Posted on 2/15/2017

Working through barriers to Industry 4.0 adoption

Tom Kelly

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.

The report also highlights that there are striking communication gaps between the technology and manufacturing industries across America.  

Our report has brought these critical issues to light. Now, it’s time to take action. 

This is a time of great uncertainty, but also great promise for our region. Automation Alley will be a critical resource to help guide Southeast Michigan businesses through these unprecedented industry changes ahead.

How Automation Alley can help

This month, through our partnership with the MEDC, Automation Alley will officially launch our Industry 4.0 initiatives, designed to help businesses respond to industry demands. Here are some ways to stay involved and informed:

  • Tech Takeovers: Beginning in March, Automation Alley is opening its doors every Wednesday for a new Tech Takeover event series on Industry 4.0 readiness. Through these events, there will be opportunities for corporate sponsorship, and our members will have the chance to position their companies as Industry 4.0 thought leaders. 
  • Automation Alley’s 2017 Industry 4.0 Conference: In November, Automation Alley is planning a global conference centered around Industry 4.0 that will be a must-attend for technology and manufacturing professionals across the region and state. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • Industry 4.0 Committees: As our industries evolve, so will Automation Alley’s committees, putting a laser focus on Industry 4.0 as it relates to technology, manufacturing and talent. 
  • Please take some time to read our report and share it with your colleagues. Manufacturing is in our DNA here in Southeast Michigan. Now we have the potential to be a national leader in Industry 4.0. We want to be an advocate for our region’s adoption of Industry 4.0 and a springboard for new developments in advanced manufacturing. 

About the Author

Tom Kelly | Automation Alley

As executive director of Automation Alley, Tom Kelly oversees strategic planning, all financial and personnel matters and the ongoing activities for Automation Alley on behalf of its nearly 1,000 member organizations across Southeast Michigan


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