Clayton & McKervey shareholder to moderate panel at Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference on Nov. 9 in Detroit

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announced that shareholder Sarah Russell, CPA, will be a moderator at Integr8™, a new cross-discipline global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technologies, Nov. 9 in Detroit. The conference, the first of its kind to tackle the integration of the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, is being hosted by Automation Alley.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, and will help companies enhance their global competitiveness. It is expected to attract hundreds of manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and the world to discuss the eight technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization. Russell will moderate a panel on the financial return on investment for Automation & Robotics. The panelists are Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC America Corporation; Brent Kelso, Director of Marketing & Business Development, North America, Comau LLC; and Matt Tyler, President and CEO, Vickers Engineering, Inc.

At Clayton & McKervey, Russell is a point person for implementing tax strategies to help business owners reduce their tax liabilities and maximize cash flow with tools such as the Research & Experimentation tax credit and IC-DISC. She advises owners and executive teams on global operational structuring, foreign tax credit utilization and tax treaty analysis, working with companies that are expanding both within and outside of the U.S. in a variety of industries, including automation. Russell holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Michigan–Dearborn.

Clayton & McKervey is pleased to be a technology sponsor for Integr8™. For a complete list of Integr8™speakers, as well as registration information, visit automationalley.com/Integr8.


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.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

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 automationalley.com/integr8.

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 automationalley.com/Integr8.


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.

Automation Alley offers Integr8™ early bird member pricing through July 7; Special VIP ticket package also available to first 100 members

Automation Alley is offering its members a special early bird rate and VIP ticket package to attend Integr8™, the technology and manufacturing business association’s new interactive, cross-discipline global Industry 4.0 conference. Integr8™ will feature world-renowned speakers, panels and a technology expo, and is expected to attract 500 manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and world to Detroit, Nov. 9.

Members can save $100 on conference tickets by taking advantage of early bird member pricing of $349 through July 7. In addition, members have access to a VIP Package for $599 that includes tickets to both the VIP Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Nov. 8 at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Integr8™ conference on Nov. 9 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The VIP Package is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the eight key technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization.

“These are technologies disrupting the manufacturing industry, innovations that will not only reshape the way things are made, but also the way we live,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director. “Our vision in developing Integr8™ was to create a global gathering where ideas are shared, knowledge is transferred and, most importantly, an actionable Industry 4.0 roadmap is created so that companies can begin to implement these technologies on their factory floors.”

Integr8™ attendees will benefit from breakfast and lunch keynote presentations, a technology expo featuring the latest in cutting-edge 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. Confirmed speakers include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer, University of Michigan, General Motors, Omron Automation and more.

To register, sponsor, or inquire about Integr8™ speaking opportunities, visit automationalley.com/integr8.

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 our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.