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11/15/2017
More than 500 professionals from the technology and manufacturing worlds converged on Detroit, Nov. 9 for a day of deep Industry 4.0 learning at Automation Alley’s first-ever Integr8™ conference and expo. From smart machines that think and perceive to immersive technologies that can train our future workforce, this global event not only put the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan in the spotlight as a key player in the Industry 4.0 space, but it also taught us several valuable lessons about where advanced manufacturing is headed.
By Franco Bevione | WEDOO | 11/8/2017
If you still have doubts in making investments in Virtual Reality Training (VRT) because it seems too expensive, this blog post will help to remove many of your concerns. VRT solutions can actually be a source of great savings and are well-suited for almost any industry, explains Franco Bevione, CEO of WEDOO. Discover how the right mix of classroom training plus VRT can deliver the optimal solution in creating the best-trained people possible.
11/6/2017
Automation Alley added 12 new members in October. Click the link below to meet them.
11/6/2017
Member company Red Level discusses how Automation Alley has help their business grow, and how they deliver game-changing technologies to help companies work more efficiently, securely, competitively and profitably.
By U.S. Senator Gary Peters | 11/1/2017
This week’s guest blogger is U.S. Senator Gary Peters, advocate for Michigan playing a central role in next generation self-driving vehicles and creator of a bipartisan bill that’s taking important steps to help bring self-driving vehicles to our roads. “We need to create updated standards to ensure these ground-breaking systems are operating safely and securely,” Peters says.
By Morris Novello | Nebbiolo Technologies Inc. | 10/25/2017
We’ve all heard of cloud computing, but is the cloud right for every business? In this blog post, Morris Novello, senior director of marketing at Nebbiolo Technologies Inc., explores the many opportunities and applications of fog computing, from connected vehicles and smart grids to Industry 4.0 manufacturing and smart cities. Learn about how fog technology can be a unifying platform, rich enough to deliver this new breed of emerging services while enabling the development of new applications.
By Ann Marie Olszewski | Marsh & McLennan Agency | 10/18/2017
A health savings account (HSA) is a complex and often confusing component of health care coverage, and communicating the details to employees is always a challenge. While employers typically relate the basic eligibility guidelines, there are many aspects of the HSA that are lesser known, yet likely to affect some account holders and their dependents. Employees need a strong knowledge base in order to take full advantage of their HSAs. By bringing certain features of these accounts to employees’ attention, employers encourage increased awareness and engagement with a consumer-driven approach to health care.
By David Pistrui, Ph.D. | University of Detroit Mercy | 10/11/2017
Today, there is a significant shift from selling what exists to imagining what’s next. Fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a Fortune 500 firm was around 75 years. Currently, it is less than 15 years and declining rapidly. Dynamic change and a disruptive consumer-oriented market economy are fueling these changes. Today, even the largest companies risk being marginalized, commoditized or disrupted in other ways. As well-funded startups and risk-embracing players seek to challenge prevailing paradigms and alter long-standing models, innovation has become critical, not merely to growth but to survival.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 10/4/2017
While it's impossible to know where exactly Industry 4.0 will lead us, businesses must prepare for the rapid technology advancements taking place around them in order to stay relevant. This week on the blog, we discuss four steps all businesses need to internalize and organize around to manage changes as they navigate the complexities of Industry 4.0.
10/3/2017
Global cutting tool supplier SECO Tools discusses how partnering with Automation Alley has helped them strengthen relationships with their customers.

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