Thank you for sharing your insights on Industry 4.0/digital transformation through this short survey.

This survey is part of a larger research effort to identify the specific needs of small and medium sized manufacturers. Your participation will help us identify specific cost effective technical solutions to challenges identified through the survey. It will also help us meet the ultimate goal of this project: to help manufacturers, like you, determine what technologies will have the greatest impact on your business.

Industry 4.0 is a new vision towards the extensive use of digital data and tools enabling autonomous decision-making, monitoring assets and processes in real-time, and enabling equally real-time connected value creation networks through early involvement of stakeholders, and vertically and horizontally integrating operations.

This survey is designed to be completed within 15 to 20 minutes. If you do not know the answer to a particular question, please use your best judgement. Directional data/numbers would be helpful if exact information is not handy. If your company operates more than one facility, please answer the questions based on a single location, preferably your specific site operation only.

All questions with an (*) are required and must be filled in to advance the survey.

Confidentiality: The information collected during this research study will be available to the RIT Program Manager, Ajay Khaladkar, and the RIT project team. Only de-identified data will be shared with our project partners (Cuesta Partners and MxD), unless you opt-in for a follow up interview (at Question #2), in which case your name and contact information, company name, zip code and job title - in addition to your responses to the survey questions - will be shared with these partners for effective execution of follow-up activities like interviews. If you decide to opt-in, an interview will be conducted by an appropriate project partner and will take 60 to 90 minutes. The interview questions will be focused on further understanding which digital manufacturing tools that would benefit the respondents’ organization, key barriers they face and guide the types of technologies that should be a part of project outcomes. The data collected and analyzed for this research project (through both this online survey and any future interviews for this research study) may be published. Neither individuals nor companies will be identified in any published document. If direct quotations are used, they will not be traceable to an individual. The data will also be aggregated to provide summarized reports.

Participation in this study is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty. You have the right not to participate or to leave the study at any time. To withdraw send an email to the RIT Program Manager at, stating that you no longer want to participate in the study. Any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant should be directed to Heather Foti, Associate Director of the HSRO at

Participation in this survey (and any future interviews) indicates you are authorized to share the information provided.
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* 1. Please enter the information.

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* 2. To gain a deeper understanding of your digital manufacturing plans we may need to contact you. Are you willing to speak with one of the project Co-sponsors for an industry discussion around digital technologies?