Last week, Mission Design & Automation’s CEO Scot Lindemann took the stage as a panelist at the Industry 4.0: Manufacturing Automation Power Breakfast. Hosted by Crain’s Grand Rapids Business, this event was held at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI. It brought together industry experts to discuss pivotal topics like artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, 3D printing, and robotics.

A Gathering of Industry Pioneers

Scot Lindemann was joined by an impressive lineup of manufacturing leaders, including:

Manufacturing Power Breakfast Hosted by Crain's Grand Rapids Business


The panel was moderated by Joe Boomgaard, editor at Crain’s Grand Rapids Business.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, where emerging digital technologies are transforming the manufacturing industry. Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, and smart automation are all examples of advancements causing a wave in manufacturing. With the technological advancements of Industry 4.0, manufacturers can quickly adapt to market changes and meet customer demands, building a smarter, more efficient, and flexible manufacturing environment.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence & New Technology in Manufacturing

A key highlight of the Power Breakfast event was the in-depth discussion on the role of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence within the manufacturing space.

Lindemann indicated that the use of AI is impacting the way people gather and analyze data, helping decision-makers efficiently access needed information.

While technology is rapidly growing, having a reliable, talented team is as important as ever.

“Attracting the right people with the right capabilities and empowering them to utilize [new technologies] becomes imperative,” Springer said. “It is the ability to access data anywhere in the world that allows us to continue to grow in West Michigan.”

Scot Lindemann, CEO of Mission, participates in manufacturing panel dicsussionAt Mission Design & Automation, Lindemann is proactive in addressing workforce development by embracing new machinery and tools that appeal to the younger generation. This approach not only keeps the workforce trained and engaged but also aligns with the industry’s evolving landscape. Lindemann also leverages public funding opportunities like Michigan’s Going PRO Talent Fund, which provides grants for training new workers and upskilling existing employees.

During the panel, Ermatinger noted that West Michigan alone has more than 225 custom machine builders, not limited to serving any one industry.

“There’s competition, but at the same time we’re raising the whole bar and becoming a hotbed,” Lindemann said.

The event highlighted the importance of new technologies and a skilled workforce in advancing the manufacturing industry. Mission Design & Automation is committed to leading the way in this evolving field and is enthusiastic about the future of automation.


Source: Crain’s Power Breakfast tackles AI in Industry 4.0 | Crain’s Grand Rapids Business (