By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 11/14/2018
Two years ago, Automation Alley launched its Industry 4.0 Assessment initiative in an effort to help companies with corporate strategy and direction during their digital transformations. In that time, we’ve uncovered some insightful trends from the Michigan tech and manufacturing companies we’ve assessed. During our assessments, we ask pointed questions and present back to the company what we’ve uncovered. In essence, our assessment holds up a mirror to the company. As one company put it, we clean and polish the mirror, so they see their true self.
By Christopher Dole | Soothsayer Analytics | 11/7/2018
As the advanced and connected technologies of Industry 4.0 make their way into our daily operations, companies should consider how the use of Data Science can help them explain the unknown, optimize their business and predict the future. In anticipation of Soothsayer’s Data Science panel discussion and presentation at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference on Nov. 14, here are 12 questions to consider before embarking on a Data Science journey.
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New Foundation Member Soothsayer Analytics builds solutions that are powered by AI and other smart algorithms, helping companies throughout the Midwest achieve data science success. See how they use their member benefits to grow their knowledge of Industry 4.0 and help other members keep up to date on industry trends.
By Anthony Leo | Soft Robotics | 10/31/2018
Anthony Leo, regional sales manager at Soft Robotics, likes to solve problems in new and innovative ways. This week on the blog, Anthony tells us how Soft Robotics is helping companies win new business with their advanced gripper systems.
By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 10/30/2018
As with any election year, there’s no shortage of topics vying for attention in Michigan -- and they are all important to the citizenry: roads and infrastructure, K-12 education, healthcare coverage and protection of the Great Lakes, just for starters. What’s not being talked about enough, though, is the seismic shift known as Industry 4.0 taking place in manufacturing - Michigan’s crown jewel of industry leadership.
By Kurt Dykema | Twisthink | 10/24/2018
Nobody wants to admit it, everyone tries to avoid it, and yet we’ll all succumb to it at some point: a business paralysis rooted in fear. And if you’re a seasoned manufacturing company, that fear may be linked to the transformative change driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). Kurt Dykema of Twisthink joins us on the blog to share three steps you can take to move your organization toward embracing IoT.
By Alison Trumble | Automation Alley | 10/17/2018
When you were a kid, did you dream of cold calling? Looking up all the information you can find on the internet and trying to build rapport with a stranger? Of course not. This week on the blog, Alison Trumble, Automation Alley’s newest Business Development Representative, shares her tips for making the big bucks in a role she never thought she would be in – sales.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 10/10/2018
In Michigan, we have companies that excel in physical technologies such as manufacturing, logistics and agriculture. This entire ecosystem, which is the economic backbone of Michigan, is facing Industry 4.0 head on. This week on the blog, Pavan Muzumdar, Automation Alley’s chief operating officer, explains the seven things your boss wants you to know about Industry 4.0.
By Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley | 10/3/2018
Curious about the how Automation Alley handles the trade mission experience? Automation Alley Senior Director Cynthia Hutchison was. Fresh from our most recent trade mission to India, read why Cynthia’s takeaway from the trip - from start to finish - is “Mission Accomplished.”

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