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HOUSTEX 2023 Event Delivers Smart Manufacturing, Workforce Development Knowledge, Business Acumen to Southwest Manufacturers

HOUSTEX 2023, an SME event for small- to medium-size manufacturers (SMMs), is crafted to empower Southwestern companies to transform their production facilities into smart factories; embrace more-efficient technologies that improve cost, quality and profitability; and grow and upskill their workforce. 


The event, scheduled for February 21-23, 2023, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX is sponsored by SME and AMT — The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The two nonprofits have partnered for HOUSTEX 2023 to engage industry, academia and government agencies in bringing solutions to SMMs that drive the advancement of smart manufacturing principles. HOUSTEX is part of the Manufacturing Technology (MT) Series – four regional events conducted bi-annually to share knowledge, experience, technology and connections among manufacturers.


More than 90% of manufacturing in the U.S. and Canada today is carried out by SMMs. A recent SME-CESMII Smart Manufacturing Survey revealed that while almost two-thirds (61%) of respondents said their manufacturing operations are an integral component of their organization’s digital supply chain strategy, only two-in-five respondents indicated that their organization has dedicated headcount for smart manufacturing initiatives (42%). Respondents from companies with only one manufacturing site are significantly more likely to indicate that their company’s manufacturing operations are not an integral part of their organization’s digital supply chain.


“Small and medium-sized manufacturers know they need to do something to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace, especially with the advent of reshoring and the opportunity to become more effective at increasing production despite not being able to source enough workers,” said Robert Willig, Executive Director and CEO of SME. “At HOUSTEX, you will see firsthand how companies already are making ‘Smart’ changes, training their workforce and getting great ROI. Exploring advanced technologies, learning workforce development strategies and tactics, and networking with industry veterans who have experienced this digital transformation and can share knowledge can be epiphanous for these manufacturers.”


Willig added that HOUSTEX 2023 will feature three keynote speakers during the three-day event and will offer thought-leadership panel discussions and other featured speakers from small to large companies that have successfully navigated the Smart Manufacturing journey and will share their experiences and provide tips for efficient adoption of digital technologies and processes. The event also will feature an educational element for high-school-age students with an interest in career and technical education.


Bright Minds Provides Manufacturing Insight to Students

As part of HOUSTEX 2023, more than 900 Houston-area high school students will get their first taste of manufacturing through SME’s Bright Minds program which provides dynamic keynote speakers and guided show-floor tours of exhibiting manufacturing companies. Students can explore the latest 3D technologies, view high-tech manufacturing demonstrations, connect with colleges and universities with robust engineering programs and discover global companies hiring in the field.


Small Shop Digital Solutions Showcase

For visitors who want to learn about and interact with the latest technological innovations designed to improve year-over-year profitability by closing the digital tech gap for SMMs and improving the productivity of both people and machines, the MT Series and MSC have curated HOUSTEX’s Small Shop Digital Solution Showcase. Here attendees can experience predictive milling, in-situ monitoring, artificial intelligence/machine learning, as well as an all-in-one solution that uses machining dynamics to stabilize and optimize milling performance.




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