Make Your Voice Heard

Automation Alley, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, recently launched the Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for Michigan—a globally recognized initiative and distinct honor for our region. As part of our mission, we are launching invitation-only roundtable discussions at Integr8: The Industry 4.0 Conference for 2019. The core topics for each roundtable will revolve around technology, talent and the future of production.

Each 75-minute roundtable will be made up of a broad diversity of views and opinions and will result in a series of white papers to be published globally following the conference. Roundtable participants will be recognized for their contribution.

Roundtable Schedule

How Can SMEs Go Digital and Thrive?
9 a.m. | 141, Level 1

The digital revolution is no longer reserved for large OEMs and industry giants. In order to remain competitive in today’s connected marketplace, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) along the entire supply chain must adopt a digital strategy and business model. This can seem overwhelming – especially for an industry that’s been entrenched in Industry 2.0 for so long. What are the main roadblocks facing SMEs and how can they overcome them and seize the opportunities Industry 4.0 brings?

The Smart Factory: IoT Integration & Visibility
10:30 a.m. | 141, Level 1

There are more connected devices in the world today than humans, according to The World Economic Forum. These devices, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), includes everything from your smartphone to sensors on machines, connected vehicles and smart cities. By 2020, innovation will drive the number of IoT devices above 20 billion. How can manufacturers use IoT and the data it brings to find bottlenecks and improve processes, predict downtime, become more efficient and make better products and enhance worker productivity and safety?

Preparing the Workforce for Industry 4.0
10:30 a.m. | 142A, Level 1

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is having dramatic social and cultural impacts across the globe and has been especially disruptive to a human workforce racing to keep up with the pace of technological change. Reskilling and cultivating human talent is key to a successful digital transformation. How can industry, academia and government work together to ensure the talent pipeline is prepared for Industry 4.0?

Using AI to Analyze Your Big Data
1:15 p.m. | 141, Level 1

The connected and smart technologies of Industry 4.0 have created enormous opportunities for data collection. But the massive amounts of Big Data you are collecting are useless unless you have the right tools in place to analyze that data to form insights and make better business decisions. Enter artificial intelligence (AI). Big Data can seem overwhelming, but AI can make it seem, well, smaller! Using data from multiple sources, how can AI store knowledge and ultimately enable accurate predictions?

Industry 4.0's Impact on the Defense Sector & How Michigan Can Lead the Charge
1:15 p.m. | 142A, Level 1

The advent of augmented and virtual reality, Big Data and the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and other Industry 4.0 technologies are rapidly impacting the defense sector, creating both challenges and opportunities for an industry that keeps us all safe and protected. The defense industry relies heavily on manufacturing partners for technology innovation. With our strong defense corridor, how can Michigan SMEs work with our military to foster innovation?

Advanced Materials & 3D Printing After the Hype – What’s Next?
2:45 p.m. | 142A, Level 1

Recent advancements in machinery, materials and software have made 3D printing tools previously limited to a few high-tech industries more accessible to a wide range of businesses. From pilot trials to complex systems and production parts, the additive manufacturing industry is seeing new life after the initial hype burst. How has 3D printing changed product design and industrial production? What does this mean for workforce training in these new technologies?

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Roundtable participation is by invitation only. To inquire about how you or a representative from your company can get involved, fill out the form below.

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