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IMS has accepted an invitation to speak and meet with government officials at the annual South African Manufacturing Indaba that will take place 29-30 June 2015 in Johannesburg. Over 300 leaders from government and industry are expected to attend this two day event.

The organizers have assembled a website for review and registration. The event brochure is below.

IMS also plans to meet separately with business leaders and relevant government Ministers from the region to discuss international collaboration through IMS. South Africa is a member of IMS.



MI Brochure 2015 (v3)

IMS will will at the NACFAM Annual Conference to be held in Arlington, VA on 9-10 April, 2015. The conference titled “Transforming U.S. Manufacturing – Challenges and Opportunities” will present NNMI’s contributions to the manufacturing transformation in the US, customer personalization in the manufacturing process, visions of the future supply chain, smart connected products, and other innovations. IMS will present during the session “Collaborating Globally – Manufacturing Locally”. IMS will present how international collaboration expands local manufacturing opportunities from multi-national companies to SMEs and SME clusters.

IMS will speak at the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo to be held in Greenville, SC at the TD convention center on Tuesday, 14 April during the plenary session. The program will discuss cyber security, venture capital and ecosystems for manufacturing startups, digital manufacturing and long term data retention, future supply chains, additive manufacturing opportunities, and other topics of high interest. IMS will speak during the session “Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing”.

The keynote speaker will be Governor Nikki Haley. She will be joined by leaders from across the United Staes from industry, government, and academia.


For more information, please visit the South Carolina Depart of Commerce website:

The Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative (IMI) Symposium launched the IMI effort that will increase the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico in manufacturing for the global market. The IMI accomplishes this by incorporating Information Technology capabilities into all aspects of the manufacturing process from the R&D phase to optimized workflow to system-wide networking to advanced materials to advanced system controls and maintenance to distribution, as well as addressing the needs for a skilled workforce and the financial investments needed.

The IMI symposium:

• Brought together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, government agencies, and investors in a forum that will facilitate cross-fertilization for technology commercialization across overlapping disciplines.

• Assessed the issues, needs, and existing efforts involved in developing an IMI implementation plan.

•Hopes to create an internet-based clearinghouse and networking center that will connect a wide range of people and organizations in ways that will facilitate cross-fertilization in technology commercialization and manufacturing.

• More directly couple the personnel and projects funded by I-Corps with Technology Commercialization efforts.

The integration of these elements forms the basis for an effective and sustainable effort that will improve the manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico. It is the holistic approach of the IMI to addressing global competitiveness in manufacturing, which sets it apart from many other advanced manufacturing efforts. It is the holistic approach in partnering and sharing of complementary strengths that will make the U.S. and Mexico more competitive.

The IMI symposium took place in November 10 & 11 in San Diego. The venue for the symposium stems from the presence of strong manufacturing efforts and cooperation in the Baja California-Southern California region. The symposium focused on manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and energy sectors. It also included a strong representation of the IT sector, which provides the underpinning for the IMI. Attendance was about 120 participants.


IMI Symposium Logistic Info

*IMS will attend the “Information Days on the Research PPPs on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry in Brussels, 21 October 2014.*


Information Days on the Research PPPs
on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,
Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry
Brussels, 21 October 2014


An Information Day on the Research PPPs will take place on 21 October 2014 in Brussels. 

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities, and to support the preparation of proposals for the 2015 calls. 

The info day will also offer plenty of opportunities for networking.

Register for the info day

Dr. Mauro Caocci, IMS Project Development Coach, will attend the “Brokerage Event for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” on 13 November, 2014 in Brussels. Please contact Mauro if you would like to discuss IMS opportunities at this event.

A brokerage event for the incoming H2020 NMBP work program is organized by the European Technology Platform NANOfutures with the collaboration of EUMAT and Manufuture. It will take place on the 13th of November 2014 in Brussels.

For more information:

The event will be opened by the European Commission.

The attendees will have the possibility to: – Cluster around each Call, proposing their organization or searching for partners, to this end it will be organized a physical location (call booth) with a panel showing the Call text and having a space to indicate the nature of interest (offer/request of partnership) by means of stickers with personal identification to be attached (provided by the organization). A coacher will be present to organize the contributions and the aggregation at the booth. – Present project ideas in 5 min with a slide projector to the whole audience

The brokerage event will be free of charge but closed to the subscribers that will be accepted and confirmed according to the criteria of balance among industries and research entities and date of application.

For general information and/or registration issues, please contact: [email protected]

IMS is planning a fall Manufacturing Technology Platform project workshop in late fall of 2014. The date and location are currently under consideration. Please check back for more information.


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IMS held the third successful World Manufacturing forum on July 1-2, 2014 in Milan, Italy. The event took place at the Palazzo Mezzanotte where over 400 participants and 40 speakers gathered for the two-day program. Industry executives, government officials, and academic leaders from forty-five different countries were represented. Eight sessions were held ranging from the topics of global manufacturing policy and cyber security to venture capital and robotics from SMEs. IMS worked to create and plan the event by collaborating with the WMF and Politecnico di Milano.

IMS is thrilled to have been a part of the successful event where innovative ideas were produced and shared across the industry. Presentations from the event can be accessed when they become available on the WMF website: For more information on IMS, future events, or involvement with the World Manufacturing forum please contact our Washington, D.C. office at +913-461-4532 or [email protected].

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The Speakers at WMF2014 included:

Robert G. Kiggans, IMS International, Chairman of the WMF2014 Executive Board, United States

Mauro Piloni, Whirlpool Corporation, Chairman of WMF2014, Italy

Marco Taisch, Politecnico di Milano, Scientific Chairman of WMF2014, Italy

Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission “Europe’s Digital Agenda Supporting Innovation in Manufacturing”

Mauro Piloni, President, Whirlpool R&D and Global Vice President Advanced Development and Cross Product Categories Whirlpool Corporation, Italy

Katy George, Director, McKinsey & Company, United States – “Next-Shoring: a New Perspective on Global Manufacturing”

Guillermo Rafael Fernández de la Garza, CEO, The United States-Mexico Foundation of Science, Mexico – “Global Sharing of Best Practices for Regional Manufacturing Innovation Support Systems”

Göran Roos, Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Council, Australia – “The Future of Manufacturing on What Success Requires”

Garth Williams, Director Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa – “Research and Development for Advanced Manufacturing in South Africa: The Last Decade and Beyond”

Valerio De Molli, Managing Director, The European House – Ambrosetti, Italy – “European Manufacturing Between Structural Trends and Future Perspectives: Taking up the Challenge”

Thomas R. Kurfess, HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Arturo Molina, Vice President, Research, Postgraduate Studies and Continuous Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico – “Education that Makes Sense for a Dynamic World”

Peter Frise, CEO and Scientific Director, AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada – “Workforce Education & Human Centered Manufacturing in Canada’s Automotive Sector”

Jouko Suokas, Executive Vice President, Smart Industry and Energy Systems, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland – “People-Centric Solutions for Future Attractive Workplaces”

Ji Oh Song, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor, Samsung Electronics, Republic of Korea

Khalil Rouhana, Director, Components & Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO, Universal Robots, Denmark – “Collaborative Robots”

Bernd Liepert, CTO, KUKA AG, Germany – “Intelligent and Safe Human-Robot Collaboration”

Riccardo Tarantini, CEO, COMAU, Italy -“From Large Factory Automation to SME Robotics”

Herbert von Bose, Director Industrial Technologies, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (Retired)

William Mahoney, CEO, South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), United States – “Innovative Programs for Start-Up Investments”

Diana Saraceni, General Partner and Co-Founder, 360° Capital Partners, European Union – “European Ecosystem for Manufacturing Start-Ups”

Manuel Sandoval, Executive Director of Export Projects, Export Promotion Unit, ProMexico, Mexico – “The Mexican Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing”

José Fernando Figueiredo, Chairman/President, European Mutual Guarantee Association (AECM), European Union – “Is Europe Financing the Cycle from R&D to Market?”

Michael F. McGrath, Vice President, Systems and Operations Analysis, Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), United States

Galina Antova, Global Head Industrial Security Services, Siemens Industry, United States – “Cyber Security Challenges and Trends for Industrial Control Systems”

Nicola Mugnato, FINMECCANICA S.p.a. – Group Security and ICT, Italy – “Cyber Security Issues for Aerospace and Defense Industry”

Keith Stouffer, Project Leader Cyber Security for Smart Manufacturing Systems, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States – “NIST Cyber Security for Smart Manufacturing Systems Project”

Don Hemmelgarn, President, ITI TranscenData Business, United States

Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist, AutoDesk, United States – “A Protocol for Trillions”

Manuel Montoya Ortega, CEO, Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León, Mexico – “Meeting New Cloud Manufacturing Standards in an Increasingly Competitive Market”

Howard Mason, Corporate Information Standards Manager, BAE Systems, United Kingdom – “Industrial Data Standards – a Key Tool in the Global Economy”

Clara de la Torre, Director Key Enabling Technologies, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Maurizio Gattiglio,Chairman, European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), European Union – “Megatrends & European Manufacturing”

Anton S. Huber, CEO Industry Automation Division, Siemens AG, Germany – “Automation in the Context of Industry 4.0″

Matteo Marini, CEO Country Manager Italy and Regional Manager Mediterranean, ABB S.p.A, Italy – “Automation as a Key to Productivity and Competitiveness”





One of the new spacecraft’s advantages is its ability to be reused after a soft landing and its propellants are reloaded, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says.

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In a departure from the norm, their combustion chambers are 3D printed using a technique called direct metal laser sintering, which uses lasers to accurately create complex metal structures out of metal powder layer by layer.


HAWTHORNE, Calif. — After years of development, SpaceX gave the public its first look Thursday at Dragon V2, a manned spacecraft it hopes will one day taxi astronauts to the International Space Station.

The spacecraft, the company’s first designed to be piloted onboard, was unveiled by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk during an event at the company’s rocket factory here in Southern California. Similar in design to the company’s robotic Dragon spacecraft that has made three resupply missions to deliver equipment and supplies to the ISS since 2012, Dragon V2 is intended to be flown by a crew of seven in a low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX is one of several commercial companies vying for NASA’s favor as the US space agency moves deeper into its post-space shuttle era and embraces partners from the private sector. Also working on spacecraft designs for trips to and from the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program are aerospace giant Boeing, with its CST-100 capsule, and the much smaller Sierra Nevada, with its shuttle-like Dream Chaser lifting-body vehicle.

The Dragon V2 is designed to “land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter,” Musk said before unveiling the spacecraft with a countdown and an animation video showing it undocking from the space station and returning to Earth with a pinpoint propulsive ground landing. The spacecraft is capable of docking with the space station autonomously or under pilot without the aid of the station arm, which is necessary for docking under the current version.

One of the advantages of the spacecraft’s design trumpeted by Musk during the presentation was its ability to be rapidly reused, up to 10 times before needing servicing. After a soft, propulsive landing, propellants can be reloaded and the spacecraft ready to fly again, he said.


SpaceX’s Dragon V2 making a landing.SpaceX

“As long as we continue to throw away rockets and spacecraft, we will never have true access to space,” Musk said, likening the situation to throwing away passenger jets after each flight. “It will always be incredibly expensive.”

Musk said it still retains the parachutes of the previous model but will only deploy those chutes if the spacecraft detects an anomaly with the engines or the propulsion system before landing. The spacecraft can still land safely even if it loses two of its engines, Musk said.

These engines are called SuperDraco and are more than 160 times more powerful than the Draco engines found in the current version of Dragon, allowing them to produce 16,400 foot pounds of thrust. In a departure from the norm, their combustion chambers are 3D printed using a technique called direct metal laser sintering, which uses lasers to accurately create complex metal structures out of metal powder layer by layer.



Dr. Mauro Caocci, IMS MTP Project Development Coach, will deliver a speech titled “IMS: a suitable organisation to support an International Platform for Additive Manufacturing” at the “14th AM Platform Meeting General Assembly” at the European Commission’s Covent Garden Building, 6 Place Rogier, Brussels on 3 June. Dr. Caocci will discuss the IMS strategy for Additive Manufacturing and opportunities for research including possible partners and projects.



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