Group passes now available for Integr8™, Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 9 in Detroit

Discounted group passes of three, five and 10 are now available for Integr8™, the new cross-discipline global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technologies taking place in Detroit on Nov. 9. Integr8™, which will include a variety of industry leading speakers and hundreds of anticipated tech and manufacturing professionals from across the globe, is being hosted by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association. To purchase tickets, visit

Integr8™ speakers include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from GE Digital, PTC, General Motors, Lear Corporation, HP, KUKA Robotics, FANUC, Comau, OMRON, Lift, Parker Hannifin, the FBI, DARPA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Michigan, Fraunhofer Institute and many more.

As the title suggests, Integr8™ will focus on the integration of eight major components of Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution — cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing, modeling simulation and visualization, and robotics — and how they are rapidly transforming manufacturing today.

“Together, these eight technology spaces are bringing the dynamics of information technology into the world of manufacturing. Industry 4.0 has the promise of letting us manufacture at the speed of information, and the economic impact associated with this phenomenon is profound,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “In addition to providing us with new capabilities to conceive and create the products of the future, the fundamental change driven by these technologies will be the human impact. How will robots and humans work together? How will we upskill our workforce? These questions and more will be explored at Integr8™.”

Integr8™, taking place Nov. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the digitalization of the production process and will help companies enhance their global competitiveness while also serving as a call to action for manufacturers as they keep pace with rapid change on their factory floors. Attendees will enjoy breakfast and lunch keynote presentations, a technology expo featuring the latest in cutting-edge industrial automation technologies and breakout sessions focused on advancements in manufacturing, how to overcome obstacles to adoption, financial ROI and blueprints for successful Industry 4.0 implementation.

The evening before the conference, Automation Alley will host the Integr8™ VIP Dinner and Cocktail Reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

For a complete list of speakers, registration and sponsorship information, visit

About Automation Alley
Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

Brinks attorney to lead panel discussion at Medical Design & Manufacturing conference

Keith Weiss, Ph.D., an intellectual property attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as the moderator of a panel discussion on 3-D printing and medical devices at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Conference & Expo: Creating the Total Solution – Value Engineering to Deliver Clinical & Economic Outcomes. The event will take place in Minneapolis on Sept. 21-22 with an expected 5,000 industry professionals in attendance.

Medical Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the region’s medtech innovation, communication and solutions for the past 22 years. On Sept. 22, Dr. Weiss will facilitate a panel discussion on “Answering the Key Question: Can 3-D Printing Really Be Used to Make Medical Devices?” The panel discussion will cover crucial topics such as exploring ways to integrate new materials and processes in design progression; balancing design considerations with manufacturing necessities; and addressing issues of repeatability, reliability and consistency.

At Brinks, Dr. Weiss focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property agreements with an emphasis on IP portfolio planning, development and management. Prior to practicing law, he worked for 20 years in R & D management, product development, and technology licensing. Dr. Weiss is listed as an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents and four pending U.S. patent applications regarding advanced materials, components and systems used in the automotive, aerospace, coatings, plastics, and microelectronic industries.
Learn more about the 2016 MD&M Minneapolis Conference & Expo here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at