The Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative (IMI) Symposium launched the IMI effort that will increase the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico in manufacturing for the global market. The IMI accomplishes this by incorporating Information Technology capabilities into all aspects of the manufacturing process from the R&D phase to optimized workflow to system-wide networking to advanced materials to advanced system controls and maintenance to distribution, as well as addressing the needs for a skilled workforce and the financial investments needed.
The IMI symposium:
• Brought together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, government agencies, and investors in a forum that will facilitate cross-fertilization for technology commercialization across overlapping disciplines.
• Assessed the issues, needs, and existing efforts involved in developing an IMI implementation plan.
•Hopes to create an internet-based clearinghouse and networking center that will connect a wide range of people and organizations in ways that will facilitate cross-fertilization in technology commercialization and manufacturing.
• More directly couple the personnel and projects funded by I-Corps with Technology Commercialization efforts.
The integration of these elements forms the basis for an effective and sustainable effort that will improve the manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico. It is the holistic approach of the IMI to addressing global competitiveness in manufacturing, which sets it apart from many other advanced manufacturing efforts. It is the holistic approach in partnering and sharing of complementary strengths that will make the U.S. and Mexico more competitive.
The IMI symposium took place in November 10 & 11 in San Diego. The venue for the symposium stems from the presence of strong manufacturing efforts and cooperation in the Baja California-Southern California region. The symposium focused on manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and energy sectors. It also included a strong representation of the IT sector, which provides the underpinning for the IMI. Attendance was about 120 participants.