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4th Annual Manufacturing Summit

March 5 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am


The Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit hosted by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council  will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Now in its fourth year, the summit will offer a full morning themed around technology in manufacturing with a specific focus on Industry 4.0. Andrew Storm, president of Michigan-based Eckhart USA and proud Michigan Tech alum, is the keynote.

The term “Industry 4.0” describes the transformative confluence of several technologies, which are expected to create significant shifts in how we approach manufacturing. In the digital space, augmented reality, big data, cloud computing, system integration, and the Internet of Things (IoT) create significant impacts on business processes as well as on our equipment. Being more in touch with our data, and generating a deeper technical understanding of equipment performance will prove to be a differentiator in highly competitive and highly technical manufacturing applications. Technologies such as cobots (robots which are designed to work side by side with humans) will change how labor is deployed and how we perceive human/machine interactions. Additive manufacturing is a disruptive approach to creating products which has made significant strides and will become a threat to component machine shops in many industries.

Eckhart USA consults and executes Industry 4.0 projects with manufacturers on a global scale. Storm’s insights will prove useful for area businesses interested in learning more about these emerging technologies, their applications, and their impacts. Additional breakout sessions during the summit are planned to explore selected topics in further detail. We hope you will join us at this year’s summit and look forward to discussing your company’s future as it relates to Industry 4.0!

Special thanks to our Platinum sponsors Chemical Bank, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), and Skilled Manufacturing Inc. for helping to make this possible.


March 5
7:30 am - 11:30 am
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Hagerty Center
715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States


Matt Schwarze
(231) 995 - 2009


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