CESMII and Amatrol have partnered on a system that combines hardware, industrial software, and in-depth exercises

November 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES—Demand for hands-on learning in Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies is continuing to grow. To help satisfy this demand, CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, has partnered with Amatrol to offer the Smart Manufacturing Learning System (990-SM10). The self-contained workstation combines hardware, industrial software, and in-depth exercises to educate learners at all levels of expertise in smart manufacturing methodologies, CESMII said in a release.

“Today’s manufacturing professionals need hands-on training and exercises for implementing the latest data capture and cloud analytics solutions to digitally enable small- and medium-size manufacturers to make decisions in real-time,” said CESMII Vice President of Ecosystem & Workforce Development, Conrad Leiva, in a statement. “This system accelerates the hands-on learning curve for professionals, regardless of their skills and background, teaching them to envision, develop, and sustain practical solutions using real-world, best-in-class methodologies.”

Additional partners that are contributing to the initiative include the OPC Foundation, Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, and Phoenix Contact.

The Smart Manufacturing Learning System (SMLS) is designed to create an ideal, portable, standardized training environment for equipping all types of manufacturing stakeholders with the practical, hands-on skills they need to begin or advance their smart manufacturing journey. It is said to be designed to facilitate training for low-cost, entry-level smart manufacturing practitioners, as well as the most advanced, modern OT/IT design and implementation architectures and approaches.

“Amatrol is excited to now offer a workstation that focuses on Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 capabilities,” said Amatrol President Paul Perkins, in a statement. “Partnering with CESMII is an important step in training the next generation Smart Factory and Automation technicians.”

The SMLS™ doesn’t stop with the hardware itself. As part of CESMII’s workforce development initiatives, the workstations will be accompanied by optional training curriculum to connect the link between smart manufacturing and better business practices. Training will be delivered through the lens of relevant manufacturing experiences. According to CESMII, this is an important element of its education and training strategy, which, in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), will enable holistic, broad-based education for students and manufacturers of all sizes and types.

“Among other roles, this SMLS is aimed at the ‘citizen technologist’ who may not have prior knowledge of automation or IT systems,” said CESMII CEO John Dyck, in a statement. “This will enable us, together with our partners at the National MEP Network, to equip the thousands of small and mid-sized manufacturing practitioners across the country, inspiring them to engage in an affordable and sustainable smart manufacturing journey.”

To learn more about the Smart Manufacturing Learning System, visit http://cesmii.org/education/educator-resources/smart-manufacturing-learning-system/.

CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, is a public/private partnership committed to transforming the U.S. manufacturing market. Its mission is to enhance U.S. manufacturing productivity, global competitiveness, and reinvestment by increasing energy productivity, improving economic performance, and raising workforce capacity.

Amatrol creates “innovative, interactive technical learning solutions for industry and education to equip technicians and operators with the skills they need to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing workplace,” according to the company. The company’s technical learning systems are used by organizations that include community colleges, industry training centers, high schools, universities, apprenticeship training centers, and vocational training and education centers.

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