverage IT-based solutions to give them and their suppliers a sustainable competitive advantage. Collectively, this enhances your opportunities.

Whatever questions you have about Cloud, IIoT, Smart Manufacturing, PLM, B2MML, Cybersecurity and many other related topics --know that you can Ask MESA.

Our Working Groups, subject matter expertise and educational materials are non-commercial and aimed at sharing best practices to raise the knowledge baseline for all. Take a look at our Resource Library and Education Programs at

Join us this year at IndustryWeek's Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Expo where we will be presenting the latest research on Smart Manufacturing, answering any and all of your systems questions, and strengthening your understanding of trends, strategies and modern technical solutions.

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