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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.




Dear Participants,

Thank you for participating in the IMS Manufacturing Technology Platform project workshop held at South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) facilities on 17 May, 2013. Please find a copy of the program below and the presentations for your reference. If you would like to participate in an IMS project, please contact your local IMS Regional Secretariat.

Best regards,

Dan Nagy, Managing Director


IMS MTP Workshop Program

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0915   IMS overview – Bob Kiggans (Chairman, IMS Program)

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0930   World Manufacturing Forum – Dan Nagy (Managing Director, IMS)

2. WMF Presentation

0945   USA Manufacturing Strategy – Tom Kurfess (Distinguished Chair, Georgia Tech; Former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Executive Office of the President)

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1005   European Union Horizon 2020 Program – Herbert von Bose (Director, Industrial Technologies, European Commission)


1025   South Carolina Manufacturing Outlook – BGen Henry Taylor (Vice President, Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance)

5. Hank – SC Manufacturing Overview-CRDA

1115-1135: SuPLight: Manufacturing of sustainable light weight solutions for the manufacturing sector with focus on wrought aluminum alloys.  Prof. Kristian Martinsen, SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing

6. Martinsen SuPLight IMS charleston

1135-1155: Linked Design: Semantic Standards for Linking Engineering Knowledge for Product Design and Manufacturing. Prof. Dimitris Kiritsis, EPFL

7. LinkedDesign@IMS@Charleston 130517 v0.3

1155-1215: Energy Efficient Manufacturing: Best practices, technologies, labeling, and standardization efforts for resource and energy efficient manufacturing. Dr. Thomas Messervey, IMS Coach, EU Region

Download not released for distribution. Please contact Dr. Messervey directly.

1215-1235: MBE – Model Based Manufacturing: Research on novel, model-based digital technology used in manufacturing. Dr. Steve Ray, Principal, Steve Ray Consulting

9. IMS Model Based Manufacturing MTP

image001In this climate of uncertainty, what is the way forward to advance manufacturing and innovation to provide growth and prosperity?

As the world climbs out of the economic crisis, policy makers have recognized manufacturing’s contribution to economic success as a strategic pillar to economic health. In response, governments are scrambling to create favorable conditions for growth while industry is faced with volatile and highly competitive market conditions. Investors are reluctant to jump into the high-risk marketplace, and manufacturers are not always willing to use reserves to expand their business.

Adding to the complexity of a globalized marketplace, countries struggle with local cries for stricter import regulations, raw material control, and limits on technology transfer. Does the focus to bring jobs home mean we must forgo international cooperation to solve manufacturing challenges and advance technology? As jobs do come home, what’s next for emerging economies?

The World Manufacturing Forum, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 22-23 October 2013 in Washington, D.C., USA, seeks to answer these important questions.

With the theme of “The Way Forward to Global Prosperity Through Intelligent Manufacturing Collaboration,” the Forum intends to focus on cooperation to create a global environment for sustainable economic success through sharing resources, creating and supporting common platforms for standards and interoperability for emerging technologies, solving storage and knowledge-mining challenges for ever-increasing amounts of data, and finding innovative ways to leverage applied R&D investments. Because technology and skills are key innovation differentiators, the Forum will also discuss the role of educational institutions, companies, and unions in training the next-generation of workers in the highly technical field of manufacturing.

The Forum aims to bring together high-level industrialists, policy makers, and key societal stakeholders across the globe for a cross-exchange of ideas on major macroeconomic trends and manufacturing innovation. The Forum is sponsored by the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program and its member countries and is open to international sponsorship from government, industry, and institutions.

Save the date now and make plans to attend. Visit for information as it becomes available.

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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Stuttgart, Germany
16-17 October 2012

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.

Two days of discussions among more than 400 participants who traveled here from the far reaches of the globe have produced an inescapable conclusion: 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.

The world has no time to waste in committing itself to the support of a manufacturing sector that is at once vibrant commercially and cognizant that its own future and that of human society as well depend upon contributing to the  creation of a sustainable global economy. 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, D.C.


With the addition of Mexico as a new member of IMS, the chairmanship passing from Switzerland to the european union, and the addition of new services to support the Manufacturing technology platform program for research, development, and innovation, and its commitment to hold a major international forum in 2011, IMS had an exciting year of accomplishment in service to its members and the industry it represents.

A summary of this year’s milestones and the project portfolio are included in this report. We also invite you to visit the IMS website ( for additional information about our organization.

IMS Annual Report 2011

The following documents include the fast-track guidelines for submitting a projects under the Manufacturing Technology Platform Program, and templates for the submission and MOA.


1. MTP Guidelines 0209

2. Template IMS MTP Initiative

3. MTP MOA Template Rev Jan2011




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IMS Overview

— Posted by Erastos Filos, DG INFSO, Coordinator Intelligent Manufacturing Systems/ICT for Factories of the Future

At a roundtable that I attended last week at CeBIT, European Commission’s Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes discussed with four industry executives how Cloud Computing could impact manufacturing.

The chairman of the roundtable, Dr.Massimo Mattucci, head of the European Factories of the Future Research Association – EFFRA -, an industry-led body, opened the discussion by highlighting two open issues: firstly the technology readiness of clouds which is a crucial prerequisite for wide industrial deployment; secondly, some yet unsolved legal and security aspects of a Europe-wide cloud infrastructure that need to be settled beforehand.

Neelie Kroes‘ replied similarly to what she had declared earlier this year, at the World Economic Forum in Davos – WEF -, that Europe needs a Cloud partnership. “Europe has to become not only Cloud-friendly but Cloud-active“. She said: “I invite Europe’s manufacturing industry to join this partnership and to start embracing the technology“.




Jason Yotopoulos, Executive Vice President Global Research and Business Incubation of SAP AG, Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President Global Affairs of Dassault Systèmes and Dr.Peter Post, Head of Research and Program Strategy of FESTO AG also participated in the roundtable.

Following the discussion, Neelie Kroes received a copy of the Vision and the Roadmap documents that had been prepared within the context of ActionPlanT, a European-funded Factories of the Future project, dedicated to promote “Manufacturing 2.0″.

The documents identify how current megatrends like demographic change, global competition and sustainability have a significant impact on the business environment of manufacturing companies today and propose new concepts for reviving the state of European manufacturing.

The discussion was well summarised by Philippe Forestier’s concluding statements: “ICT has a major role to play in resolving some of the most crucial pinch points in European manufacturing. Cloud-computing is part of this strategy.”

As a next step, industry will come forward with a research agenda for Factories of the Future in Horizon 2020. An important first step has been made on the ICT side by project ActionPlanT. Under the ICT Theme’s work programme 2013, the European Commission will launch Cloud Computing experiments to support the take-up of cloud-based applications by the manufacturing industry, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises.

If you are interested to know more or to get involved more actively, you can take a look at the European Cloud Computing Strategy or visit our Factories of the Future’s webpage . You can also contact me by email.

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