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DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES: ISMA is a “Key Technology” Manufacturing Technology Platform (MTP) project where smart materials are the key technology. Six keywords are associated with the title to provide the scope of the initiative. Manufacture: How do we manufacture durable materials with embedded sensors and communication technologies?

Build: What construction processes or assembly procedures change or are required to support these new materials?
Monitor: How should we pre-process, post-process, and manage the collected data?

Assess: Given data, what does it tell us about the condition and health of that struc- ture or machine?
Predict: How can assessments through time be carried forward to predict future status.

Manage: Given predictions, what repair and maintenance actions should be taken to extend the service life with an optimal use of resources?

To begin to answer these questions and to address these challenges, D’Appolonia S.p.A. created ISMA, an international consortium of over 30 experts from industry, academia, and research centres representing the civil infrastructure, aerospace, maritime, automotive, and transport industries. For D’Appolonia, the platform is strategic in that these industries align closely with its core consultation activities, and new knowledge, products, and services will make its offerings more competitive. For other IMSA industrial partners, the ISMA platform provides international exposure and the opportunity to interact with researchers working on similar chal- lenges worldwide. For academic and research partners, ISMA provides the oppor- tunity to get closer to industry and to identify the needs of the market. With this background, the goal of ISMA is to share and create new knowledge in the following objective areas:

  • Identification of exploitable industrial applications for sensor embedded materials, acquisition systems, and management software where structural health monitoring and life-cycle management are both desirable, feasible, and cost effective.
  • Development of rugged sensing technologies, able to withstand industrial manufac- turing, construction demands, and environmental conditions over long periods of time.
  • Development of affordable, robust, and simple to use data acquisition systems.
  • Integration of sensing and communication technologies into materials such as technical textiles, smart concrete/mortar, smart composites, and others.
  • Development of SHM algorithms and data interpretation methods specific to the targeted application.
  • Development of guidelines and standards for the deployment, use, and assessment of smart materials.

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ISMA Success Story

The DiFac project aimed to develop an innovative Collaborative Manufacturing Environment (CME) for next-generation digital manufacturing. The DiFac CME was used as a framework to support group work in an immersive and interactive way, for concurrent product design, prototyping and manufacturing, as well as worker training. It provided support for data analysis, visualisation, advanced interaction and presence within the virtual environment, ergonomics analysis, and collaborative decision-making.

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DiFac SUCCESS STORY_100917

DiFac Success 1010

After a successful pilot program in 2009, IMS officially launched its MTP Program in the spring of 2010 and added support programs such as project facilitator services, workshops, forums, and a collaborative website. We are excited about these new services and have already seen some initial success in the form of new projects coalescing. IMS has also increased its visibility through expanded outreach activities from presenting IMS at various forums and workshops and expanding its network.

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 (www.ims.org) for additional information about our organization.

IMS Annual Report 2010

The IMS Community is proud to introduce the second IMS Horizon Workshop on Manufacturing Strategy to be held at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg,Sweden

April 11-13, 2012

The IMS Horizon Workshop is an event in order to develop competences and to educate beneficiaries and members from industry and research on new global approaches to manufacturing strategy.

The goal with the second IMS Horizon Workshop is to create new research constellations for future projects which will address vital sustainability aspects in the manufacturing sector.

Participation is limited and by invitation only. All applicants will receive a prompt reply with a motivated decision of the IMS Horizon Workshop scientific committee. For more information, please visit the IMS Horizon Workshop 2012 website.

Important dates

 

  • 11th of December 2011- Application to participate and Abstract
  • 11th of February 2012 – Full paper
  • 11th-13th of April 2012 – Workshop

 

 

 

Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation

16 – 18 October 2012 Stuttgart, Germany

The international business environment has undergone dramatic change in the last decade. Technology and skills are key innovation differentiators. Global value chains are increasingly interlinked and there is a growing competition for scarce energy sources and raw materials. Manufacturing is one of the engines of global economic growth and sustainable development. However, today’s environment bears challenges as well as opportunities: access to international consumer markets has become easier. And whilst OECD countries have maintained a high level of spending on science and technology, BRIC economies are catching up significantly through increased spending. Also, governments seem to be keen to put proper policies in place to help their industries seize the new opportunities for innovation.

This year’s event aims to explore the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers’ concerns. Speakers will talk about the management of strategic resources such as water, fossil fuels, and rare earth elements and outline how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation.

For more information, please visit the World Manufacturing Forum website.

IMS and FP7 are premier sponsors of the World Manufacturing Forum.

World Manufacturing Forum 2012

SMART POLICIES FOR GLOBAL MANUFACTURING INNOVATION

16 – 18 October 2012

Stuttgart, Germany

The international business environment has undergone dramatic change in the last decade. Technology and skills are key innovation differentiators. Global value chains are increasingly interlinked and there is a growing competition for scarce energy sources and raw materials.

Manufacturing is one of the engines of global economic growth and sustainable development. However, today’s environment bears challenges as well as opportunities: Access to international consumer markets has become easier. And whilst OECD countries have maintained a high level of spending on science and technology, BRIC economies are catching up significantly through increased spending. Also, governments seem to be keen to put proper policies in place to help their industries seize the new opportunities for innovation.

This year’s event aims to explore the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers’ concerns. Speakers will talk about the management of strategic resources such as water, fossil fuels, and rare earth elements and outline how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation.
World Manufacturing Forum 2012 will be held in Stuttgart, the heart of one of Europe’s top production locations. Besides stimulating speeches, the event will offer an opportunity for debate among high-ranked industrial and political decision makers. But it will also offer in-depth seminars and the opportunity to visit some of Europe’s top-class manufacturing sites.

The World Manufacturing Forum will not just be a stand-alone event, it aims to be a long-term platform for debate among decision-makers focused upon the most relevant topics surrounding the manufacturing sector.

WMF Program Committee is currently seeking high-level motivating speakers to address the above topics. If you would like to be considered for this event, please send your c.v. and a proposal for your speech to Dan Nagy at [email protected]

For more information visit www.worldmanufacturingforum.org!

IMS and FP7 are premier sponsors of the World Manufacturing Forum.

IMS2020 aimed at strengthening international co-operation under the IMS, providing an effective interface to ongoing road-mapping activities and creating research synergies at international level through establishment of inter-regional manufacturing communities in the five Key Areas of Activity of IMS (from now on: IMS Key Areas).

IMS Key Areas are five priority topics that have been identified for international cooperation among IMS participant regions: (i) Sustainable manufacturing, (ii) Energy efficient manufacturing, (iii) Key technologies, (iv) Standards, and (v) Education. In order to enhance R&D on these wide and complex topics, international co-operation is needed. A global and heterogeneous perspective will allow the creation of synergies for better addressing the issues involved in these IMS Key Areas.

IMS2020 project mapped and analyzed on-going major research activities and will conduct foresight analyses to derive a set of recommendations for future 2020 manufacturing research. These recommendations included:

• Roadmaps for suggesting R&D orientation and prioritized topics, with also dedicated sections on the needs and opportunities of SMEs;

• Proposals for new schemes & frameworks of co-operation research support among IMS regions;

• Identification of specific SME-focused actions to enhance SME participation in IMS research.

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IMS2020 Brochure KAT1-5

IMS2020 Action Roadmap KAT1-2-3

Projects Magazine Article IMS 2020 web

World Manufacturing Forum 2011

“Innovation in Global Manufacturing”

16-17 May 2011, Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como Lake, Italy

The 2011 World Manufacturing Forum, attended by 320 high-level industrialists, researchers, and policy makers, gathered at the Villa Erba to hear featured keynote speeches and a round table discussion on the first day, with more in-depth thematic sessions on day two, focusing mainly on issues such as: Are industrial policies keeping pace with global reality or are they still based on non-global manufacturing paradigms? Will economies become unstable by keeping their markets open or can there be a more resilient world, for example through collective R&D? Which skills and competencies will be needed for manufacturing in 2020? How to create better workplaces? The Forum tried to address these issues by building consensus on a vision with respect to the global manufacturing challenges and to sustainability, growth models and policies, and by stimulating bottom-up ideas to promote international R&D and innovation partnerships through hands-on sharing of experiences.

As part of the IMS mission for dissemination of information, the speaker presentations are now available at www.worldmanufacturingforum.org.

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