Smart Advanced Manufacturing Conference

According to Zion Market Research, global smart manufacturing will reach more than $450 billion by 2023 from about $150 billion today.

On November 27, 2018, the Smart Advanced Manufacturing Conference (co-located with SpaceCom 2018) will feature a full day of workshops examining these and other areas of interest. Participants will hear from leading experts in their fields and then have an opportunity to discuss among themselves the implications for their companies and the industry.

The major areas covered in the Smart Conference include:

  • Methods on how to lower costs.
  • Insights into ways to improve the quality of products and processes.
  • Techniques on how to speed up delivery times.
  • Examples of manufacturing more efficient by optimizing the integrated system of machines instead of optimizing each machine separately.

Every one of these areas of concern are impacted by the revolution of IoT, AI, and M2M technologies. Smart machines lead to smart facilities and then to smart channels of distribution.

The Smart Advanced Manufacturing Agenda

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

7.30 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.

Session 1: Benefits from Using New Manufacturing Operational Intelligence

8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.

Smart machines are improving quality control and safety, and reducing operational costs in advanced high-tech manufacturing. This session will present the latest intelligence on such areas as model-based enterprise systems, end-to-end resource trails, and autonomous block chain scheduling procedures.

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 Keynote Plenary

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator (invited)
  • Italian Space Agency Keynote (TBD)
  • Panel:  Key Benchmarks for a LEO Economy

Lunch on the Exhibit Floor

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 2: The Value of Optimization of New Remote Service and Remote Monitoring

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Service and support groups are already using IoT capabilities to optimize field service with remote service capabilities and predictive monitoring. This panel will examine use cases such as Caterpillar’s real-time sensor data on its equipment and other high potential applications.

Transition Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 3: Examination of New Manufacturing Asset Monitoring Techniques

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

In the same way as remote service and monitoring, all the physical assets of a company can be monitored for such things as safety, resilience, security, and asset counts and inventory.

Cocktail Reception on Exhibit Floor

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Keynote Plenary: Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator 
  • Ian D. Harris, Technology Leader, Arc Welding, EWI
  • Scott Killian, Business Development Manager – Aerospace, EOS North America
  • Jesse Koenig, Founder & CEO, Tempo Automatic
  • Justin Kugler, Business Development for Special Projects, Made In Space
  • Stephanie Murphy, President, Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance, LLC
  • Jordan Noone, CTO and Co-founder, Relativity Space
  • Tim Shinbara, Vice President-Advanced Manufacturing, Association of Manufacturing Technology

Registration Information

The Smart Conference fee is $275, which includes:

  • Access to the Advanced Manufacturing Smart Conference program.
  • Access to SpaceCom’s conference keynotes, plenary, and workshop sessions for the day of the Smart Conference.
  • Breakfast, breaks, and lunch on the exhibit floor for the day of the Smart Conference.
  • Access to the SpaceCom exhibit floor for the day of the Smart Conference.
  • Cocktail reception at the conclusion of the Smart Conference.


Who Should Attend?

Entrepreneurs and leaders of businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector, finance and insurance, suppliers who serve the industry, and others in job functions, such as:

  • CEOs and COOs
  • CTOs and CIOs
  • Strategic planning
  • Business development
  • Operations
  • Cyber security
  • Process engineering
  • Asset and inventory management
  • Supply chain management
  • Risk Management
  • Data analytics
  • Quality
  • Physical security and maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Additive manufacturing
  • R&D
  • Product/process design

Typical companies that will benefit from attending:

  • Anadarko Oil
  • Apple Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • BorgWarner
  • British Petroleum
  • Chubb
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Eaton
  • Emerson
  • EOS
  • ExxonMobil
  • GE Aviation
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Halliburton
  • Hasbro
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Memex
  • Microsoft
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pioneer Natural resources
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Schlumberger
  • Siemens
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Statoil
  • Stratasys 3D Printers
  • Westinghouse Electric

Hotel & Transportation

The Smart Conferences are co-locating with SpaceCom Conference and Exposition. Please visit SpaceCom’s travel page for details on official hotels and Houston attractions.