Automation Alley to host two-day product lifecycle management workshop for manufacturing executives

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is hosting a two-day product lifecycle management (PLM) workshop for manufacturing executives, managers and anyone tasked with implementing PLM in their organization, Dec. 4-5 at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. The event, titled “PLM for Manufacturing Executives and Managers: It’s Not Just for Engineers Anymore,” will explore a holistic corporate approach to PLM, including best practices and strategies for application. 
PLM is the process of managing the lifecycle of a product from its conception and design, through manufacture, to service and disposal. It integrates people, data, processes and the latest digital tools. 
“Traditionally, engineers are the ones handling PLM within a company,” said Alex Violassi, director of the Automation Alley Technology Center. “Our strategy with this workshop is to help companies take a more holistic approach to PLM, starting with management. If you’re a manager or executive at a small or medium-size manufacturer in Southeast Michigan, I would encourage you to attend. PLM technologies and processes are changing the game in manufacturing today, improving productivity, reducing costs, creating less waste and producing higher quality products.” 

Dr. Michael Grieves, international PLM expert, author and educator, will lead the two-day workshop. Grieves will dive into the benefits of incorporating PLM practices into manufacturing businesses and will also present case studies of companies that have successfully implemented PLM using the latest digital tools and cutting-edge technologies. The workshop will conclude with an assessment and a recommendation for future education and actions each participant can take back to their company for consideration. 

The workshop begins Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.

The cost to attend is $1,198 for members and Foundation Members. The cost for non-members is $1,298. There is a two-person per company limit, and registration is required. Seating is limited.

To register or for more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or Registration closes Nov. 10 at close of business. Payment is required with registration. Registrations not canceled by close of business Dec. 1 will be charged.

About Dr. Michael Grieves
Dr. Michael Grieves is the author of “Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking” (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and “Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management” (SCP, 2010). In addition to his books, Dr. Grieves has published numerous articles on PLM. He lectures worldwide on engineering, manufacturing and PLM in both industry and academia conferences and consults with a number of leading international manufacturers and governmental organizations, including NASA. Dr. Grieves has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University. He received his doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. 

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. 

Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, product lifecycle management and defense and manufacturing.

Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.

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