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Cloud computing, coupled with on-premise solutions, will revolutionize manufacturing by enabling an eco-system of composable (easy-to-assemble-and-reassemble) manufacturing services that will accelerate new product development, gain efficiencies in production and supply chain management, and allow use of data analytics to optimize manufacturing activities. However, to achieve such composable manufacturing services, there is the need for a shared basis to specify service requirements and capabilities that allow representation, registration, discovery, and composition of these services. In this project, we seek to enable reference architecture models, and analysis and synthesis tools, as a basis for specification of both cloud-based and on-premise manufacturing services. These reference models are intended to drive necessary standards development for composable, smart manufacturing systems to become reality. Our results will reduce risk to software providers and users, and promote standards adoption by providing tools based on the reference models to guide the development and validate implementations of such standards.





SOSA 2015

The objective of iProSPER is to stimulate knowledge generation and sharing, the exchange of best practices, the results from research and case studies and the creation of new opportunities in the thematic area of Sustainable Energy Efficient Manufacturing. Collaborative research objectives include:

  • Resource and Energy Auditing & Diagnosis for Industry with the inclusion Efficiency Measures
  • Manufacturing Sustainability KPIs and their assessment
  • Solutions for resource and energy efficient manufacturing with an additional focus on renewable technologies
  • Energy Saving, Harvesting, and Scavenging Technologies
  • Harmonization of the factory with its environment
  • Case Studies
  • Sustainability Scoring
  • Student and Researcher Exchanges
  • Financial / Economic Impact Assessment Tool



Honeywell Aerospace

There has been an acceleration of MBD and MBE practices throughout industry. The use of CAD models has become increasingly effective in downstream functions such as manufacturing and quality because of increased productivity and increase of quality in the process. The use of CAD models can aid in the automation of CAM and CMM programming. These trends have been most pronounced in high value-added manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, automotive and semiconductors, but the techniques are applicable for all sectors. This project aims to further drive the acceleration of MBE practices by further documenting the economic benefits of Model based Manufacturing. This project will focus on the downstream benefits and cost avoidance in using Model Based Definition. This project will look at many processes throughout the supply chain including:

• Prerelease of a design
• Procurement of product
• Manufacturing/assembling of product

In support of this project, industry sector-specific pilots will be undertaken to obtain a significant amount of data to support the studies.



EMBM IMS MTP Initiative Rev 2

Title and Acronym: Integrated Resource Optimisation in Manufacturing Value Chains (IROVALUE)

Call: FoF-03-2014

List of participants


Participant No Participant organisation name Country Expertise in the project
1 The University of Manchester UK Energy and process integration, coordination
2 ETH Zurich CH Waste management
3 Haribo DK Industrial company
4 Faxe Municipality DK Municipality with industrial symbiosis on its territory
5 DTU Management DK LCA, LCC
6 CVR PT Waste management, network of waste-related companies
7 University of Minho PT Energy certification
8 Oldham Council UK Local authority
9 Mono Pumps Ltd UK Manufacturer
10 Pannonia University HU Supply chain management
11 Aristotle University GR Optimisation of supply chains
12 Koc University TR Supply chain optimisation
13 Ford Otosan TR Manufacturer
14 Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey US Supply chain management



General objective: To develop novel and advanced business models and decision support tools to facilitate increased competitiveness and improved environmental performance of EU manufacturing enterprises through more intensive integration of value chains and industrial symbiosis.

Specific objectives and corresponding workpackage tasks:

Objective 1: To model energy and resource consumption along value chains

Task 1.1          Development of models

Task 1.2          Implementation of models into software

Task 1.3          Application of models to pilot study

Objective 2: To develop novel business models, considering life cycle costs and accounting for consumption of energy and other resources

Task 2.1          Extending and enhancing available business models

Task 2.2          Incorporating commercial issues into models

Task 2.3          Implementing and testing business models

Objective 3: To develop advanced new business models for energy and resource management in the context of industrial symbiosis

Task 3.1          Extending the new business models for integrated value chains

Task 3.2          Incorporating cross-business commercial issues into models

Task 3.3          Screening and evaluating opportunities for industrial symbiosis

Objective 4: To incorporate novel business models to develop extended decision support tools

Task 4.1          Developing advanced decision support tools for manufacturing units

Task 4.2          Extending decision support tools for integrated value chains

Task 4.3          Implementing and testing advanced decision support tools

Objective 5: To collect data on energy and resource consumption for value chains.

Task 5.1          Confirmation of data collection approach

Task 5.2          Definition of data structures and implementation into database tool

Task 5.3          Data collection from case study partners

Objective 6: To develop a detailed analysis of case studies through the application of the new models and tools

Task 6.1          Define process to be applied in analysis of case studies

Task 6.2          Execute case studies

Task 6.3          Review case study results

Task 6.4          Review process for analysing case studies

Objective 7: To develop a roadmap for life cycle analysis and energy characterisation of enterprises towards energy certification

Objective 8: To disseminate project results, to protect IP developed in the project and to develop a plan to ensure exploitation of the results post-project

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Figure 1 Overview of objectives and corresponding workpackages




Overview: To discuss, promote, facilitate, and act on the key issues surrounding resource and energy efficient manufacturing in order to move from “energy and resource auditing” to “energy and resource saving.” EEM strives to recognizes the many needs of the manufacturing industry in areas such as renewable energy technologies, energy simulation tools, and sustainability standardization efforts.


€ 9,800,712 / € 6,098,037


R2M Solution- EU


Fraunhofer IWU- EU



ENGWorks (USA), Georgia Tech (USA)

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability: University of Berkeley- USA

Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing, University of Kentucky- USA


John Deere- EU

CSIRO- Australia



Please check back or contact your local IMS representative for more information.


Sustainable supply chain management involves integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle, from product design and development, to material selection, (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal. Environmentally sustainable supply chain management and practices can assist organizations in not only reducing their total carbon footprint, but also in optimizing their end-to-end operations to achieve greater cost savings and profitability. All supply chains can be optimized using sustainable practices.

For most organizations, supply chains have a far greater impact on the environment than any other part of their operations. While most corporate and public focus has been on the sustainable profile of a product, (i.e. its source and whether it is recyclable), there is a need to spotlight and to understand the sustainability issues related to the transportation and distribution of those products.

Due to commercial, regulatory, and competitiveness pressures, there is the need for global collaboration in the area of sustainable supply chain management.  As a starting point, the two co-leaders of this IMS MTP project lead signature umbrella research efforts in this field in their respective IMS regions.  These are the Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation of the USA which is dedicated to the topic and the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Europe which is launching a European Technology Platform on supply chain logistics which will bring industry together to help the European Commission shape future research call topics within Horizon 2020.



Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation (USA)

Zaragoza Logistics Centre (EU)

TU Berlin (EU)

Potentially parnters from ZLC Coordination Support Action and ETP

University of Kentucky (USA)

ITESM (Mexico)


Sustainable Supply Chain Quad Chart 2013-09-26


Automated Imaging Screening and Data Capture are important elements of laboratory automation in pharmaceuticals. Data streams from different sources now arrives in several non-standardized formats.  This makes the consideration of the whole data set difficult (often requiring opening five or more applications).  Standardized data solves this issue and allows researchers to compare findings from different sources.

The AISDC project will examine existing standards for MRIs and other medical images and will endeavor as one project element, to develop standards for other images such as plate reader well images, and other related images.

The absence of standards for Imaging Screening and Data Capture in Pharmaceutical Products delivery processes leads to inefficiencies in resource utilization and to longer than necessary product development cycles.

The development of an automated system based on universally accepted standards will improve efficiencies in drug delivery and enable multi-national firms to take full advantage of globally-distributed resources.

The AISDC project is a collaborative effort among SILA, the W6 Consortium, Systems X, and SyBIT.  SiLA and Systems X will engage in collaboration in data interface standardization focused on two areas:  imaging data from microscopy and screening services, logistics interfaces, LIMS Data Exchange Interface, and enterprise data management.

The project will be managed and operated within the framework of SILA and will be consistent with SILA goals and objectives.

1.    Background

SILA is a global initiative to standardize software interfaces in the field of life science research instrumentation.  Instigated by the pharmaceutical industry’s need for flexible laboratory automation, the initiative is now supported by major device and software suppliers worldwide.

The SiLA’s foundation is based on three pillars:  to improve business performance through overall process optimization and data standardization; to foster new device and data integration possibilities and allowing new applications in drug discovery; and to enable lab of the future and lab automation enterprise network opportunities.

In reference to the actual standards in development, SiLA is focused on four areas:  device interface standard, common command sets, labware specification standard and data interface standards.  Within these four areas, work groups are organized to produce results. These work groups include but do not limit to the following general interface, data capture, labware specification, remote monitoring/remote

This project is closely related to other SILA projects which draw on the expertise of device and software suppliers to the pharmaceuticals laboratory automation sector.  Partners in this project are located in Switzerland, Europe and the USA.

The project will build upon work already completed within other projects and the partners by Region can be described as follows:

Switzerland: End user pharmaceutical firm conducting research and development of pharmaceutical products; Device providers developing interoperability standards for equipment and devices used in pharmaceutical laboratory automation;  Software vendors developing specialized laboratory automation software; project management activities.

Europe: Device providers developing interoperability standards for equipment and devices used in pharmaceutical laboratory automation; Software vendors developing specialized laboratory automation software; dissemination of project results.

USA: End user pharmaceutical firm conducting research and development of pharmaceutical products; Device providers developing interoperability standards for equipment and devices used in pharmaceutical laboratory automation; Software vendors developing specialized laboratory automation software; dissemination of project results.

3.   Relationship of the Partners

To promote international cooperation, three (3) or more IMS Regions are required to establish a project. Qualifying partners must be part of a Region represented in the overall IMS Scheme and working on a Manufacturing Technology Project that has been sanctioned by IMS. The IMS International Steering Committee must approve partners outside of an IMS Region.

Potential project partners in this project come from three IMS Regions: Switzerland, Europe and USA. (to be confirmed)

SILA – Project Coordinator (Switzerland)

Systems-X, Novartis, Hoffman – La Roche, Tecan – End Users (Switzerland)

SILA USA, Perkin Elmer, Novartis USA, UCLA, CeuticalSoft, Code Refinery

InfoTeam Software, Pistoia – (Europe)










Overview of the Initiative

Closed-loop economy is now considered as a very promising challenge to support sustainability. It is expected to improve the environmental impacts of the economy mainly by reducing material consumption hoping that emissions and energy consumption reductions will follow the same way. Social impacts should also contribute to improvements. We will focus on manufacturing systems to support closed-loop economy.

This proposal is motivated by proving that closed-loop manufacturing systems are really sustainable, more precisely to understand in which conditions they could be sustainable. It involves to investigate both the most appropriate business models and the parameters that engineers should manage to make them profitable. The breakthrough contribution is to promote new sustainable consumption and production models supported by engineering methods and technologies to implement them efficiently.






The ASTM Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies was formed in 2009. F42 meets twice a year, usually in April and October, with about 70 members attending three days of technical meetings. The Committee, with a current membership of approximately 100, has 5 technical subcommittees:

–       F42.1           Test methods

–       F42.2           Processes

–       F42.3           Materials

–       F42.4           Design

–       F42.91         Terminology

All standards developed by F42 are published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 10.04 . Information on the F42 subcommittee structure, portfolio of approved standards, and Work Items under development, is available from the List of Subcommittees, Standards and Work Items below. These standards will play a preeminent role in all aspects of additive manufacturing technologies.

The initiative was initiated by Brent Stucker, Utah State University. In order to get financing all the activities, which are necessary to develop a standard for Additive Manufacturing, inspire-irpd (Switzerland) initiated the IMS initiative, called “Additive Manufacturing Standardisation”.

In order to fulfill the IMS requirements, the program is set up in the following way:

–  5 – 10   research entities in various additive manufacturing technologies and competencies

–  8 – 15   SMEs and service bureaus

–  5 – 10   Major large industries

–  2 – 5    Large user

–  5 – 10  OEMs

–  3 Years program


IMS – MTP, Fields of research – V2





Status: In Formation

Opens IMS networks to:

–CEMETEX (Textile Machine Association)


  • Not a funded FP7 project – Strategic interest of a technology innovation center


iMtex Presentation


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