Industry 4.0 Business Conference

Building the Digital Factory of Tomorrow

With a German Industry 4.0 Trade Mission coming to Michigan from December 4-6, 2017, GACC Midwest hosted a Business Conference focusing on technologies driving the manufacturing industries in Troy, MI on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The conference was part of a trade mission composed of 13 German companies offering advanced manufacturing technologies that automate and accelerate business processes and decisions, and save companies time and cost through e.g. workflow optimization, predictive maintenance, and automated inventory management, as well as technology providers of AI, mixed reality software solutions, sensor technologies and information and network security.

Industry 4.0 is the digitization of the manufacturing sector, where big data, advanced analytics and the IoT are being leveraged, to make productions smarter, faster, create better profit margins, and give companies a competitive advantage.

The conference provided attendees with the chance to:

  • hear about the latest trends and developments in the German and US manufacturing and machinery market
  • learn about cutting-edge technologies and innovations from Germany
  • explore partnership opportunities with German companies and to network
  • discover how close integration of intelligent and flexible digital tools can help businesses become faster, efficient and effective

Date, Venue & Registration

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00am - 2:30pm

The Management Education Center
Room: Amphitheatre 102
811 W. Square Lake Rd.
Troy, MI 48098

Registration is now closed. Please contact Nadine Schieban if you have any questions.

Conference Agenda


Registration, Breakfast and Networking


Words of Welcome
Nadine Schieban, Senior Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest


Industry 4.0 in Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zuehlke, Initiator and CEO, SmartFactoryKL


Keynote Speech: Faurecia’s Digital Transformation
Sandeep Kuthe, Digital Transformation Manager, Faurecia North America


German Company Presentations I


Coffee Break


Manufacturing At The Speed of Change
Chuck Werner, Lean Program Manager and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center


German Company Presentations II



Lunch & Networking Break


Smart Manufacturing Trends, Best Practices & Lessons Learned


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Closing Remarks

Meet our German Companies

To facilitate new business partnerships, GACC Midwest brought 13 companies with innovative technologies “Made in Germany” to the Metro Detroit area from December 4-6, 2017.


  • AI software for the automation of business decisions and processes (e.g. predictive maintenance, automated quality control, supply chain analysis)
  • Implementation of digital business models (process optimization)
  • Software enables real-time integration of developed statistical data analyses (as R or Python code)


Mixed reality software solutions for industry applications for quality control, maintenance, prototyping, training, product presentation


Roadmap to digitization including the following services:

  • Management & Consulting
  • Software engineering
  • Safety & security engineering
  • User interface engineering
  • Smart data engineering
  • System integration


Digital Transformation Platform Simplifier:

  • Configuration of IT applications for enterprise usage
  • App creation based on existing IT infrastructure
  • Integration of smart devices e.g. watches and glasses
  • Easy login to Simplifier platform via browser interface


Sensor network technology for centimeter-accurate positioning and motions analytics:

  • Indoor Localization and motion sensing based on ultra-wide band technology
  • Real-Time IoT platform for data visualization, geofencing and process analytics
  • Flexible Steering of AGVs without infrastructure
  • Asset tracking for reduction of search times and process failures


  • RFID transponders and special designs for the HF and UHF range that allow variable state-of-the-art sensor technology integration for all kinds of applications
  • Offers full functionality application software to microsensys hardware that support reporting and evaluation


Manufacturing Execution System HYDRA with standard functionality that allows customization to the clients’ needs incl. project management, implementation and on-site training support.


Secure, global data communication as a managed service including:

  • Secure, available and efficient wide area networks (WAN) including local tail
  • Consulting and network integration
  • Carrier management
  • 24/7 service operating desk
  • Location-based service level agreements
  • Security solutions e.g. data encryption, firewall services


Solutions for information and network security:

  • highly secure encryption solutions
  • next generation firewalls to actively prevent attacks based on data analysis
  • software for network analysis and endpoint security
  • vulnerability scanners and firewalls for business-critical web applications
  • After-sales services including 24/7 hotline


SP/1 software service portal offers:

  • Real-time data transfer and communication
  • Access to current machine status
  • Remote service for first level support
  • Predictive maintenance


  • Knowledge transfer and consultation on Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing and Smart Factory
  • First, world-wide manufacturer-independent Industry 4.0 production testbed
  • Platform for the exchange between Industry and Research / Working Groups on hot topics in accordance with industry demands
  • Research institutions to identify collaboration opportunities
  • Starter Kit „Industry 4.0“, including hard- and software components


  • Fully customized fully automated production systems
  • Testing and traceability solutions
  • Retrofit-Services & Consulting
  • Consulting, planning and manufacturing of special machinery solutions related to industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing of factory automation machinery and test benches


Energy-efficient wireless sensor networks including from individual sensor nodes or complete wireless sensor networks up to installing turn key solutions including the full backend workflow

  • ZIGPOS Badge
  • Technology Consulting

Event Impressions


Nadine Schieban
Senior Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2180
Email: schieban(at)

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Meet our German companies