On the Mesa

An association for the times

“Where manufacturing meets IT” is a resounding slogan in today’s world. As we familiarize ourselves with terms like “smart manufacturing”, “the Industrial Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0”, it can be useful to have some help along the way. One organization out west has been quietly doing this since the internet’s been around.

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International, the Chandler, Arizona-based not-for-profit organization, combines manufacturing companies, information technology hardware and software suppliers, system integrators, consulting service providers, analysts, editors, academics and students. Its stated purpose emphasizes the “optimized application and implementation of information technology.”

Regular events for MESA include competency certifications, workshops and training, and virtual summits for its numerous worldwide branches. The next workshop is free to attend Sunday through Tuesday: Asset Management Automation & Cybersecurity (AMACS). This webinar will include workshop and training components in the realm of internet security as it relates to automation. Smart Manufacturing will also be a point of emphasis in the coming months; various group calls and open mics devoted to that technology are scheduled from now until January.

MESA’s efforts are focused on helping the manufacturing community use information technology to provide real-time visibility into the production process. Further, MESA aims to “connect that visibility to create business results,” it says, targeting value chain objectives such as lean manufacturing, collaborative supply chain management, quality and regulatory compliance, asset performance management, and product lifecycle management.

MESA members include Uwe Kueppers, a senior business consultant at Rockwell Automation. “I truly believe the collaboration and peer-to-peer networking can provide so much to every MESA member,” Kueppers says.

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