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Workshop: Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

October 23, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

WORKSHOP:  Digital Transformation in Manufacturing


Digital Transformation in Manufacturing was the highest-rated breakout session at the 2018 Summit.  GTAMC has arranged an accessible, deeper dive into this topic for GTAMC member companies’ employees at 20 Fathoms, Traverse City’s new cutting-edge Technology Hub and Business Incubator.   

4:15 PM   TOUR:  20 Fathoms Technology Hub and Incubator 

20 Fathoms, Traverse City’s first technology business incubator, opened in July and is off to a strong start.  20 Fathoms’ staff will lead a private tour of the facility with opportunity to meet some of the companies in residence, a number of which are working on the integration of digital technologies with physical product development and processing.  To learn more see https://20fathoms.org

5:00-6:00 PM  WORKSHOP:  Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Often referred to as Industry 4.0, or digital manufacturing, software and sensors affect everything from product design to simulation, prototyping, process improvement, distribution, etc, as a “digital thread” increasingly links all participants in the value chain.

Manufacturing ranks 6 out of 22 industry sectors in overall digitization according to the McKinsey Global Institute.  Eighty-three percent of manufacturing industry executives say their companies have Big Data projects underway, most with machine learning/AI (artificial intelligence).

In this workshop, your takeaways will be:

  • learning about the digital transformation underway in manufacturing—globally and locally
  • meeting Traverse City business leaders who shape businesses in this environment
  • insights on how you can help create digital capabilities in your industrial organizations

The session will include:

  • Video introduction to Industry 4.0 — Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Video: “Developing Digital Capabilities in Manufacturing”, Digital Capabilities Center- Chicago
  • Jim Chan, Chief Architect, RJG, Inc. Former Oracle, Disney, GM. RJG is a world-leader in technology and training in injection molding and is headquartered in Traverse City.   https://www.rjginc.com
  • Tim Nash, VP Technology Solutions, Traverse City-based Aveopt, Inc https://www.aveopt.com
  • Host/Moderator Dennis Arouca, Board Member Grand Traverse Economic Development Corp. and Grand Traverse Manufacturing Council. Former VP ArcelorMittal Steel.   https://www.grandtraverseedc.com/resources/ https://www.makegreatthings.org

To register:  https://20fathoms.org/events/

The events registration tab is now live.  This is a free event, but space is limited to 35.   Priority will go to GTAMC member companies until October 5, after which the event will be open to the public.


October 23, 2018
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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Dennis Arouca
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