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MxD Webinar Library


MxD hosts a variety of events throughout the year to bring critical information about digital manufacturing and cybersecurity to MxD’s ecosystem of members and the broader manufacturing community. Our convenings, in-person and virtual, bring together subject-matter experts to drive MxD’s technology investment strategy.

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    Webinars cover a range of topic areas within digital manufacturing, including cybersecurity for manufacturing and workforce development

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    Below we feature a list of our 2020 Webinars and links to view them when available. 

2022 Webinars


Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 3

This series will feature invited speakers to discuss cutting-edge research on future manufacturing to establish an intelligent, scalable, and democratized manufacturing paradigm that allows for distributed printing of low-cost, biodegradable, and recyclable electronic devices using locally identifiable resources.

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MxD Webinar: MxD’s Response to Supply Chain Disruptions

Join us for a panel discussion and demonstration of the SCRA2 tool with the leaders of this innovative project.

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Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 4

This series will feature invited speakers to discuss cutting-edge research on future manufacturing to establish an intelligent, scalable, and democratized manufacturing paradigm that allows for distributed printing of low-cost, biodegradable, and recyclable electronic devices using locally identifiable resources. 

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Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 5

As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MA M-ERT) was established to mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed FDA compliant medical devices and supplies at scale.

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2021 Webinars


CMMC 2.0: An Overview

In this webinar, we will be taking a look into the recently announced updates to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework, known as the CMMC 2.0 program. This webinar will provide an overview of the new enhancements and hold a Q&A portion with members of the MxD Cyber team. 

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Proving ROI: IIoT For SMMs

Hear from MxD members Siemens and Software AG as we explore the most essential facets of an IIoT strategy and walk through Software AG case studies with the theme of “No Manufacturer Left Behind.”

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Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 2

This series will feature invited speakers to discuss cutting-edge research on future manufacturing to establish an intelligent, scalable, and democratized manufacturing paradigm that allows for distributed printing of low-cost, biodegradable, and recyclable electronic devices using locally identifiable resource.

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Proving ROI: Sustainability Across the Digital Thread

Join MxD, McKinsey, and Microsoft as we explore what sustainability in manufacturing really means, the short-term and long-term considerations for businesses, and how digital technology is already impacting the manufacturing industry’s footprint.

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Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 1

MxD, University of Chicago, and our partner institutions are proud to introduce the Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series. This series will not only further MxD’s mission of establishing Chicago as a future manufacturing hub, but it seeks to educate a diverse audience of students and the public on the future of sustainable manufacturing.

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MxD for Academics: Funding and Membership Opportunities

In this webinar, we discussed the benefits of MxD membership for Academic Institutions and explored how joining the MxD ecosystem can provide resources that align with institutional goals, talk through funding opportunities, hear from a current Academic member, and more.

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Emerging Tech: Machine Learning for Manufacturing

In this webinar join MxD, Argonne National Laboratory, and University of Houston as we explore how early research into machine learning will impact the future of manufacturing.

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Proving ROI: Real-Time Factory Operations Scheduling

This webinar explored how MxD and MxD member Siemens are investing in digital solutions like real-time factory operations scheduling and how partners across the industry are already seeing return on investment from similar tools TODAY.

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Top Tips for Developing a Winning MxD Proposal

During the session, learn about opportunities to find proposal partners, what MxD looks for in a proposal, and how to prepare the proposal documentation. We also reviewed the proposal process including the evaluation phase.

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Buy American: Connecting Government Funding to the American Workforce

In this webinar, join MxD and partners as they cover the fundamentals of government funding, including popular award types, where to find these opportunities, and how MxD can connect you to helpful resources.

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2021 COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Update

MxD is hosting our first online COVID-19 Stimulus update of 2021 with government affairs partner, Lewis-Burke Associates.

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Emerging Cybersecurity Research: Protecting the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has revolutionized the way manufacturers across the country are using data and thinking about their operations. MxD, University of West Florida, and Penn State University sat down to discuss current research. 

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Washington Post Live | Transformers: Recovery

During the coronavirus pandemic, industries have experienced years of digital transformation in months. Washington Post Live takes a deep dive into two critical industries that have seen incredible change over the last year: education and manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Forum: Midwestern Edge: Chicago as an Anchor for Advanced Manufacturing

The Executives’ Club Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum hosted experts from MxD, mHub, ITW, ADM, and United dynamic conversation about our regional strengths that make Chicago an industry anchor and how we can leverage these assets to be a driver of economic growth.

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Get Smart or Get Hacked: Cybersecurity for Operational Technology

Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council and MxD virtually for a cybersecurity-focused Plant Tour at MxD. In this webinar, explore the MxD Factory Floor space for an opportunity to take a look into MxD’s cyber efforts and to learn about cybersecurity for operational technology.

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Proving ROI: AI Design Advisor

In this webinar, MxD and Autodesk discuss how Artificial Intelligence are being implemented across the industry, how the data it generates can save you from costly errors throughout the manufacturing process, and upcoming opportunities to engage in research being done in this space.

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2020 Webinars


Briefing on the Illinois Innovation Economy

The session provided a national perspective on public support for science, technology and innovation from SSTI, an overview of the Illinois economy from ISTC, and a discussion among innovation-related stakeholders in Illinois (featuring the Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, MxD, Rheapply and Peoria Innovation Alliance).

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MxD Veterans Info Session

We invite you to join us in November for a special MxD info session in honor of Veterans Day 2020. In this special edition of our monthly information sessions, we’ll be hearing from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth in a pre-recorded welcome and join MxD Government Engagement Manager and Air Force veteran Michael Yucuis as he interviews fellow veteran Paul Brown, plant manager for Fol Da Tank and a member of the Quad Cities Veteran Network.

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MxD Virtual Plant Tour

Take an inside look into MxD’s innovation center in Chicago to learn about integrating diverse hardware and software systems for increased agility. Watch this plant tour recording, including a panel discussion on the technology integration at various stages of the digital journey, and walk away with actionable insights. 

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Connecting Your Frontline Factory Workers

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers were faced with the challenge of maintaining day-to-day operations while keeping personnel safe. Join MxD and Natan Linder, co-founder and CEO of Tulip and Chairman of the Board of Formlabs as he lays out why these frontline workers are so valuable, what connected work should accomplish, and how to get it right.

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Women Welcome to Succeed Here: Manufacturing a Culture of Inclusion

Join Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD, Jill Ihsanullah, SVP North America Talent Management, Right Management, Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute, Michelle Nettles, Chief People and Culture Officer, ManpowerGroup, and Susan Schmitt, Group Vice President, Head of Human Resources, Applied Materials for a discussion around creating a culture of inclusion in manufacturing.

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Ransomware in Manufacturing

Hear from Dragos’ Principal Cyber Risk Advisor, Jason Christopher, and Co-Founder of SideChannel, Brian Haugli, as they share their thoughts on trends and strategies associated with this new cyber risk.

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2020 WLIM Event Series: How to Recruit, Retain, and Grow Women in Manufacturing and Technology

A closer look at future-focused research and how organizations need to plan for recruiting, retaining, and growing women in manufacturing and technology roles. Join us for a panel discussion with industry and workforce leaders that will equip you with new ideas for your talent strategy to bring back to your own organization.
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2020 WLIM Event Series: Cybersecurity in the Manufacturing Enterprise

Cybersecurity in the manufacturing enterprise has never been more important. It’s crucial to both US security and the security of organizations’ product lifecycle and supply chains.
The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women in the workforce can be converted into crucial supply pools of talent for the emerging roles in the cybersecurity frontier.
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Leaning Into Tomorrow: Why Manufacturing Thrives in Chicago

Chicago leaders and a panel of manufacturers, from cutting edge start-ups to industrial anchors, discussed Chicago’s manufacturing ecosystem, how innovation is driving new opportunities for manufacturers in Chicago, and the trends that continue to advance the sector globally.

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National Manufacturing Guard: The Solution for a Resilient Supply Chain

In response to the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US manufacturing, including the challenges uncovered related to the security and responsiveness of manufacturing supply chains in our country, the CEOs of all 15 Manufacturing USA Institutes have created a decisive set of strategies and recommendations, including calling for the creation of a National Manufacturing Guard. 

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Jump-Starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations Series Part 5: Reimagining a Sustainable Operations Competitive Advantage

Join experts from McKinsey, Autodesk, and the Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation for a virtual discussion about industry trends and examples of sustainable operations in manufacturing.

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Apprenticeship – A Proven Workforce Solution

Join MxD and the U.S. Department of Labor on September 22 for key insights about manufacturing apprenticeship programs, including how these programs benefit employers and career seekers.

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Jump-Starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations Series Part 4: Driving the Future of Work

Join experts from McKinsey, MxD, and ManpowerGroup for a virtual panel discussion around the workforce changes that manufacturers should consider as the industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Intro Webinar: Cybersecurity Hiring Guide for Manufacturers

MxD Learn recently collaborated with ManpowerGroup to create the Hiring Guide: Cybersecurity in Manufacturing to define 247 present and future cybersecurity work roles that span seven different areas of expertise specific to manufacturing operations. Stream our virtual meeting where we joined industry experts from Siemens, ManpowerGroup, and MxD to discuss the hiring guide, the emerging roles for the digital workforce, and how your organization can build up its cyber skillset.


Jump-Starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations Series Part 3: Rapidly Increasing Capital & Operating Expense Transparency

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will outlive the pandemic itself. We know companies will need to build their next-normal operations around a different cost structure. They will need to make these changes quickly. Attendees of this webinar gained perspective from organizational leaders who have experienced this firsthand.

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Effectively Investing in Cybersecurity During your Digital Transformation

MxD, Dragos, and SideChannel hosted a webinar that covered high-level understandings of how and what they are doing in cybersecurity compares to the industry and what technology options organizations should consider to protect their manufacturing environments.

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Jump-Starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations Series Part 2: Accelerating End-to-End Digitization

Attendees learned about McKinsey and World Economic Forum’s research on Lighthouse Manufacturers, which shows that companies often achieve significant and simultaneous improvements across multiple performance measures when they integrate advanced digital technologies across the value chain.

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Jump-Starting Resilient and Reimagined Operations Series Part 1: Building Operations Resilience

This webinar laid the groundwork for the webinars to follow, giving attendees insight into the discussions that have shaped the five themes of post-COVID-19 operational transformation, and narrowing in on the importance of building operations resilience.

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Get Ready for CMMC: Improve OT Cyber Maturity in 30 Days

Join Verve Industrial Protection and MxD: The National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing to learn how to be better prepared for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance by creating a roadmap that improves OT cybersecurity maturity quickly, demonstrates action for your executives, and provides a long-term strategy for effective risk management.

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From Disrupted to Disruptor: Using Emerging Technologies to Transform Your Business

As companies continue to innovate and disrupt industries, one thing is for certain: there will be companies disrupted by this change. Join MxD and Software AG as they explore how now is the time for you to harness the power of emerging technologies to become a disruptor in your space and redefine your industry.

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Democratizing Manufacturing Data

Join MxD and MachineMetrics to explore a case study showing how MxD is working with American manufacturers to prepare their supply chains to respond rapidly and proactively to future supply chain disruptions, with an emphasis on the importance of democratizing manufacturing data.

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Industry Disruption: COVID-19 Shows Imperative for Transformation

MxD is joined by ARC Advisory Group’s Vice President of Consulting, Mike Guilfoyle, and Pioneer Service Inc.’s President, CEO, and Owner, Aneesa Muthana, to discuss the need for digital transformation across the manufacturing sector.

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MxD COVID-19 Update Briefing: Federal Resources & Recovery Opportunities for Manufacturers and Suppliers

MxD hosted a second online briefing with its government affairs firm Lewis-Burke Associates on recent and anticipated COVID-19 federal stimulus and recovery actions passed by Congress.

This webinar is for MxD Members only, for questions about membership please email

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MxD Membership Overview

In this virtual information session learn about the many benefits of membership – including access to workshops, networking events, and project opportunities. Hear firsthand testimonials from current MxD members, such as AT&T, Software AG, and Elementary Robotics.

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MxD Briefing: Communicating in Crisis

While fast-moving changes and unprecedented circumstance impact how we communicate, they also underscore the importance to be communicating effectively. Join MxD and its marketing consultant Melissa Harris of M. Harris & Co., for a session offering tips on marketing and communicating in times of crisis.

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Federal Stimulus and Recovery Measures Briefing Update for MEPs

MxD and its government affairs firm Lewis-Burke Associates hosted an updated online briefing on the resources and benefits contained in the COVID-19 federal stimulus and recovery measures passed by Congress, including the CARES Act.

This webinar is for MxD Members only, for questions about membership please email

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Cyber Secure While Working from Home with SideChannel

Cybersecurity is a top priority for manufacturers and related businesses.  With a significant increase in workers and companies shifting to remote work, this imperative becomes even more important.  Early reports indicate an uptick in cybersecurity attack during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  MxD and our partner, Brian Haugli from SideChannel, discuss how to secure your workers and your operations during these times.

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MxD Manufacturing Innovation Workshop: Digital ROI for SMMs

In this virtual workshop, MxD focused on understanding (1) what information small and mid-sized manufacturers are looking for when considering how to implement digital and (2) better understand how MxD can provide help to regional resources across the U.S. that are poised to assist the SMM group (such as MEP Centers).

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