Working through barriers to Industry 4.0 adoption

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.

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. 
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

Blog Tags

3D Printing, 7Cs, Advanced, Advanced Manufacturing, Analytics, App Development, Apprentice, Apprenticeship, Apprenticeships, Apps, assessment, Attraction, Automation, Automation Alley, Automotive, Autonomous vehicles, Awards Gala, Big Data, Business Assessment, Business Attraction, Business Coaching, Business Development, business growth, Business Strategy, Business Valuation, Canton, Capital, Civic Tech, cloud computing, Coding, Collaboration, Committees, Company, Computer Science, Connected Vehicles, connectivity, corporate events, Culture, Customers, Cyber Range, Cyber Security, cyberattacks, cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data, Defense, Detroit, Disruption, Diversification, driverless cars, education, elevator pitch, Employees, Employers, Employment, Entrepreneur, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, event planning, events, Exporting, Factory Reboot, Finance, Finances, Financials, fog computing, funding, Grant Writing, Grants, growth, hackers, Hannover Messe, health, Health Care, Hiring, HR, human resources, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, information technology, Innovation, Integr8, International Business, international trade, Internet of Things, Interviewing, investment, investments, Investors, IoT, IT, Job Seekers, Jobs, Kingfa, Leadership, Legal Advice, Management, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Membership Minute, MembershipMinute, MFG DAY, Military, Millennials, mobility, Networking, New Year, Operations, Opportunity, OT, Personality Testing, PLM, Podcast, Private Equity, Professional Development, Recruiting, resume, Retention, Robotics, Sales, self-driving cars, Skilled Trades, Skills Gap, Small Business, smart factories, Smart Factory, Smart Manufacturing, Social, Social Media, Startup, Startups, STEM, stress management, Summer Camps, Talent, Talent Attraction, Talent Development, Talent Exchange, Talent Gap, Talent Recruitment, Talent Shortage, Taxes, Team, Team Building, Teamwork, Tech, Technical Talent Development Program, technology, Technology Industry Report, The 7Cs, Trade, Trade Mission, trade missions, Training, transportation, Trends, TTDP, Veterans, virtual reality, Volunteering, VR, Women, workforce, Workforce Development, workforce training, Workplace, Year-end financials, Year-end planning

Automation Alley Blog PostsBlog posts RSS

Foundation Members