Detroit Mercy partners with Automation Alley for Technology in Industry Report

February 21, 2019

Automation Alley is bringing back its collaborative team of academic and corporate partners to create a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 implementation, to be released April 29 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit Mercy is once again an academic research partner along with Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. New to the research team for 2019 are Michigan Technological University, Walsh College, Henry Ford College and Windsor’s St. Clair College.

Ford Motor Company is once again backing the report research with funding and providing corporate insight. Other partners include Bosch, Intel, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, TTI Success Insights, Plante Moran and RSM, all providing guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback.

Building on the research team’s work from the 2018 report, Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report, titled “From Vision to Implementation,” is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change and will include case studies of Industry 4.0 adoption strategies, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities, action items and workforce implications. New to the report this year is the Velocity Index™, which illustrates the maturity of each Industry 4.0 technology and its expected rate of growth to determine the risks associated with investment. Research will center on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

“The strength of this report is cross-industry knowledge, which has been forged by a collaborative spirit. We have expert voices from both academia and industry working together to ensure we are prepared for what’s next on our nation’s factory floors,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “That’s at the heart of what we do at Automation Alley and it’s critical here in Michigan that all manufacturers along the supply chain take action on Industry 4.0 now or lose their place to other manufacturers who do.”

Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report will be released at Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal, April 29, from 8-11:30 a.m., at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where attendees will receive a free copy of the report. At the Reveal, hundreds of technology and manufacturing professionals will enjoy a strolling breakfast as they network and explore a Smart Technology Expo featuring the latest Industry 4.0 innovations. There will also be a series of tech talks in Rivera Court and a discussion on the Technology in Industry Report’s key takeaways. 

To register for the Technology in Industry Reveal, visit For information on sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal, contact Kristin O’Neill