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Jack Harris (Director – Aerospace States Association) and Dan Nagy (Managing Director – IMS) will present the session  at 10:30AM on 8 September “Promoting Growth and Sustainment in Aerospace and Defense SMEs” at  the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing annual meeting. For more information about the meeting, please visit the conference website.

Jack Harris, IMS Head of Delegation and Chair-elect, General Manager PDES, Inc.will present “Industry 4.0 for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers” at the SFSA Fall Leadership Meeting is September 9-12, 2017 in South Lake Tahoe, CA at The Landing. Along with other information, Mr. Harris will discuss the IMS Project Clustering initiative as an opportunity to help SME’s innovate with new technologies.



“Since the late 1700’s, the world has progressed from Industrial Revolution 1 through today, or the start of Industrial Revolution 4. Industrial Revolution 4 (Industry 4.0) is a valued extension to the Industrial Revolution 3.0 (Industry 3.0), moving from the use of digital techniques and processes to the application of cross domain integration and leverage of the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn how Industry 4.0 can drive SME manufacturing growth and sustainability in the 21st century.”

Mr. Abraham Tijerina,  IMS Chair, will be an Industry 4.0 Panelist at the Industrial Innovation Information Days held by the European Commission in Brussels on 3-4 October.

The aim of the event is to:

  • Build the basis for the future of Industrial Research in Europe
  • Inform relevant Industrial Technologies providers & users about EU activities in the field
  • Enhance cooperation among Industrial stakeholders.

Mr. Tijerina will be included in the following panel discussion.


Open to the World

Panel chaired by Maria Cristina Russo (tbc)

  • Canada- Michael Willmott, First Secretary, Science and Technology at the Mission of Canada to the European Union
  • Iran – Mohammad R. Razavi, President of Iranian Institute for Trade studies and research (TBC)
  • Japan – Michiharu Nakamura, Senior Advisor of Japan Science and Technology Agency
  • Mexico – Abraham Tijerina, Coordinator of Strategy Industry 4.0 for the state of Nuevo Leon
  • Thailand – Sirirurg Songsivilai Secretary-General, National Research Council of Thailand


For more information and to register, please click here.


Mr. Dan Nagy, Managing Director, IMS International, will present “International Collaboration Tools for Industrial Development” on 6 October at the CSIR Conference in South Africa. The conference programme features national and international speakers who will discuss topics in their areas of expertise. Topical issues to be discussed include emerging manufacturing technologies, cybersecurity threats to industry, the link between water and industrial development, digitisation to foster industrial development and the development of SMMEs in the bioeconomy sector.


For more information and to register, please click here.

15 June 2017: The Additive Manufacturing Metals met in St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the INSPIRE facility on 15 June, 2017 to discuss the development of the cluster and its deliverables. Below are the related documents and report for the meeting.


AM Clustering Workshop Report

IMS International Overview – AM meeting


25 July 2017: Meeting VIA WebEx. The primary aim of the meeting is to complete the discussion started in St Gallen about the role and scope of the IMS metal cluster activity, planning activities next 12 months and agreeing a vision for the cluster in the future.


-Review actions from previous meeting

-Scope of IMS metal cluster #2 activity

-Working with the other IMS clusters

-Links to other AM networking activities

-Activities over the next 12 months

-What information we can share and best method of sharing this information

-Potential to form an international AM database (Paula from Prodinet)

-Potential collaborative projects and vision for future of cluster

-Plan of meetings (including face to face meeting in 2018 – location/date)

-Plan for the meeting in Mexico > this may need to come earlier in the agenda


(Report Pending)


IMS Industry 4.0 Workshop

IMS will conduct a project clustering activity and is seeking active participants. We will announce the date and venue at a later date.

IMS has been successfully linking manufacturing R&D activities using their project clustering methodology described at, and in Attachment 1 below. Please note that this is not a traditional information-sharing workshop, but rather a focused activity designed to form productive collaborations between existing projects. This year the focus is to stimulate international cooperation in the areas of Industry 4.0: Advanced Robotics, and Industrial Internet of Things. If these topics are of interest to you, you are invited to engage with this activity at no charge.

The first step is to complete the online questionnaire at It contains two sections:

1) Exploitable Results listing. Please identify and list, according to the definition in Attachment 1, exploitable results from your ongoing projects, that you would like to share and further develop in a cluster. The aim is to identify a few main results (up to 3 max.) per ongoing project around which collaboration could be sought, clusters formed and work-programs drawn. The objective of this worshop is mainly the collaboration among ongoing and funded projects and not necessarily the formation of new research projects.

2) Details of Exploitable Results listed in Section 1. In this characterisation exercise, you are requested to provide a short description of each contribution, and estimate the “Technology Readiness Levels”- TRLs of the results, as defined at the bottom of the section.

If you prefer not to follow the above link, the same form is provided as a Word document as Attachment 2. A fictitious example submission of exploitable results is provided as Attachment 3.

Exploitable results and characterisations should be filled in as soon as possible but not later than July 15.  If you choose to use the Word document rather than the online form, please email it to:
Once we have collected the above information from all the projects, we will send it to you together with a matrix for you to complete.

Each project/participant should state his/her expression of interest in the exploitable results of the other projects/participants using the matrix that will be provided. Expressions of interest should be sent to “” or “”.

The questionnaire requires a little bit of your time. Your contribution is however very valuable for the success of the workshop. The key for success for the workshop is to get your contribution on time, to acquire a good understanding of the projects involved before the event, and to carefully analyse the different offers and demands of the different participants in order to create meaningful clusters that could start working effectively together during the workshop and after.




Attachment 1 Clustering Workshop Description

Attachment 2 Exploitable Results Exercise

Attachment 3 Example ERs and Characterisation


IMS sponsors the European Project Coach, Dr. Christoph Runde, at the MBE Summit held at NIST on 2-5 April, 2017. The full program is below.


“Activities on Product Service Platforms Interoperability in Europe”

Christoph Runde, IMS – European Union

This contribution will present the outcomes of the workshop on product/service platforms interoperability held in

Brussels on November 21st, 2016. Within the European Union’s initiative in the area of the Factories of the Future,

a number of running European projects deals with the development of integrated product service systems. All

these projects such as Diversity, Falcon, ICP4Life, Manutelligence, ProRegio and Psymbiosys follow interoperability

approaches. We detected efforts to develop specific own integration platforms as well as contributing largely to

existing standards like Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration or like RAMI4.0. Long existing initiatives like the

ProSTEP iViP association – a standardization initiative in virtual product development – demonstrated its strategy

on pushing its guideline Code of PLM Openness into industrial application to improve future PLM (product lifecycle

management) interoperability. Also the European Factory of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), which

develops visions of the factories of the future, works on interoperable digital manufacturing platforms to connect

manufacturing services. The European Commission fosters the coordination of European, national and regional

initiatives such as Industrie 4.0 (Germany), Industrie du Futur (France), Smart Industry (Netherlands) in order to

build a European platform of initiatives in the relevant field. Having in mind the platform and data economy

framing and necessary criterions like security / trust, this European network shall moderate common answers to

the key challenges, that we face in manufacturing today, e.g. flexibility, agility, logistics 4.0, mass customization (lot

size 1), autonomous systems, cobotics, AI, zero-defects, energy and resource efficiency, fully linked physical and

digital worlds (digital twins both for product and production).



Report is pending. Please check back.



IMS will present an update of its Additive Manufacturing Cluster outcomes at the Picasso “Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy” meeting.

5G Networks, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems for a Smart Society” on 19-20 June in Minneapolis Minnesota. IMS will contribute to day two of the meeting (Tuesday, 20 June), then hold an international project cluster meeting on its next Industry 4.0 topics on day three (Wednesday 21 June).

The Picasso program is below.



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World Manufacturing ForumOver 400 manufacturing leaders will gather from around the world to contribute and network at the fifth edition of the World Manufacturing Forum. An invitation-only event sponsored by Conacyt, IMS, Metalsa, and others, experts from industry, academia, and government will discuss international manufacturing challenges, solutions, and our shared vision for the next generation of growth under Industry 4.0 topics. For more information, please visit the WMF website.


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