News

dbusiness: Integr8 Luminate 2019

Integr8 Luminate kicked off Automation Alley’s Integr8: The Industry 4.0 Conference 2019 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Detroit’s TCF Center. Technology and manufacturing leaders gathered for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a ribbon cutting for the Integr8 Expo preview. Guests also connected with Integr8 speakers and VIP guests. // Photographs by Patrick Gloria

Read More

Forbes: Leaders From Industry 1.0 Share The Future Of Industry 4.0 … Including Society 5.0!

In 1994 Jim Collins wrote the seminal book, Built To Last, which talked about the similarities in companies who stood the test of time through constant innovation while maintaining their core values.

In an effort to learn from these types of industrial enterprises, on November 6, 2019 at Integr8 (the annual global technology and manufacturing conference in Detroit focused on industry 4.0), I moderated a hand-selected panel.

Read More

LIFT to host 89 high school students from Detroit’s University Prep at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference

Students will meet with Lt. Gov. Gilchrist at the event to discuss their findings on Industry 4.0

TROY, Mich.—October 29, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, is pleased to announce that LIFT -Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Detroit-based and Department of Defense-sponsored  national manufacturing innovation institute, is hosting 89 Detroit high school students at Integr8 at Detroit’s TCF Center on November 6. The students, who attend University Prep (UPrep) Science & Math School and are taking part in LIFT’s “IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing ® curriculum in the LIFT Learning Lab in the institute’s Corktown facility, will be learning about how the smart and connected technologies of Industry 4.0 are impacting industries in Michigan. They will also have the opportunity to report back to Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist at the event about their key findings and important takeaways in a Q & A forum exclusive to the students.

“Providing opportunities for these students to the broader world of advanced manufacturing is absolutely aligned with our mission with UPrep and the Department of Defense,” said Nigel Francis, CEO and Executive Director. “We are thrilled to work with Automation Alley to help these students better understand the future of advanced manufacturing. Thank you to Lt. Gov. Gilchrist for being able to provide invaluable interaction with the students on how smart technologies can work together to solve problems.”

Developed by a national partnership led by LIFT, and supported by funding from the Department of Defense, “IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing” is a three-year foundational competency-based educational program for the “multi-skilled technician” needed in today’s workplace. The new curriculum will introduce students to advanced manufacturing materials, processes and systems through on-line, interactive, multimedia and project-based learning built around real industry challenges. LIFT is providing the curriculum to 100 UPrep students this school year with the support of a grant from the Skillman Foundation

The UPrep students will have the opportunity to listen to keynote presentations by John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, and Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, attend the Integr8 expo to learn about the technology options available that facilitate digital transformation, and explore the Smart Technology Zone, presented by Automation Alley partner the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, and focusing on information and hands-on demos tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0.

“Integr8 provides a phenomenal learning environment for those seeking knowledge on Industry 4.0,” said Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly. “What better way to develop talent than to inspire students by showing them the possibilities of smart and connected technologies transforming industries right now.”

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, robotics, artificial intelligence, the cloud, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing and advanced materials and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts. Supported by blockbuster brands including IBM, Intel, Verizon, Comcast and DTE; locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to the TCF Center in Detroit.

 Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also being held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About LIFT
LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a public-private partnership to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce. ALMMII is one of the founding members of Manufacturing USA, a federal initiative to create regional hubs to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301
Joe Steele, LIFT, jsteele@almmii.org

Power Play! New session puts focus on Industry 4.0 movement into professional sports at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference on Nov. 6 in Detroit

NASCAR, Detroit Lions and cycling leader Trek to discuss using AI, Big Data tools for a competitive advantage and amped up fan engagement

TROY, Mich.—October 23, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, has added a panel discussion to its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, focused on how smart technologies are disrupting the professional sports industry to help demonstrate how the Fourth Industrial Revolution—including the Internet of Things, Big Data, cloud computing, AI and more—has moved to sectors well beyond the factory floor.
The panel discussion, titled Power Play: How Smart Technologies are a Sports Industry Game-Changer, will close out the conference, which is being held Nov. 6 in Detroit.

Panelists include Ashton Mullinex, Detroit Lions executive director of business strategy and analytics; Steven de Jongh, a Dutch-born former professional road bicycle racer who now works for Trek, a multi-national bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor committed to improving race performance and results through data analytics; and Gene Stefanyshyn, senior vice president and chief international officer for NASCAR, which is using Big Data, AI, 3D printing and modeling and simulation to bring new opportunities to a uniquely American experience that is seeing increased global popularity.

“Industry 4.0 is a game-changer not only in manufacturing, but in every segment of business, and the business of sports is no exception,” Kelly said. “The Power Play panelists will explain how Industry 4.0 is leading to new ways to engage fans, improve player health and safety, and win at the highest levels of professional sports entertainment.”

Supported by blockbuster brands including IBM, Intel, Verizon, Comcast and DTE; locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to the TCF Center in Detroit. In addition to keynote presentations by John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, and Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available that facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions, breakout sessions focused on Industry 4.0’s impact on the workforce, small and medium-sized manufacturers, the health care and automotive industries and much more. In addition, the Smart Technology Zone, presented by Automation Alley partner the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will focus on information and hands-on demos tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, robotics, artificial intelligence, the cloud, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing and advanced materials and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also being held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Keynote speakers from Microsoft, IBM to address the strategic transformation of organizations in the midst of Industry 4.0 at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference on Nov. 6 in Detroit

John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, and Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, bring their digital perspective to industries looking to modernize with disruptive technologies

TROY, Mich.—October 10, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announced global tech giants Microsoft and IBM will keynote Integr8, leading the conversation on continuous digital transformation and the outlook for organizations seeking to innovate by harnessing Industry 4.0 technologies. On Nov. 6 at Detroit’s TCF Center, formerly Cobo Center, John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, will kick off the global Industry 4.0 conference with a morning keynote at 8 a.m.; Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, will deliver the lunch time keynote at noon.

Kovac, who works with executives to drive organizational and product change by re-imagining product, will share use-cases and industry best-practices regarding the digital transformation, with a focus on trends and patterns that Microsoft has identified across a variety of industries impacted by Industry 4.0. Koederitz, who has been dedicated to helping businesses transform through technology across the electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, chemicals and petroleum, and ‘X’ industries, will discuss how the convergence of Industry 4.0 technologies has been shaping the future to make business more successful, in addition to changing lives on a personal level.

“Many companies are beginning to understand, adapt and innovate through Industry 4.o, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible with these technologies,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “Integr8 is fortunate to have industry thought leaders John Kovac and Martina Koderitz address this rapid pace of change, offering guidance and inspiration to champion a forward-thinking mindset.”

Supported by blockbuster brand sponsors including IBM and Intel; locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to the TCF Center in Detroit. In addition to the two keynote presentations, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available that facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions, breakout sessions focused on Industry 4.0’s impact in a variety of industries including health care, automotive, retail, food production and more. In addition, the Smart Technology Zone, presented by Automation Alley partner the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will focus on information and hands-on demos tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0.

The day-long conference will close with an Afterglow featuring a panel discussion on how Industry 4.0 technologies are impacting the sports industry. The discussion, titled “Power Play: How Smart Technologies are a Sports Industry Game-Changer,” will include panelists from NASCAR, Trek cycling and professional Detroit sports teams.

“This panel discussion will demonstrate how Industry 4.0 technologies are impacting industries well beyond the factory floor,” Kelly said. “Other industry sectors can learn from the innovative ways the sports industry is using these cutting-edge technologies to connect with fans, improve player safety and performance.”

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466;
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

MITECHNEWS.COM: Automation Alley Partners With Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center On Industry 4.0 Breakout Session

TROY – Automation Alley had partnered with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to offer a breakout session during its Integr8 conference focused on how the smart and connected technologies of Industry 4.0 are converging to disrupt all industries, from automotive and defense to retail and health care.

Read more at MITECHNEWS.COM

Automation Alley announces breakout sessions for its Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, Nov. 6 in Detroit

Plus, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center partners with Automation Alley to present Smart Technology Zone sessions focused on supply chain

TROY, Mich.—October 2, 2019 – Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, is pleased to announce the breakout sessions for Integr8, the Industry 4.0 conference. Focused on how the smart and connected technologies of Industry 4.0 are converging to disrupt all industries, from automotive and defense to retail and health care, key sessions include:

  • The Digital Factory: From Threat to Opportunity
  • The Retail Revolution: Shopping Gets Personal
  • Driving Innovation: Automotive Industry 4.0 – What’s Next?
  • The Future of Defense in the Era of Industry 4.0
  • Health 4.0: How Emerging Tech & Biomedical Research are Saving Lives
  • Slovakia Meets the Motor City: Industry 4.0 Automotive Solutions in Central Europe

Additional sessions are being added leading up to the conference, which takes place Nov. 6 at Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center). Separately, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center), is partnering with Automation Alley for a segment of Integr8 breakout sessions called the Smart Technology Zone that are specifically tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0. Those sessions include:

  • Automation: Real-Time Solutions for Long-Term Issues
  • Lean Technologies: Continuous Improvement in the 21st Century
  • Business Intelligence: Using Data for Better Decision Making
  • Digital Design & Manufacturing: Beyond Blueprints and Subtractive Manufacturing

“The addition of the Smart Technology Zone will benefit small and medium-size manufacturers, with a full day of sessions designed to address their needs, and interactive and hands-on demonstrations that will enable them to experience and interact with these emerging technologies,” said Mike Coast, president of The Center.

Complete descriptions of breakout sessions, including those offered by The Center, can be viewed on the Integr8 breakout session page.

Supported by blockbuster brand sponsors including IBM and Intel, locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to Detroit. In addition to the breakout sessions, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available to facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions and two keynote speakers that will be announced soon. Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly says attendees will walk away from the conference with a roadmap for Industry 4.0 implementation.

“Integr8 presents an opportunity to take action and gain a competitive advantage, not only through an understanding of these new and emerging technologies and how they can transform the manufacturing processes, but also through collegial networking with those engaged in the highest levels of Industry 4.0 implementation,” Kelly said.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466;
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

New sponsors including IBM and Intel sign on for Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference Integr8, Nov. 6 in Detroit

TROY, Mich.—September 9, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that IBM and Intel have signed on as event sponsors for its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8. Heading into its third year, the Nov. 6 event will move to Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) to accommodate an anticipated 1,000 attendees and an expanded Smart Technology Expo. Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly said the event is catching the sponsorship attention of global companies who are positioning themselves as leaders in the Industry 4.0 space.

“In just two years, Integr8 has caught the attention of the world stage when it comes to advanced manufacturing. In 2018, the World Economic Forum, which has a global advanced manufacturing initiative in place, came on board. In 2019, we are welcoming mega business brands like IBM and Intel, as well as other new and returning sponsors that are packing a big punch in Industry 4.o,” Kelly said. “We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors and supporting partners who understand the urgency of 4.0 adoption and want to see Michigan and the U.S. lead the charge.”

The list of new and returning Integr8 sponsors to date include:

  • IBM
  • Splunk
  • Behco
  • PTC
  • DTE
  • Sario
  • Marco
  • SRI International
  • Intel
  • Omron
  • Plex
  • Clayton & McKervey
  • Soft Robotics
  • Kors Engineering
  • RPM
  • TrialAssure
  • SICK Inc.
  • Kundinger, Inc.
  • Comau
  • Feyen Zylstra
  • MarketsandMarkets
  • Mettle Ops
  • Novastar
  • OPS Solutions
  • Prosper-Tech Machine & Tool
  • Macomb Community College
  • ANSYS
  • Ascent Aerospace
  • CenturyLink
  • DENSO
  • DTI
  • Farbman Group
  • General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Magna International
  • Mclaren Health Care
  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Oakland Schools
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Rehmann
  • Stefanini
  • ZEISS Industrial

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the World Economic Forum continue as Integr8 supporting partners.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. In addition to Michigan and U.S. manufacturing and technology leaders, Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts. Countries represented at Integr8 2017 and 2018 included Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, China and Japan.

A new format this year will include Industry 4.0 roundtables in addition to breakout sessions; national and international keynote speakers and panelists will offer compelling insights on how to capitalize on the rapid transformation of global manufacturing while ensuring the workforce is prepared for the changing job landscape. The Smart Technology Expo will now include global exhibitors to further highlight the technology options available to facilitate the digital transformation.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301