By Noel Nevshehir | Automation Alley | 3/21/2018
This September, Automation Alley is leading a trade mission to India and is seeking Michigan companies interested in expanding their business abroad. This week on the blog, Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of International Business Services and Industry 4.0 Strategic Partnerships, discusses why the Indian market is a promising one for Michigan companies and lays out the business opportunities available in this fast-growing economy.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 3/14/2018
As one who has the privilege of working with some of the hardest working millennials at multiple companies, I thought it was time to set the record straight. The way I see it, not only are some of the negative claims about this generation false, but they contribute to a narrative that is harmful to society and our ability to steward our future. Not to mention it’s really irritating. Read more from Automation Alley COO Pavan Muzumdar this week on the blog.
By Ann Marie Olszewski | Marsh & McLennan Agency | 3/7/2018
The challenges of an overseas assignment are potentially as great as the rewards. A well-crafted international expatriate health plan can go a long way to ensuring the employee’s success while working abroad.
Meet NovaStar Solutions, an Automation Alley member company helping drive innovation in the automotive, aerospace, energy and medical industries through 3D printing technology. Discover how membership to Automation Alley has helped this Livonia business meet and learn more about the needs of engineers and manufacturers across Southeast Michigan.
Automation Alley added 9 new members in February. Click the link below to meet them.
By John Bedz | Automation Alley | 2/28/2018
Robotics systems are cheaper and more versatile than ever. Companies automating are seeing an ROI faster than ever. Robots make your shop floor safer and remove tedious tasks from your employees. In fact, we’ve heard the stories about how initially employees have reservations about working with robots. Soon after installation, though, they begin to ask 'what else can the robot help me with?' Employees happy, bosses happy, vendors happy and efficiency, project flow and profits all trending in the right direction. So, what am I missing when I see that not every company jumps in on robotics?" writes John Bedz, Automation Alley's program manager of entrepreneurship and defense. Understanding the obstacles to automation is the first step in helping companies considering this next move.
By David Baumgarten | Novastar Solutions | 2/21/2018
In its 30-plus year history, 3D printing hasn’t offered the scalability, repeatability, or economics (comparable cost per part) to be thought of as a sustainable manufacturing solution. But recent advancements in the 3D Printing industry make the case the technology is en route to disrupting manufacturing as we know it, says David Baumgarten, Founder and President of Novastar Solutions. Speed and design freedom are just two of the most important 3D printing differentiators when compared to legacy manufacturing.
By Kristin O’Neill | Automation Alley | 2/14/2018
Automation is more than an idea, it’s a way of life. The principles of Industry 4.0 can be applied to every aspect of your business. When done right, the results speak for themselves. Kristin O’Neill, Automation Alley business development representative, shares her secrets for success this week on the blog.
By Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley | 2/7/2018
For dynamic membership organizations like Automation Alley, the member experience drives the organization, determining policy, strategy, events and programming. The Automation Alley member experience is not only founded on the principles of trust and collaboration, it is expanding because of them. You can see it, feel it and even measure it—with data that reflects increased member attendance and engagement at events, in collaborative research projects and even new business deals and partnerships.
Automation Alley member company Brinks Gilson & Lione provides IP law counsel on innovations in a range of complex and valuable technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bioengineering, industrial manufacturing, electronics and software and medical devices. Watch Dr. Keith Weiss discuss how the firm leverages Automation Alley membership to help businesses protect and enforce their intellectual property rights.


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