Where Knowledge Meets Action

Integr8 will feature breakout sessions on the integration of the eight core technology sectors of Industry 4.0: The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion.

9 a.m.

Future Proofing Manufacturing Transformation with IoT & Data Science
9 a.m. | 140B, Level 1

DataOps is the data practice for the AI era, connecting data consumers with data creators to accelerate collaboration and digital innovation. Data is your competitive edge. But it is becoming less accessible as it becomes more dense, diverse and distributed. We help you place the right data in the right place at the right time. We are analytics, industrial expertise, technology and outcomes rolled into one great solution partner. We are POWERING GOOD through social values, environmental values and economic values. We listen. We understand. We work with you. Get Your DataOps Advantage with Hitachi Vantara.


  • Sandeep Patel, Director Data Science and Presales Leader – Midwest, Hitachi Vantara
The Digital Factory: From Threat to Opportunity
9 a.m. | 140C, Level 1

The digital transformation in manufacturing is forcing traditional companies to explore new business models to maintain their competitive advantage. This panel discussion will explore how manufacturers can frame the digital transformation as an opportunity to refocus rather than a threat to their existence. It will feature best practices, industry examples and recommendations for first steps from technology providers.


Driving Innovation: Automotive Industry 4.0 - What's Next?
9 a.m. | 140D, Level 1

The automotive industry is experiencing the most significant change since Henry Ford industrialized manufacturing in Detroit over a century ago. The connected and smart technologies of Industry 4.0 are creating new ways to conceptualize, engineer, manufacture and deliver vehicles to customers. It’s creating new business models and changing the role humans play in the labor economy. This panel discussion will focus on emerging technology trends impacting carmakers today and tomorrow. From IIoT-enabled factories to exoskeletons and drones, Industry 4.0’s disruption has only begun in the mobility sector—so what’s next?


The Human Element: Preparing for the Digital Revolution
9 a.m. | 140E, Level 1

The advanced technologies associated with Industry 4.0 are requiring companies to find candidates with a unique skill set of flexible, collaboration-based jobs that look fundamentally different than the jobs their parents had. This panel discussion will explore how industry, academia, professional services and staffing companies can work together to help upskill the future workforce for the digital jobs of tomorrow.


Design for 3D Printing
9 a.m. | 140F, Level 1

One of the key benefits of 3D printing is the ability to create innovative designs. This presentation will cover 3D printing technology trends and how they are being used today for low volume part production. For each category, example parts will be displayed and various features of each part design will be discussed from a design perspective. Explore new ideas around shop floor tools, jig and fixtures, and other additive manufacturing details for end use applications on automated equipment.


Strategic Data: Building the Foundation for Digital Transformation
9 a.m. | 140G, Level 1

Learn how to capture data at a 99.98% accuracy rate across the community supply chain. Turning theory into action no matter where you are in your digital transformation journey. Surgere will help you set the necessary strategic data foundation for success. Our system is designed to increase efficiency, reduce costs and see an ROI in as little as 6 months – without the need for capital investment.


  • Rusty Coleman, Vice President of Digital Transformation, Surgere

10:30 a.m.

Implementing a Factory of the Future: The Real Story
10:30 a.m. | 140B, Level 1

As one of the world’s largest consumers of connected technology and solutions, Bosch leads the way in implementing innovative solutions today. An expert from the Bosch team responsible for the implementation of new solutions will share the Bosch philosophy for engaging the Industry 4.0 journey of transformation and how Bosch is succeeding in bringing the Factory of the Future into the Now.


Slovakia Meets the Motor City: Industry 4.0 Automotive Solutions in Central Europe
10:30 a.m. | 140C, Level 1

Central Europe is well known for its highly concentrated and growing automotive sector. Being the production powerhouse of the entire continent, it is strongly affected by global competition and current trends in the car industry. This breakout session will explore how Slovakia, the global leader in car production per capita, is implementing Industry 4.0. Hear U.S. business success stories in Slovakia, learn about their local business environment and incentives, as well as new approaches to robotics, Big Data and blockchain.


  • Moderator: Oto Pison, Deputy Head of Investment Project Dpt. & Innovation Manager, SARIO
  • Katarina Kralikova, Economic Counselor, Embassy of the Slovak Republic
  • Dominik Susa, Head of Investment Projects Dpt., SARIO
  • Alex Filippov, Business Development Manager, Photoneo
  • Matej Misik, Director Business Development, Instarea
  • Patrik Csokas, Head of IT, Decent
The Future of Industry – How industry leaders are creating change and disruption with Industry 4.0
10:30 a.m. | 140D, Level 1
This breakout session is by invitation only.

In this executive panel, you will hear from a variety of industry leaders about current market drivers, future trends and personal experiences in leading organizational change. Specific examples of where they see future digital disruptions, successes and pitfalls in driving competitive advantage through new innovations, customer experiences and business models.


  • Moderator: Robert Reiss, CEO, The CEO Forum
  • Martina Koederitz, General Manager IBM U.S. Industrial Market, IBM
  • Erin Spring, Director, New Ventures, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Suzanne Foster, President, STANLEY Healthcare & Access Technologies
  • Patrick Bass, CEO and President, thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.
Data Abounds, Data Confounds: How to Capture Real ROI with A.I.
10:30 a.m. | 140E, Level 1

We can just throw some Big Data analytics at it…right? Not so quick. Artificial intelligence is sexy, however proper formulation of a business problem and the enablement of underlying components are equally vital to achieving success. This panel discussion will delve into the thought process that goes into developing a data science solution from a leadership and practitioner perspective. Learn how three major companies got started, gained alignment and garnered serious return from implementing data-driven solutions to both age-old and novel problems.


Boundary Crossings: Collaborative Robots and Human Workers
10:30 a.m. | 140F, Level 1

Robots have revolutionized manufacturing and the industrial world in recent decades and there is no slowing down their widespread use across multiple sectors, as well as their growing interaction with their human counterparts on the factory floor. In this session, you will learn how to adopt the fastest growing technologies in robotics and also how to address the labor crisis in manufacturing.

What if you could make your No. 1 warranty issue go to zero defects? What if you could train an engineer to teach robots and re-shore production? What if you could build a team of workers and collaborative robots to create more opportunities and make more money? Learn how collaborative robots will be a key part of the long term solution in manufacturing and gain a deeper understanding of the long-term nature of the employment challenge, with benchmark data to help you plan and develop alternatives to today’s labor issues.


  • Mike Folster, General Manager and Robotic and Vision Product Manager, BEHCO
  • Joe Campbell, Head of Strategic Marketing, Universal Robots Americas
Configuration: The Key to Your Manufacturing Digital Transformation
10:30 a.m. | 140G, Level 1

This panel will highlight the key role configuration plays in your IT landscape, and how connecting your CRM, PLM and ERP systems through the configuration thread is the backbone of any Industry 4.0 manufacturing initiative.


1:15 p.m.

Quantum Computing & Manufacturing Explained (in a way that won’t hurt your brain)
1:15 p.m. | 140B, Level 1

The human race is pretty good at solving math problems – especially as they relate to manufacturing. But did you know there are math problems so ridiculously hard to solve we don’t even bother talking about them? There’s a new breed of computers coming to life right now called Quantum Computers and they have the potential to solve those impossibly-hard problems. And in doing so, they may very well change the future of manufacturing. In this breakout, Accenture’s quantum experts will teach you about this new technology and help you appreciate its potential business impacts.


The Retail Revolution: Shopping Gets Personal
1:15 p.m. | 140C, Level 1

Industry 4.0 has opened the door to a new world of possibilities in the retail sector, as digital technologies are connecting brands to their customers like never before. But how will retail companies position themselves for a successful 2020 and beyond? This panel will explore the impact of emerging technologies on the retail sector, from data collection that allows companies to better understand consumers and create unique user experiences to automated production that minimizes costs.


  • Moderator: Jeff Burnstein, President, A3
  • Matt Wallace, Executive Vice President, PVH
  • Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics
  • Brenna Lane, Co-Owner, ISAIC
  • Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0 Business Leader, Bosch Rexroth
Emerging Technology: MATE Exoskeleton
1:15 p.m. | 140F, Level 1

Comau’s Robotics and Automation Products Partner Manager Earl Robinson will highlight the MATE exoskeleton, and discuss the importance of providing employees the ergonomic resources to improve work quality and efficiency, while reducing the risk of injury. Originally created with automotive line workers in mind, MATE has since expanded into a number of other industries, including material handling and packaging. This presentation will cover the benefits of incorporating MATE into various automation processes across a wide range of industries.


Observability 4.0: Finally getting to the bottom of IT, OT and IoT
1:15 p.m. | 140G, Level 1

So you’ve invested in IoT, and are beginning to see the benefits of converged IT and OT. Now what? Learn how you can bring cutting-edge approaches in visibility and observability across your technology landscape to achieve unprecedented time to problem detection, investigation and remediation.

We’ll give you real-world examples from early adopters, and will present a vision and demo real solutions for technology management in manufacturing that isn’t science fiction any longer.


2:45 p.m.

Making Industry 4.0 a Reality
2:45 p.m. | 140B, Level 1

Industry 4.0 is not technology in and of itself, but rather, a concept of how automation can be better utilized to help companies achieve operational goals aligned with business strategies. Companies often experience challenges getting started, attempting to solve the “how” before understanding the “what” and “why.” Deployment of intelligent sensors at the edge can kick-start your Industry 4.0 initiatives. Attend this session to learn more about the critical role sensors play and what to consider when planning your Industry 4.0 initiatives. Examples of success will be highlighted and you will walk away with ideas to begin your journey.


  • Ron Stuver, Director of Industry 4.0 Business Consulting and Customer Advocacy, SICK, Inc.
  • Salim Dabbous, Director, Sensor and Safety Integration, SICK, Inc.
  • Matt Keil, Sales Manager, Automotive Group USA, SICK, Inc.
Health 4.0: How Emerging Tech & Biomedical Research are Saving Lives
2:45 p.m. | 140C, Level 1

If there was ever an industry in need of increased efficiency, cost containment and improved outcomes, health care tops the list. This panel discussion will explore emerging technologies and biomedical research as they come together to give patients a better experience and better outcomes. What does the digital health care market look like today and where can we expect it to go? How are tele-health and remote monitoring changing the way patients and doctors interact to make the overall experience more efficient? And what new technologies are being used behind the scenes when it comes to research and clinical trials?


Food for Thought: Industry 4.0's Impact on the Food & Beverage Industry
2:45 p.m. | 140D, Level 1

Food production isn’t always top of mind when thinking about the digital transformation, but disruptive technologies are having an incalculable impact on the food we eat every day. Lead by a group of experts working in the food production industry, this breakout session will explore robotic process automation for difficult production challenges, Internet of Things-based tools that turn home cooks into home chefs, app-based data collection for better understanding of customer preferences, increased use of packaging materials that minimizes dependence on plastic and more!


The Future of Defense in the Era of Industry 4.0
2:45 p.m. | 140E, Level 1

Industry 4.0 has made a momentous impact in the defense sector, as the United States and other nations ramp up investments in cutting-edge technologies to protect and equip warfighters with the tools necessary to gain a competitive advantage over their adversaries. A prime example of this is the myriad technologies used in unmanned ground vehicle systems. This panel discussion will dive into how artificial intelligence and other Industry 4.0 technologies are working together in some of the most technologically advanced vehicles in development today.


  • Moderator: Vicki Selva, Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center
  • Jennifer Tisdale, Associate Principal of Cybersecurity Research, Automotive and Defense, GRIMM
  • Scott Badenoch, CEO/Owner, Badenoch LLC
  • John Bedz, Manager, Special Programs, Automation Alley
Tomorrow’s Talent is Here Today: Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age
2:45 p.m. | 140F, Level 1

Given the pace of change in skills driven by advancements in technology, the future is much more about what employees can do than the specific jobs they’ve done in the past. We can’t slow the pace of change, yet we can invest in skills to build the workforce of tomorrow and ensure we have the talent to win in the digital age. This panel discussion will focus on what the future holds for skills and jobs in digital manufacturing, the cybersecurity workforce of the future and how we can sharpen our recruiting strategies and become builders of talent so individuals and employers alike can succeed today and tomorrow.


  • Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, ManpowerGroup North America
  • Cindy Pfeiffer, Senior Talent Management Consultant, Right Management, Great Lakes Region
Get Un-stuck and Make Money: Four Things Required for Manufacturing Digital Transformation
2:45 p.m. | 140G, Level 1

Are you making money with digital transformation? I’ve been through hundreds of factories and my job is to make sure this happens for my clients. Do you understand your problems deeply? Have you planned to iterate? I’ll talk through the four things required for success … and it’s not fancy technology, or magic AI. Focus, hard work and a people-first approach pay dividends. Please come find out how.


The Smart Technology Zone

Powered by The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Join The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center for in-depth discussions on the components of Industry 4.0 and live, interactive demos of how they can help digitalize your supply chain. Sessions include:

Autonomation: Real-Time Solutions for Long-Time Issues
9 a.m | 140A, Level 1

In many companies, team members at all levels in the organization spend half their time reacting to unforeseen events. Equipment malfunctions, lack of real-time information and staffing issues can invalidate the production plan in mere minutes. Companies that can throw resources at problems do, experiencing additional cost and inefficiencies in the process. Those that cannot find themselves victims of not knowing what they don’t know. Learn how to free team members from the distractions of data collection and mundane, uninformed decision-making through the creation of a smart manufacturing environment and see how robotics and cobotics can be implemented to perform the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs workers often are tasked with. Technology topics/demos include: sensors, robotics/cobotics, IIoT and automated response.


  • Bob Lyscas, Vice President of Manufacturing Services, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Matt Bush, Cofounder, Hirebotics
  • Brian Navaroli, Outside Sales, Red-D-Arc
  • Corey Lumadue, Systems Engineer, McNaughton-McKay
  • Maxwell Lagassa, Automation Support Engineer, McNaughton-McKay
Lean Technologies: Continuous Improvement in the 21st Century
10:30 a.m | 140A, Level 1

The pursuit of lean manufacturing has been going on for more than a century. Difficulties in sustaining the benefits of lean manufacturing started about two seconds later. Poor training, issues with equipment condition and failures to follow standard work result in reduced customer satisfaction due to variation in product quality, process capability and on-time delivery. Adding technology to continuous improvement efforts can improve business results by providing enhanced resources to support the team. Technology topics/demos include: augmented reality, virtual reality, inventory control technology and condition-based maintenance.


  • Chuck Werner, Manager, Operational Excellence, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Paul Ryznar, CEO/Founder, OPS Solutions
  • Mark Ermatinger, CEO, Industrial Controls
  • Jeff Miller, Sr. Engineer, East Michigan, Industrial Controls
Business Intelligence: Using Data for Better Decision-Making
1:15 p.m | 140A, Level 1

In many organizations, managers operate within knowledge silos, only aware of a portion of the information available and making decisions without a true understanding of the entire value stream. This can result in poor strategic choices, departmental friction and a loss of the agility needed for a company to recognize and avoid challenges or to capitalize on opportunities. The use of interconnectivity, business analytics and real-time data can provide a leadership team with a more complete view of their current state, better information for planning and an almost immediate understanding of the results of their decision-making. Technology topics/demos include: Big Data, simulation, streaming analytics, dashboarding and system integration.


  • George Singos, Business Leader Advisor, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Scott Smith, Practice Director, WIT
  • Vince McCoy, Principal Consultant, WIT
  • Mike Mahoney, Director of Sales, WIT
  • Dan Hebisen, Sales Manager, Grace Engineering
  • Brett Weimer, Account Executive, Grace Engineering
  • Gerry Weimer, Grace Engineering
Digital Design & Manufacturing: Beyond Blueprints and Subtractive Manufacturing
2:45 p.m | 140A, Level 1

Multiple design models and trial and error in the prototype process can lead to long lead times, rework and costly delays when the part or product doesn’t meet the needs of the internal or external customer. Additionally, in many cases, subtractive manufacturing results in limited design choices and enhanced waste. The use of digital design, simulation, additive manufacturing and alternative materials can enable a business to ensure the fit, form and function of a product faster and more accurately than ever before. Technology topics/demos include: 3D scanning/modeling and simulation, AI design and additive manufacturing.


  • Michael McGray, Information Systems Manager, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Dave Pierson, Senior Design Engineer, Magnet
  • Joe Work, Senior Growth Advisor, Magnet
  • Shaun Bentley, Senior Simulation Specialist, GoEngineer

Our 2018 Breakout Sessions:

A sold-out crowd of more than 800 professionals from the manufacturing and technology worlds converged on Detroit, Nov 14, 2018 for a day of deep Industry 4.0 learning at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference and expo at Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Watch some of our breakout sessions below.

What our attendees had to say:

An innovative, collaborative, educational and inspiring conference!
Amy WoodHuntington National Bank
I’ve done my share of expos and conferences and Integr8 is top notch!
Rick ThorntonSecurity 101
We are already getting great feedback from the exposure.
Andrew KalinowskiThunder Technology