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RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Venue: David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

With the U.S. government considering additive manufacturing as a transformational technology, five federal agencies – the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration – are investing $45 million toward the newly created National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).

With the recent establishment of NAMII headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has decided that its additive manufacturing event, RAPID, will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 10–13, 2013, to leverage the collaboration and innovation that will be the cornerstone of the new institute.

RAPID is North America’s definitive additive manufacturing event and the longest running industry forum for promoting the advancements and latest technology developments that combine 3D imaging with additive processes and 3D printing.
Exhibiting at RAPID 2013 will showcase your company’s products and innovations, gain exposure in the industry, and build relationships that lead to future sales. If your company offers equipment, materials, software or services that can help manufacturers design and develop new products – you need to exhibit at RAPID 2013!

Join NAMII in supporting RAPID 2013. To register or for more information, visit today!

Intelligent Non-hierarchical Manufacturing Networks

Edited by Raúl Poler, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain; Luis Maia Carneiro, INESC Porto, Portugal; Thomas Jasinski, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Marc Zolghadri, Bordeaux 1 University, France; Paolo Pedrazzoli, University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland


This book is the main result of the IMS MTP initiative “Intelligent Non-Hierarchical Manufacturing Networks (iNet-IMS) ( that has combined the main results of five FP7 Research Projects recently finalized.

The book provides the latest models, methods and guidelines for networked enterprises to enhance their competitiveness and move towards innovative high performance and agile industrial systems.

In the new global market, competitiveness and economic growth rely greatly on the move toward innovative high performance industrial systems and agile networked enterprises through the creation and consolidation of non-hierarchical manufacturing networks of multi-national SMEs as opposed to networks based on powerful large-scale companies. Network performance can be significantly improved through more harmonious and equitable peer-to-peer inter-enterprise relationships, conforming decentralized and collaborative decision-making models.

Traditional hierarchical manufacturing networks are based on centralized models, where some of the actors involved must adapt themselves to the constraints defined by those who are most dominant. Real-world experiences of such models have revealed some major problems due to the centralized vision of the supply chain and the sub-optimal performance of centralized decision-making. For the current highly dynamic markets, this generates major inefficiencies in operation throughout the supply chain.
This book collects the latest research regarding non-hierarchical manufacturing networks and provides enterprises with valuable models, methods and guidelines to improve their competitiveness.

Robert Kiggans, IMS Chairman, will deliver a keynote address at the Collaboration and Interoperability Congress ( 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.

 More information about the CIC:

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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CIC Pres

Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) at Penn State and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a United States PPP, the event was organized to acquaint industry and government representatives with the broad capabilities of additive manufacturing, as well as providing an introduction to CIMP-3D and NAMII. Although the event organizers expected 75 attendees, over 300 attended indicating the high level of interest in this field.

The meeting started with a welcome by Dr. Hank Foley, VP Research at Penn State University, followed by PSU’s Drs. Rich Martukanitz and Tim Simpson, Co-Directors of of CIMP-3D giving an overview of current research and the new facilities. Mr. Ralph Resnick, Acting Director of NAMII, gave an overview of the new Private Public Partnership (PPP) created for additive manufacturing, financials, membership, and the upcoming calls.

Dr. Irene Petrick from PSU College of Science and Technology gave a forward view of how additive manufacturing may change the landscape for large and small manufacturers. She predicted how supply chains may be impacted, trending toward local manufacturing, and challenges that the technology may present.

Mr. Brian Rosenberger from the Lockheed Martin Corporation presented how AM is being incorporated into production, and how future technologies could be revolutionary. He also discussed the difficulties in meeting regulatory requirements with this new technology, as well as gaining internal confidence in the products.

Dr. Craig Blue, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discussed their extensive facilities and capabilities, as well as their efforts to train people for this field.

Mr. Robert Cohem, Sr. VP of R&D at Pipeline Orthopedics, showed the state of the art hip replacement using AM to created a bonelike structure to vastly improve attachment of bone to titanium to the point of being stringer than bone at the attachment point, and greatly reduce time to full recovery.

The day ended with tours of PSU’s AM laboratories, and participants were allowed to interface with researchers and see demonstrations of current work.

Industry 4.0 – The Technological Revolution continues!

Published on Oct 4, 2012 by VDMA

The world is facing a technological revolution that will also cover the societies. The alteration of the value-added chain changes procedures in the factories, that today a machine no longer processes a workpiece “blindfolded”, but rather the workpiece tells the machine what to do. The workpiece knows its configuration and its recipient. It causes orders of material, just as it conducts itself to the respective customer. Sophisticated software works with high-tech machines, together they make decisions and minimize human sources of error. Signs are worldwide pointing to growth of productivity and flexibility – that applies to both humans and machines.




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Jack Harris, U.S. Head of Delegation to IMS, Receives Prestigious Honor

Governor’s Innovation Recognition Dinner to Recognize and Honor Efforts of Iowa innovation Leaders

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be on hand Monday, January 7, 2013, to recognize the ongoing efforts of Iowa’s business community to push Iowa’s innovation forward.  The event is open to the media.

For the past 10 years, leaders in business and industry, government and the state’s colleges and universities have been focused on establishing an innovation network of collaboration to support and grow the state’s innovation economy.  This dinner recognizes the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of hours they have committed to making Iowa as a top tier state for innovation.

The program will include remarks from Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds about the future of innovation in the state.  In addition, several business leaders will be recognized for their roles in developing the state’s innovation ecosystem.  They include: Ted Crosbie, Monsanto; Irving Hahn, QCI; Jack Harris, Rockwell Collins (retired); Peter Hong, New Tech Ceramics; Mark Kittrell, Prime Logic; and Chris Nelson, Kemin.

John LaMarche from VentureNet will be recognized with the Innovation Focus award for his groundbreaking work mentoring start-ups and his commitment to expansion of the Iowa Innovation Network.

Mary Andringa from Vermeer will receive the Iowa Innovator Award for her ongoing commitment to furthering innovation not only within Vermeer, but the state and the nation.

The event is hosted by the Iowa Innovation Corporation, Iowa Innovation Council, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.



Intelligent Manufacturing Systems



Dear Reader,

Marta BulikThe end of the year is approaching fast, and we have prepared the last, a special edition of the IMS Newsletter for 2012. Why is it special? Because the EU IMS chairmanship has come to an end and the US have taken over the chair until early 2015.

In this Newsletter you will read a welcome word by Mark Carlisle of the US IMS Regional Secretariat.

We also invite you to read a report on a very successful World Manufacturing Forum 2012, held between 16 and 18 October 2012 in Stuttgart. Along this report you will find links to media coverage as well as related videos.

Using the occasion, we wish you Happy Seasonal Holidays and all the best for 2013. We will come back with fresh news from the manufacturing world in January.

Marta Bulik, European Commission


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EU Chair ended on 31 October 2012

Outgoing IMS Chairman, Mr. Fred-Holger GüntherIncoming IMS Chairman, Mr. Robert Kiggans

October marked the end of the IMS rotating chair held by the European Union. In the last thirty months more than twenty-five international projects had been launched with targeted workshops and dedicated services supporting the setup of global industrial partnerships. In his closing speech, the IMS Chairman, Mr. Fred-Holger Günther (picture right), former Senior Vice President of the Bosch Group, remarked: “In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, collaboration is not an option, but a must. In a climate of growing competition between national and corporate interests and strategies, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems stands out as a platform for a global win/win cooperation in R&D and innovation that contributes to the creation of prosperity in our economies. Europe’s growth and prosperity which has emerged from an almost complete economic destruction after World War II, is due to the continued peaceful collaboration among the continent’s nations that used to be at war with each other in the centuries before”. The IMS chair is now with the United States with Mr. Robert Kiggans (picture left), Vice Chairman of SCRA Applied R&D acting as the new Chairman.


Welcome message from the US Regional Secretariat by Mark Carlisle, NIST

Mark Carlisle

As Secretariat of the US region, I am honored and excited to have the IMS chairmanship return to the United States. The resulting greater level of visibility of IMS in the US is timely and dovetails with increased Administration emphasis on advancing the state of US manufacturing, as the IMS model of pre-competitive collaboration allows all participants to benefit from increased efficiencies in their use of resources and energy, and across their processes and supply chains.

IMS continues to highlight advanced manufacturing as a primary engine of a healthy economy and an innovative and responsible society. It is my hope that IMS’s past accomplishments, current outreach efforts, and future potential will lead other regions to join our organization.

IMS will build on the successful foundation of the first two World Manufacturing Forum conferences, holding a third event in Washington, DC, in October 2013 to continue a dialogue between policy makers and industry leaders.

I salute the members of the EU region for their many accomplishments during the EU tenure as host, and I look forward to welcoming all members of the IMS community to the United States next year!


Special Report


World Manufacturing Forum 2012

One of the most important manufacturing meetings of the year was held from 16-18 October 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. More than 400 industrial executives and government officials discussed whether manufacturing is the solution to the global economic crisis, what the future of manufacturing is and whether ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Main Street’ would eventually become friends. The event was supported by the European Commission and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) International. The World Manufacturing Forum had been held for the first time in May 2011 at Lake Como and had started facilitating a much needed dialogue between policy, industry and technology. Next year’s Forum will be held in Washington, DC.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, at his opening video speech, stressed the contribution that industry had made to Europe’s stability during the continuing economic crisis and assured the manufacturing leaders gathered in Stuttgart of the European Union’s commitment to preserving and strengthening industry’s role in the European economy. The Portuguese former Prime Minister stated that “European industry has proven to be a considerable asset during the crisis,” declaring: “An economy with a competitive industry is more resilient and less prone to the volatility of speculative activities.” To back his claim, Mr. Barroso reminded the conference participants that the EU is among the world’s leading exporters in industrial sectors such as aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, adding that industry accounts for 80 percent of the European Union’s current exports and for 80 percent of its private research and development expenditures. While 74 million jobs in the European Union depend on manufacturing and related services, he pointed out, the crisis had cost industry 3 million jobs, and Europe’s industrial production remained around 10 percent below the levels it had reached in the years prior to the crisis. “We cannot be complacent with historical trends that progressively damp the role of industry in our economies,” he added. “We can reverse these trends and we intend to do so.” ”Europe needs to invest in new technologies and innovation,” Barroso said further. “We are on the eve of a new technological era, which some analysts have called the New Industrial Revolution, where new and cleaner technologies fundamentally change production patterns and also the global value-added chain. We cannot afford to miss the opportunities brought by these changes.”

In a Communiqué issued after the meeting the organizers of the World Manufacturing Forum have stated that “Manufacturing can play the primary role in a global recovery from the economic crisis that has marked – and marred – the start of this new Millennium. And manufacturing must take the lead in developing sustainable technologies and products, without which, as has become increasingly clear, the earth’s shrinking resources and growing population are certain to be at profound risk. … A new industrial order is quickly unfolding as supply networks globalize, pressure to conserve energy and raw materials grows, technology changes rapidly and, on every continent, demand strengthens for skilled workers able to understand increasingly complex production technologies. All aspects of this new order pose significant challenges. They must be addressed immediately, and overcome in relatively short order, if humanity is to make the revolutionary step to an industrial paradigm that nurtures the planet and enables hundreds of millions, even billions, of additional inhabitants to live decent and dignified lives. For this to happen, it is imperative that industrial best practices be shared globally so that all enterprises engaged in the manufacture of goods have access to technologies that can radically reduce consumption of materials and energy. The same sharing of best practices holds true for those in government, whose duty it is to craft policies that incline firms toward a high-road strategy for the development of their workers and the rapid adoption of new technologies, and to foster an environment congenial to the industrial system’s becoming far more efficient and productive than it has been up to the present. A ‘real’ economy is one that creates value and jobs while also providing the income governments need to administer programs upon which the protection, health and general well-being of large societies depend. Economies that in recent years have resorted to the use of credit to support such essential sectors as construction and housing have become unstable, bringing the world to a new level of uncertainty. In contrast, economies that have remained focused on innovation, upgrading manufacturing processes that were already in existence and embracing products and technologies that are totally new, have demonstrated greater relative strength in the face of the headwinds. … Manufacturers, policymakers, worker representatives and bankers must share their knowledge: They must agree on common goals and, together, apply the lessons they have learned to every industrial operation in business today.

The World Manufacturing Forum intends to remain the leading advocate of this endeavor. We leave Stuttgart with a commitment to ensuring that the dialogue continues, so that every company, every government and every citizen can enter a future made healthier, safer and more prosperous by a new generation of manufactured products. And it will continue, at the Forum’s third annual meeting, already scheduled for next October in Washington, DC”

The event was widely covered in the specialist press as this year’s meeting was followed by several tours to industrial enterprises in the wider Stuttgart region.




Videos related to WMF 2012

World Manufacturing Forum 2012 media coverage

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About IMS


The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative encourages the formation of international research consortia to address 21st century manufacturing technologies and systems to benefit humanity. IMS members currently include the EU and Norway, Mexico, Korea, Switzerland and the United States of America. In Europe IMS is supported by the 7th Framework Programme’s (FP7) Cooperation Themes ICT and NMP.

For further information about IMS, please visit IMS on CORDIS or IMS International.


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SCRA’s Robert Kiggans named IMS Chairman

CHARLESTON, SC – December 3, 2012 – SCRA today announced that the United States, a charter member of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program (IMS), assumed the chairmanship from the European Union. Mr. Robert Kiggans, who serves as Vice Chairman of SCRA’s Applied R&D, will serve as the IMS chairman for a thirty-month term. The IMS was established for advancement of global cooperative manufacturing research

Mr. Kiggans said, “As the number one manufacturer in the world, the United States is honored to host the chairmanship of IMS for advanced manufacturing research, development and innovation. Although manufacturing today is highly competitive, there are areas of research that require cooperation with other industrialized nations. The member regions of the European Union, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States recognize the need for multi-lateral cooperation on these challenges and support the IMS mission to facilitate global collaboration between top research scientists. I intend to continue our strategic focus for cooperative research and also to continue other work of the European Union chairmanship including membership enlargement and support of the annual World Manufacturing Forum.”

Kiggans, assumes the leadership of IMS from Mr. Fred-Holger Günther, a 30 year distinguished employee and former Senior Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH. He was selected by the European Commission to lead the organization. Kiggans brings over 30 years of industry experience and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its federal sector.  Appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, he served as Head of the US Delegation to the international IMS Steering Committee for the past six years.

Kiggans is also Vice Chairman of International TechneGroup and initial Director of the Ronald McNair Aerospace Center. Earlier, he served as President and CEO of ATI and General Manager of PDES, Inc., an international standards collaboration. He was also Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Holding a B.S. degree from The Citadel and M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kiggans holds of numerous honors including the recently bestowed American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Leadership Award.

Mr. Dan Nagy will continue as Managing Director of the organization responsible for IMS program oversight and international coordinating activities.


About SCRA

SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic output studies show SCRA’s cumulative impact on South Carolina’s economy to be over $14 billion, and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs in SC, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.



ISC Chairman

Robert G. Kiggans

Vice Chairman ATI Board of Directors

Robert Kiggans is Vice Chairman of the ATI Board of Directors. He has over thirty years experience in advanced computer and product data technologies, program and technical management, manufacturing technologies, and command and control systems. Most recently, Mr. Kiggans was Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its Federal Sector. Mr. Kiggans also served as President and CEO of ATI and General Manager of PDES, Inc., an international standards collaboration. Prior to that, he was Vice President of SCRA and Director of the Advanced Technology Group.

Mr. Kiggans was also Director for C3I Advanced Systems at Cincinnati Electronics. He was Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) before joining Cincinnati Electronics. As Assistant for Program Integration with the DoD Joint Program Management Office, he supported the development of a multi-billion dollar computer/communications program. While with the Air Force Strategic Air Command, he directed advanced computer technology initiatives, including development of a multi-million dollar automated executive information system. Earlier in his career, he completed the Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Systems Engineering Development Program and became a software systems engineer for EDS.

Mr. Kiggans received a B.S. degree from The Citadel and an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI); International TechneGroup, Inc. (ITI); PDES, Inc.; and the Silver Crescent Foundation.


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