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Macomb Next Industry 4.0 project

A Macomb County initiative that helps area companies gain a better understanding of how new technology can lead to greater efficiency and sustainability.

What is Macomb Next?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is under way in Macomb County with a program called Macomb Next.

Industry 4.0 is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) are integrated for increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, and production of smart machines that can analyze and diagnose issues without the need for human intervention. Macomb Next helps local business and industry embrace and implement Industry 4.0 technologies.

Supported by Macomb County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development (MCPED), Macomb Next helps local businesses move into the 21st century’s digital transformation. MCPED discovered that in order to retain, grow and attract economic investment that we need to be on the forefront of that transformation. Our team works closely with industry experts to provide our businesses with the knowledge and resources to assist them in the decision-making processes needed to implement I.40 practices. Through educational workshops, peer-to-peer networking, product demonstrations and access to financing, Macomb Next can help your business run more efficiently with modern technology.

Free I.40 technology assessments available

In order to achieve Industry 4.0 implementation grant funding, a technology assessment is required.

In partnership with Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), MCPED helps manufacturers obtain free I4.0 assessments of their operations along with a set of recommendations for how to begin making the transition.

Todd Seibert

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Todd Seibert

Senior Economic Developer



Nine pillars

Encompasses all measures taken to protect a company from unauthorized use of electronic data by safeguarding all hardware, software and information from internal and external threats.

Virtual Reality (VR) technology provides complete immersion through three-dimensional simulated environments that users can interact with using special electronic equipment. Augmented Reality (AR) technology superimposes computer-generated images onto a user’s view of the world incorporating extra information into the real environment.

Large sets of data gathered from a range of business areas can be used to reveal patterns and trends in operations to make more informed business decisions.

Examples of successful implementation of big data and analytics in Macomb County manufacturing include:

Advanced robotics and automation joins programming and hardware together to utilize smart technology to inform robotic systems to take commands and complete tasks.  Automating tasks has shown to improve quality, reduce costs and drive employee engagement.

Examples of successful implementation of advanced robotics and automation in Macomb County manufacturing include:

The practice of utilizing CAD software and 3d object scanners to administer hardware to deposit material (Plastic, metal, wood, etc.) layer upon layer to create geometric shapes and objects.

Examples of successful implementation of additive manufacturing in Macomb County manufacturing include:

Through system integration, manufacturers can utilize business management software like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to collect, store, manage and understand data from a number of areas.

This allows manufacturers the ability to create virtual representations of a part or process with a computer without incurring the full expense upfront.

Involves storing and accessing data and software applications through internet connectivity providing faster, safer and more efficient methods for locating company information.

A network of connected hardware that collects and exchanges data in real time allowing the physical world to be digitally monitored and controlled.

Available grants

To learn more about which grant works best for your company, schedule an appointment today with Senior Economic Developer Todd Seibert.

Technology implementation grant

The MECD’s Industry 4.0 grant program will provide 50% reimbursement for qualifying I4.0 technology costs, up to $25,000. Companies must complete an I4.0 Technology Assessment by the MMTC prior to receiving the award.

Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Accelerator program

The Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Accelerator program supports both start-ups and small businesses that are bringing to market Industry 4.0 innovation that supports manufacturing automation and efficiencies in areas such as robotics and automation systems; human-machine interactions and cobots; and smart factory systems.

Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) grant

GEM is designed to help keep Michigan manufacturers competitive in a new world of mobility. Manufacturers can receive funding to help transition to next-generation electric, autonomous and fully connected vehicles, to advance their organization and remain competitive.

Benefits include:

  • Up to $100,000 in matching grant funds to qualifying companies for technical assistance projects
  • Comprehensive assessment and valuation reports
  • Development of an opportunity plan