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September 2019

Jim Tobin, chief marketing officer and president of Magna Internatioinal Asia, discusses how large global innovation and technology companies like Magna can benefit from Automation Alley membership through education on and facilitation of available state and federal workforce grants to help train their future talent pipeline.

Automation Alley added 11 new members in August 2019. Click the link below to meet them.

What Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer teaches us about Industry 4.0 Adoption

By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 9/4/2019

Pavan Muzumdar, COO of Automation Alley, discusses how James Holzhauer's record-breaking Jeopardy run can be applied to Industry 4.0 and could help businesses navigate through the rapidly changing and sometimes challenging digital landscape.

Why Should I Care About Industry 4.0?

By Ron Stuver | SICK, Inc. | 9/11/2019

We remember learning about “the” Industrial Revolution in school—the evolution from manual-labor to machine-based manufacturing. The larger theme was the transition from an economy that was primarily agrarian to industrialization. Today, the discussion is focused on Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution. Ron Stuver, a business consultant at SICK, Inc., discusses the importance of Industry 4.0 and why you should care.

Is your beer connected? That's right. In an Industry 4.0 world, even the food and beverage industry can reap the benefits of digital technologies. Back in April, Grand Rapids-based tech company DornerWorks joined us on the blog to discuss how cloud-based solutions could improve monitoring to the brewing and distillation processes. This week, they are back to highlight the benefits they believe brewers would see if they could embrace the IoT revolution in fermentation monitoring. Imagine automated QA, reduced manual labor, reduction in human errors, AI-powered algorithms detecting issues long before a human could, making early predictions on completion dates and better, more consistent beer.

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