21-23 May 2013: Collaboration & Interoperability Congress, Colorado Springs, CO

Robert Kiggans, IMS Chairman, will deliver a keynote address at the Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (www.3dcic.com) to be held on 21-23 May, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO. The topic for his keynote address is:

“The Way Forward for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation

With ever-increasing competition, consumer demand for better value and innovative products, and government pressure for sustainable production, manufacturers are faced with difficult challenges across their entire value chain. In today’s cross-border manufacturing environment, solutions to these challenges are often global and cross-sector in nature. The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program was established to solve these challenges through collaborative, multi-lateral, and often cross-platform research. IMS has conducted over $600 million in research in member countries including the United States, European Union, Switzerland, Korea and Mexico in the areas of sustainable manufacturing, key technologies, energy efficiency, standards and interoperability, and education.

IMS offers international consortium building and coaching services provided at no charge to researchers from member countries, a listing of projects seeking partners, and a project database with valuable research information. IMS is also a premier sponsor of the World Manufacturing Forum where high-level government officials and industry executives discuss issues and solutions to challenges in manufacturing.

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May 21-23, 2013 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing.

Manufacturing is a distributed business, usually involving global design teams and supply chains. World-class manufacturing cannot happen unless people work together effectively, collaborating from any location, and sharing product data safely, accurately and confidently.

Now in its tenth year, CIC is the only industry and CAD-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in product development, manufacturing and business communications. This makes it an essential forum to get an unbiased perspective to help guide product development, manufacturing and IT strategies in these mission-critical areas.

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