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By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 2/15/2017
This week, Automation Alley released its 2017 Technology Industry Report, highlighting that the manufacturing industry is moving rapidly to embrace Industry 4.0 technology as a critical part of its processes and plans to make new technological investments in 2017. Despite these findings, the report also found that there are many barriers to Industry 4.0 adoption.
By John Hindman | Tooling U-SME | 2/8/2017
Today’s successful apprenticeships blend hands-on learning with problem solving and classroom instruction, says John Hindman, learning and performance improvement leader at Tooling U-SME. Here are six reasons why starting an apprenticeship program can benefit your company.
2/7/2017
Automation Alley added 11 new members in January. Click the link below to meet them.
2/7/2017
Randy Brodzik, president and CEO of RedViking, discusses how Automation Alley has helped his engineering firm expand its international footprint.
By Janet Tyler | Red Level | 2/1/2017
Relocating your company’s offices isn’t easy. But unless and until you’ve actually gone through the process, you probably aren’t aware of just how much potential aggravation lurks within every aspect, says Janet Tyler, chief operating officer of technology consulting firm Red Level. These five factors just scratch the surface of possible considerations – but they can have a big impact on your company’s health and your sanity as you go through the relocation process.
1/25/2017
The fourth industrial revolution — also referred to as Industry 4.0 — is here, and Automation Alley Executive Director Tom Kelly wants to make sure that Southeast Michigan’s manufacturers are ready for it. In a recent interview with Metromode, Kelly explains why it’s critical for local manufacturers to invest in new technologies and the impact Industry 4.0 will have on job creation in the region — and why the '78 Pontiac Grand Prix holds a special place in his heart.
By Bill Rosin and Brian Balow | Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC | 1/18/2017
In 2015, nearly 30 percent of all cyberattacks in the manufacturing sector occurred in the automotive industry. Today, the industry finds itself at a crossroads, as larger numbers of connected and autonomous vehicles begin to reach the broader consumer marketplace. This week on the blog, Bill Rosin and Brian Balow of Mich.-based Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC, a law firm providing legal counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to other publicly and privately owned businesses, discuss why cybersecurity and the public perception of vehicle safety and brand strength are more important than ever.
By Jeff Jorge | Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP | 1/11/2017
The choice of how to view the world in doing business globally — to find opportunity, to decide with whom to partner in conquering it, and what to do next — all start with the slant of one’s prism. And this very conflict and complexity is what drives the world to be both a hard place to do business and one that’s filled with opportunity, says Jeff Jorge, principal and international growth services practice leader at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Join him Jan. 23 for Automation Alley’s Global Business and Economic Outlook for 2017 and Beyond and learn how to smartly navigate the uncertainty, change and opportunity in the global marketplace.
1/10/2017
Meet Goodwill Industries, Automation Alley’s 2016 Member Company of the Year.
1/10/2017
Automation Alley added 12 new members in December. Click the link below to meet them.

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