As XMO co-director Stephan Biller, the Amrine Distinguished Professor in Industrial Engineering and the Mitchell J. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue, has stated, "We are still in the early stages of the smart manufacturing revolution, and hurdles remain. Some 98 percent of all manufacturers are SMMs, with fewer than 500 employees. A lot of them don't have the people and resources to implement smart manufacturing. And even if they solve the resource problem, they often still don't know where to start. We talk a lot about resilient supply chains these days, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. But resilient supply chains require digitalization and transparency for the entire supply chain — not just for the large manufacturers."

The skills that will drive the fourth industrial revolution involve deeper understanding in industrial processes, technologies, regulation, compliance and more. Due to the advent of digitalization, it demands an upgrade in people skillsets during implementation.

According to Siemens, the industrial world is facing rapidly changing challenges, including geopolitical tensions, technological changes, shifts in global markets, and the impact of climate change. Digitalization and automation are game changers in meeting these challenges and combining the real and the digital worlds.

Bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Being the world's best innovator. Making our supply chains more resilient. Digital, physical and sustainable manufacturing. That's the vision of the eXcellence in Manufacturing and Operations (XMO) initiative at Purdue.

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XMO at Purdue

eXcellence in Manufacturing and Operations at Purdue

Leading the way in digital manufacturing across disciplines through collaboration starting with the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Agriculture, and Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Manufacturing and Operations

Contributing to economic growth job creation and international competitiveness through collaboration opportunities to work on projects with global impact.


Addressing sustainability and environmental impacts through advanced manufacturing practices that focus on resource efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable manufacturing techniques.


Helping small and medium companies around us stay small and medium with digitalization.


Creating resilient supply chains running from small and medium manufacturers to large manufacturers to supply needed parts.

Workforce Development

Building a workforce now and for the future by preparing students as the innovators and entrepreneurs in Industry 4.0.


Wall Street Journal lists Purdue No. 3 nationally and No. 6 globally in startup creation from university technologies. Purdue named No. 1 in education in 2023 rankings of Fast Company magazine's World's Most Innovative Companies for its advancements in the vital field of semiconductors.

Knowledge and Jobs Together

Rolls-Royce, Saab, SEL, Wabash and other companies have chosen Purdue for partnerships.

Hear what CEOs say about Purdue's leadership

"Differentiated technologies that address a growing diversity of applications will characterize the next wave of electronics. This next wave will be driven by creative engineers with a broad understanding of microelectronics from materials, devices, and circuits to systems, packaging, and qualification. SEMI is delighted to partner with Purdue as part of the American Semiconductor Academy Initiative, and I am pleased to see the university leading the way with the kind of comprehensive and innovative program that the semiconductor industry critically needs."

—Ajit Manocha, President and CEO, SEMI

"Recent events have taught us all how critical chips are and how fragile supply chains can be, but a re-energized U.S. microelectronics landscape will require more than just building more fabs. As Moore's Law slows, new ways to advance the performance of electronics systems are needed, and this will require a new generation of bold and creative semiconductor engineers to pioneer equally as bold and creative semiconductor devices. I applaud Purdue in addressing this challenge with a comprehensive set of new semiconductor degrees and credentials that will help prepare a new generation of semiconductor engineers and address a critical need for Nantero and other companies."

—Rob Snowberger, CEO, Nantero