ACEEE Supports Smart Manufacturing by Partnering with Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

January 18, 2018

Washington, DC—ACEEE today announces that it has joined the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). ACEEE now joins the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), the U.S. Department of Energy, and numerous academic, industry, and nonprofit partners in their effort to enable the development and deployment of smart manufacturing technologies that can increase energy productivity, economic performance, and workforce expansion in American manufacturing.

“Smart manufacturing makes it possible for companies to reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills by optimizing their manufacturing processes. In fact, increased investments in Smart Manufacturing could save American manufacturers $15 billion in annual electricity cost savings by 2035,” said Ethan Rogers, ACEEE’s industry program director. “ACEEE is proud to partner with the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute to make those energy and cost savings a reality.”

“Through innovative research and development projects CESMII is poised to create new ways for factories and facilities to increase their productivity and lower their energy costs,” added CESMII CEO Jim Wetzel. “And we will reach our ambitious technology and workforce goals with expert partners like ACEEE.” The institute was created to spur advances and to accelerate the enabling business, technology, workforce, and infrastructure practices that lead to the integration of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and modeling to transform the energy efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of advanced manufacturing in the United States.

Previous ACEEE research found that companies could see a 20% reduction in energy intensity, on average, from smart manufacturing investments. As a consortium member, ACEEE will provide technical advice to help bring those energy intensity reductions to fruition, while also supporting the consortium’s workforce development efforts.

CESMII’s goals include a 50% reduction in cost and time to deploy Smart Manufacturing (SM)—the business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice of optimizing manufacturing through the use of engineered systems that integrate operational technologies and information technologies (OT/IT)—in existing processes within 5 years. CESMII’s focus is the development and integration of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and high performance computational models to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries and technology providers realize the benefits of SM and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive. 

About CESMII

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to enable Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in U.S. manufacturing. CESMII’s mission is to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models for U.S. manufacturing through integrated industry-led Smart Manufacturing (SM) technical, business and educational methodologies. http://www.cesmii.org/

 

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