New CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center @ NC State

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CESMII and NC State Launch a New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center on North Carolina State University Campus

Partnership shapes new opportunities for industry and academia to accelerate their digital transformation, IIoT, and Analytics innovation initiatives

Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2020: CESMII - the Smart Manufacturing Institute today announced the launch of its Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  The objective of the SMIC is to link manufacturers, industrial technology vendors, systems integrators and equipment providers with academia, demonstrating and driving research and innovation that scales to all of US manufacturing.  At NC State, pilot plants for biomanufacturing, papermaking, nonwovens textiles, and advanced manufacturing are using Smart Manufacturing tools from CESMII and its nationwide partners.

The SMIC at NC State is a visible proof point of CESMII’s well documented network-of-networks strategy to make Smart Manufacturing readily available and accessible throughout the nation. The SMIC facilities now become available for industry to try innovative Smart Manufacturing solutions and drive their use of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Energy Productivity, Asset Performance Management and so forth.  In its first 45 days this winter, the NC State SMIC successfully demonstrated the integration of a dozen vendor solutions (including: Siemens, Honeywell, Allen Bradley, National Instrument, ABB, DeltaV, Andritz and Sartorius) using the CESMII SM Innovation Platform™.  Avid Solutions of Raleigh, NC, is the strategic Systems Integration partner for this initiative.  A video demonstrating the interoperability of 3rd-party Smart Manufacturing solutions leveraging core CESMII technologies is available here.

The SMIC Director, Professor Yuan-Shin Lee of NC State, comments, “NC State is a ‘Think and Do’ nationally recognized university for research and innovation. With this CESMII partnership, the NC State SMIC will be able to build and sustain a skilled and innovative Smart Manufacturing workforce with expertise in the requisite technology and best practices, and the ability to develop, continuously update, and deploy customizable, interdisciplinary educational training resources and programs. With this partnership, the NC State SMIC will develop a world-class Smart Manufacturing demonstration facility through partnerships with industry and regional and national laboratories for sustainable workforce development and educational training. We are very excited about this new opportunity.“  

CESMII COO, Howard Goldberg, added, “We’re just as excited as the NC State team to make this announcement.  NC State is a valued Education & Workforce Development partner for CESMII and will offer CESMII-sanctioned Smart Manufacturing training and education offerings through the SMIC.  Additionally, the CESMII technology infrastructure connected to the NC State manufacturing assets will demonstrate the openness and interoperability essential to scaling innovation through Smart Manufacturing solutions beyond a limited pilot phase.  We look forward to ending the days of ‘Pilot Purgatory’ which have held industry back for decades by creating and testing solutions at a SMIC and moving them to production environments through the large-scale use of our platform technologies.” 

Additional information about CESMII’s SMIC strategy and plans, including NC State’s capabilities, will be available online in the May timeframe.


About CESMII – the Smart Manufacturing Institute

CESMII is the United States’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, driving cultural and technological transformation and secure industrial technologies as national imperatives.  By enabling frictionless movement of information – raw and contextualized data – between real-time Operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations, CESMII is ensuring the power of information and innovation is at the fingertips of everyone who touches manufacturing.

The Institute is accelerating Smart Manufacturing (SM) adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data (ingestion – contextualization – modeling – analytics), platforms and controls to radically impact manufacturing performance, through measurable improvements in areas such as: Quality, throughput, costs/profitability, safety, asset reliability and energy productivity.  CESMII’s program and administrative home is with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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About North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is a national center for research, teaching and extension. As a land-grant state university, we share the distinctive characteristics of these institutions: broad academic offerings, an emphasis on public service, national and international activities and large-scale research and extension programs. Our extensive research activities and a network of public and private partnerships consistently earn NC State a spot as one of the nation's top research universities. We are also a leader within the academic community in terms of industry-sponsored research, licensing revenues and number of patents granted. NC State ranks second nationally in state and local government-sponsored research, and we are fourth in the nation when it comes to the number of new companies created as a result of original research. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina and one of 16 institutions constituting the multi-campus University of North Carolina system.



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