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Mr. Dan Nagy, Managing Director, IMS International, presented “International Collaboration Tools for Industrial Development” on 6 October at the CSIR Conference in South Africa. The conference programme featured national and international speakers discussing topics in their areas of expertise. Topical issues included 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.


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Overview of the Initiative

This proposal is motivated by recent achievements of the IMS (01008) and EU FP6 IP Integrated Project (507100): PROMISE ( PROMISE develops appropriate technology, including product lifecycle models, Product Embedded Information Devices (PEID) with associated firmware and software components and tools for decision making based on data gathered through a product lifecycle. This is done to enable and exploit the seamless flow, tracing and updating of information about a product, after its delivery to the customer and up to its final destiny (deregistration, decommissioning) and back to the designer and producer. The breakthrough contribution of PROMISE, in the long term, is to allow information flow management to go beyond the customer, to close the product lifecycle information loops, and to enable the seamless e-Transformation of Product Lifecycle Information to Knowledge.

The concept of closed-loop PLM can be defined as follows:

“A strategic business approach for the effective management of product lifecycle activities by using product data/information/knowledge which can compensate PLM to realize product lifecycle optimization dynamically in closed-loops with the support of PEIDs and Product Data & Knowledge Management (PDKM) system.”