Co-Located Event

Welcome to the Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX 2020)

September 14-16, 2020
McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

In the business environment today, your manufacturing needs to adapt faster, evolve smarter and advance continuously. Embrace smart manufacturing now to ensure you can adjust to ever changing market conditions, innovate new products that your customers need and ensure the future of your business. Get smarter at SMX!

More Than Ever – Smart Manufacturing is Changing Manufacturing

Manufacturing isn't what we do ... it's in our DNA. SMX brings smart technology to you, this year, when the industry needs insight and ingenuity to respond rapidly to global changes.

The time is now to implement and embrace Smart technologies into your workflow and workforce. Join your colleagues at this event and immerse yourself in 8 disruptive technologies and learn to react to global manufacturing changes in real time. You will explore and acquire digital technologies that enable your equipment to adapt, control operations remotely, predict challenges, optimize supply chains and safeguard sensitive information. If you’re not using these disruptive technologies to improve your operations, you should be. Don't get left behind. SMX is the place to advance your manufacturing smarter and faster. Visit to attend, exhibit or sponsor.

SMX is Focused on 8 Disruptive Technologies that are Transforming Manufacturing

  • Additive Manufacturing (AM) & 3D Printing
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Industrial IoT
  • Workforce Transformation

Produced by Trusted Manufacturing Leaders

SME and AMT are the two largest manufacturing event producers in North America. As supporters of the industry, we know manufacturing and we understand the importance of intelligent manufacturing and its critical role in the future of the industry.

“Smart manufacturing and the technologies that enable it will be critical to not only manufacturing’s financial recovery but that of the whole economy and presenting SMX alongside IMTS 2020 in Chicago demonstrates the commitment of both AMT and SME to support manufacturing through every challenge and opportunity.” Douglas Woods, President, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

SMX Features

Conference Program – Learn about case studies and real-world applications of transformative technologies, delivered by industry experts and users. Three days of presentations provide endless opportunities to delve into smart technologies and get the information you need.

Event Floor – The best way to learn about any new products and technologies is to see it in person. SMX provides an opportunity to engage with 100 exhibiting sponsors who are leading the smart revolution. Discuss your challenges, investigate cutting-edge technologies and find the right solution provider for you.

Keynote Series – Morning and afternoon presentations, delivered by visionary leaders, that promote higher-level thinking and evoke change.

Workshop Series – Half-day, deep-dive sessions into key smart manufacturing technologies and leadership practices to fast-track learning and accelerate adoption.

Knowledge Bars – Small-group, presentation-free discussions on relevant topics, designed to let you ask questions about your smart manufacturing challenges.

Smart Zone Theater Presentations – Half-hour sessions, presented by select event sponsors, covering trends, business cases and opportunities for implementing smart technologies.

Networking Events – Multiple opportunities for attendees and exhibitors to engage with like-minded professionals to share success stories and guidance and continue crucial conversations.

The SMX Conference Gets You Up to Speed Quickly on Key Smart Manufacturing Technologies

No matter what smart manufacturing challenges you’re facing, you’ll find presentations that address your issues. Hear from early adopters about their smart manufacturing journey and the benefits they have achieved in terms of profitability, data security, cost savings and workforce transformation.

8 Technologies – 20 Smart Topics

  • Accelerating the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing and Its Impact on Smart Manufacturing 4.0
  • Adopting Digital Transformation
  • AI / Machine Learning Insights & Innovations
  • Cultural Transformation of the Workforce
  • Data Analytics for Quality Inspection Technologies
  • Data and its Value
  • Digital Transformation with IIoT
  • How Robots Drive Growth, Efficiency and Process Improvement
  • Industrial Cybersecurity
  • Innovative Ways to Develop the Workforce
  • IT / OT Cybersecurity
  • Machine Learning for the Shop Floor
  • Machine Learning in Manufacturing and Why it Matters
  • The Augmented Worker
  • The Power of Automation & Workers
  • Understanding Smart Manufacturing 4.0 and How to Implement
  • Virtual Workforce Training & Development
  • Why Data Matters and How to Apply it Today
  • Workforce & Cultural Transformation

Explore and Embrace Smart Manufacturing at SMX

Attend to discover how smart manufacturing can help you quickly adapt to changing manufacturing conditions and benefit your bottom line.

Exhibit or sponsor to engage with manufacturers ready to start or continue their smart manufacturing journey and looking for suppliers and business partners to show them the way.

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