Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI), a subsidiary of Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) based in Clearwater, Florida, USA, has completed its affiliation with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) as a new business unit to lead its global membership programme.
Founded in August 2020, AMI aims to accelerate the adoption of digital transformative technologies by small- to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). For many of these SMMs, the cost of adoption is prohibitive. AMI works to bridge that gap with low-cost solutions appropriate for smaller companies at any phase of their digital journey. AMI’s breadth of offerings includes the IoT Solution Family™ and StrongKey’s cybersecurity appliance products; customer roadmapping and research & development (R&D) ecosystem services; education and workforce development; and the membership programme.
The SMLC is an industry-recognised, non-profit consortium of organisations from industry, universities, research and innovation labs, and associations. As AMI’s new global membership business unit, SMLC will work to further expand the membership programme while continuing to focus on cultivating trusted and mutually beneficial collaborative activities for member organisations of all sizes by sharing successes and challenges related to the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies and 4th Industrial Revolution digital technologies.
To mark the affiliation, AMI is offering SMMs free enrollment in its membership programme for one year. Enrollment must occur before April 30, 2021, to be eligible for the free annual membership.
“We are excited to welcome the SMLC team into the AMI organisation as we work together to build an interconnected manufacturing ecosystem for both SMMs and multi-national companies (MNCs)—where everyone is empowered with the digital transformative technologies that are critical to global competitiveness and profitability in today’s connected world,” stated Dr Stephan Biller, AMI CEO and National Academy Member. “Adding SMLC’s expertise and resources extends our knowledge network and ability to assist SMMs with deploying real-time low-cost, simple solutions while also providing MNCs with the support to build end-to-end resilient supply chains.”
Dean L Bartles, PhD, FSME, FASME, MTDG president and CEO, commented, “As a founder of, and active participant in, the SMLC for more than a decade, I’ve experienced and benefitted from the high business value of peer-to-peer exchanges and collaborations. By leveraging the resources of the MTDG family of companies, we were able to integrate the mission of SMLC seamlessly into AMI, expanding our combined strategic synergies to the benefit of all manufacturers everywhere.”