Troy’s Automation Alley to Present 2019 Technology in Industry Report April 29 at DIA

Automation Alley will present its 2019 Technology in Industry Report on April 29 at the DIA.

Automation Alley is poised to present its 2019 Technology in Industry Report titled “From Vision to Implementation” on April 29 at 8 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The report is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change.

Building on its research team’s work from the 2018 report, the Troy-based Industry 4.0 knowledge center’s 2019 report will include case studies of Industry 4.0 adoption strategies, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities, action items, and workforce implications.

New to the report this year is the Velocity Index, which will illustrate the maturity of each Industry 4.0 technology and its expected rate of growth to determine the risks associated with investment.

Research will center on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

“The strength of this report is cross-industry knowledge, which has been forged by a collaborative spirit,’ says Tom Kelly, executive director and CEO of Automation Alley. “We have expert voices from both academia and industry working together to ensure we are prepared for what’s next on our nation’s factory floors. That’s at the heart of what we do at Automation Alley and it’s critical here in Michigan that all manufacturers along the supply chain take action on Industry 4.0 now or lose their place to other manufacturers who do.”

Academic research partners returning this year include University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College, and Oakland Community College. New to the research team for 2019 are Michigan Technological University, Walsh College, Henry Ford College, and Windsor’s St. Clair College.

Ford Motor Company is once again backing the report research with funding and providing corporate insight. Other partners include Bosch, Intel, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, TTI Success Insights, Plante Moran, and RSM, all providing guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback.

To register for the Technology in Industry Reveal, which includes networking and a strolling breakfast, visit For information on sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal, contact Kristin O’Neill