October 2018

Meet long-time member company IPS Technology Services and see how they help small to medium sized businesses make important technology decisions to improve their business results.

Automation Alley added 19 new members in September. Click the link below to meet them.

Thinking of exporting? My First Trade Mission with Automation Alley

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.”

7 Things Your Boss Wants You to Know About Industry 4.0

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.

Why I Love Cold Calling and You Should Too

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.

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.

Get a Grip! Exploring Flexible and Collaborative Gripping Systems

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.

Why Michigan’s next governor needs to make Industry 4.0 a priority

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.

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