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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



The goal of SO-PC-Pro is to develop methods and tools for holistic design and management of workplaces in production companies, thereby aligning business goals and human needs. SO-PC-Pro supports people-centered workplaces in three key ways. 1. through developing new human-machine interactions allowing higher degrees of autonomy in workers. 2. through empowering workers to re-degin their own workplaces using design methods and collaborative tools. 3. through seamlessly integrating production and business processes to enable more adaptable workplaces through the whole enterprise.



€ 4,040,080 / € 2,947,725



Universitaet Linz


Axxis Consulting – Mex

ByElement- CH


Metasonic- DE

ByElement- CH



Cesaro & Associati- IT

Fimap- IT

Centire- SK

TC Contact- SK



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To definine new socially sustainable workplaces where the human dimension is a key cornerstone. Man-Made promotes the goal of effective integration of anthropocentric factories within a social environment to implant context-aware factories. The MTP incorporates all age groups in different roles in order to optimize workers’ knowledge within the workplace.



€ 5,491,586 / € 3,668,817





Penn State- USA

PoliMi- EU

Synesis- EU


Alstom- EU

Whirlpool- EU


Framos- EU





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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



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This project aims to provide services that support the design and provision of flexible interoperable networks of production systems that can rapidly and accurately be re-configured.



FLEXI-NET: €6,000,000 / € 3,550,000


Project Leader

Loughborough University
Bob Young


EU Partner Organizations

Coventry University, Instituto Tecnologico de Informatica, Fraunhofer, Txt e-Solutions s.p.a., AINIA, Control 2K Limited, Indesit, KSB AG, Customdrinks S.L.U.,


Non-EU Partner Organizations

Univ. of St. Gallen (CH), HIGHFLEET inc (USA), UNAM (Mexico)


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)











Objective: A project operating under the IMS umbrella is the Implementation of Digital PDM and PLM Data Archiving and Retrieval (I-PLM Archiving) project.  The I-PLM Archiving project has the goal of accelerating the adoption and implementation of long term archiving and retrieval standards and recommendations arising from two key manufacturing initiatives, the LOTAR International program and the Automotive Industry Action Group’s PLM Archiving and Retrieval (PAR) project.  This will be done by 1) constructing harmonized conceptual process and object archiving and retrieval models, and 2) focusing on pilot implementations along two channels.  In the first channel the AIAG PAR recommendations and LOTAR International standards will be tested under carefully controlled conditions within the aerospace and automotive industry.  It is only through carefully monitored implementations that the true completeness and utility of the harmonized archiving recommendations and standards can be assessed.  The second channel will consist of pilot implementations within non-aerospace and automotive industry sectors (eg, shipbuilding and nuclear/utility).  These will be used to test the applicability of the recommendations and standards within alternative industries.

IMS Activity: Bring together separate activities underway in aerospace and automotive sectors for a unified digital archiving solutions.




General Dynamics- USA

ENEA Research- EU

Habel Dokumentenmanagement- EU



LOTAR International- Mex


I-PLM Quad Chart


Leadership for this project is being transitioned to General Dynamics.

I-PLM Archiving Short Overview_v1

I-PLM Quad Chart 2013-09-25


This is an “on-going project” that focuses on standards and/or competencies. By its nature, the project is always looking for new partners through its life cycle.

Goal: To prepare the next generation of automation workers with the 21st century skills needed by industry.

Overview: A “Competency Model” is a formal federal document in the USA that clearly defines what a person needs to know and be able to do to perform well in an occupation—the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Competency models are developed through research and industry validation; and, once completed, are promoted, maintained, and updated.

In 2009, the Automation Federation, in collaboration with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of theU.S. Department of Labor (DOL), completed the inaugural Automation Competency Model (the first produced by the DOL). Leaders of the Automation profession and ETA staff worked together to develop this comprehensive competency model for careers in automation with the intent of aiding and increasing the number of individuals pursuing careers in this vital profession in all industries and in all parts of the world.

Both the Automation Federation (AF) and the International Society of Automation (ISA) are interested in building an international network through which the newly-developed model can be disseminated, analysed, and improved where possible.  There is also interest in adapting the model to local circumstances and to keep the model current with changing technology and market demand.  In this latter respect, a formal process has been adopted whereby a detailed review of the model will be undertaken every two years, beginning in 2011.

The AF and ISA have already established a part of the sought after international network by partnering with the British – based Institution of Engineering and Technology which has expressed active interest in developing and promoting the model to its international membership of some 150,000 practitioners in 127 countries.

The diagram below is a schematic representation of the Automation Competency Model. More details of the model can be found on the Automation Federation website.




Automation Federation AIAG- USA

Hass Technical Education Centre Network- EU

PROMEXICO, Technologico de Monterrey- Mex