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

Integrating knowledge, technology and business into intelligent manufacturing outcomes

SOUTHFIELD, MI January 25, 2023—(BUSINESS WIRE)–HOUSTEX 2023, an SME event for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), has been created to enable Southwestern companies to transform their manufacturing facilities into smart factories; adopt more efficient technologies that improve cost, quality and profitability; and develop and upskill their workforce.

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Bob Willig, CEO and Executive Director, SME (Photo: Business Wire)

The event, scheduled for February 21-23, 2023 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, is sponsored by SME and AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The two non-profit organizations have partnered for HOUSTEX 2023 to engage industry, academia and government agencies in offering SMM solutions that drive the advancement of smart manufacturing principles. HOUSTEX is part of the Manufacturing Technology (MT) series – four regional events held twice a year to share knowledge, experience, technology and connections between manufacturers.

More than 90 percent of the manufacturing done today in the US and Canada is done by SMM. A recent SME-CESMII smart manufacturing survey revealed that while nearly two-thirds (61%) of respondents say their manufacturing operations are an integral part of their organization’s digital supply chain strategy, only two in five respondents indicate that their organization has dedicated staff to 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 have to do something to gain a competitive edge in the market, especially with the advent of reshoring and the ability to become more efficient at increasing production even though they can’t find enough workers,” said Robert Willig, Executive Director and CEO of SME. “At HOUSTEX, you’ll see first-hand how companies are already making ‘smart’ changes, training their workforce and getting great ROI.” Researching advanced technologies, learning workforce development strategies and tactics, and networking with industry veterans who have experienced this digital technology transformation and knowledge sharing can be enlightening for these manufacturers.”

Willig said 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 will provide advice on effective adoption of digital technologies and processes. The event will also include an educational component for high school students interested in career and technical education.

Bright Minds provides students with production information

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

A showcase of digital solutions for a small shop

For visitors looking to learn and interact with the latest technological innovations designed to improve annual profitability by closing the digital technology gap for SMM and improving both human and machine productivity, the MT Series and MSC have curated Small at HOUSTEX Showcase for digital solutions. Here, attendees can experience predictive milling, spot monitoring, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and an end-to-end solution that uses machining dynamics to stabilize and optimize milling performance.

Follow HOUSTEX 2023

Follow HOUSTEX 2023 by visiting the HOUSTEX 2023 website. The event is also on Facebook and at Twitter and Instagram.

For registration information, visit the HOUSTEX 2023 registration page.

To get up exhibitor or sponsor of the eventvisit the exhibitor/sponsor inquiry page.

About AMT

AMT – The Manufacturing Technology Association represents and promotes US-based manufacturing technology – those who design, build, sell and service the ever-evolving technology that underpins manufacturing. Learn more at amtonline.org.

About SMEs

SME believes in the power of technology and people to innovate to advance our nation and solve the world’s biggest problems. For 90 years, SMEs have led the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, academia, professionals and the communities in which they operate. We help build the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing the industry about technological advances that can propel their operations to excellence. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

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Michael Scholl
Senior PR Representative, SME
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