Integration of knowledge, technology and business in smart manufacturing results
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., January 25, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HOUSTEX 2023, an SMB event for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), is designed to empower companies in the Southwest to transform their production facilities into smart factories; adopt more efficient technologies that improve cost, quality and profitability; and grow and improve their workforce.
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Bob Willig, CEO and Chief Executive Officer, SME (Photo: Business Wire)
The event, scheduled for February 21-23, 2023 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, is sponsored by SME and AMT, the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The two nonprofit organizations have partnered for HOUSTEX 2023 to engage industry, academia, and government agencies to provide SMM solutions that advance smart manufacturing principles. HOUSTEX is part of the Manufacturing Technology (MT) Series, four regional events held twice a year to share knowledge, experience, technology and connections among manufacturers.
More than 90 percent of manufacturing in the US and Canada today is carried out by SMM. A recent SME-CESMII Smart Manufacturing Survey revealed that while nearly two-thirds (61%) of respondents said their manufacturing operations are an integral component of their organization’s digital supply chain strategy, only two in five Respondents indicated that their organization has dedicated staff for smart manufacturing initiatives (42%). Respondents from companies with a single manufacturing site are much more likely to indicate that their company’s manufacturing operations are not an integral part of their organization’s digital supply chain.
“Small and midsize manufacturers know that they have to do something to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, especially with the arrival of relocation and the opportunity to be more effective in increasing production despite not being able to hire enough workers,” said Robert . Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “At HOUSTEX, you’ll see firsthand how companies are already making ‘smart’ changes, empowering their workforce, and realizing a great return on investment. Exploring advanced technologies, learning workforce development strategies and tactics, and networking With industry veterans having experienced this digital technology, the transformation and knowledge sharing can be epiphanous for these manufacturers.”
Willig said HOUSTEX 2023 will feature three keynote speakers during the three-day event, offering thought leadership panel discussions and other featured speakers from small and large companies that have successfully navigated the smart manufacturing journey and sharing their experiences. and will provide tips for efficient use. adoption of digital technologies and processes. The event will also feature an educational element for high school students interested in career and technical education.
Bright Minds provides manufacturing information to students
As part of HOUSTEX 2023, more than 900 Houston-area high school students will get their first taste of manufacturing through SME’s Bright Minds program, featuring dynamic keynote speakers and guided show floor tours of exhibiting manufacturing companies. Students can explore the latest 3D technologies, view high-tech manufacturing demonstrations, connect with colleges and universities with strong engineering programs, and discover leading global companies hiring in the field.
Digital Solutions for Small Stores Showcase
For visitors who want to learn about and interact with the latest technological innovations designed to improve profitability year after year by closing the digital technology gap for SMMs and improving the productivity of both people and machines, the MT series and MSC have curated the Small Store Showcase of digital solutions. Here, attendees can experience predictive milling, on-site monitoring, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and an all-in-one solution that uses machining dynamics to stabilize and optimize milling performance.
Follow HOUSTEX 2023
Follow HOUSTEX 2023 by visiting the HOUSTEX 2023 website. The event is also on Facebook, and at Twitter and Instagram.
For registration information, visit the HOUSTEX 2023 registration page.
to become a exhibitor or sponsor of the eventvisit the exhibitor/sponsor inquiries page.
AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes US-based manufacturing technology: those who design, build, sell, and service the ever-evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing . Learn more at amtonline.org.
SME believes in the power of technology and people innovation to move our nation forward and solve the world’s biggest problems. For 90 years, SME has led the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, academia, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We help build today’s bridge to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing the industry of technological advances that can propel their operations toward excellence. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.
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