SMART MANUFACTURING - By The Smart Manufacturing Institute

The place for guidance and information on Smart Manufacturing innovation

Smart Manufacturing

CESMII’s mission is to democratize Smart Manufacturing innovation for the masses, the small and medium manufacturers that make up 98% of the market. The first step in that journey is to provide a clear understanding of the target vision. While other definitions have focused on leveraging specific technologies for a digital transformation. The CESMII ecosystem is putting the focus on the key principles and standard practices that enable the vision.”

Smart Manufacturing Definition


Smart Manufacturing is the information-driven, event-driven, efficient and collaborative orchestration of business, physical and digital processes within plants, factories and across the entire value chain. ​

In Smart Manufacturing, resources and processes are integrated, monitored, and continuously evaluated with the sensing, information, process modeling, predictive analytics, and workflow needed to automate routine actions, and prescribe action for non-routine situations. ​

In Smart Manufacturing, organizations, people and technology work in synergy via processes and technology-based solutions that are secure​, scalable​, flat & real-time​, open & interoperable​, proactive & semi-autonomous​, orchestrated & resilient​, and sustainable​.

Smart Manufacturing is transformational, radically impacting the performance of the manufacturing ecosystem through measurable improvements in areas such as: speed, agility, quality, throughput, costs/profitability, safety, asset reliability and energy productivity. ​ Consequently, improving profitability which in turn accelerates investments in innovation.


This Smart Manufacturing definition is for all to use, however we would prefer to have attribution -  "by CESMII - The Smart Manufacturing Institute"


Smart Manufacturing Imperatives


#1. Secure

Smart Manufacturing provides broad, secure connectivity among devices, processes, people, and businesses in the ecosystem, securing data integrity, protecting intellectual property, shielding against cyberattacks, and maintaining business continuity with minimal impact to performance of the overall network of networks. Security starts with identity verification schemes for every “thing” in the ecosystem, implementing schemes for access control, data traffic monitoring, fault-tolerance, high availability, anomaly detection, issue containment, and seamless data recovery.

#2. Flat & Real-time

In Smart Manufacturing, resources and processes are digitally integrated, monitored, and continuously evaluated based on all available contextual information to support near real-time, informed decision making. Near real-time means: (i) event driven versus waiting on periodic updates, and (ii) as close to real-time as possible where needed. The information flow across the enterprise and value chain is flattened, enabling more autonomy and faster decentralized decisions with enhanced visualization of information, metrics and analytics.

#3. Proactive & Semi-autonomous

Smart Manufacturing moves beyond static dashboards and reporting practices to proactive and semi-autonomous processes that act on near real-time information. Automated, predictive analyses trigger automated decisions on routine situations and alert employees to act on non-routine situations with prescriptive recommendations. Predictive and prescriptive software techniques leverage digital versions of the physical products, equipment, and processes, including simulations and mathematical models.

#4. Open & Interoperable

Openness and interoperability in Smart Manufacturing empower a connected ecosystem of devices, systems, people, services, and partners communicating in a natural yet structured manner. Smart Manufacturing works across on-premise, edge and cloud computing platforms, exchanging information in a collaborative ecosystem with broad adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M), application-to-application (A2A), and business-to-business (B2B) integration standards and APIs that enable multi-vendor hardware and software plug-&-play solutions.

#5. Orchestrated & Resilient

Smart Manufacturing adapts to schedule and product changes with minimal intervention, easy reconfiguration, and optimized process and material flows. Smart Manufcturing is quick to react to changes in demand, resilient to disruption and capable of maintaining business continuity through adaptability, modularity, and minimal redundancy. An Smart Manufacturing ecosystem leverages collaborative decision-making and orchestration to get the right product to the right place at the right time.

#6. Scalable

Smart Manufacturing scales across all functions, facilities and the entire value chain with cost and performance growing linearly—instead of exponentially—as load and complexities increase. Systems, components and resources are added, modified, replaced, or removed with ease to accommodate changing demands. Smart Manufacturing is democratized for adoption by the entire value chain, including smaller manufacturing suppliers.

#7. Sustainable & Energy Efficient

Smart Manufacturing drives sustainable manufacturing of products through processes and systems that optimize use of resources, minimize negative environmental impacts, and maximize positive socio-economic impacts. Smart Manufacturing optimizes the use of energy as a direct ingredient, instead of treating it as overhead, and contributes to a circular product lifecycle by facilitating information for reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling scenarios.


This Smart Manufacturing imperatives are for all to use, however we would prefer to have attribution -  "by CESMII - The Smart Manufacturing Institute"








Our ecosystem is inclusive by design,
​​​​​​​and everyone has a role to play.
Come find yours!



Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
(888) 720-8096 |