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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 08: 3D Printing’s Impact on the Supply Chain
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-09-01

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 08: 3D Printing’s Impact on the Supply Chain

    “It is my hope that when people look back on the Fourth Industrial Revolution 50 years from now, they are going to be talking less about the Internet of Things (IoT) and more about how we removed 30%-50% of material that we had in automobiles and how everything has become more efficient,” Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal recently said. While additive manufacturing has not replaced traditional subtractive manufacturing methods, the technology has the potential to impact global production and supply chains in many ways, including reduced material waste, increased flexibility and the ability to decentralize production. On this episode of Industry 4.0 in Focus, we are joined by Dr. Peter Wawrow, director of applied research and development at St. Clair College, and contributor to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report (available for digital download July 13) for a deep dive into the future of additive manufacturing and how it is making us rethink the way they deliver products to end users.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 9 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • Bid Targeting System (BTS) Online Software Demo
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-09-03

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 09: Data Protection Services for Your Digital Transformation
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-09-10

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 9: Data Protection Services for Your Digital Transformation

    As more organizations embrace digital transformation and accelerate the pace to digitize every aspect of their business, they become increasingly vulnerable to data breaches. Understanding the tools available to help keep your information secure is central to a successful digital transformation. On this episode of Industry 4.0 in Focus, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly chats with the experts at Otava about data protection services for your digital transformation.

    Otava provides the secure, compliant hybrid cloud solutions demanded by clients in compliance-sensitive industries. Tune in to learn how Otava was able to create a custom solution for Gallagher-Kaiser that meet automotive industry action groups’ new third-party information security requirements and how these lessons can translate to success for your business.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 9 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 10: How Industry 4.0 Transforms Data Regulation & Protection
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-09-15

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 10: How Industry 4.0 Transforms Data Regulation & Protection

    “More than ever, our adversaries’ targets are our nation’s core economic assets—our information and ideas, our innovation, our research and development, our technology.” – Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Industry 4.0 has created massive amounts of data never before envisioned, providing real-time intelligence that changes the way companies operate around the globe. Today, data analysis allows manufactures to predict machine failure and downtime, optimize their supply chain, detect product deficiencies, boost quality and efficiency, lower costs and gain valuable insights into customer behavior. However, these Big Data benefits also pose massive challenges for manufacturers as they face critical issues surrounding security, privacy and regulations.

    On this episode of Industry 4.0 in focus, we discuss how Industry 4.0 transforms data regulation and protection in the manufacturing sector; how these smart technologies will impact people, processes and technology now and in the future; and steps manufacturers can take to ensure they are leveraging their data in a safe and compliant manner.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 10 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • 2020 Virtual Aerospace and Tech Summit
    All day
    2020-09-16

    Pure Michigan Business Connect in partnership with the Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan, will host the third annual VIRTUAL Aerospace Summit on September 16, 2020.

    Continuing on the success of the previous years, this event is focused on bringing purchasing demand to the supply base here in Michigan. Our team will be working with procurement teams from some of the largest aerospace manufacturers in the world to uncover current and future opportunities for our in-state suppliers of the aerospace industry. This virtual event will feature keynote speakers giving remarks about the state of the industry here in Michigan and the global impact of our manufacturing base, exhibition hall of AS911 Michigan Suppliers, Tech Companies and Buyers as well as an award ceremony recognizing the Aerospace Supply Chain Achievement Award.

    Pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings between in-state suppliers and these purchasing teams will be the highlight of the event, as we connect demand to supply in 20-minute increments. Suppliers interested in attending the event, or submitting their application to meet with these purchasing groups will have the ability to explain why their company fits the specific commodity and how they can help meet that purchasing group’s needs. The Supplier Application will open again in July.

    *Not all companies that apply on the Supplier Application will secure meetings, however, any Michigan supplier will still have the opportunity to talk to buyers in the virtual exhibit hall.

    Registration is now open and accessible through the ‘Registration’ tab on the top of the page.

    Register Here: https://pmbc.connect.space/2020-aerospace-and-tech-summit/details

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  • Bid Targeting System (BTS) Online Software Demo
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-09-17

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

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  • Automation Alley’s Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico
    All day
    2020-09-21-2020-09-25

    Event Sponsors:
    Clayton & McKervey

    Location:
    This is a virtual trade mission to Mexico.

    Date/Time Information:
    Trade Mission Dates:
    Sept. 21-25, 2020
    Registration Deadline: August 7, 2020

    Contact Information:
    Contact Automation Alley’s International Business Services Manager Lisa Lasser at 248-457-3283 or lasserl@automationalley.com
    Send an Email

    Fees/Admission:
    Member Price: $1000
    Non Member Price: $1500

    Event Description:
    Not the Time for International Travel? Perfect Time for Business!

    Expand your business into the world’s second-largest market for U.S. exports with help from Automation Alley. Join our virtual* trade mission to Mexico, a nation with a strong demand for the following Michigan-made products, services and technologies:

    Aerospace
    Automotive components and supplies
    Design, engineering and manufacturing services
    Environmental technologies
    Healthcare and medical
    IT and information communication technologies
    Why Mexico:

    As Michigan’s second-largest market overseas (behind Canada), $20 billion in exports were shipped to Mexico last year alone.
    It is the world’s 10th most populous nation with 132 million consumers.
    Mexico is the world’s fifteenth-biggest economy and Latin America’s second-largest economy.
    Mexico’s multiple free trade agreements with 46 countries (including the USMCA) spans three continents and encompasses 60% of global GDP.
    The nation is a manufacturing powerhouse in aerospace, automotive and electronics.
    Competitive advantages include a highly skilled yet low-wage workforce, excellent product quality, inexpensive transportation costs and geographic proximity to the U.S.
    Wide gaps in Mexico’s supply chains offer U.S. companies significant opportunities for expansion.

    Why Join Automation Alley’s First-Ever Virtual Trade Mission:

    Virtual matchmaking meetings from the comfort of your home or office will place you directly in touch with potential buyers and end users of your products, services and technologies. This includes the companies participating in the annual Automotive Supply Forum in Guanajuato.
    Meet the key players you need to know to be successful in Mexico. Business meetings and conferences with government officials and business and industry leaders who will share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business there.
    Automation Alley’s award-winning trade mission program (including the President’s “E Star” Award) introduces small and medium-size businesses to high-growth markets and opportunities to expand abroad. These missions are results orientated, having generated nearly $1.5 billion in export sales for past companies and the creation of 7350 local jobs.
    This trade mission is made possible in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Be sure to ask about Michigan’s State Trade Expansion Program (MI-STEP), which may qualify your company to receive up to a 50% reimbursement for the costs of participating in our mission.

    Participation is limited to 10 companies and the deadline to register is August 7, 2020. The cost to participate is $1,000 for Automation Alley members and $1,500 for non-members. The price includes business briefings by the U.S. Embassy and Mexican trade organizations, matchmaking meetings and translators.

    For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Lasser, Automation Alley’s International Business Services Manager, at lasserl@automationalley.com or 248-457-3283.

    *The global pandemic has placed constraints on international travel but not on international business. Under normal circumstances, visiting in person is key to gaining a foothold in new markets overseas. Given the current conditions, Automation Alley’s Virtual Trade Mission will take advantage of today’s virtual meeting platforms that will place you in contact with potential business partners throughout Mexico.

    In partnership with:
    MEDC

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 11: Workforce Diversity & Inclusion for Competitive Advantage
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-09-22

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 11: Workforce Diversity & Inclusion for Competitive Advantage

    On this episode of Industry 4.0 in Focus, we are joined by Cheryl Thompson, founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA). CADIA supports diversity and inclusion for the automotive industry by providing professional development for individuals, along with resources, programs and tools that drive organizational evolution. Join us for a virtual discussion aimed at uncovering blind spots when it comes to making technology work for women and minorities, as well as the need for diverse teams to work together to bring new technological solutions to fruition as we move into Industry 4.0.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 11 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • 2020 Virtual ADC’s Defense Communities Summit Series
    All day
    2020-09-24

    What is the Summit Series?
    In a fast‐changing world, our mission remains the same – supporting the military and our military families. We can’t gather in D.C., but we can bring D.C. to you. Introducing the Summit Series, a new way to engage with defense leaders and network with ADC’s community.
    Five topics. Five weeks. One Community.
    We didn’t just shift to a virtual platform, we’ve redesigned our event to match what you need – great information delivered in a dynamic format, with a flexible schedule for attendees to consume it. The Summit Series will be spread out over the course of the fall and consist of five keynote sessions, each scheduled for a specific week. In addition, Summit Connect events will supplement the keynote sessions and allow for attendees to participate in smaller group interactions with top leaders and experts. And that’s just the start…

    Sept. 24- One Community: Town Hall with DoD Leadership
    Oct. 1- The Politics of Defense: An insider’s guide to today’s big issues
    Oct. 8- At Risk: Military family readiness (and what we can do to change it)
    Oct. 15- Protecting your Defense Economy: what we learned, what’s at risk?
    Oct. 22- Are you ready for what’s next?: the future of our national defense

    Learn More about the summit at https://adcsummit.org/

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 12: Digital Twin and the Evolution of Manufacturing
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-09-29

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 12: Digital Twin and the Evolution of Manufacturing

    Manufacturing is on the verge of explosive growth in the use of digital twins, or a digital replica of a physical system, process or product. This technology, which allows users to experiment with a digital file before making changes in a physical environment, is already in use today in life sciences, aerospace, automotive, defense, mobility, manufacturing, energy and utilities. And the possibilities are only as limited as our imaginations. On this episode of Industry 4.0 in Focus, we are joined by engineering experts from Lawrence Technological University and Oakland University to discuss the adoption of digital twins and its huge implications for manufacturers.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 12 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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