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Bringing the i4.0 Accelerator to the West Side, an Overview of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo

August 9th and 10th:

The i4.0 Accelerator has been at the forefront of driving innovation by bringing the best of i4.0 technology to Michigan's manufacturing industry. Recent participation in the Advanced Manufacturing Expo on August 9th and August 10th was a testament to that commitment to supporting and showcasing cutting-edge technology in the Industry 4.0 landscape. With 21 prominent companies exhibiting and a dynamic live stage featuring insightful panels and pitch competitions, the event exceeded all expectations, drawing record attendance and leaving a lasting impact on attendees.

The Advanced Manufacturing Expo witnessed an extraordinary gathering of industry leaders, disruptors, and innovators. The 21 exhibiting companies covered diverse areas of i4.0 tech domains showcasing the immense potential and transformative power of what is out there.

Teams in attendance by category:

Mixed Reality Training and Work Instructions

Automated Inspection/Detection/Metrology

Connected Worker

Machine Monitoring/Data Visualization

Enterprise Optimization

3D Printing

Advanced Robotics/Material Handling

Simulation/Digital Twin

One key highlight of the event was the quality of relationships created. The exhibitors were thrilled to engage with individuals who not only displayed genuine interest in their products but also had valuable insights to share. This emphasis on quality of connections further reinforced the impact and relevance of the expo, ensuring that each interaction had the potential to open new doors for collaboration and growth.

The i4.0 Accelerator was particularly proud to host a vibrant live stage within the exhibit hall, igniting dynamic discussions and showcasing the latest advancements in the Industry 4.0 space. The stage featured five engaging panels, where thought leaders and influencers shared insights on various i4.0 topics, enabling attendees to gain deep industry knowledge and valuable perspectives. These discussions included Industrial Decarbonization, Adoption Roadmaps from Michigans BIG Manufacturers, Driving i4.0 Adoption, Generative AI and the Future of Manufacturing, and IT/OT Integration.

Additionally, the four pitch competitions held on the live stage were a major highlight, providing a platform for innovative startups to showcase their groundbreaking solutions. These competitions not only captured the attention of the audience but also served as validation for the innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture that thrives within the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. The enthusiastic participation, combined with the outstanding quality of ideas presented, showcased the immense potential for these startups to shape the future of manufacturing. As a part of these sessions, the i4.0 Accelerator gave away $25,000 in prizes. Winning each of the four competitions were Lincode, PicoMES, Gig and Take, and Anthill. The audience was also able to vote for an additional winner each day. The People's Choice awards, sponsored by Ward Law Office, were won by Andonix and Kiuey by PPAP Manager.

The success of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo was further reinforced by the remarkable increase in attendance compared to previous years. The doubling in attendance is a testament to the growing interest and adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies within the manufacturing community. This surge in attendance also reflects the valuable platform that the i4.0 Accelerator has created, allowing industry professionals to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest trends shaping the future of manufacturing. Moreover, the positive feedback received from attendees and exhibitors alike solidifies the reputation of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo as a must-attend industry event. The valuable connections made, the insights gained, and the quality of discussions held reinforce the significance of this exposition in driving the continuous evolution of the manufacturing industry.

The i4.0 Accelerator's participation in the Advanced Manufacturing Expo was marked by tremendous success and engagement. With 21 prominent companies exhibiting their transformative i4.0 solutions, alongside thought-provoking panels and thrilling pitch competitions, the event left an indelible mark on attendees and exhibitors alike. The Industry 4.0 Accelerator takes immense pride in the role as a catalyst for innovation and will continue efforts to push the boundaries of manufacturing through groundbreaking technologies and meaningful collaborations.

The i4.0 Accelerator team would like to say a huge thank you to its sponsors for this event, Pure Michigan Business Connect, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Ward Law Office, Economic Development Association, and Automation Alley. Without the support from these organizations this event would not have been possible.

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