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Speakers from General Motors, Google, Magna and Whirlpool among line-up for Automation Alley’s Integr8 Industry 4.0 conference in Detroit Nov. 14

POSTED 11/01/2018

Plus, MEDC Smart Technology Expo

TROY, Mich. - Automation Alley is pleased to announce additional details about its second annual Integr8 global Industry 4.0 conference taking place in Detroit on Wednesday, November 14. The conference is focused on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0: the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

Joining the speaker line-up are representatives from national and global companies including:

  • Accenture
  • Fraunhofer USA
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Kelly Services
  • Magna International
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • Steelcase
  • Whirlpool

Helena Leurent, Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Production and Member of the Executive Committee - World Economic Forum, will present the lunchtime keynote address. A complete speaker line-up can be viewed here.

Integr8 breakout sessions include:

  • Artificial Intelligence – Think, Reason, Proceed: Removing Bottlenecks and Barriers with Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data – Big Data from Big Machines: Using Analytics to Improve Availability, Performance and Security
  • Cloud Computing –Moving Zettabytes: Revolutionizing Networks for Industry 4.0
  • Industrial Internet of Things – Industry 4.0 Journey/Lessons Learned/Provider and Lead User Viewpoints; Maximize Your OEE with IIOT
  • Modeling Simulation, Visualization and Immersion- Smart Connected Test Labs: Accelerating Concepts to Production; Inception: Making Dreams a Reality through MSV
  • Logistics -Delivered! The Digital Thread in Your Supply Chain
  • Robotics – Not Your Father’s Automation
  • Workforce - #DitchtheScript: Designing Talent Strategies to Meet the Future of Work

A complete list of breakout sessions can be viewed here. Additionally, Fraunhofer USA’s “Germany Innovates - Beyond Industry 4.0 - Life-Long Learning Careers” event will take place at Integr8 in partnership with the Fraunhofer Academy and Automation Alley. It is part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19. The “Year of German-American Friendship“ is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), highlighting the decades-long relationship grounded in common values, interests, and goals.

Also taking place at Integr8 is the MEDC Smart Technology Expo, showcasing Industry 4.0 technologies shaping the manufacturing industry. All conference attendees will be able to engage with technologies critical to the advancement of Industry 4.0, including robots and augmented reality. A list of exhibitors and sponsors can be found here.  The Smart Technology Expo provides a hands-on experience for conference attendees that helps visualize manufacturing in the emerging smart factory era, according to Automation Alley CEO and Executive Director Tom Kelly.

“The Smart Technology Expo brings the future of manufacturing to life today, with forward thinking companies eager to explain how their new technologies help manufacturers strategically adopt Industry 4.0 practices and approaches,” Kelly said.

As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, Automation Alley created the Integr8 Industry 4.0 conference in 2017 to draw global attention to the rapid technological changes taking place in the manufacturing industry and to help companies large and small form action plans for their digital transformation. The inaugural Integr8 event drew a sellout-crowd of 550.  
For registration information on Integr8 and Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail VIP reception on November 13 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, visit integr8conference.com. Sponsorships for Integr8 are still available. For a complete list of sponsors and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Integr8 website.  

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing 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 and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

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 think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.