Rockwell joins CESMII to accelerate smart manufacturing

Sept. 8, 2022
Shared priorities include sustainability and workforce development.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. has joined CESMII—The Smart Manufacturing Institute as its newest member.

"We're thrilled to have a market maker like Rockwell Automation join us to help advance the adoption of smart manufacturing across the US manufacturing base," said John Dyck, CESMII CEO. "Because of their expertise in workforce development and sustainable manufacturing, Rockwell will be a welcome ally in our efforts to democratize smart manufacturing."

Dyck said to help accelerate this effort, Rockwell's vice president of sustainability, Tom O'Reilly, will join the CESMII board of directors.

"The connection between smart manufacturing, greater efficiency and ultimately, cost savings, is one of the most important conversations happening in US manufacturing," O'Reilly said. "Recognizing the urgent need, we look forward to working with CESMII to reduce the industry's carbon footprint while helping to advance data driven sustainability for members."

In addition to sustainability, Rockwell is committed to workforce development in educating both incoming and experienced workers. Its in-house training and joint industry initiatives help enlist seasoned workers and military veterans in manufacturing careers.

"Today's manufacturing environment is very fast-paced and requires high digital skills, understanding of how it all connects, and constant learning to keep pace with the technology changes that are occurring on the factory floor," said Michael Cook, director of global academic engagement for Rockwell. "Modern manufacturing workers must possess key technical skill sets and have a desire to upskill with fresh knowledge on an almost constant basis to be successful."