How Smart Manufacturing Can Help Your Business

Smart manufacturing is more important than ever for companies of all sizes—improve competitiveness, win more bids on projects, address workforce shortages, reduce downtime, and increase your bottom line. In this webinar put together by Manufacturing Works, Team NEO’s Jay Foran will introduce you to tools available to manufacturers from the Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio, including their use case database, readiness assessment, networking opportunities with manufacturers and solution/service providers, educational opportunities, and best practices.

5 Steps to the Successful Realization of Smart Manufacturing

A 5-part webinar series about how to successfully implement data-driven manufacturing with a special emphasis on operational excellence, improved efficiency and profitability.

Step 1: Prepare – Understand the Journey

Featuring Ectobox and The Technology House

Additional Resources

Step 2: Connect – Critical Assets

Featuring VantageOne SoftwareMemex and Jergens, Inc.

Additional Resources

  • IIoT Readiness Assessment
    The IIoT Readiness Assessment tool was developed by the Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio to help your company evaluate its readiness for an IIoT implementation program.
  • SME Manufacturing Resource Center
    The Society Manufacturing Engineers (SME) provides news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America.
  • Modern Machine Shop: MEMEX
    Modern Machine Shop is the leading publication and media brand in North America devoted to CNC machining
  • Tempus Training Video Playlist
    A video playlist of Industry 4.0 Software functionality
  • Improved Utilization Through Machine Monitoring
    An MC2 Conference presentation given by Ben Schawe, Vice President of Manufacturing, Mazak
  • MTConnect
    MTConnect is a manufacturing technical standard to retrieve process information from numerically controlled machine tools.
  • OPC technologies
    OPC technologies were created to allow information to be easily and securely exchanged between diverse platforms from multiple vendors and to allow seamless integration of those platforms without costly, time-consuming software development.
  • Fanuc FOCAS Library
    Create customized functions and applications for your CNC with FOCAS Library.

Step 3: Visualize – Real-time Data

Featuring Rockwell Automation

Additional Resources

  • Smart Manufacturing Guidelines
    Leveraging embedded intelligence and new sources of information to connect and optimize the enterprise.
  • Getting Real-time Insights into Operations
    FactoryTalk® InnovationSuite with Enterprise Operational Intelligence can help you see, act, and understand how you’re performing at the plant level and at the enterprise level—across people, assets, and production—and enable you to create a comprehensive set of strategic plans and targets to meet or exceed your performance objectives at all levels of the enterprise.
  • Digital Transformation Overview
    Rockwell Automation helps you integrate control & information across the IT/OT boundary and provide new insights into your operations to drive more meaningful business outcomes.

Step 4: Analyze – Key Performance Indicators

Featuring Hitachi Vantara and Logan Aluminum

Additional Resources

  • Logan Aluminum Fast-Tracks Digital Transformation With Hitachi Vantara
    A case study on Logan Aluminum’s digital transformation journey to maintain a competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving market. Hitachi Vantara has provided skills and technologies to support various digital initiatives and unlock new data insights.
  • 2020 Digital Transformation Forum Orlando: 21st Century Transformation Strategies
    Vijay Kamineni of Logan Aluminum talks about how Cloud, Edge, IIoT, Software, and AI are providing real benefits to industrial companies today. Learn about a 21st century framework for digital transformation and hear from leading companies who are already well down the path.
  • Lumada Manufacturing Insights from Hitachi
    Read this solution profile to see how manufacturing solutions from Hitachi work with the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to help you: become digitized, smarter, more productive and efficient; maximize performance at the plant floor by applying industrial analytics; minimize downtime, and maximize profits.

Step 5: Optimize – For Improvement

Featuring Vizion360 and Libra Industries

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IndustryWeek Magazine

IndustryWeek covers a $2 trillion manufacturing industry undergoing a technological transformation, even as it attracts a new breed of employees and copes with global competition. A growing manufacturing audience trusts IndustryWeek to keep them abreast of leading edge ideas and news on technology, operations, leadership, supply chain and workforce management.

Erica Henkin Fitzpatrick

Contact Us

Erica Fitzpatrick
Program Manager, Team NEO
[email protected]
(216) 363-5412


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