Posted on 4/25/2018

Oh, Canada - Welcome to Automation Alley!

Cynthia Hutchison

Automation Alley has recently experienced a significant number of wonderful firsts, and I’m very pleased to announce another. Automation Alley now has its first Canadian foundation member: Zero Defect Manufacturing, located in Windsor, Ontario. 

In joining us as a foundation member, Zero Defect Manufacturing is reflecting the highest level of commitment to the mission of Automation Alley, investing in our evolution from Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center to the Midwest’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center. 

As we welcome Zero Defect Manufacturing, we thank them for the reminder that we live in a global region, with Michigan and Ontario sharing a rich history of manufacturing and technology prowess and leadership. While Zero Defect Manufacturing is not our first Canadian member, they are among the first – and the number is growing – as is overall interest in our organization.

For example, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly recently served as the panel moderator at an R&D Summit in Ontario on Canadian Auto Innovation, advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0. It is heartening to see our Canadian colleagues investing in Industry 4.0 technologies, education and collaboration—with some member-to-member partnerships in the works (more on that in a future blog).

I think it’s fitting that Zero Defect Manufacturing became acquainted with Automation Alley through our sold-out inaugural Integr8™ Conference in November 2017, where they were an exhibitor. It truly was a global conference, with attendees not only from Canada, but Korea, Germany, France and Italy, among others. Since they made our acquaintance less than six months ago, Zero Defect Manufacturing has been actively participating in Automation Alley events and networking with member companies with shared interests.  Ah, the joys of an engaged membership—regardless of country of origin!

I see more Canadian and global alliances taking root as we continue our immersion into Industry 4.0 and plan for Integr8™ 2018 on Nov. 14. As I mentioned in my previous blog, Automation Alley’s convergence of manufacturing and technology has created a new energy that is catching the attention of longstanding Michigan-based companies like newer member Ford Motor Company, as well as niche industries along the Industry 4.0 continuum who hail from our great state and beyond. (Did you know we have a member based in Silicon Valley?) None of this would be possible without our foundation members, so I’m happy to salute them here:

Arab American and Chaldean Council
Automotive Design & Production
Baker College
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Bosch Rexroth
Butzel Long
Central Michigan University
City of Southfield
City of Troy
Clayton & McKervey
Comcast Business Class
Detroit Regional Chamber
DTE Energy
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
Goodwill Industries
Grand Circus
Keaton Publishing Group
Kelly Services, Inc.
Lawrence Technological University
Macomb Community College
Macomb County Government
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Works! Oakland County
Neapco Holdings, LLC
Oakland Community College
Oakland County
Oakland County Workforce Development Board
Oakland University
Plante Moran
PTC, Inc
Quality Metalcraft
RAVE Computer
Strategic Staffing Solutions
Troy Michigan Works!
UHY Advisors
University of Detroit Mercy
Wenzel America, Ltd
Zero Defect Manufacturing

About the Author

Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley

Cynthia Hutchison is Automation Alley's director of Business Development and Government Affairs, responsible for managing Automation Alley’s membership portfolio and enhancing the overall member experience. Cynthia also leads Automation Alley’s Government Affairs Committee. Prior to joining Automation Alley, Cynthia founded Band of Angels, an international outreach organization dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome reach their full potential. Cynthia was named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News in 2007. In November 2006, Woman’s Day Magazine named her one of 9 national Women Who Inspire Us, an award that recognizes extraordinary women who push themselves to exceptional limits.


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