More manufacturers in northeastern Wisconsin are adopting “industry 4.0” technologies such as cloud computing, AI and networked devices, a new survey shows.

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance recently released its latest Industry 4.0 Talent & Technology study, building on previous surveys conducted in 2019 and 2021 exploring the use of these technologies. The latest survey was conducted by Appleton’s St. Norbert College between January and March of this year using an online survey instrument, which got responses from 72 business leaders in the region.

Between 2019 and 2024, the percentage of respondents with a “complete plan” for developing industry 4.0 technologies rose from 7% to 15%. And the percentage with a partial plan also increased, from 53% to 58%.

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