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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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The Economic Impact of Technology Infrastructure for Smart Manufacturing


Smart Manufacturing Gary Anderson (
Technology Partnerships Office, Innovation & Industry Services

October 2016


Key Findings

  • Novel smart manufacturing technology infrastructure would save manufacturers $57.4 billion annually.
  • Barriers to innovation increase the cost of smart manufacturing R&D, weaken private investment incentives, and magnify the role of public institutions.
  • Overcoming critical technical barriers may require investments in public-private manufacturing consortia.
  • Small enterprises face significant barriers to adoption of smart manufacturing technology.

The full report may be found here:

rundeIMS is pleased to welcome Dr. Christoph Runde who will serve as a project coach in the European Union for our Project Clustering Program. Dr. Runde is general manager of Virtual Dimension Center w.V. (VDC), a network and cluster initiative for virtual engineering and for virtual reality, and D-Fellbach: leadership for organization, technology, staff and strategy. He manages the VDC innovation network and has established VDC among Europe’s 50 best performing innovation networkToday, the VDC is Baden-Württembergs most awarded cluster initiative. He has also earned expert status at the European Commission, and is an expert for the factories of the future, high performance computing, and joint calls NMP and ICT. Dr. Runde is the Vice President of the European Virtual Reality Association and a member of the European Cluster Excellence Expert Group and the German Informatics Society.

He earned his PhD at the Stuttgart University covering the thesis “Conception and industrial implementation of virtual reality as a digital factory building-block“. Dr. Runde is the recipient of many awards, and most recently the “European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD”, “Cluster-Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg”, and “Innovative through Research” by Stifterverband der Deutsche Wissenbchaft.


The IMS Fall newsletter is available for download below. In this issue: “IMS PROJECT CLUSTERS LAUNCHED”, a report on the “INDUSTRIALLY ROBUST AM CHAIN”, and manufacturing news and commentary of global interest.




Currently in the planning stages, IMS-USA will conduct a workshop to form new project clusters under Industry 4.0 topics. We are in the process of selecting topics and searching for relevant research. If you have any interest under this topic, please contact your local IMS office or write to Dan Nagy, Managing Director, at The event will be held in the United States.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

The Korean Ministry Industry, and Energy (MOCIE) through KAIT, “Korea Association for ICT” will be sponsoring the “2016 Korea Research and Development Exhibition in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 17 November 2016. IMS will send a delegation and speak about global cooperation through its project clustering program at the event. More information will be posted when available.

Currently in the planning stages, IMS will hold a follow-up workshop for it’s Additive Manufacturing project clusters and will launch new clusters under Industry 4.0 topics. We are in the process of selecting topics and searching for relevant research. The workshop is planned to be held in South Africa in conjunction with a major manufacturing conference. If you have any interest under this topic, please contact your local IMS office or write to Dan Nagy, Managing Director, at

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

IMS Additive Manufacturing Cluster Report

Industrially Robust AM Chain

Prabir Chaudhury, Global Metals Technology Director Designate


The objective of the cluster is to develop an industrially robust Metal Additive Manufacturing (MAM) supply chain in order to establish MAM as a global mainstream manufacturing technology. Work will include development of cost effective and performance specific raw materials, testing and qualification protocols, generation of design properties database, enhancement of machine capabilities, and identification of NDT techniques and in-situ quality testing. This cluster will also examine (a) the opportunities in use of low cost powder via machine enhancement or by using novel processing techniques and (b) enhancement of MAM surfaces for net shape manufacturing. This cluster will involve users of the MAM technology and its supply chain from raw material to finished and qualified metal parts. This report is a short synopsis of the discussion in Barcelona on May 2nd and a tentative plan arising from the discussions. The intention of this report is to inform the members about the opportunities and scope of the Cluster to put together a comprehensive plan for future collaboration.

Cluster Formation: At the IMS meeting in Barcelona on May 2nd, the Industrially Robust AM Chain cluster was formed based on the review of exploitable results (ERs) from the AM enthusiasts around the globe and interests shown by participants at the workshop.  A total of 54 participants from US, EU, MX, and SA attended the workshop, 39 ERs were reviewed from three disciplines (Metal Parts, Polymer-Ceramic-Biomaterial Parts, and General Technologies), and 6 Clusters were established for further by the attendees. Industrially Robust AM Chain was one of the three in metals AM area. Interested participants from US, EU, SA, and MX joined together to form this cluster. Table below shows all the clusters formed and respective regional leads.


Cluster Name Champion Leads
Industrially Robust AM Chain Prabir Chaudhury (EXOVA) Jeff Grabowski (QuesTek) Paolo Calefati (BOREALIS) Hardus Greyling (CSIR) Cortez Dante (FRISA)
Metals for AM David Wimpenny (AMAZE) Luis Portoles (NANOTUND3D) Dimitri Dimitrov (S. UNIV) Villarreal Gilberto (SISAMEX)
Titanium Aero Structures AM Daniel Safranchik (AATID) Federico Sciammarella (NIU) David Gonzalez Fernández (FOFAM) Willie du Preez (CENT. UNIV)
BioAMplant/IAMI Dirk W. Grijpma (RAPIDOS) Dirk W. Grijpma (RAPIDOS) Gerrie Booysen (CENT. UNIV) Leopold Ruiz (UNAM-MADIT)
Assistive Tools for Extending AM Paula Queipo Rodríguez (FOFAM) Paula Queipo Rodríguez (FOFAM) Deon De Beer (NW UNIV) Hugo Medellin (UASLP)
AM Knowledge Based Decision Support for Industry Jens Pottebann Hans Van Toor (MANSYS)



Cluster Members: Seven teams from all regions of IMS made commitments to join this cluster and discuss the scope and immediate actions for the cluster. The seven teams are: Questek, Exova, AMAZE, Borealis, NDTLBM, FOFAM, and MANSYS. The following Table shows the names of the representatives from each team and their contact information:



Region Last Name First Name email Organization Role
EU Wimpenny David MTC Chief Technologist
EU Calefati Paolo Prima Industries Innovation Manager
EU Buining Henk TNO
EU Valente Anna SUPSI Head of Industrial Robotics Systems for Adv. Manufacturing
US Grabowski Jeff QuesTek Innovations, LLC Applications Manager
US Chaudhury Prabir Exova Technical Director
MX Cortez Dante FRISA Manager
MX Tijerina Abraham METALSA Manager
SA Greyling Hardus CSIR National Laser Centre Manager: Com & Nat Programs


Cluster Discussion: The team of seven committed cluster members discussed the scope of this cluster and came up with the cluster name as Industrially Robust AM Chain. Then a cluster champion was selected and regional cluster leads were identified as shown above. The members decided to incorporate related ERs from the present members and discuss the scope of the cluster. The team also discussed focus on large structures versus small pars limited by the current mahines. It was decided to focus on both large strauctural and small parts in this cluster. Based on these discussions, the goals and objectives were identified as shown below in the order of AM chain from raw material to finished products:

  • Develop new AM alloys for specific performance requirements in various industries
  • Explore machine modifications to use low cost, such as non-spherical powder in powder-based AM processes
  • Develop AM materials property database for design engineers
  • Explore in-process and post processing surface finish enhancement opportunities
  • Develop testing and qualification protocols for process, machine, and product for various industries
  • Investigate in situ quality assurance opportunities
  • Explore Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques for product acceptance.

Action Plan: Although the team discussed technical action plans at the cluster meeting, it is felt that first and foremost we need to focus on organistional action plan. Therefore, the action plans are divided into organizational and technical actions in the order of priority and execution.

Organizational Actions:

  • Develop the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for all partners to sign. This will be done by the regional leads by August, 15 2016.
  • Sign the MOA – All current patners by August 31
  • Recruit additional partners for the cluster from the AM supply chain including: AM alloy developers, powder and rod producers, AM machine developers, AM prototype and part manufacturers, AM product designers and users (OEMs), AM database developers, process and product analysis software developers, destructive and non-destructive testing laboratories, standards agencies, accreditation agencies, and others service providers. This work will be on-going and will be reported regularly at cluster meetings.
  • Coordinate technical actions with other cluster programs to avoid duplication and enhance complementary work.

Technical Actions:

  • Research current machine capabilities for use of low cost, non-spherical powders
  • Research current AM methods for production of large structures
  • Foster collaboration with international standards bodies.
  • Devlop a comprehensive technical program for funding from international sources covering the following issues globally:
    1. Develop new alloys for Aerospace, Energy, Gas and Oil, Automotive, and Medical sectors based on AM process characteristics
    2. Collaborate raw material suppliers for new AM alloys
    3. Develop AM material standards and specifications with international standards bodies
    4. Develop material properties database for engineering design and material and process selection
    5. Develop qualification protocols and standards for AM processes and mchines
    6. Develop protocols and standards for product testing and qualification
    7. Develop NDT methods for in-process and post processing quality assurance
    8. Develop in-process and post processing methods for surface enhancement
    9. Develop AM machines to use low cost raw materials.

Conclusion: Industrially Robust AM Chain cluster is established for international collaboration to rapidly develop AM industry supply chain and assist in global acceptance of AM as a mainsteam manufacturing process.

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