TROY — The fourth annual Integr8 convention might be completely different from the earlier three – because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the occasion, on Nov. 9 and 10, might be digital.
In a press launch, the host, Automation Alley, mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic has dropped at mild the pressing want for Industry 4.Zero adoption and integration throughout the manufacturing business, and Automation Alley plans to be the go-to supply for firms trying to jumpstart their digital transformation and can present them methods to do it on the two-day convention.
“The demand for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) thrust an emergency opportunity at companies who could pivot their resources to create PPE and serve the greater good,” mentioned Tom Kelly, Automation Alley government director and CEO.
“That was a benefit of Industry 4.0 technologies that we hadn’t necessarily highlighted before,” he added. “Yet companies with 3D printers, robotics, augmented reality and artificial intelligence capabilities were all of a sudden helping us stay healthy and safely return to our workplaces and manufacturing plants. Now, we are seeing not only the societal benefits of these technologies, but the opportunity for manufacturers and tech companies to be rewarded for investing in and mastering Industry 4.0 with lucrative grants, contracts, and new connections. In some regards, I think this year’s virtual Integr8 conference can be a celebration of what we have accomplished – and a pep rally for what we still need to do.”
Highlights of the convention agenda embody a wide range of technology-focused breakout classes, World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) roundtables, a digital exhibit corridor showcasing Industry 4.Zero applied sciences, one-on-one matchmaking alternatives with as much as 4 firms, and keynote displays from Industry 4.Zero champion, Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial Innovation within the Internet of Things Group at world tech large Intel Corporation, and entrepreneur, philanthropist and Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, who can also be founder and CEO of commercial AI software program firm Uptake.
Key themes for this 12 months’s occasion will embody a take a look at Industry 4.Zero expertise intersections, the wants of the long run workforce, 3D printing and distributed manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, blockchain, creating versatile and resilient provide chains, and new enterprise fashions enabled by Industry 4.0.
Attendance on the normal 2020 convention is complementary, due to the beneficiant help of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Integr8 sponsors together with Behco, Clayton & McKervey, Festo Corporation, Fraunhofer USA, HRPro/BenePro, Intel, Kors Engineering, Marco Technologies, Markforged, Omron, OPS Solutions, SRI and Verizon. The price to take part within the World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) roundtables is $75.
To reserve a ticket and for all different convention data, go to the Integr8 web site at integr8conference.com.